30th Staint Paul Area Synodical  Women’s Convention

May 5th and 6th, 2017
St. Philip Lutheran in Hastings, MN
Theme: Lift High the Cross with Kindness and Love

The convention has it all: Bible study, workshops, speakers, business meeting, exhibits, lunch, Friday evening banquet
and more.  Non-delegate registrations are due by April 20th.  You can also attend one or both days without registering, but you will not receive meals. More information and registration forms can be found posted on the Women’s Unit bulletin board. If you plan on attending the convention or would like more information, contact Jenny Powell.

“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 2016 are:

President - Jennifer Powell

Vice President - Deb Gangnon

Secretary / Treasurer - Judy Michaelis 

Link to "Bridges" Women's Newsletter

The Spring 2017 newsletter is now available (PDF). This issue includes information about the 2017 Triennial Gathering as well as the Spring Convention.

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". 

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 are actively participating in many activities and mission projects both within our church and throughout the world.  The following is a list of the Circles at St. Paul Lutheran and when they meet.  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 often meet in homes of the Circle members but sometimes they meet at the church.

 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.
Most often they meet in the Lounge at the church, but occasionally they do meet at a Circle member's home. 
Women of all ages are welcome to join any one of the Circles.  It is a great time for Bible study, fellowship, and service to God.

ST. PAUL LUTHERAN QUILTERS

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. 

Yarnsters group

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, April 8th, from 10 a.m. until Noon at the church.  All are welcome to come!   

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