|We are Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Grand Canyon Synod, Sunrise/Santa Cruz Conference.|
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.
The church-wide WELCA organization (CWO) is separately incorporated and is not an auxiliary of the ELCA church. It is financially independent and responsible for its own financial affairs. Financial support comes from individual and group offerings and gifts. The Women’s Ministries at Desert Hills Lutheran Church is a unit of the CWO, but manages its finances independently through Desert Hills Lutheran Church.
Women of the ELCA gather in over 7,000 locations in the US and Caribbean for service, study, advocacy, fellowship and more! There are four expressions of Women of the ELCA in which Desert Hills Lutheran participates:
* Local Desert Hills WELCA Congregational Unit—Women's Ministries
* Regional WELCA Conference—Sunrise/Santa Cruz Conference
* Regional WELCA Synodical Organization (SWO)—Grand Canyon Synod, 2D
* Churchwide WELCA Organization (CWO)—located in Chicago, IL
At Desert Hills Lutheran we belong to the Sunrise/Santa Cruz Conference, one of eight separate conferences in the Grand Canyon Synod. This Synod consists of the geographical area of Arizona, Southern Nevada and Southern Utah.
Our programs are open to all women in the community and their guests.
♦ Women’s Bible Study
The Bible Study meets the first Monday of each month from October to May from 9:00 to 10:30 am in the fellowship hall. First Monday Women's Bible Study uses the Gather bible study.
The GATHER magazine includes timely articles on health, wellness, faith, spirituality and a monthly Bible study. Subscriptions are $19.95 per year and are available from www.augsburgfortress.org or by calling 800-328-4648.
♦ Women’s Monthly Luncheon Program
The monthly luncheons are the second Monday of each month all year from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm in the fellowship hall. Each month offers a new and exciting speaker.
♦ Memorial Service Receptions
Women’s Ministries volunteers provide reception services for families dealing with the loss of a loved one. Services include fellowship hall setup and providing cookies, punch and coffee for the families and guests. Luncheons can also be provided by making arrangements through the church office. Tables are set with appropriate centerpieces and the tablecloths are taken home to be washed and ready for the next church event.
♦ Sewing Bee
This group meets 9:00 am to noon every Wednesday in the fellowship hall for quilting and making crafts. The women create beautiful quilts of all sizes and colors. Proceeds from the Annual Fall Boutique Quilts, Arts and Crafts Sale (in November) are awarded to various community organizations. Check the church calendar and mark your calendar to attend the sale this year. In addition to quilts and crafts you will find home baked goods and also will be able to enjoy lunch before, while or after you shop.
♦ Navajo Lutheran School
Labels and box tops for the Navajo Evangelical Lutheran Mission in Rock Point, AZ are needed. The program accepts the bar code insignia portion from General Mills box tops for Education proof of purchase. Make sure you check box tops for expiration dates, and place them in the box near the Women’s bulletin board.
For more information check out the Women’s Ministries bulletin board in the fellowship hall or pick up one of the Women’s Ministries annual booklets located in the lobby and reception area of the church. For further information on Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, please check out their website at www.womenoftheelca.org.