Triennial Gathering 2020

It may be almost 3 years away still, but the church is already preparing for the 2020 Triennial Gathering!

What might you get to experience at the gathering?

  • Great speakers from the church and beyond!
  • Worship and fellowship with Lutheran woman from across the country and even from around the world!
  • Hands-on workshops to delve deeper into scripture, the church, and your faith!
  • Bible study, global connections, service events, and so much more!

The 11th Triennial Gathering will be hosted in Phoenix, AR from July 16-19, 2020. Register now so you don’t miss out on a great opportunity to gather with like-minded women for a life-changing event!

Triennial 2020 Voting Members

Begin thinking about being nominated as a voting member to the Triennial in Phoenix AZ in 2020.  We probably will be able to have three voting members – our president and two others who are members of our Synod. We will be nominating these voting members at our 2018 SWO convention to be held October 12-14, 2018.  We will be using the Rank Order Process to elect the voting members.  There will be three tickets.  Ticket A will be used to elect a woman of color or, whose primary language is other than English as set forth in the constitution. Ticket B will be used to elect the number of first time voting members as set forth in the constitution; and Ticket C will be used to elect the remaining number of nominees needed to complete the delegation.  You are encouraged to begin thinking about serving as a Triennial voting member.  Next Spring when the nominating committee begins its work, please contact them and complete a nomination form.  No person can be nominated from the SWO Convention floor.  All nominations have to be on the ballot prepared by the nominating committee.  You will be able to read and/or download the Rank Order Process document from the 2017 Triennial on our NT-NL website now and the W-ELCA Church-wide website.

Also, four officers and 17 members of the Executive Board will be elected at the Triennial.  If you are interested in being nominated to be an officer or a member of the executive board, please submit your application between July 30 and November 30 of 2019.  I know this is a long time away, and hopefully our new SWO president will remind you.  But for now, you are given this info to keep while pondering your decision.  Region 4 can have three members on the Executive board, but only one from the NT-NL Synod.

2017 SWO Fall Retreat

Wow!  What a gathering of women, presenters, fellowship, and renewal of faith in our ministry to serve Christ.  We learned more about Katie Luther and her work with Martin throughout the Reformation.  Kathy Dodson of The Texas Refugee Service provided some very good and interesting information about their work here in Texas.  Rev. Deb Louden-McCann of Mount Olive Lutheran Church and Savannah Sullivan of the ELCA in Chicago presented great programs on Global Missions and the Young Adults’ involvement in the Global Mission work.  Herb and Barbara Lammert concluded our study on Global Missions with slides of their trip to Tanzania several years ago.

We learned from Pastor Deb Louden-McCann, in the Bible study based on Deut. 31:6, how we can be those bold women who face adversities and overcome because we know God will go with us, will not fail us, nor forsake us. She showed us how people in the Old Testament had God with them also.

Bishop Erik Gronberg led us in a wonderful Compline Service Friday night, and Pastor Deb McCann presided over a beautiful closing worship services with communion Sunday morning.

Other activities included the Walk, Run, and Roll event, the Silent Auction, walking the Labyrinth, and lots of great crafts including making the Luther Rose and ironing Martin Luther on the front or back of a T-shirt.  We learned many new songs to be sung as table prayers, sang songs throughout the weekend, and after making S’Mores at the pit fire.

A most enjoyable weekend for all with time to relax, renew friendships, make new ones, enjoy the outdoor scenery at Briarwood, and thank God for all of his goodness.

Around the Mission Area – November 2017

From Around the Mission Area

Grace Lutheran, Abilene

The Women of Grace had their September meeting on Saturday the 23rd discussing “Women in Justice” conducted by Patricia Dodini. The discussion was very good and will be continued at a later date because there was so much more to cover on the topic. Linda Moss showed us how to make stuffed pumpkins out of old shirts/sweaters and odd items to decorate them with. A nice salad luncheon was enjoyed by about ten ladies in attendance. 


November 15 will be our regular Wednesday night meeting at 7 PM to discuss plans for 2018 and Linda Moss will be showing us how to make cute Christmas decorations.

Scholarship Opportunities

NT-NL SWO Continuing Education Scholarship

Looking to further your education?  The NT-NL SWO can help you reach that goal! 

Our Synodical Women’s Organization will be offering $500 scholarships to women in our organization who want to further their education and need some financial assistance. Applicant must be a participant in a W-ELCA unit and a voting member of the ELCA. Course of study may have a ministry job component, or it may be for continuing education in job training, or updating vocational training. Deadlines for application is November 15 and May 15. 

Contact Lori Beers or Ann Hanley for copies of the scholarship application, or if you have questions.

W-ELCA Church-wide Scholarships

Educational Scholarships may also be secured from the Women of the ELCA office. There are scholarships in two categories:  Scholarships for 1) Lutheran laywomen and 2) Ordained ministry.

 Scholarships for 1) Lutheran laywomen include: a. Administrative leadership, b. ELCA college and seminary leadership, c. Women of color leaders, d. ELCA service abroad, and e. Christian service. These scholarships for Lutheran laywomen provide assistance to Lutheran women studying for a career other than ordained ministry.

Scholarship for 2) – Ordained ministry provides assistance to Lutheran women during their final year at an ELCA seminary. Candidates must be preparing for ordained ministry in the ELCA and must have been endorsed by their synodical candidacy committee.

December 15 – Women of the ELCA begins accepting completed applications.

February 15 – All applications must be submitted on or before this date.

Go to for more info and to download applications.

Board Meeting Minutes – August

The NT-NL SWO Board met Saturday August 26th at New Life in Christ in Duncanville.

The minutes were approved with corrections.  The treasury report was approved. President Sarah encouraged local units to consider giving up to 50% above past years financial support to the NT-NL SWO.  This should help improve our organization’s low financial status.  

Debra Moenke (Immanuel Killeen), Cindy Bone (St. John Coryell City), and Linda Hyde (St. Matthew Waco) conducted an audit of the 2016 SWO financial books.   No errors found.  A copy of the audit has been filed.

Carol Otterstad and Ann Hanley discussed the Triennial Convention and Gathering.  Both expressed thanks for being able to attend.  It was a spiritual for both women.  The meeting was such an inspiration and W-ELCA is a powerful ministry.

New Social Media Coordinator, Sarah Jenkins’ goal is to grow awareness of WELCA in the media.  

The Fall Retreat at Briarwood will be October 13-15.  Details of the meeting were solidified.  

Ann proposed we give $100 to Sierra Leone for flood disaster. Leslie seconded.  Motion passed.

Financial Report – October

Northern Texas- Northern Louisiana
Synodical Women’ Organization
Financial Report as of October 5, 2017


General Fund

August 12, 2017 Balance $5,749.07
Deposits: New Life In Christ – Duncanville, St. Stephens – Shreveport,Trinity – Hamilton, St. John – Wilson, Grace – Carrollton,Resurrection – Plano 470.76
MIF Interest 3.10
Debits: Sri Leone Relief 100.00
Women of the ELCA 655.38
Balance October 5, 2017 $5,467.55

Custodial Fund

August 12, 2017 Balance $7,539.68
St. Paul – Shive (HOT Conf) 470.76
MIF Interest 3.10
Balance October 5, 2017 $7,644.24

Scholarship and Convention Funds

August 12, 2017 Balance $3,227.61
Deposits: Retreat registration 4,455.00
MIF Interest 2.36
Balance October 5, 2017 $7,644.24

Scholarship Fund

August 12, 2017 Balance $1,350.14
MIF Interest .77
Balance October 5, 2017 $1350.91

Continuing Education Fund

August 12, 2017 Balance $2,754.11
MIF Interest 1.55
Balance October 5, 2017 $2,755.66

Respectfully submitted, Mail offering to:
Diane Fehler
3327 Pleasant Run Rd.
McGregor, TX 76657
NT-NL SWO Treasurer e-mail:
Cell#: 254-744-6457

Note from the Treasurer
Ladies I am aware that attendance may be down, resulting in lower total giving, but we need to support the synodical and churchwide work of Women of the ELCA as well as our local units and congregations. We cannot out-give God! He has blessed us with abundant gifts – let us share them.