Mobilizing women to act boldly on their faith in Jesus Christ


“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.”

What is WELCA?

It’s an easy way to say Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Quite a mouthful, we know. Our organization includes Lutheran women who gather in more than 7,000 locations in the U.S. and the Caribbean, for service, study, advocacy, fellowship and more! WELCA embraces all kinds of ministries that support our mission of mobilizing women to act boldly on their faith in Jesus Christ. There is a place for you in Women of the ELCA.

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Dear Sisters in Christ,

The Holy Spirit works in mysterious ways and that is part of my journey to becoming your President of the Central/Southern Illinois Synod of the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (WELCA). I did not plan on being voted in as President at our fall biennial in Lake Williamson, but heard the call and said to the Lord if you will lead me I will do my best. I had planned on Pat Caley to continue as President because she was doing such a great job, but she had a different call to serve the Lord and a church that needed her guidance and support. We want to thank retiring Board members: Pat Caley, Julie Johnson, Jomarilyn Hartke, Linda Anglin, Clare Smith and Sara Oehlert for their time and guidance. In this newsletter we would like to introduce you to your new board members. They come from different backgrounds, different towns/cities in Illinois, and all have accepted the call to serve on the C/SIS Board. We hope you will join us as BOLD WOMEN on this journey and in the mission of WELCA.