“all anew”
Women of the ELCA 10th Triennial Gathering
July 13th – 16th, 2017 - Minneapolis, MN

The convention has it all: speakers, worship and prayer, music, workshops, exhibits and much more. Women of all ages and faiths are welcome. Registration is now open for the convention. You can register any time or at the convention for one or all days. More information and registration forms are located on the Women’s Unit bulletin board. Volunteers are needed in several areas. To find out more information, to register online, or to volunteer go to the website  welcatg.org

Unit Board Officers for 2017 are:

President - Jennifer Powell

Vice President - Deb Gangnon

Secretary / Treasurer - Judy Michaelis 

St. Paul Lutheran Women’s Unit is part of the St. Paul Area Synod, East Central Cluster.

We gather together once a year, usually in October, with other churches in the Cluster for an evening of fellowship, entertainment, quest speakers, devotions, business meeting and dessert.

Circles at St. Paul Lutheran

There are two active Circles at St. Paul Lutheran Church.  Each of these Circles meet monthly (except during the summer) for a time of Bible Study and fellowship.  In addition to their regular Bible study times, the Circle members actively participate in many activities and mission projects both within our church and throughout the world.  If you are interested in being a part of one of these Circles, or if you wish to have more information, please contact one of the Circle leaders, the unit president, or the church office.
Sarah Circle 
The chairperson of the Sarah Circle is Nancy Schlagel.  This Circle meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 1:30 p.m.  They meet in homes of the Circle members or in the church lounge.

 Eunice Circle 
The leader of the Eunice Circle is June Carlson. 
The Eunice Circle meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 10:00 a.m.
They meet in the church lounge or a members home.  

Women of all ages are welcome to join either of the Circles.  It is a great time for Bible study, fellowship, and service to God.

Quilters at work


There is a wonderfully humble, dedicated group of women that faithfully meet in the church Fellowship Hall once each month to share their talent and passion for sewing and quilting.  On the first Thursday of each month, starting at about 9:00 a.m. our fellowship hall comes alive with the sound of scissors snipping, sewing machines humming, and lively conversation.  The tables are covered with multi-colored fabric that is being transformed into quilts of many sizes and color combinations.  There are about 13 regular attendees at these monthly quilting days.  Some come for the morning, some bring a lunch and stay on into the afternoon, some leave for lunch and come back for the afternoon.  There are about five others that come to pick up quilts to take home to finish sewing the edges after the tying is finished.  There are a few others that work on quilt tops and backs at their homes and bring them back for the quilters to tie. 

So, where do all these quilts go?  The quilts are a labor of love for various mission project, both locally and internationally.  Many of the quilts are delivered to Lutheran World Relief for distribution in needy countries.  Some are donated to local shelters.  Some are taken to the Union Gospel Mission.  They have sent some with mission groups to Robin's Nest Children's Home in Jamaica for the children there.  They also donate quilts to the Quilt Auctions of two Lutheran Bible Camps that sell them at their annual fund raisers to raise money for the camps - Lake Wapogasset Lutheran Bible Camp in Amery, Wisconsin, and Camp Onomia in Onamia, Minnesota.  The past few years, they have also made and given quilts to our high school graduates on the Sunday that we honor our graduates in the spring and we give a baby quilt to each newly baptized baby. 

If you are interested in quilting, either as an experienced quilter or as someone that is interested in learning, these ladies would love to have you come join them.  Again, they meet on the first Thursday of each month in the church fellowship hall beginning at 9:00 a.m.  You can come as you are able, you don't have to commit to being here each month if that doesn't work into your schedule.  If you are curious to see what they are doing, you can stop in on quilting day and say "HI" and check it out.  They would love to show you what they are working on and tell you about the quilts and what they are used for. 

Our “Yarnsters” team welcomes all who enjoy crocheting and/or knitting, as well as those who would like to learn how to crochet or knit.  During the year the team crochets and knits prayer shawls, prayer squares, crosses, baby sweaters, baby bibs, baby blankets, slippers, cancer caps and baby hats for Lakeview Hospital and hats for the “Hats for Africa” project.  In April, another 8 chemo caps and 6 baby hats were delivered to Lakeview.

 If you know of someone who is suffering from an illness, is having surgery or who has recently had a baby, please contact one of the pastors, the parish nurse or the church office so that a gift from the Yarnsters can be delivered.  If you are going on a mission trip, the Yarnsters would love to send some of its beautiful creations with you to share with others.

The next meeting of the Yarnsters will be on Saturday, September 9th, from 10 a.m. until Noon at the church.  All are welcome to come!   


The Yarnsters would also like to invite you to come spend an evening at Pioneer Park with your project, personal or charity type, while you socialize with others in the community. Originating from an idea of the Yarnsters at St. Paul Lutheran this is open to anyone in the community for an opportunity to meet other creative individuals.  Bring your lawn chair, a cool drink and your project.  Starts at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 13.  Come when you want, leave when you have to.  Bring a friend. Questions directed to Esther Longseth 439-5436 or Chris Peterson 439-8445.

Cancer Caps

Some of the cancer caps, baby hats, prayer shawls and baby afgahns made by our "Yarnsters".

Yarnsters group

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Link to "Bridges" Women's Newsletter

Click here to access Download the Summer 2017 issue(PDF).

To learn more about what the Women of the ELCA are doing and programs offered through the ELCA and St. Paul Area Synod, click on the link above (The Spring 2017 newsletter is now available) to view the new quarterly publication for the Women of the ELCA, "Bridges".