Women's Circles (WELCA)
Women of the ELCA is the women's organization of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, with over 500,000 participants of all ages throughout the United States and the Caribbean. In 2001, Women of the ELCA underwent an organizational assessment, refining its mission "to mobilize women to act boldly on their faith in Jesus Christ." This mission built the framework for the organization's redefined purpose of offering a place of mutual support for women to "commit ourselves to grow in faith, affirm our gifts, support one another in our callings, engage in ministry and action, and promote healing and wholeness in the church, the society, and the world."
THREE OPPORTUNITIES FOR BIBLE STUDY
Dorcas Circle meets at 1:15 PM on the 4th Thursday each month.* For all women interested in Bible Study and fellowship. The Gather magazine supplies lessons to aid in spiritual growth. Members take turns presenting the lesson. Contact Bette Johnson at 692-4148.
*Summer 2020 change: Dorcas Circle is currently meeting outside on the church
lawn, the 4th Thursday at 10:00 AM. You are asked to bring your own lawn
chair and beverage.
Esther Circle meets at 9:00 AM on the 4th Thursday each month.* We are a welcoming group of people willing to share in conversation and life experiences. The Fireside Room at Ascension is heated and coffee is on. We usually have “potluck” for a morning treat. Contact Mary Kidwiler, 692-2511 or Cheryl Kriese, 692-2947.
*Summer 2020 change: Esther Circle is taking a break for the summer. They
plan to resume regular meetings in September.
Eve Circle meets at 6:00 PM on the 4th Monday each month.* We invite others to join our friendly group for a relaxing evening of sharing and Bible Study. Contact Doris Brown at 692-5901 or Nancy Nelson at 692-5312.
*Summer 2020 change: EVE Circle will continue to meet on Monday nights for Bible
study at 6:30pm via zoom until further notice. EVE Circle will meet via conference
call at 6:30pm on June 1, 15, and 29.
Quilters meet at Ascension each Thursday at 9:00 AM.* If that time doesn’t work for you, bags of quilt squares can be sewn at home. We are always in need of clean fabric and sheets. Contact Joanne Matthees (692-1783) or Dianne Hoff (692-1797) for more information.
*Quilters have not been meeting together this summer due to the COVID-19
precautions, but they continue their work from home. An announcement will be made
when they resume their meetings.
OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE
PRAYER CHAIN & EMAIL PRAYER NET
Contact the church office (692-6565) if you have a request for the prayer chain or would like to be added to the email or telephone prayer chains.
DEVOTIONS AT UNITED LIVING COMMUNITY
Twice a year, led by Circle members.
QUILTING each Thursday of the month, at 9:00-11:30 a.m. Materials needed are old sheets, bed spreads, blankets, cottons, knits, corduroy, wools, flannels, or washable materials. Crochet thread is also needed.
HYVEE GROCERY RECEIPTS. Place grocery receipts in the appropriate drawer in the cabinet near the Fireside Room.