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Women of the ELCA

Upcoming Events


ATTENTION: Now is the time to catch the sales on back to school supplies. WELCA and children of the congregation will again be assembling school kits for Lutheran World Relief. We will place a box in the lobby area of the education building by mid-July to gratefully receive your contributions. It would be wonderful if we could fill at least 60 book bags. If you prefer, you may make a cash contribution and designate it for ‘School Kits’.

SCHOOL KITS provide supplies for children returning to school after the disruption of war; are given to children in refugee camps, and may also be used in adult literacy classes. The following items are included in each school kit: · 70-80 sheet spiral notebooks of wide or college ruled paper approximately 8” x 10-1/2”, no loose leaf paper. · Blunt scissors (safety scissors with imbedded steel blades work well) · 30-centimeter rulers, or a ruler with centimeters on one side and inches on the other · Pencil sharpeners · #2 pencils unsharpened with erasers · Black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink) secured with a rubber ban · Boxes of 24 crayons . 2 1/2” erasers (the pink kind)


Alice Circle (normally) meets the third Thursday of each month at 1 p.m.

Nancy Circle meets the 2nd Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m.  

Ruth Circle meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month. Our next meeting will be August 10th at 10 a.m. in Danford Hall.

The WELCA Card Ministry needs birthday cards and stamps. If you have any to donate, bring them to the parish office with a note that says, “for WELCA.” Thanks!

Prayer Chain Volunteers Needed! One of WELCA’s ministries is to administer the church’s prayer chain. We are looking for more volunteers to pray. You can receive an email about people in need of prayer, or be called on the phone. If you are interested in this ministry, please call the office and let us know.

WELCA Officers 2022


President ~ Kerrill Foster

Vice-president ~ Debbie Stamper 

Secretary ~ Shirley Campbell

Treasurer ~ Debbie Anctil





The "Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church" Web Page contains information pertaining to the organization and function of St. Paul's WELCA. Individual women in the congregation are called "participants" as they participate in the activities of the organization. NO signing up or joining is required. Instead the whole congregational chapter or "unit" is a "member" of the church-wide Women of the ELCA. Names listed on this page are the names of those who regularly participate in WELCA activities, but all women of St. Paul's are welcome to participate.


The symbol (above)--with the cross, water and a white lily--identifies the women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America as children of God; baptized, forgiven, adopted into God's family, full of grace and hope in eternal life. It is a reminder of the growth, beauty, and vitality that rises out of that life-giving baptismal water. It is also a reminder of the mission of the church to "Go, therefore, make disciples of all nations; baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" (Matthew 28:19).




As a community of women created in the image of God, called to discipleship in Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, We 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.




~ Reach out, invite, and involve all women of St. Paul's

~ Each circle put together a CWU kit for dedication/presentation in November

~ Upgrade the Kitchen





Alice Circle



The Alice Circle meets the 3rd Thursday at 1 p.m. in Danford Hall.


This group was named after Alice Danford Butte, who grew up in St. Paul's congregation,

and who, together with her husband, Allen Butte, were formerly missionaries to Malaysia.


Receptions: January, April, July, October




Nancy Circle

Leader: Kerrill Foster


The Nancy Circle meets the 2nd Monday at 6:30 p.m., usually in the Weisgerber Lounge.


This group was named after Nancy Danford Swingle, who grew up in St. Paul's congregation,

and who, together with her husband, the Rev Albert Swingle, were formerly missionaries in Liberia.


Receptions: February, May, August, November





Ruth Circle

Leader: Debbie Stamper


The Ruth Circle meets the 2nd Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. in Danford Hall.


This group was named after Dr. Ruth Myers, a former missionary in India.


Receptions: March, June, September, December





BOARD MEETINGS are held quarterly throughout the year.

Watch for reminders in The Forward and the Bulletin.



Church Women United, Kitchen Committee, Prayer Chain,

Stitch & Chatter and Usher Coordinators


FULL MEETINGS are held the first Saturday of the following months: March, June, September and December.



Calendar dates / events are subject to change. Board and Business meetings as scheduled

may be subject to change. All officers, circle leaders, service and standing committees are asked to attend.

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