Elim Lutheran Church Women (ELCW)
You are invited to Elizabeth Circle
TUESDAY, June 20 at Noon
We'll be meeting at a local restaurant for lunch. Contact Amy York for details.
Want to know when more information about upcoming Bible studies is available? Sign up for Gather’s e-newsletter here.
Photos from our 2022 Fall retreat
33 women gathered in Mill Valley at the beautiful Ralston White Retreat. We met in the living room with windows that showed off the trees as a light rain misted through. Pastor Kathryn Gulbranson led us through times of sharing, stretches, poetry, readings, and lots of time to get to know each other better. We had women from Marin Lutheran and Elim! We ended with a communion service and bubble prayers.
ELCW 2023-24 Board
Kathy Matt, Vice President
Mercedes Cooke, Secretary
Andrea Nortz, Treasurer
Karen Pesutich, Elizabeth Circle Rep.
Kathy Matt, Esther Circle coordinator
Doris Widger, Elizabeth Circle coordinator
We are part of the WELCA
What is WELCA? It’s an easy way to say Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Our organization includes Lutheran women who gather in more than 7,000 locations in the U.S. and the Caribbean, for service, study, advocacy, fellowship, and more! WELCA embraces all kinds of ministries that support our mission of mobilizing women to act boldly on their faith in Jesus Christ. Learn more at: www.womenoftheelca.org
Some of the circles are currently using an ELCA magazine, “Gather” for our monthly Bible Study. To subscribe to this magazine, call: (toll-free) 844-409-0576 or visit their website at: gathermagazine.org.
Other groups that are not officially part of the ELCW but you might be interested in:
Leader: Becky Wyrick
We meet frequently to work on crafts to sell at pop-up sales on several Sunday mornings during the year. The money raised goes to various Elim and community projects and programs. Contact Becky Wyrick to get on the email list to see when we are meeting.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
A prayer shawl is a symbol of love, crafted to give comfort and warmth to those who receive it.
For many years Elim’s Prayer Shawl Ministry has knitted and crocheted at least 275 prayer shawls to give to people experiencing hardships so that they may know that they are embraced by God and Elim during these difficult times. As we create the shawl, we say a prayer for the often-unknown recipient and before we send them, we gather to bless them using this prayer: “May God's grace be upon this shawl... warming, comforting, enfolding and embracing. May this mantle be a safe haven... a sacred place of security and well-being... sustaining and embracing in good times as well as difficult ones. May the one who receives this shawl be cradled in hope, kept in joy, graced with peace, and wrapped in love. ” (Prayer by Janet Bristow)
We send a shawl with our Ministry Teams that go to Mexico and New Orleans, as well as people at Elim who are healing or grieving. You may have seen us at work during the worship services. We also knit and crochet at home. We don’t meet regularly but if you would like to join our group and get directions on how to make a shawl, feel free to talk to one of us: Nancy Clarke, Andrea Nortz, Doris Widger, Robin Butts, Mary Wyrick, and Susan Rodkin.
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