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 19, 2017, in the church conference room.
Upcoming WELCA/MIELA Circle Meetings
Circle leaders: Please collect the Salvation Army Stockings at your November meeting--make sure that you give them to Joan Enerson by Thursday, November 30.
December Project: Bring your wrapped-and-labeled Christmas gifts for our designated Lynbrook children to our December combined meeting on Saturday, December 9th.
MIELA Tabita Circle meets every Friday, 6:30 PM in the Friendship House for Bible Study in Spanish with Pastor Varinia
Combined WELCA/MIELA Meeting … Saturday, December 9th ... All women are invited!
Plan ahead to attend the combined WELCA meeting at 10:00 AM;
our theme is a “Vintage Christmas”!
Our morning will begin a lovely BRUNCH in the Fellowship Hall. Please plan to wear any “Christmas clothing” that you have to get into the ‘feel’ of the season—sweaters, blouses, skirts, socks, hats, ‘deely-boppers’ (fancy Christmas hairbands), and such.
We’ll have a short business meeting and then enjoy listening to our guest speaker, the Rev. Heidi Eickstadt from Abiding Presence Lutheran Church—though we still count her as “our own”!
We’ll sing some carols (your requests), work together on a service project of putting together small Christmas gift bags*, and just enjoy ourselves and each other’s company.
All St. Mark’s women are invited—and bring a friend!
Unsold Holiday Bazaar items will be available at the gathering. After that, appropriate “leftovers” will be given to the Prince William Juvenile Detention Center for their Santa Shop where the teens “shop” for gifts for their families.
We will collect the Lynbrook children’s Christmas gifts at the meeting.
Have a favorite Christmas carol or Advent song you’d like to sing? Please pass that information on to your program committee representative.
* MORE INFO ON THE GIFT BAG SERVICE PROJECT *
We will complete a service project after the sing-along that will involve assembling small gift bags that could be given to a friend, a neighbor, or a shut-in that could use a bit of cheer—the bags will hold a couple of cookies, a couple of pieces of candy, and a card with a Bible verse and a note from St. Mark's WELCA.
- The Board will supply the gift bags and the blank notes.
- So far, we have two volunteers to bring wrapped candy.
- We would appreciate if each Circle could provide six dozen Christmas cookies as follows: bakers should pack one or two cookies in a snack baggie so that each gift bag could have a baggie with cookies and a couple of pieces of candy.
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.