February 2021

How will you celebrate Bold Women's Day?
Bold Women’s Day—observed annually on the fourth Sunday of February—celebrates all Lutheran women who have acted or are acting boldly on their faith in Jesus Christ.

But this year is different. Most congregations are not meeting in person, and that's where you come in. Please, tell us how you are promoting and celebrating Bold Women's Day, Feb. 28, in this COVID-19 time. We want to share your ideas with others.

Join us for a Black History Month celebration each Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
Join Women of the ELCA’s Racial Justice Advocacy Network for a conversation series celebrating Black History Month. We’ll hear from four leaders in our church representing diverse specialties. They will share how being an African American woman in the United States influences their work and faith.

Watch via Facebook live on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. CST after joining our Racial Justice Advocacy group. Mark your calendars today.

Speakers and schedule:
Feb 9: Apu Seyenkulo, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Charlotte, N.C.
Feb 16: Linda Thomas, Ph.D., professor of Theology and Anthropology, Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago, Ill.
Feb 23:  Antoinette Butler, music director, Shekinah Chapel, Chicago Ill.
March 2: The Rev. Nicolette Marie Peñaranda, MBA, M.Div., pastor at First Lutheran Church of the Trinity, Bridgeport, Ill., and candidate for alderman, Berwyn, Ill.
Devotion: And now I see. What opens your spiritual vision?
The morning after cataract surgery, I looked out the kitchen window and was astounded to discover that the house next door is actually painted bright white.

We all know the line from the old hymn: “I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see.” My own eyesight was physically restored, and now I see. In scripture, the restoration of sight is often a metaphor for spiritual awakening. Read the devotion.
Explore the importance of self-care
Boldcafe's monthly B.Y.O.D. (bring your own dinner) addresses self-care in the month when all thoughts turn to love.

How do you follow Jesus' command to love your neighbor as yourself if you do not love yourself? Register now for the Thursday, February 4, dinner (7 p.m. CST). Ralen Robinson is the guest.

Don't miss this exciting and easy way to connect with like-minded new friends.
"Journeys with angels" is topic of Gather's winter 2021 Bible study
Angels are not a major focus of holy Scripture, nor are they ever mentioned in our Christian creeds. Yet they show up frequently and at pivotal moments in both Old and New Testaments.

In Winter 2021, the Rev. Christa von Zychlin is presenting the four-part study “Journeys with angels” in which we shake those biblical branches, watch for angels and listen for God’s calls to action. Learn more about the Bible study here.
Find video resources of Pastor Christa leading the Bible studies here.
2021-2022 scholarship applications process is open; due April 5
Women of the ELCA’s scholarship application process for the 2021–22 academic year is open. Scholarships are offered in two categories: Lutheran laywomen and ordained ministry.

Applications and all supporting documents must be emailed to Women of the ELCA by April 5, 2021.

Visit welca.org/scholarships for criteria and descriptions of the scholarships available. Scholarships recipients will be notified in late June.
Send in your application by April 5.
Our letter-exchange project is so popular, we've extended it
Dear Friend in Christ, a letter-exchange project, has proven so popular that it’s been extended to March 5, 2021, said Linda Post Bushkofsky, executive director. “Women throughout the ELCA have written letters, sharing their faith, offering advice on coping through the pandemic, even exchanging poems and recipes.” Learn more.
Sign up for Daily Grace
Daily Grace is an on-the-go companion for your spiritual journey, offering a faith reflection every day. Encounter God’s extravagant, boundless, and often surprising grace by signing up for a daily email message. You can also download the app for your IOS and Android devices. Learn more at welca.org/dailygrace.
Our blog: 7 ways to recognize fake news
Learn how to recognize fake news. Discover seven propaganda techniques that we can see at work in politics–and consumer advertising–almost every day. From our most popular blog last month.
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