Women of ELCA – Central States Synod

Update from the President …

By Lisa Younquist (03/15 from Walking in the Word)

Where-has-the-time-goneWhere Has the Time Gone? 

We all know that old saying – “Time flies when you are having fun!”

Things have definitely been hectic in my life lately. As some of you know, I left my job in Lindsborg back in December, spent 2 months looking for a job, found a job in Springfield, Mo. and moved within 2 weeks (in the snow) to Ozark, Mo. I have been at my new job at Mercy Hospital for a month now. I had the pleasure this week of having my husband, two daughters and a friend come and spend some time with me for a few days over spring break. The last evening they were here, my eldest daughter, Tiffany, approached me and wanted to go to Hobby Lobby to buy supplies for her college graduation invitations! Where has the time gone?

Today at work I was working along and a couple of people were saying “good night.” I looked at the clock and it was 4:30, time to go home. Where has the time gone?

It feels like we just got done having a convention-September. And now we are getting ready to have another one−July. Where has the time gone? It seems like just yesterday that I was elected your President of Central States Synod. Where has the time gone?

We will be looking at deadlines in the near future. June deadlines for getting things to our Registrar, Carolyn Olson, will be rapidly approaching. Don’t be one of those who wonder “where has the time gone?” You will see in the packet of information that is being sent to your congregations that we have two executive board positions open, President and Treasurer, along with a few board positions. Packets are not mailed to individuals. They are mailed to leaders or congregations. You might advise your church’s administrative assistant and/or pastor not to throw this envelope away.

Lots of exciting things will be happening at convention and we will all be wondering “Where has the time gone?”



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.