Women of ELCA – Central States Synod


Update from the President …

By Lisa Younquist (10/14)

Over 2500 women gathered in Charlotte for the 9th Triennial Convention where we elected a new executive board, passed a resolution on immigration and memorials on keeping the size of the executive board at 17 instead of reducing it to 9, human trafficking, to pray for and support the NE MN SWO in their journey of developing a proposal for Phebe Hospital in Liberia.  We passed a $2.9M budget for FY15

We passed two resolutions at our convention in Lake Ozark.

The first resolution is regarding human trafficking which entails forming a committee to review resources and help the Women of the ELCA CSS promote resources that can help units inform, educate and mobilize units in CSS and communities through prayer, ministry and political action.

The other resolution is we have started a scholarship fund for Women of the ELCA in CSS for post high school education.  The first scholarship will be given out for the Fall of 2016 school year.  This scholarship fund is privately funded so anyone can contribute to the fund. Monies can be sent to our treasurer, Rhonda Templing.

We passed a $47K budget which includes funds to hold women’s retreats twice a year-this is outside of our annual convention  One will be held in KS and one in MO.  I will be working with women on both sides of the state line to put these together.

Fall board meeting will be held next weekend, Sept. 24/25, 2014 at Camp Tomah Shinga!

Next Convention will be July 24-26, 2015 in Topeka…more info will be coming out after first of the year.

These are just some of the highlights over the past few months.  If anyone has any questions, please feel free to contact me either by email, lyoungquist@live.com or my cell phone…785-342-4877



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.