From Around the Mission Area

Women in COW Conference will meet September 23, 10 AM to 2 PM. Topic – “Women in Justice” – using material from ELCA as the basis for the study with a power-point presentation. We would like to have a craft, possibly – fall decorating ideas. Grace women will be providing a salad luncheon. A love offering will be taken for Lutheran World Relief.

On October 18 at 7 PM, Women of Grace have invited Linda Moss, designer, to teach us how to make stuffed pumpkins. 

November 4 from 9 AM to 4 PM, Women of Grace will be having their 3rd Annual Grace Christmas Market. There will be booths with a wide variety of merchandise and crafts. All are welcome to come and shop with us and find unique gifts for that special someone.

Teresa Weicht, Secretary, Women of Grace, W-ELCA, Grace Lutheran Church
Abilene, TX


On Saturday, August 12, thirty-five women joined together at Lord of Life, Glenn Heights for a one day retreat. The following congregations were represented Four Mile, Mabank, New Life in Christ, Duncanville, Our Redeemer, Grand Prairie, Shepherd of Life, Arlington, Christ the King, Haltom City,  Hope, Cedar Hill, Lord of Life, Glenn Heights and King of  Glory, Fort Worth. Pastor Vicki Taylor, pastor of Lord of Life and Pastor Kathi Johnson, pastor of Our Redeemer, led the retreat which dealt with Vocation. The women of Lord of Life provided a delicious breakfast and lunch with desserts provided by the women of Our Redeemer.
The retreat closed with a Service of Holy Communion and a commissioning event.

Hattie Hammer, Our Redeemer, Grand Prairie, TX

First Lutheran Church – Longview, TX  WELCA News Update

The women of First Lutheran, Longview held its 9th Annual Ladies Retreat on Saturday, August 5th with 46 in attendance.  Joining us were women from Trinity Lutheran, Sherman, Bethany Lutheran, Dallas, and St. Michael’s and All Angels Episcopal, Longview.  We had a wonderful day of fun, fellowship, and Bible Study.  We followed the summer studies from Gather Magazine, “All Anew. Ready or Not.”  We were expertly led through the challenging Bible studies by Pastor Jan Mar, retired former Assistant to the Bishop of NT-NL.  We very much appreciate her direction and wisdom in leading us to become All Anew in our thinking and ideas about contemporary and sometimes controversial topics.

We also enjoyed a session by Julee Rachels of Heartisans Marketplace in Longview.  Julee’s mission is the perfect embodiment of the lessons we studied. Her store uses volunteers to make and sell a variety of items to support job-training skills and tutoring for women who have been unemployed or under employed.  Their motto, “Love Serves. Changing lives, one woman at a time.” is evident in everything they do.  What a blessing to learn more of this mission!

We were updated on a specific mission of First Lutheran, Longview to build water wells in Sierra Leone, West Africa.  We partner with Living Water International.  This project started with the women at our retreat two years ago and has extended to our congregation and beyond.  Since that time, more than $21,000 has been given.  We had completed two wells; and with the money given at the retreat, we have enough to complete the third well.  We invited our guests to partner with us, and they responded.  More than $1,200 was received the weekend of the retreat.  This project is perfect for women’s groups.  Women and girls, the primary ones to fetch water in poor countries, often walk many miles to find water which is still dirty with water-borne bacteria.  Having clean and safe drinking water in a community is obvious; but it also changes lives, enabling women to work to make money and girls to go to school.  Anyone is welcome to partner with us.  $15,000 builds a new well.  $3,000 will rehab a broken well.  We now rehab wells.  Contact me if you’re interested. We left our retreat uplifted, challenged, and empowered to go forward All Anew.

Belinda Walenta



Our ladies continue with quilting, quilt tacking, collecting pull tabs for Ronald McDonald house, making baby quilts for the house as well, collecting school supplies for our local school plus LWR, hosting many events including Sunset Home birthday party for August with our Pastor, Clay McCord, playing music and leading the singing.  Our oldest member of Trinity WELCA died this past Saturday the 5th. She was 106 years young and alert and talking until the last week of her life, what a blessing she had been to so many. God bless her memory Ms. Pearl Micklson.  Have a great August, 

Respectively Submitted Wynema Dahl Trinity WELCA , Clifton

Forty women came together on Saturday July 22nd at St. John Lutheran Church, Coryell City to study the Bible lessons in the July/August Gather magazine.  Pastor Christopher Richmann led the Bible study.  It was a good day of Bible study and fellowship with one another.  Ladies from seven churches in the Heart of Texas Conference came together for this annual event.

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