W-ELCA

The Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (or W-ELCA) mobilizes women to act boldly on their faith in Jesus Christ.

We are a community of women created in the image of God, called to discipleship in Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit. As a group, we commit ourselves to grow in faith, affirm our gifts, and support one another in our callings. Together, we engage in ministry to promote healing and wholeness in the church, the society, and the world.

To that end, we organize monthly donation drives for organizations that work to meet local needs. We collect clothing for women’s and children’s shelters, personal hygiene items for homeless youth, and food for food banks. Usually, we focus on ministries that serve women and children. Our Missions Board is responsible for choosing our monthly collections, getting the word out, and delivering the donations.

To raise money for our benevolence fund, we throw fun and exciting events throughout the year, like our Annual Bunco event in June and a Fall Festival and Family Fun Day in October. The money we raise supports local organizations, like the Mustard Seed School and Courageous Connection. We also run the kitchen for many church events, including a Passover Lamb Dinner, Lenten soup suppers, and a Thanksgiving Eve service with a pie social.  We enjoy feeding our church family.

W-ELCA creates a community among the women of St. Luke’s congregation. Through bridal showers, baby showers, birthday cards, and real friendships, we provide a support system for women of all ages. We care about each other, and we meet regularly to discuss our ministry, enjoy the holidays, and spend time together.

We support the congregation during sad times, too. Through our Comfort Committee, we organize meals for funeral receptions at St. Luke’s. W-ELCA also contributes to the church member memorial funds.

We love working together to minister to those around us, using our hands to do God’s work.

Monthly Collections for 2018

January

Gather adult scarves, hats, gloves, men’s socks and underwear, new and gently used towels and blankets, and tarps to support Union Gospel Mission.

February

Gather Band Aids; cotton balls; Q-tips; tooth brushes; floss picks; trial size containers of: body wash, mouth wash, shampoo, lotion, soap, toothpaste, hand wipes; bottles of water; hard wrapped candies; packets of nuts; instant coffee; cheese and crackers; peanut butter and crackers; raisins; or any single packet snacks for the Winter Sanctuary Service Project

March – Service Project

Gather toiletries and household or paper products to support Courageous Connection.

April

Join us as we carpool from church to Kiwanis Family House for a presentation. Bring a brown bag lunch.  Gather socks and underwear for all ages and genders, toiletries, and household items. Consider hand-held electric dryers, alarm clocks, new pillows for twin beds, white bath towels, white hand towels, white wash cloths, disinfectant wipes, liquid dish soap, powdered laundry detergent and bleach, unscented liquid fabric softener (NO dryer sheets), non-latex Nitrile disposable gloves in sizes M and L, paper plates, paper cups and bowls. Donations will support Kiwanis Family House

May

Gather new underwear and socks for ladies, tampons, maxi pads, Depends for adults, toothpaste, mouthwash, floss, body wash, soap, shampoo, conditioner, face cleanser, loofahs, combs, brushes, hair ties, duffel bags, body spray, mani/pedi sets, rubber flip-flops, drink tumblers / water bottles, bus and RT passes, to support St. John’s Program for Real Change.

June – Mega BUNCO

Gather new or gently used towels, blankets, pet toys, leashes, collars, and pet food to support the Sacramento SPCA.

July & August

Gather school supplies (such as paper, binders, pens, pencils, and crayons) to support Parkway Elementary School and Charles Mack Elementary School.

September

Gather maternity, baby and kitchen wipes;  diapers in sizes 4, 5, & 6; children’s clothing sizes NB – 5T; maternity clothes; crock pots and other household paper products, and gift cards to support  Chicks in Crisis

October – Fall Festival

Gather donations for our White Elephant Sale to support our Women of the ELCA annual benevolence.

Gather non-perishable food items for the South Sacramento Interfaith Partnership.

November

Gather wipes, diapers, and household paper products to support Valley Hi Family Resource Center

December

Gather gifts for the St. Luke’s adopted local school families.