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 action, and promote healing and wholeness in the church, the society and the world.
January President’s Report
Ladies what a fantastic Autumn Renewal program “Dream Anew” we had at California Lutheran University fron October 20 – 22, 2017. Wonderful Dream Curators Valora Starr and Rahel Mwitula Williams opened our eyes wide to dreaming. Here were some of the evaluations:
What did you enjoy the most? Food, great speakers, location, activities, Bible Study by Val, dream sessions were great, real talk, speakers were so good, often wondered what we need to change. My dream is changing due to what I learned.
Have you learned to….Dream Anew? Listen, Discover, Accept, Act. I will dream, having been awakened to really thinking about a personal vision, inspirational, looking at God in yet another way, inspiring and enlightening, learned to be more open to listen.
We all learned that we need to change our dreams. It has always been difficult to plan activities because the area of our SWO is so large. The next activity we need to plan is the 2018 Convention. This is where you have the opportunity to make your dreams happen. We will be electing officers and board members. In our January Board meeting, we will be determining the date for this activity. We will be considering the length of time for the convention. A dream possibility could be a one-day convention day at CLU. If you want workshops they would be the day before with an option to stay overnight. We would give hotel suggestions and you would get your hotel on your own. If you have any thoughts on this please let me know.
The Autumn Renewal was a fantastic program and we, as a SWO, need to dream more to get more attendees.
In the August What’s News, there was information on “Faithful Friends.” It is a way a we can give a monthly recurring gift to support the Women of the ELCA. Join the Faithful Friends, a group of especially devoted friends of the Women of the ELCA who provide consistent, sustain support for our many ministries. Discussion at the Triennial Convention was: “If every woman gave 33 cents a day or about $120 a year to the organization, Women of the ELCA could more than meet its budget for conventions, regular ministries and resources that women love, Ely Smith, treasurer, told the Women of the ELCA Churchwide executive board at its spring meeting. We each gave 33 cents while in convention.
Each year in February, the SWO Presidents attend the Conference of Presidents in Chicago. This will be my last Conference of Presidents. At each we collect and bring in-kind gifts, and the recipient selected by the planning team is Sarah’s Inn, an agency providing comprehensive services to those impacted by domestic violence. The requested giving is in the form of gift cards in denominations of $15-$25 from stores that carry groceries, toiletries, household items, school supplies, etc.) Congregational units in our SWO are encouraged to participate in the card drive.
I challenge everyone to have a voting delegate from each of the churches at our 2018 SWO convention.