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Women of the ELCA - Western Iowa Synod Women's Organization
The Western Iowa Synod's Women's Organization (WISWO) is comprised of women from throughout the synod who gather for service, study, advocacy, fellowship and more. Some of the ministries supported by WISWO include: Igumbilo Girls Secondary School, Center for Agricultural Development and Lutheran World Relief & Global Health Ministries.
To read the current issue of the WISWO's quarterly newsletter, click on the link below.
This year's Triennial Convention will be July 13th thru July 16th in Minneapolis. See the letter below regarding transportation.
Dear Sisters in Christ,
We have secured a bus for the trip to the Triennial Convention in Minneapolis. The Triennial Convention will be July 13th through July 16th. The Convention will open on July 13th at 4 pm with Worship Service. Closing Worship will be on Sunday, July 16th at 10:30 am. We need to know how many and who wants to ride the bus to the convention. The bus would make three stops on July 13th: first one at Atlantic, then Carroll, and Storm Lake would be the last stop. The return trip would leave Minneapolis on July 16th at approximately 12:02 pm.
If we can get at least 35 ladies to ride (40 passenger), the cost would be approximately $120 per person. If we need a larger bus (54 passenger), the cost would be about $80 per person. We would however be responsible for the driver's room stay while in Minneapolis, in addition to the above cost.
What we need from all of you is your name, phone number, and where you want to be picked up. Please get this information to Sue Boblit by April 1st as the bus company needs to know in advance.
Waiting to hear from many of you as soon as possible!
Click on the link below to print a registration form for the Tri-Synodical Gathering.
Conference of Presidents, Women of the ELCA
Judy Lang, president of the Western Iowa Synodical Women’s Organization, attended the Conference of Presidents of the Women of the ELCA at the Lutheran Center in Chicago on February 20 – 22, 2015. The theme was “The Dance Is On.” This is an annual conference of synodical presidents (64 of them) for the purpose of learning, sharing, worship, and fellowship.
We heard about the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation and had a workshop on Human Trafficking. The other workshops were on leadership and communication. Pastor Jennifer Thomas led our Bible study and worship. We had times to share with the presidents from our region. We heard from the staff of Women of the ELCA in Chicago and some of the plans for the next year and the next Triennial Gathering in Minneapolis in July of 2017. A liturgical dance group praised God in their interpretation of two songs.
We each were to bring two pieces of fleece 80 inches long. We tied them into blankets during the weekend. We made over 50 of them. We also brought gift cards, that totaled over $4,000, to give to Dream Catchers. Dream Catchers serves those who are victims of human trafficking, those who have been trafficked and are out of it and trying to get their lives back.
One of the highlights from me was seeing women I had met at other conferences and meeting new ones. This year, I met the granddaughter of a couple who were members of Silver Lake Lutheran, one of the churches where my husband served as pastor. I always come home with more than I can share. God is alive in the Women of the ELCA!
Western Iowa Synodical Women's Organization Directory 2016-2017
President - Marlyce Hauge, firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President - Sue Boblit, email@example.com
Secretary - Margaret Stangohr, firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer - Dixie Petersen, email@example.com
The Scribe - Carolyn Johnson, firstname.lastname@example.org; Margaret Stangohr, email@example.com
Judy Woods, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nancy J. Peters, email@example.com
Carolyn Johnson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathy Landgraf, email@example.com
Linda Clarke, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dixie Petersen, email@example.com
Ilomae Meling, firstname.lastname@example.org