Triennial Gathering 2020

It may be almost 3 years away still, but the church is already preparing for the 2020 Triennial Gathering! Until December 31st, 2017, you can receive a pre-registration discount. And the best part is, if you can’t attend after all, you can transfer your registration to another woman who wants to attend!

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!

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.

NT-NL SWO Fall Retreat

Join us October 13 -15, 2017 at Briarwood Retreat Center for Women of Courage Then and Now. Gather with your sisters from thoughout the Northern Texas-Northern Louisiana Synod for a look at the courage of persons working in refuge relief services and in missions around the world. We will have topical Bible studies and a video about Katharina Von Bora Luther, fellowship with fellow WELCA ladies, crafts, and time for meditation. Briarwood will provide us excellent meals in the dining hall and comfortable lodging. Bring an item for the silent auction and money to bid on other items to raise funds for our scholarships.  If you are in need of help to attend the Fall Retreat, apply for a scholarship.  Bring a light color t-shirt and $2.00 if you would like to make a shirt with Luther’s picture on it.

Download the registration form here.


Participate in walking, running, or rolling a 1-mile gravel roadway through Briarwood Retreat Center. The funds raised through this activity will benefit the NT-NL SWO Scholarship Fund. This scholarship fund provides a portion of registration fees for events sponsored by the NT-NL Synod SWO and/or W-ELCA Churchwide. We have offered scholarships for NT-NL SWO participants who are continuing their education in the ministry and/or initiatives sponsored by the ELCA.

Bring this sheet and monies collected with you to the NT-NL SWO Retreat at Briarwood Retreat Center October 13-15, 2017 and plan to Walk, Run, and Roll!

Other things to remember:

  • Bring your own tote bag for goodies, etc. (have it at registration)

  • Make a note of food allergies or special diet beside Meals on the registration form.
  • Check-in will be in Quail Run Lodge
  • Bring Bible

Volunteers are still needed to assist with registration, the silent auction, and various other tasks.  Step out with courage and help!

Ann Hanley at 903-240-7922 or
Ginny Grundel at 903-222-9359 or
Diane Fehler at 254-744-6457 or

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.

Women and Justice: One in Christ

In 2009, the ELCA Churchwide Assembly authorized the development of a social statement on women and justice. The ELCA Task Force on Justice: One in Christ began work in 2012 and the first round of listening events occurred in 2013-2015.

In our synod, we held a listening event at our synod assembly in April 2014.  Responses were compiled by the task force and conversations were had with experts in this field. Now a full study document has been published and was sent to every congregation in August 2016.  It can be found here: Faith, Sexism, Justice: Conversations Toward a Social Statement.

During this phase of the process, the task force is encouraging groups to use the Faith, Sexism, Justice: Conversations toward a Social Statement study, engage in conversation around the study’s seven modules, and submit responses and feedback online by August 31, 2017.

Response forms can be found online; in addition to the response forms, feedback may be emailed to The task force recognizes the importance of adequate time to consider the many issues and enable broad participation in the conversation across the church.

Mosaic’s Christmas in July Donation Drive

Mosaic in Dallas is once again holding “Christmas in July” to collect items for the residents of Mosaic.

If your congregational unit would like to contribute to this drive, please see the lists of needed items in the fliers provided by Mosaic.

They are looking for household items, hygiene supplies, health care supplies, cleaning supplies, and art supplies.

For more information, please contact Lori Baum at or call 972.866.9989 x322.