W/ELCA – OUR MISSION & PURPOSE
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.
Our History: 25 Years & Counting
( from the W/ELCA website)
Emotions and expectations were high when representatives from three Lutheran women’s groups convened in June 1987 in Milwaukee. Their challenge? To cap years of work to officially constitute a new organization–linking themselves under a new banner: Women of the ELCA.
When the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) was officially constituted on January 1, 1988, three distinct Lutheran bodies came together–The American Lutheran Church (ALC), The Lutheran Church in America (LCA), and the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches (AELC). Each church body had women’s groups already active in its own ministries and projects. They were, correspondingly, American Lutheran Church Women (ALCW), Lutheran Church Women (LCW), and Women in Action for Mission, (WAM).
Our purpose hasn’t wavered since we created our first constitution. “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.”
Since constituting in 1988, Women of the ELCA has belonged to the women; it is self-incorporated. No money from the ELCA budget is given to Women of the ELCA; all monetary support comes from the women themselves. Thanks to you, Women of the ELCA continues its ministry today.
Chisago Lake Lutheran Church W/ELCA
We grow in faith through our monthly bible studies.
We grow in faith through fellowship with other Christians
We affirm our gifts by providing services to our church family.
We support one another through prayer and in large group gatherings.
We engage in ministry by supporting Patrick & Jackie Bencke, in Japan a Global Health missionary.
We support services in our community that promote healing, physically and mentally.
Chisago Lake W/ELCA is a member of the North Cluster of the St. Paul Area Synod. Cluster meeting are held in the fall of the year a member congregations. There are 17 member congregations. The cluster meeting is a time of fellowship and devotions. All women are invited to attend.
We are also members of the St. Paul Area Synod W/ELCA. That annual meeting is held in the spring. There are six clusters in the Synod. At the annual meeting there is business of the Synod to be conducted, time for personal growth through educational workshops, and time for fellowship.
Chisago Lake Lutheran Church sends one delegate and one alternate to the annual meeting. We can have any number of visitors and all are welcome.
We engage in ministry by make quilts for Lutheran World Relief.
We engage in ministry by assembling Mid-wife kits for Global Health Missions.
We promote healing and wholeness by visiting our special friends and by host the October birthday party at Parmly Residence.
CLLC Small group bible studies
Small group women Bible studies are opportunities where you can explore issues relevant to your life, dive deeper into the truths of God’s word, or simply challenge yourself in your own personal spiritual growth with other women. Small groups are also an excellent place to build relationships and get to know people who you may not regularly connect with on Sunday mornings.
We offer five women’s Bible study circles that are geared towards a variety of ladies: those seeking answers, new followers of Christ, mature believers, and for those in leadership roles within the church. Many are open to anyone interested. Call the Church office for more information, 257-6300