of the ELCA
WELCA stands for Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and our mission statement is:
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 and action, and promote healing and wholeness in the church, the society, and the world.
WELCA has been an integral part of Grace Lutheran Church since its beginnings. In early days, it was called Ladies’ Aid. It is a part of the Northeast Minnesota Synodical Women’s group and also part of the Kettle River Conference Women’s Organization. Being part of these groups connects us to missions beyond Mora.
WELCA sponsors the Fall Harvest Bazaar, the Spring Salad Luncheon, The Christmas Tea, Pie and Ice Cream Social and the Sowing Grace Quilters. It has been an important part of the Library Ministry, the Funeral Helping Hands Ministry, and the Fellowship Ministry.
The WELCA board meet to discuss policy and manage the treasury, which is separate from the church treasury…Any interested woman may be part of this group, which meets at 4:30 on the 4th Monday. Call Krista Elvehjem 679-5653 or in the church office 679-1062, if you are interested in learning more.