Women of ELCA – Central States Synod

Update from the President …

By Lisa Younquist (06/15 from Walking in the Word)

“Dancing With God”
from the heart of Jean Rhodes with influences by other unknown authors

When I meditated on the word Guidance,
kept seeing “dance” at the end of the word.
I remember reading that doing God’s will is a lot like dancing.
When two people try to lead, nothing feels right.
The movement doesn’t flow with the music,
and everything is quite uncomfortable and jerky.
When one person realizes that, and lets the other lead,
both bodies begin to flow with the music.
One gives gentle cues, perhaps with a nudge to the back
or by pressing lightly in one direction or another.
It’s as if two become one body, moving beautifully.
The dance takes surrender, willingness, and attentiveness
from one person
and gentle guidance and skill from the other.
My eyes drew back to the word Guidance.
When I saw “G” I thought of God, followed by “u” and “i”.
“God,” “u” and “i” dance.”
(God, you and I dance.)
As I lowered my head, I became willing to trust
that I would get guidance about my life.
Once again, I became willing to let God lead.
My prayer for you today is that God’s blessings
and mercies be upon you on this day and everyday.”
May you abide in God as God abides in you.
Dance together with God, trusting God to lead and to guide you
through each season of your life.

“You changed my mourning into dancing…”
Ps 30:12

Region 4 Presidents enjoy fellowship with Bishop Eaton during Conference of Presidents in Chicago.

Bp Eaton and Reg 4 pres

Lisa Youngquist and Bp. Eaton – center at mic.



The 26th annual convention of the Central States Synod Women of the ELCA was held July 26-28, 2013 at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas.

Newly elected board-Front row: Beth Rockelman (Secretary), Rhonda Templing (Treasurer-elect), Lisa Youngquist (President), Gloria Sharp (Vice President) Back Row: Board Members Mary Kern, Nevada Vetter, Kathy Regher, Lois Viebrock, Alice Burnett

Wishing tree full of prayers and wishes from CSS Women outside Small World Gallery in Lindsborg

Young ladies attending convention

Lisa Youngquist (President) with churchwide Rep Syd Brinkman

To read more and view photo album, click HERE



Central States Women of the ELCA Cluster Leaders, officers and board members with Trienial promoter and Today’s Dream-Tomorrow’s Reality team member meet the weekend of February 1 for a women’s retreat in Garnett Kansas.



The  presidents and vice-presidents of Region 4, Women of the ELCA

Challenge every women in every unit in the six-synod region to donate $25 toward the
25th Anniversary Churchwide Appeal.

The proceeds will be split …

50% to the ELCA Malaria Campaign; and

50% to the Churchwide Women’s  Organization

Make your checks to Women of the ELCA , note “25th anniversary appeal” in the memo line and send to the treasurer of the Central States Synod Women’s Organization:
Jewell Swinney,  2132  S 3000 Rd, Herrington, KS 67449


Coming up in 2014 — The Ninth Triennial Gathering — of many generations

July 24-27, 2014 – Charlotte, North Carolina

Download flyer: Triennial Gathering 2014

Synodical Women’s Organization Constitution

Download Constitution (Rev. 1111): SWO Constitution

Purpose Statement for Women of the ELCA:

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.