Women of ELCA – Central States Synod

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 Central States Synod Women of the ELCA Convention

 September 19-21, 2014

Resort at Port Arrowhead
Lake Ozark, Mo.


Update from the President …

By Lisa Younquist (03/14)

Challenges and Changes

It is hard to believe that it is almost April already.  Where has the time gone?  Our annual convention will be upon us in no time.  Gloria Sharp and her team have been working diligently getting ready for convention and putting together wonderful workshops, fellowship opportunities and amazing worship experiences.   We are looking forward to offering a warm welcome to the Rev. Gwendolyn King from Philadelphia, PA as our churchwide representative this year.  She brings so many gifts to share with us. Registration packets and information will go out April 1st so be sure to alert your Pastors and Administrative Assistants to keep an eye out for this information.

I have titled this Challenges and Changes because I would like to challenge each one of the congregations to send a delegate to the convention at the Resort at Port Arrowhead in Lake Ozark, MO the weekend of Sept 19-21, 2014.  I would like to challenge each congregation to send one younger woman to the convention in Lake Ozark.  I challenge you to prayerfully consider running for a board position.  We will be voting on Vice President, Secretary and two board positions.

I would also challenge each one of you to come up with an idea of something new to do in your units, churches or within the synod.  How can we bring young ladies into W/ELCA?  Is it time to change things up in your congregations and do something a little different?  Are we stuck in TTWWHADI (pronounced TWATI or “That’s the way we have always done it”)?

As our purpose statement says…”We are a community of women”.  Community has no age.  Community has no race. Community does not have a specific language.  We are CALLED, EMPOWERED, COMMITTED.  We GROW, AFFIRM, SUPPORT and best of all we MOVE WOMEN!  Working together we can make changes and challenges happen.

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.