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WELCA
 
Trinity’s Women of the ELCA is an organization that plays an important and vital role in supporting the many varied and challenging activities for the church and God’s community.  All women of the Trinity congregation are invited to participate in the many activities that are offered during the year.
 
Meetings are held at on the third Sunday immediately following the worship service.  Participation in a morning or evening circle is another opportunity for fellowship and involvement in Bible study and God’s work.  Meetings are informal so come as you are.  “Let your light so shine that they will see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matt. 5:16)
 

WELCA 2017 Activities

  • On April 30th a Confirmation reception for students was hosted by the Evening Circle and the parents of the 7th grade confirmation class.
  • The annual Soup, Sandwich, and Pie Luncheon was held for the Kiwanis and the public on April 18th.  Proceeds were used as a fundraiser for church projects.
  • Two outdoor entryway flower pots were maintained with seasonal flowers and displays throughout the year.
  • In May the Mission Action Committee was in charge of obtaining drivers to deliver Meals on Wheels.
  • On May 3rd a Mother’s Day Salad Supper was held in the evening.  A quilting theme was presented by Jane Traver.  Trinity women and girls helped entertain for the occasion.
  • A graduation recognition Sunday was held on May 21st for high school seniors and was hosted by the Morning Circle and the junior class parents.
  • Convention Assessment Fees and Ruth Cluster dues were paid.
  • On June 7th a combined WELCA and Circles salad potluck meeting was held at the church
  • On July 5th WELCA members met for the Christian Action Work Night to assemble 64 School Kits which were delivered to the Ankeny distribution center.   These kits provide needed school supplies to students throughout the world and are distributed as needed by Lutheran World Relief.
  • Funds were provided for new carpet replacement and baseboards in the fellowship hall. 
  • The Back to School Sunday with Backpack Blessing and Ice Cream Social was served by WELCA on Sunday, August 20th.
  • Funds were provided for table decorations and updated bulletin boards in the Fellowship Hall.
  • Funds were provided to make health kits for area schools.  Kits were provided for 53 boys and 48 girls.   
  • Bibles were purchased by WELCA and presented on Rally Day to Trinity’s third graders.
  • Altar guild provided training for the crucifers, acolytes, and their parents.
  • Several morning and evening lefse making sessions were held prior to the bazaar.
  • The three-tub sink in the kitchen was updated with a new faucet and sprayer.
  • Kringla, baklava, and chow mein making were held on three separate occasions in November to prepare for the bazaar.
  • On November 12th the women of the ELCA led the Sunday worship service.
  • On November 18th we held the annual Holiday Foods and Crafts Bazaar.  A total of $2,100.00 was distributed for Outreach to the Community Christmas Project, Emmet County Food Pantry, Lutheran Lakeside Camp, Cherish Center for Unwed Mothers, Mission Action projects, Respite Angels for Caregivers, Benevolent Fund (formerly handled by the Estherville Ministerial Association but now handled by the Estherville Police Department) and Pack Away Hunger and Food Bank Programs.  A total of $1,800.00 was distributed for Trinity camper scholarships, Bibles for third graders, Sunday School Christmas treat bags, special events, and outside container décor, and table and bulletin board décor.
  • Mission Action Committee organized and delivered items for the Community Christmas Projects. 
  • WELCA assembled 20 cheer plates for homebound Trinity members. The cookie and fruit plates were distributed by the Trinity Youth Group following the December 17th Yuletide Fellowship/Musical Program.
  • The Mission Growth Committee prepared the new WELCA Church Activities Booklet.
  • Funeral lunches were planned and served as needed.
  • Monthly altar guild workers were scheduled. 
  • Sunday altar flowers were scheduled.
  • Monthly video ministry servers were scheduled.  New video equipment has been approved for purchase and is being prepared for use in 2018.
  • Pictorial records of church activities and special events were taken.
  • A WELCA Committee scheduled and directed a new church pictorial directory which was distributed to the congregation on December 3rd.
  • In November, $500 was given to the Neighbor to Neighbor fund, organized by the Estherville Area Ministerial Association.
  • WELCA contributed funds toward the purchase of a new church camera.
  • A WELCA representative was chosen to serve on the newly formed Endowment Committee.
  • A new light was provided and installed in the Sacristy closet.