January 2021

With giving down, organization forced to make changes
With giving to the organization down significantly, Women of the ELCA’s executive board adopted a 2021 budget that will change the staff configuration.

The new staffing model was announced on Dec. 16. Eight of 10 on staff will move to part-time positions on Feb. 1, and two will remain full-time. Read the article.
Devotion: What is one reason you care about Women of the ELCA?
What would you say if someone asked you why you care about Women of the ELCA? I mean, clearly, you do. You wouldn’t be reading this if you didn’t. But why do you care? What makes you care enough to spend your precious time and thought and energy with the women’s ministry of the church? Read the devotion.
Boldcafé dinner: Join readers and writers for this casual get-together
What number are you? The Enneagram is an insightful tool for learning about ourselves and others. We’ll learn more about how we can enhance our lives and inspire our goals for the new year. Deana Velandra, Women of the ELCA staff, will share her research and books she recommends on the subject.

The upcoming event is Thursday, January 7, at 7 p.m. CST. Bring your own dinner (B.Y.O.D) and sign up here. Don't miss the exciting, yet easy, way to connect with like-minded new friends.
"Journeys with angels" is topic of Gather 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 with frequently and at pivotal moments in both Old and New Testaments.

In Winter 2021, the Rev. Christa von Zychlin will present the four-part study “Journeys with angels” in which we will shake those biblical branches, watch for angels and listen for God’s calls to action. Learn more about the Bible study here.
How do we continue to stay connected when life is virtual?
Throughout the church, women of ingenuity, creativity, and determination have brought us together—online!—for virtual Bible studies, virtual retreats, Blue Christmas services, Boldcafe dinners, and much more. Their work has been a real blessing for so many of us as we stay home and stay safe from the virus. We might be physically distanced, but the work of these bold women has kept us spiritually connected as a community of women created in the image of God.

And for that blessing, we give thanks.
Lutheran women have a long-standing practice of making thankofferings in gratitude for blessings received. Please prayerfully consider making your own generous thankoffering today.
Bold Women's Day is right around the corner. How will you celebrate?
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. 

In our virtual (or some say digital) world, we must celebrate our bold women in new ways. What have you come up with? Let us know.

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.
Gathering postponed until 2023; Convention to be held in 2021
Executive board decides about convention, gathering dates
In a specially called meeting on December 23, Women of the ELCA’s executive board decided how and when to hold the organization’s convention and gathering.

The meeting and Just Love Gathering were initially scheduled for July 14-16, 2020. When the coronavirus pandemic hit, the board, in its April 2020 meeting, rescheduled the convention and gathering for early August 2021. Read more.

Sign up for final issue of Interchange
The winter 2021 issue of Interchange will be the final issue of the quarterly newsletter for Women of the ELCA leaders. The Spanish edition Intercambio will not be produced.
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