Who’s in WELCA?
by Jodie Nielsen

Have you ever wondered if you need to actively “join” WELCA to be a member? Even if you haven’t asked this question but are still curious to know the answer, I am happy to tell you that you do not need to join WELCA. If you are a member of Our Savior’s, or any ELCA church, you are a member. This means you can take part in WELCA luncheons, fundraisers/activities, and Bible studies. The luncheons and fundraisers are not associated with specific Circles; Bible studies are.

What are Circles? Circles are a way of dividing OSL’s WELCA into smaller sections. Each Circle determines when to have their Bible study (some choose to use this time to volunteer), what they want to be involved in, and what organizations they would like to support. They offer individuality within the WELCA organization. The Circles also support the Unit Wide Mission. The only request is that you offer to help with one luncheon each year.

If you would like to know more about joining a Circle or creating your own Circle with a group of friends, please let me (jodie.nielsen@gmail.com) or another board member know. If you are already part of a Circle, consider inviting new friends to join you. Establish your “Circle of Friends” today!

June Devotional/Bible Study. “Let Us Pray, Session One: The Paradoxes of Prayer” by Anna Madsen. (Source: gathermagazine.org.) Focus Verse: “Do not be afraid,” Samuel replied. “You have done all this evil; yet do not turn away from the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart. Do not turn away after useless idols. They can do you no good, nor can they rescue you, because they are useless. For the sake of his great name the Lord will not reject his people, because the Lord was pleased to make you his own. As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by failing to pray for you. And I will teach you the way that is good and right.” 1 Samuel 12:20–23

Unit Wide Mission Project for 2018 is #kidsareGod’sgift, focusing on children. Email me (jodie.nielsen@gmail.com) if you know of an organization that focuses on children that you would like considered as one of our Mission Project recipients. We welcome your input.

South Dakota Synodical Convention, “Discover God’s Peace,” will be held at Abbey of the Hills Inn and Retreat Center, Marvin, South Dakota, June 28 through 30. Contact me or any board member for more information.

“Pray without ceasing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17

WELCA Board Members: Jodie Nielsen, President; Michelle Schuknecht, Vice President; Valori Maher, Secretary; Toni LeVasseur, Treasurer; Sandy Fischer, Mission Action Chair; Tami Skorczewski, Advisor.

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