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.
Registration for Upcoming Women of the ELCA Events
For the Tenth Triennial Gathering to be held July 13-16, 2017, in Minneapolis, you may find out more about it at http://www.welcatg.org/ and you may register online at http://www.welcatg.org/registration-2017.
Questions? Email Cheryl Dwyer or call her at 703-690-4409.
WELCA Board Meeting
The next St. Mark's WELCA Executive Board Meeting will be at 12:00 noon on Friday, June 17, 2017, for a luncheon meeting at Cherry's house.
Upcoming WELCA/MIELA Circle Meetings
Circle leaders: Please remember to have your members check their address/phone/email info in our Yearbook roster pages and to fill in the sign-up pages; these have both been emailed to you to take with you to your June meetings ... and please return the completed and verified pages to Cheryl Dwyer via he WELCA mailbox in the church office--thanks!
6:30 pm - MIELA Tabita Circle, in the Friendship House (in Spanish)
Tuesday, June 6:
Lydia/Ruth Circle: 11:00 AM - Afghan Kabob Restaurant, 6357 Rolling Road, Springfield, VA
Wednesday, June 7:
Esther Circle: 11:00 AM - Potluck lunch in the Friendship House
Deborah Circle: 6:30 PM - Potluck dinner at Kay Graff's
ALL ANEW Triennial Gathering
The ALL ANEW Triennial Gathering (TG) will be July 13-16, 2017 at the Convention Center in Minneapolis, MN. We are just less than 2 weeks away from the opening of registration. Excitement is building already. I hope you feel it! Spread the word.
Registration begins Sep 6. The best price is available until Jan 6. You can download a registration booklet, if you haven’t received one in the mail. The booklet includes a schedule, information about the speakers, learning opportunities, potential side trips in the area, and most importantly – registration and hotel information.
Scholarships available for first-time attendees age 40 or younger. Details and an application are at the Metro DC Synod WELCA website.
Hotel rooms: We are trying to reserve a block of rooms in the Hyatt Regency for the Metro DC Synod. To do that, we need names of people staying in the room, room type (# of beds, etc), and dates of stay. Please e-mail Karen Ager this information. We’ll see if we can get everyone collocated.
Logo items: You can purchase items with the TG logo and theme from Land's End. At the top of the page, you have a choice of Men, Women, or Promotional Products. You can choose to add the logo when you select the size/color/etc of your item.
If you have questions, check out http://www.welcatg.org/.
-- Karen Ager, 2017 TG Committee
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.