Women of the ELCA
President, Cherry Moser EMAIL
The Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church offer several Circles that meet once a month for Bible study, fellowship, and friendship. If you are interested in coming to a Circle meeting, please contact the leaders. Circles meet on the first Tuesday or Wednesday of the month, except for December and May when we all join together the first Wednesday of that month at church--we also take a hiatus in July and August for the summer. (If a meeting date falls on a holiday, some changes may be made to that meeting's time.)
All women of St. Mark's are invited to join or visit any of the circles that meet the first week of each month (except for July and August when we don't meet). We'd love you have you visit any of our circles at any of these times!
As a means of honoring Margret Feigel’s life and helping the Lynbrook children that she loved so, we are collecting kids’ sweatshirts, sweatpants, and such. There will be a collection box for the items in the narthex for this on Sundays. Thank you very much for considering this.
WELCA Board Meeting
The next St. Mark's WELCA Executive Board Meeting will be at 10:00 AM on Friday, January 18, 2019, in the church conference room.
Upcoming WELCA/MIELA Circle Meetings
WELCA's Social Concerns Project for December is to bring the gifts for Lynbrook children to your circle meeting. Please have them wrapped and labeled, then place the three gifts for each child in a larger gift bag to keep them together.
St. Mark’s WELCA/MIELA Circle Meetings are scheduled. Please plan to join us:
On Tuesday, February 5:
- Martha Circle meets at 10:00 AM in the church Lounge; Cheryl Dwyer, hostess and program leader—Chapter 6, “The First Death” of And It Was Good by Madeleine L‘Engle
On Wednesday, February 6:
- Esther Circle meets at 9:30 AM in the Friendship House, Janet Beyea, hostess and program leader
- Deborah Circle meets at 7:30 PM at hostess Carla Yock’s house and Pastor Varinia will lead the program on “Prayer: A Pastor’s Reflection”
On Fridays, January 4 through April 5 and then April 26 through June 21:
- MIELA Tabita Circle meets on Fridays at 7:00 PM in the church Lounge.
Los viernes, del 4 de enero al 5 de abril y luego del 26 de abril al 21 de junio:
- MIELA Tabita Circle: Los viernes, 7:00 PM- en el salón de la iglesia (en Español); la pastora Varinia Espinosa dirigirá del programa, (571) 336-6864, GVESPINOSA@STMARKS-ELCA.ORG or Mirna Melara.
SWO Convention: "Take Heart: Getting to Wholeness"
Depression and Suicide prevention
On Saturday, May 5, 2018, we hosted the SWO Convention, learning about mental illness from members of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Northern Virginia. They brought us messages of hope from those who have experienced living with mental illness either personally or through a family member. We were also able to have a bi-lingual convention, thanks to our interpreter and rental of 'tour guide' equipment--money the SWO felt was well spent! The workshops were also very well received.
Thanks for hosting this important meeting--all who attended enjoyed the great food you served as well as the hospitality you all extended.
April's "WELCA Open House" and Refreshments
Our annual May combined meeting was held a week early in April due to our hosting the SWO Convention on May 5th. The well-attended Open House presented us with fun, fellowship, delicious refreshments, and celebrations of some of our accomplishments from this year, and we elected Cherry Moser for another year as our President and Fran Eck as our new Secretary for the next two years.
December "Vintage Christmas" and Brunch
With a new day and time, the annual December gathering was snowed out on Saturday, but it was held at 11:00 AM between services with a good turnout! All in attendance were given a change to fill a "goodie" bag with candies, bagged cookies, pencils, chocolates, bookmarks, and a tag with Bible verse stating it was from the St. Mark's Women--all were encouraged to take a couple home to give to neighbors, shut-ins, and such--and several were given to the Visitation Committee to pass out. As always, we brought our Lynbrook children's Christmas Gifts and we had our usual refreshment time, caroling, fellowship, and fun. Thanks to all the planners and our hostesses who made it such a fun and delicious morning for every one!
ALL ANEW Triennial Gathering
The ALL ANEW Triennial Gathering (TG) was held July 13-16, 2017 at the Convention Center in Minneapolis, MN. The 22 of us that represented the DC Metro SWO had a fabulous time! See the August issue of The Joyful News for information and reactions of those who attended!
May "Spring Sing-Along and Games"
The annual May meeting found our Women of the ELCA at St. Mark's re-electing our Secretary, Chris Bianchetta. We played a fun version of BEACH BINGO and won some "sweet" prizes ... giant Hershey's chocolate bars--and sang some "summertime" songs as well as enjoying a Spanish song as well! Pam Appler favored us with a sultry version of "Summertime"--what a beautiful voice she has! As always, we had our usual refreshment time, fellowship, and fun. Thanks to all the planners and our hostesses who made it such a fun evening for every one! Please join us in our next combined meeting!
December "A Taste of St. Mark's II"
The annual December meeting ended 2016 with a 'replay' of last December's "A Taste of St. Mark's." Back by popular demand, several women shared memories food, crafts, and traditions of their families' Christmases. All in attendance were given a bag to collect samples of the delicious dishes to take home. As always, we had our usual refreshment time, caroling, fellowship, and fun. Thanks to all the planners and our hostesses who made it such a fun evening for every one!
May "All St. Mark's Women's Meeting"--Spring Enjoyment with A Somber Message
The annual May meeting of the women of St. Mark's ushered in Spring with some great 'tulip' songs, election of our President (Cherry Moser) and Treasurer (Cindy Haush-Booth), great refreshments and fellowship, and a somber message.
Our guest speakers were Gail Hambleton and Wilma Dublin. Gail spoke of the Safe Haven Campaign to eradicate human trafficking (HT) by creating awareness in our communities. Wilma spoke about what we can do in our local communities, such as writing our state and federal representatives to encourage them to pass stricter laws on HT. We learned of some dire statistics on HT particular to our area and we were able to purchase a packet in both Spanish and English as to how we can help. Some of the circles are thinking of using the packet for their circle studies next year.
We welcomed our Spanish-speaking sisters, who have named their Bible study group as the Tabita Circle--how wonderful for us all!
CONGRATS to our new officers: President - Cherry Moser and Treasurer - Cindy Hausch-Booth
As a community of women
Created in the image of God
Called to discipleship in Jesus Christ
And empowered by the Holy Spirit
We commit ourselves to
Grow in faith
Affirm our gifts,
Support one another in our callings,
Engage in ministry and action,
And promote healing and wholeness
In the church, society, and the world.