2018 Spring Conference Meetings

As your conference committee meets to set a date and plan your 2018 Spring Gathering, please let President Gohlke know so she can put you on the synodical women’s calendar and the NT-NL calendar. 

Dallas Area Metro North: Saturday April 7th

Heart of Texas: April 14th

Panhandle: April 21, Red Zone Café on Slide Road in Lubbock, Texas.  They have a large banquet room that is reserved for that day for W-ELCA.

Meetings will be posted in the Tapestry and on our website as they are shared. 

Upcoming Events – Spring 2018

Upcoming Events

Jan 6 – Epiphany begins

Jan 13 – Heart of Texas Planning Meeting for the Spring Gathering at First Lutheran, Temple

Jan 20, 10am – NT-NL SWO Board Meeting at Rejoice, Frisco

Jan 20, 3pm – SWO Convention Meeting with members of Rejoice Frisco and Dallas Area Metro North

Feb 2-3 – NT-NL Synod Council Meeting

Feb 14 – Ash Wednesday, Lent begins

Feb 15 – Deadline for news articles to be submitted to Peggy Tooker for the March 2018 Tapestry

Feb 25 – Bold Women’s Day

Feb 23-25 – Conference of Presidents, Chicago, IL

April 7 – Spring Gathering, Dallas Area Metro North Conference at Rejoice Frisco

April 14 – Spring Gathering, Heart of Texas Conference at First Lutheran Temple

April 21 – Spring Gathering, Panhandle Conference at the Red Zone Café on Slide Road, Lubbock

April 27-28 – NT-NL Synod Assembly at the Mayborn Convention Center, Temple

Church Holidays

Epiphany –  Epiphany will be Saturday January 6, 2018, the twelfth day of Christmas.  Christmas season closes with the wise men from the East at the manger, showing us that the Light of the World is for all the world.  Epiphany is a Christian feast day celebrated annually on January 6 that is also known as Three Kings Day.  Epiphany means “manifestation” as it commemorates the first time Jesus’ divinity manifested itself through the visit of the Three Kings (also known as the Magi or Wise Men).

Ash Wednesday  –  Ash Wednesday will be February 14, 2018.  Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent.  It occurs 46 days before Easter.  Lent is a good time for 40 days of reflection, 40 days of spiritual evaluation – an annual checkup.  According to the gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke; Jesus Christ spent 40 days fasting in the desert where he endured temptation by Satan.  Lent originated as a mirroring of this fasting 40 days as preparation for Easter.  Every Sunday was seen as a commemoration of the Sunday of Christ’s resurrection and so as a feast day on which fasting was inappropriate.

Accordingly, Christians fasted from Monday to Saturday (6 days) during 6 weeks, and from Wednesday to Saturday during Holy Week prior to Easter; thus making up the number of 40 days.

World Day of Prayer  –  World Day of Prayer will be on Friday March 2, 2018.  It is a global ecumenical movement led by Christian women who welcome you to join in prayer and action for peace and justice throughout the world.

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.

2017 Spring Gatherings

Panhandle conference

The Spring Gathering of the Panhandle Conference Women of the ELCA will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at Grace, Slaton, TX. Hosted jointly by the women of St. John, Wilson and Grace, Slaton, the day promises to be filled with a variety of opportunities for fun, fellowship and faith growth.

The gathering will begin with registration and reception at 9:00 a.m. and will end by approximately 3:00 p.m. Details will be provided as they are confirmed.

Please mark your congregation calendars and share this date with your Women of the ELCA leaders so women can make plans to attend.

Dallas Area Metro North Conference

The Dallas Area Metroplex North Conference is holding our 6th annual spring Women’s Retreat on March 25, 2017. This year it will be held at Christ the Servant, Allen, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Our guest speaker will be Karen Williams, who was also our speaker at last year’s extremely popular retreat. Karen presents fascinating information with great humor and grace, and her session will be wonderful!

This year we are collecting items to donate to UpBring (formerly Lutheran Services of the South), an organization that provides needed items to children entering the foster care system. We will be focusing on infant needs such as receiving blankets, sleepers, onesies, socks, and travel-sized baby toiletries. Please bring any donations with you to the retreat.

Download the Dallas Area Metro North Spring Gathering flier and registration form for more information. You can also register online at christtheservant.com (link opens in new tab/window). Registration forms are due by March 10.

We will be offering child care for children aged 3-10 (for an additional fee), so please indicate on your registration form if that is needed.

Everyone is welcome to attend, so please pass the word! Please let me know if you have any additional questions.

Thanks!
Pam Grosze
pgrosze@tx.rr.com

HOT Conference

Download the registration form for the HOT Conference Spring Gathering on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Our Savior’s, Norse. Please make copies and share this Gathering information with the ladies of your church and friends. It is a wonderful opportunity for fellowship, to study God’s word and to conduct the business of the Heart of Texas Conference.

A nominal registration fee of $10 will used to help the hosts cover the costs of the food, etc. A love offering will be collected and divided between the SWO and a charity chosen by OSLC. We will have a special memorial time for WELCA members of our local units that have passed since our last Gathering in 2016. In addition, we will again have Silent Auction items donated by each church to help fund WELCA Scholarships.

If you register by March 18 you will receive a special gift upon check-in. Late registrations will be accepted at the door or you may contact Lauri Aars or Glenda Phillips using the contact information on the registration letter. Payment for those can be made at the door with cash or check.

We look forward to seeing you all again and sharing in a fun day!

Lauri Aars, OSLC WELCA President
Glenda Phillips, OSLC Secretary

500th Anniversary Challenge

Freed & Renewed in Christ: 500 Years of God's Grace in ActionHave you been challenged lately? If not, the leaders of Rockin’ Region 4 have a plan for you!

You are already hearing a lot about the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s Observance of the Reformation’s 500th anniversary, which will be taking place this year.

Region 4 SWO presidents and vice-presidents are challenging each Synod to raise $500 for Women of the ELCA.

The money raised by this challenge, over and above our regular offerings, will be given to Women of the ELCA to be distributed in the following way:

  • 25% to support any special initiative that Women of the ELCA may choose for the Reformation celebration,
  • 25% toward Katie’s Fund, and
  • 50% to support the regular budget of Women of the ELCA.

Won’t you join us?

Send any amount that you or your local unit wants to contribute to Diane Fehler, our Synodical treasurer. NT-NL Synod wants to meet our $500 challenge!

Questions? Contact Sarah Gohlke at rsgohlke@gmail.com or Diane Fehler at dmfehler@gmail.com.

10th Triennial Gathering: All Anew

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[10th Triennial Gathering logo: an abstract figure with four leaves or wings (could be a flower or a butterfly) in four different colors, pink, yellow, green blue. Text reads, "all anew" in lower-case script and "Women of the ELCA" in blue, all caps block letters.]The Tenth Triennial Gathering will be held July 13-16, 2017 at the Minneapolis Conevntion Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Lutheran women from across the church will come together under the theme All Anew, for life-changing workshops, Bible study, and more.

Register now at welcatg.org or email women.elca@elca.org for a registration packet.

You can also prepare for the Tenth Triennial Gathering in any number of ways: knitting, sewing, crocheting, and more!

Quilters should consider entering a Black & White + One quilt challenge. Make a quilt interpreting the gathering’s theme, All Anew, using only black and white fabrics plus the addition of one color. Quilts should be 40 inches square; the deadline to enter is May 3.

Not a quilter? Make a finger labyrinth, quilted, knitted, or crocheted. They are hoping to collect 5,000 labyrinths, so each voting member at Convention plus each attendee at the Gathering may receive one. If they have extra, they will go to chaplains in schools, hospitals, hospices, and nursing homes. Examples, patterns, and directions are available on the website. The Churchwide Women’s Organization needs to receive them by June 1.

Find more information on these projects at welcatg.org/get-involved.

Nearly twenty women in our SWO area have already indicated to Sarah Gohlke that they plan to attend the Triennial Gathering. Please keep her informed by sending her the names, email addresses, cell phone numbers, and T-shirt sizes of any new attendees. Everyone will receive a Region 4/NT-NL T-shirt for picture taking day (cost of T-shirt will be announced later).

Tenth Triennial WELCA Gathering Scholarship

Triennial Gathering Scholarship application

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