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.
PIE AND ICE CREAM SOCIAL
Do you like pie? Do you like Ice Cream? If the answer is YES, this is the event for you. There are typically 20 different flavors of pie, vanilla ice cream, and many different sundae toppings. There will be a free will offering, pie auction and other family fun. All proceeds will directly benefit camperships and other learning ministries here at Grace. This year the Pie and Ice Cream Social will be held sometime in August, check back for a final date.
FALL HARVEST BAZAAR
****Unfortunately The Fall Harvest Bazaar will NOT be happening in 2021****
Stay tuned for 2022
The Women of Grace have sponsored a Grace Country Bazaar for 19 years. The money earned from this event go into the ministries of Grace, and 10% go to community outreach.
SPRING SALAD LUNCHEON
The Women of Grace will hold a Spring Salad Luncheon May of 2022. We unfortunately had to postpone this event due to Co-Vid. This luncheon is festively decorated around a spring theme. Members bring wonderful salads, and the entire community can feast. The quilts ready for the high school graduates are ready for display at this time. The proceeds for this event are given to Local Women and Food Programs.
****This event is on hold for 2021****
To begin the Advent Season, The Women of Grace sponsor a Christmas Tea. Each table is decorated for the season with personal dishes and decorations. The entire Family Life Center twinkles. A program of Christmas readings and music is presented, and a special treat is shared. Everyone from the community is invited to enjoy this festive evening with the women of Grace.