OSL Women of the ELCA
Guided by
the Holy Spirit
Jodie Nielsen

As I write this last Intercom article as OSL’s WELCA president, I can’t help but think of the people who have guided me on this journey and thank them for the support and kind words they have given me. My takeaway is that this is a group of giving women, guided by the Holy Spirit, who strive to make a difference in our community.

I will remain on the board in an advisory position, and Nancy Krueger will take over as president. Please thank Tami Skorczewski for her leadership as she ends her time on the board, having served as vice-president, president, and advisor. Tami’s energy and dedication are hard to beat! Also, if you see Michelle Schuknecht, thank her for her service as vice-president and the time she’s spent keeping us up-to-date on current events.

WELCA Christmas Luncheon will be held on December 7, at 11:00, in The Gathering Place. The guest speaker will be Tom Roberts, who has written several Christmas books over the years, the latest being On That One Christmas Eve. The cost of the program and lunch is $9. Tickets are on sale at the Church Office during the week.

Board Position Openings. We have two WELCA Board positions opening in January, vice president and treasurer. If you are interested in becoming involved in a group that contributes to our community in many ways, please consider joining a WELCA group or becoming a board member. This is a great way to meet people and become involved in your congregation!
WELCA’s First Gathering of the New Year. The January Social will be held on January 11, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., with light refreshments provided. Scheduled items include fellowship, installation of officers, and the 2019 final budget report and 2020 proposed budget. We also will distribute the 2020 WELCA Directories. There will be no charge for this event.

Unit Wide Mission Project 2020: Just Love. We have taken the initial steps in our new relationship with Susan B. Anthony, an elementary school near OSL. This will be a long-term relationship of financial support and having a presence in the school. We are still working out the details and will share with you when they are known.

December Devotional is “Watch, Wait, Create” by Vonda Drees, a creative Advent devotional with Isaiah.

Theme Verses: Isaiah 2:1–5, 11:1–10, 35:1–10, and 7:10–16 (source: gathermagazine.org).

Prayer: “Creator God, you show us the way to make visible the invisible. Through our imagination and our senses: May you come alive in us! Attentiveness to the present moment: Be born in us today. Openness in service to others: Be born is us today. Gratitude for abundant grace: Be born is us today. Communion in the Holy Spirit: Be born is us today. We pray these things, remembering that you are nearer to us than our very breath. Amen.”

If you are interested in learning more about the Bible Study in Gather magazine, check out a copy from the OSL Library.

WELCA Board Members: Jodie Nielsen, President; Michelle Schuknecht, Vice President; Karen Zimbeck, Secretary; Nancy Krueger, Treasurer; Sherry Roth, Mission Action; Tami Skorczewski, Advisor

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