Friends, Inc. (in Christ) - SW PA Synod
Page content transcription
If your browser does not render page correctly, please read the page content below
Friends, Inc. (in Christ) Newsletter of the Southwestern PA Synodical Women’s Organization Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America www.swpasynod.org Volume XXX No. 1 Winter 2018 President’s Report As you read this winter edition on a cold, snowy day, we are beginning a new year and in the middle of the season of Epiphany. We are a month past Christmas. Our tree, decorations, lights and wrapping paper are all put away, All the cookies have been eaten and all the gifts have been exchanged, opened and being enjoyed. But wait, have you opened ALL the gifts you have received? Might there be one forgotten gift. Look really hard and you may find one gift left: The tag reads: To: You From: God. Yes, God has given you a gift, a unique gift, just for you. It’s a gift that maybe you have not opened yet, opened it but put it aside, or you’re not sure how to use it. God gives each of us a gift of skills and talents that make us special. When and how we use them is left up to us. God doesn’t want us to return it, exchange it, re-gift it or waste it. He wants us to use it. How disappointing it must be to God to see these special gifts He gave us go unused. How might you use your God given gifts this year? We are looking forward with much anticipation to 2018 as W/ELCA celebrates 30 years as a community of women called to discipleship. Our May 18 th and 19th convention at Bishop Connare Center should be exciting. At our convention we will be electing a new vice president, secretary and board members. Here might be a place for you to use those special gifts you were given. Please give thought and prayer to placing your name up for nomination to fill these positions. Nomination forms are in this newsletter. Our convention will begin Friday evening with a celebration dinner with Bishop Kusserow as our guest and a Lighting of Remembrance Candles Ceremony. Bishop Kusserow will lead us in our worship service that evening. More details about this exciting weekend are included in this newsletter. The theme of the convention is “Women Blessed by God”. I think we are surrounded by many women blessed by God in our Lutheran church and thank God every day that we are blessed by their presence among us. We have a publication “In Your Light I Grew” that journals the thoughts and stories about special women some of you have known. We are adding to the publication in this anniversary year. If you would like to add your own thoughts, thanks or story of a woman who has been a special light in your faith journey submit your write up to Rosie Henrickson. January also begins our support of the 2018 Designated Outreach, Ready Yourself Youth Ranch located in New Brighton. A pamphlet with their mission, goals and needs is included in this newsletter. This newsletter is packed with information for you. Please read it all from front to back so you are aware of all the happenings of your SWO. Let the 30th anniversary celebration begin! God Bless you in your boldness Betty Albright, President
Winter 2018 SWO Newsletter Page |2 Vice President’s Report The year of our Lord 2018 has begun. The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation is behind us. We are now looking forward to 2018 events. The psalmist says, “This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Let us rejoice and be glad in this new year and rejoice as it unfolds with lives of joyful service. In W/ELCA that means planning for spring and fall cluster events, convention and retreat programs that inspire us to live our lives of faith in Jesus Christ. Spring Cluster Meetings (information available) Date and place to be announced: Cluster #1&6,Cluster #2 Cluster #3 –Hebron, Leechburg – date to announced Cluste #4 – Salem Lutheran Church, Delmont April 21, 2018 Cluster # 5&6 – St. John Mark, Homestead April 21, 2018 The Nominating Committee for the 2018 Convention Elections will be meeting sometime in late February to work on a slate of nominees. To be elected in May – Vice President, Secretary and 4 Board Members. We should have 2 nominees for each position. Please consider running for a position on the SWO Board. Nomination forms are included in his newsletter. Prayerfully consider running for these important positions. Respectfully submitted, Joan Orr, Vice-President Nominating Ballot Each year at convention we have some women unfamiliar with the nominating ballot process. We use this means of selection for our president and vice-president. This eliminates “unintentional politics” and gives us a clear way for God to help us choose our next leader. This is the way it works-on the first ballot you may write the name of anyone you feel is ready for the task of vice-president. Every name on the first ballot is nominated for Vice-President. The second ballot is cast using only the names from the first ballot. Voting continues until someone emerges as the choice. No names can be added to the ballot after the first ballot. We Continue to Pray We continue to pray each week for the ministries of the Women of the ELCA and those who lead them. Jan. 21-27: Becky Shurson, Churchwide Board Vice President Jan. 28-Feb. 3: Elizabeth Hunter, Gather Magazine Editor Feb. 4-10: Women’s Congregational Unit at Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in Donegal Feb. 11-17: Sue Hage, Cluster Planner for Cluster 1 & 6 Feb. 18-24: Synodical Women’s Organization of Saint Paul Area Feb. 25-Mar. 3: Betty Albright, Synodical Board President Mar. 4-10: Lydia Davila, Churchwide Board Member Mar. 11-17: Audrey Novak Riley, Churchwide Staff for Stewardship and Development Mar. 18-24: Women’s Congregational Unit at Christ Lutheran Church in Charleroi Mar. 25-31: Patty Newton, Cluster Planner for Cluster 3 Apr. 1-7: Ready Yourself Youth Ranch, 2018 Designated Outreach Organization Apr. 8-14: Synodical Women’s Organization of South-Central Synod of Wisconsin Apr. 15-21: Barb Frey, Synodical Board Member Apr. 22-28: Karen Voris, Churchwide Board Member
Winter 2018 SWO Newsletter Page |3 The Growth Committee Report The Growth Committee was invited to attend a special meeting at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Greensburg. Approximately 20 women attended, 9 of whom do not attend W/ELCA meetings in their congregation. Betty Albright and Joan Orr presented a program on the aims, ideals and structure of the organization. A super-duper supper was provided by the women and Karen Gesalman (of the Synodical Archive Committee and a member of Good Shepherd) arranged a phenomenal display of pictures and programs from past W/ELCA activities at Good Shepherd and a separate display of Cluster #4 and Synodical Activities. If your congregation would like a visit from the Growth Committee, please call Joan Orr to make arrangements. Grants for the May 2018 Convention are available. Please get in touch with Donna Earnest. Spring 2018 Bible Studies are available in Gather magazine. Multiple Meanings: Learning from Other Interpretations by Mark Allan Powell January – Session 1 – Washing Hands with Distant Hearts (Mark 7:1-12) February – Session 2 – Prepare the Way of the Lord (Luke 3:3-17) March – Session 3 – The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37) April –Session 4 – The Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-31) May – Intergenerational Devotion by Jule A. Kanarr – Welcome and Hospitality for All The Growth Committee Donna Earnest, Joan Orr Action Committee We continue to work with Grace Youth and Family Foundation (GYFF) in Butler until the end of the year. As the cold weather arrives, our gifts have helped provide needed items for the relief center program for those needing help during our cold winters. We received a thank you letter from Bill Halle, CEO and President of GYFF, relating how our gifts allowed them to care for many people in need. He thanked our women for their generous gifts. We have been working on a brochure for our 2018 Outreach Designee, Ready Yourself Youth Ranch (RYYR) located in New Brighton. The brochure will contain information on who they are and what they do. It will provide us with a list of their needs. This is a “Christian ministry that connects horses in need of rescue with children dealing with challenges and difficulties, who need to learn about hope and healing”. We will begin collecting for them starting in January 2018. We are now looking for candidates for our 2019 Outreach Designees. If you know an organization that can be considered, please notify the Action Committee so we can get an application out to them. We will vote for our Designee at our May Convention. We continue to receive requests for aid for areas struck with disasters and for help with food banks who care for those who are hungry. God needs us to be His hands and to do His work. The Women of the ELCA hear the call and answer. Peace and love, Action Committee Dorothy Fazenbaker, Rosie Henrickson
Winter 2018 SWO Newsletter Page |4 Community Committee In the year 2017, we have been celebrating 500 years since Martin Luther nailed the 95 Theses on the door of Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. Our Bishop Kusserow had challenged the Women of ELCA to collect 500 items in each quarter of this year. We have far exceeded his challenge. 1st quarter, we collected over 4,000 paper products and donated to the food bank. 2nd quarter, we collected bras and boxers---- 1,243 items 498 bras, 661 boxers, 26 women briefs 42 pairs of socks, 9 under shirts, 7 handkerchiefs and toiletries where donated to Abiding Ministries. 3rd quarter, we collected a total of 327 gift cards from Walmart or Target's for Human Trafficking for a total value of $5,315.00. GOOD JOB LADIES!!!!! 4th quarter(still going on at newsletter deadline) we are to collect canned goods for your food pantry. Which you are to keep a count and notify Barb Frey 412-741-4522, Vera Harencame 724-265-2856 or Eldora Crist 724-837-1032. The Women of ELCA continues to support Katie's Fund. Katie's Fund supports ministries in three areas. They are: 1, leadership development, 2, global connections, and 3, living theology. Donations can be made online at: www.womenoftheelca.org/katiesfund. Dates to remember: February 14: Valentine's Day February 14: Ash Wednesday March 2: World Day of Prayer March 11: Daylight saving time begins March 25 Palm Sunday March 30: Good Friday April 1: Easter God bless, Community Committee Barb Frey, Vera Harencame, Eldora Crist Stewardship and Finance Committee The year has mostly come to a close which means we are wrapping up Grace Youth and Family Foundation as our Designated Outreach. As of the writing of this article our total monetary contribution to them is $3,563.00. Thank you ladies for your generous contributions of monetary donations as well as all the gift items donated at Convention and Retreat. This donation to date is $1,000.00 short of last year's contributions, so if you still have contributions for Grace Youth and Family Foundation, please send them in right away. The end of my second term is quickly coming to a close and our new Treasurer, Susan Brown will be taking over beginning February 1 st. You should still send your contributions to me until January 31 st then after that time they should be sent to the newly elected Treasurer, Susan Brown. **This paragraph is very important so be sure to retain and pass info on to your Treasurers**** Remittance forms are available and can be found on the website www.womenoftheelca.org and may be copied as often as needed. Continue to send all offerings along with Form A to the Treasurer, Janet Fishovitz, 227 Brewer Road, Freedom PA 15042 along with checks made payable to SWPA Women of ELCA. (This is through January 31, 2018). Beginning February 1st 2018 ; you should send your contributions and forms to: Susan Brown, 341 Godfrey Road, Leechburg, PA 15656. Please remember to make sure your Cluster number is included on your remittance form, this is extremely helpful as there are numerous churches with the same name! It has been an honor and a privilege to have served my fellow women of faith the past four years. Happy New Year to all and looking forward to seeing your smiling faces and welcome your participation in the coming year. Your sister in Christ, Janet Fishovitz
Winter 2018 SWO Newsletter Page |5 2018 SWPA Women of the ELCA Convention May 18-19,2018 Bishop Connare Center Women Blessed by God is our theme. The scripture is Luke 1:45...Blessed is She who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord. The theme hymn is For All the Faithful Women. Our Friday schedule has been adjusted for the 30th Anniversary of the ELCA with dinner at Giannilli’s II at 6:30pm. After dinner we will have Lighting of Remembrance Candles and conversation with Bishop Kusserow. We will return to Bishop Connare for Vesper Services in the Chapel at 9:00pm with Bishop Kusserow leading us. We will be busy during our business sessions on Saturday electing a Vice President, Secretary and Board Members, adopting the 2019 Budget, Amending the Constitution and voting on the 2019 Designated Outreach Organization. We will have Fair Trade there so we can shop too! On Saturday afternoon we will have 2 workshops. 1. Jewelry making with Teresa O’Malley 2. Rock Painting with Robin VanDyke Your 2018 Convention Committee Deb Wright, Vera Harencame, Mary Lou Millward, Robin VanDyke 30th Anniversary Celebration Banquet On Friday, May 18th before the start of our SWO Convention, we are planning a banquet at Giannilli’s II, Greensburg (just a few minutes from Bishop Connare Center) starting at 6:30pm. The archives committee has been putting together a lovely dinner and program to be enjoyed by all. We will be honoring Lutheran women in our lives that have inspired us to write about them for our booklet update of “In Your Light I Grew”. There will also be a revival of the RH Factor to entertain us. The menu is a choice of Entrée – Stuffed Pork Chop, Chicken Marsala, or Crab Lump Alfredo with tossed salad, bread & butter, oven roasted potatoes & vegetable medley (pasta dinner will not receive potatoes & vegetable). Dessert will be cake & ice cream. Within this newsletter are directions to Giannilli’s II and please choose your dinner entrée option on the registration form. Thank you & we hope to see you there. Archives Committee Additions to “In Your Light I Grew” Five years ago, we collected your stories of women in your lives who mothered, supported, guided, mentored, listened, advised &/or inspired you. At this time, we are requesting that if you have anyone you would like to add to this collection of wonderful women we will be expanding our booklet. Maybe there is someone in your life that you wish you had previously included or something has happened in the last few years that really touched you. Please share something about this woman (or 2) with us. We are requesting just two paragraphs – one about her (sort of a bio) & the second about why she is important to you & others. It is important that we remember these women and they are not forgotten. Additionally, we are especially requesting any special thought or memories you may have of the women who have served with us in outstanding leadership positions and have recently passed, especially: Alice Hilty, Phyllis Smith, Jane Taylor, Virginia Strobeck, Vera Sindorf Maxwell for examples. We want your stories shared so they will not be forgotten. We will then honor these women at the banquet Friday, May 18 th at Giannilli’s II. Everyone who attends the banquet will receive the new story booklet. If you never got an original booklet or have lost yours, we will have a few available at the convention & banquet for $1. Please share your stories by submitting them by March 1, 2018 to: Rosie Henrickson; 5133 Lougean Avenue; Pittsburgh, PA 15207; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winter 2018 SWO Newsletter Page |6 Deadlines for Convention Forms Please Note! This Convention Newsletter Contains numerous forms for participating in the 2018 SWO Convention. Please duplicate forms, if necessary, as some forms are printed on the back of another form to save printing costs. Delegate Form: To Betty Albright by April 1, 2018 Board Members & Secretary Nomination Form: To Joan Orr by April 1, 2018 Designated Outreach Nomination Form: To Dorothy Fazenbaker by April 1, 2018 SWO Convention Grant Form: To Donna Earnest by April 1, 2018 Registration Form: To Roberta Herrington by April 23, 2018 Resolution Form: To Betty Albright no later than 8:30am Saturday, May 19, 2018 Convention Information Delegates Each CU/ICU should send a delegate to the convention. Please also name an alternate delegate and complete the necessary information on the form included in this newsletter and return it to Betty by April 1, 2018. Delegates must be present at all sessions and be seated for the beginning of the first business session. Any delegates not seated at the first business session will not be able to serve as a delegate at the other business sessions. Inform the Registrar, Roberta Herrington, of any delegate or alternate delegate changes prior to the start of the convention. Convention Offerings Regular Offerings received at the convention are designated as follows: ½ to Churchwide Organization ½ to Synodical Women’s Organization The “Love Offering” will go to the Designated Outreach program “Ready Yourself Youth Ranch” of New Brighton Resolutions Any business to be brought before the convention may be made by a motion or presented as a Resolution. A Resolution would require the signature of three delegates and must be presented to the Resolutions committee before 8:30am on Saturday May 19, 2018. A Resolution form is included in this newsletter. We encourage you to prayerfully consider your concerns and present them to the convention by way of a Resolution. Convention Snacks Anyone who would like to share some snacks during the Convention are asked to bring packaged snacks only. Please respect Bishop Connare Center’s policy and bring only small packaged snacks. A donation basket will be available to help defray the costs of drinks.
Tentative Convention Schedule Friday May 18, 2018 3:00-5:30 pm Registration at the Dorms Report of the Treasurer 6:30pm. Dinner at Giannillis II Report of Conduct of Elections Committee Conversation with Bishop Kusserow Second Ballot for Board Members 9:00pm. Vesper Services in the Chapel Adoption of 2019 Budget at Bishop Connare Center Report of Archives Committee With Bishop Kusserow Report of SW & NW Weekend Retreat Committee Saturday May 19, 2018 Reports of Committees 7:30am Registration in Dining Hall Action 7:45-8:30am Breakfast Community 8:30-9:00am Orientation of Delegates & Committees Communications 9:00-10:30am Business Session I Growth Opening of Convention Finance Opening Prayer Unfinished Business Call to Order Final Report of Convention Committees Report of Credentials Committee Installation of Vice President, Secretary & Adoption of Rules and Procedures Board Members Adoption of Agenda Closing of Convention Announcement of Convention Committee Introduction of Synodical Board Report of Conduct of Elections Committee Nominating Ballot for Vice President Report of Resolutions Committee Presentation of Proposed Budget for 2019 Report & Recommendations of the Board Report of Conduct of Elections Committee Second Ballot for Vice President Report of the Nominations Committee 10:30-11:15am Bible Study 11:15-Noon Work Shops Noon-1:00pm Lunch 1:15pm Business Session II Opening Prayer Call to 0rder Report of Churchwide Representative Report of President Report of Vice President Love Offering - Ready Yourself Youth Ranch Presentation of Proposals for 2019 Designated Outreach Election of 2019 Designated Outreach Report from 2018 Designated Outreach Ready Yourself Youth Ranch Report of Conduct of Elections Committee Report of the Nomination Committee Ballot for Secretary Reading of Amendment to the Constitution Report of the Nomination Committee First Ballot for Board Members Report of the Secretary
RESOLUTION FORM To be presented at the Synodical Convention in May. Can be submitted now by mail to SWO President, Betty Albright, or email to: email@example.com A resolution is an expression of a view and/or proposal by a delegate and/or congregational unit and includes the reasons for the proposal and a suggested action to be implemented. The Resolution must be presented in writing and signed by the congregational unit delegate. A Resolution submitted now needs only the signature of the delegate. A Resolution presented at the convention requires the signature of three delegates and must be submitted by 8:30am on Saturday May 19, 2018. Convention Resolution – 2018 Southwestern PA Synodical Women of the ELCA Please type your resolution using the proper form in the space below. Keep a copy of the resolution for your files. Send your resolution by mail to Betty Albright; 216 Roxburg Dr.; Greensburg, PA 15601 or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or present to the Resolution Committee at the Convention. WHEREAS: WHEREAS: WHEREAS: WHEREAS: THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: SUBMITTED BY:
REGISTRATION FORM WOMEN OF THE ELCA – SWPA SYNODICAL WOMEN’S ORGANIZATION 2018 CONVENTION – MAY 18-19, 2018 BISHOP CONNARE CENTER, GREENSBURG, PA 15601 Name: Phone No. Address: Email Address: Congregation: Location: Cluster No: First Time Participant? Delegate Alternate Delegate Participant Guest Board Member (Each Affirmed CU/ICU is EXPECTED to have a delegate. It is strongly urged that each unit pay for the expenses of the delegate.) REGISTRATION EXPENSES (Check appropriate expenses – EVERYONE MUST PAY A REGISTRATION FEE) Early Registration Fee: 28.00 OR Registration after April 15h 30.00 Friday Lodging: 40.00 Friday Dinner(held at Giannilli’s II) 25.00 Please Pick One Entrée: Chicken Marsala: Stuffed Pork Chop Lump Crab Alfredo Saturday Breakfast: 12.00 Saturday Lunch: 15.00 Commuter Fee 7.00 (Not staying overnight) Round-Up Donation to SWPA SWO (If you would like to make a donation, please add it to your registration and mark the amount of donation on the line above.) TOTAL AMOUNT DUE (Full time spending the night registration is $120.00) Payment MUST accompany registration. Make checks payable to: Women of the ELCA of SWPA. Each attendee must complete a registration form – duplicate as needed. Please complete both sides of this form CUT HERE AND RETURN TOP PORTION TO REGISTRAR NO LATER THAN APRIL 23, 2018 DEFINITION OF TERMS Delegate-One(1) person from each congregational/Inter-congregational unit with voice and vote. Alternate Delegate-Substitute for delegate Participant-All registrants who are no delegates or guests Guest-Person with specific duties such as Bible study leader, Worship leader, Bishop, CWO Reg, Nurse, etc. Board Member-Elected member of the SWPA SWO board who is not serving as a delegate from their CU/ICU Refunds shall be made in total to all persons canceling reservations before the deadline. Refunds shall be made of all pre-payments except the Registration fee to all persons canceling their reservation after the deadline, but before the final count is given to the institution (one week prior). NO REFUNDS SHALL BE made to persons canceling their reservations after the final count is given to the institution.* (*Note: Exceptions may be made to this rule by written request to the SWO Administrative Board.) Onsite registration will take place Friday at the dorms and Saturday in the dining hall. Please return above portion no later than April 23, 2018 To: Roberta Herrington 578 Allendale Rd. New Brighton, PA 15066 724-775-1717
“Women Blessed By God” Workshop Selection (45 Minutes) – Please Choose One Jewelry Making – Presented by Teresa O’Malley Rock Painting – Presented by Robin VanDyke CUT ON LINE AND RETURN TOP PORTION NO LATER THAN APRIL 23, 2018 TO: Roberta Herrington 578 Allendale Rd. New Brighton, PA 15066 724-775-1717 KEEP FOR YOUR INFORMATION The workshop I am attending at the 2018 Convention: Jewelry Making presented by Teresa O’Malley Rock Painting presented by Robin VanDyke Mailed Registration form on: Check #: 2018 Convention – SWPA SWO Women of the ELCA May 18-19, 2018
Directions to Bishop Connare Center Greensburg, PA 15601 724-834-7350 From Pittsburgh and Points Northwest: Take the PA Turnpike to Exit 67(Route 30) Irwin Interchange. Follow Route 30 East approximately 11.5 miles to Bishop Connare Center. OR Take Route 22 and follow to the Turnpike Route 66 Extension Exit. Take Route 66 South to the Route 30 exit, then travel East on Route 30 approximately 6.5 miles to Bishop Connare Center. From Points North and Northeast: Take Route 22 and follow to the first of either Route 819 or Route 119. Travel south to Business Route 30 (Pittsburgh Street) in the City of Greensburg. Turn left onto Pittsburgh Street and travel East to Route 30 approximately 3 miles to Bishop Connare Center. OR For a quicker route from 119 South, instead of proceeding into Greensburg, turn left onto Cameo Lane (marked with a small street sign at the Hannastown Family Health Center), approximately 5 miles south of Route 22. At the first stop sign at a “T” intersection, turn right; then immediately bear left at a “Y” intersection. Proceed for 2 miles to the traffic light at Route 30, and then travel East (left) for one mile to Bishop Connare Center. From Points South and Southwest: Travel to the New Stanton Interchange via I70 or Route 119N. Continue North on Route 119 approximately 8 miles. Upon seeing Hoss’s Restaurant on the right, move into the left lane, which provides access to Route 30 East entrance ramp at the stop light. Turn left onto the ramp and take Route 30 East approximately 5 miles to Bishop Connare Center. From Points East and Southeast: Take the PA Turnpike and follow to Exit 75 New Stanton. Proceed as directed for points South and Southwest. OR Travel to Route 22 and proceed as directed for points North and Northeast. If coming directly to the Banquet at Giannilli’s: Travel on Route 30 East to the stop light after Bishop Connare Center. Make a U-Turn and return on Route 30 West. Giannilli’s is 0.02 mile on the right before you reach the entrance to Bishop Connare Center. Park in the rear and use the banquet entrance to the restaurant. See Drawing
Women of the ELCA Southwestern Pennsylvania Synodical Women’s Organization 2018 Biographical Information Nomination Form for Secretary or Board Member Name: Address: Home Phone: Cell Phone: Name of Congregation: Address of Congregation: Cluster #: I am running for: Secretary Board Member EXPERIENCE-Beginning with the most recent, list significant experiences in each area over the last five years. OCCUPATIONAL HISTORY: COMMUNITY SERVICE:
WOMAN’S ORGANIZATION CONGREGATIONAL UNIT: SYNOD & CLUSTER: CHURCHWIDE: ELCA INVOLVEMENT CONGREGATION: SYNOD & CONFERENCE: CHURCHWIDE: OTHER QUALIFICATIONS: PLEASE RETURN NOMINATION FORM WITH A PICTURE OR SNAPSHOT OF NOMINEE BY APRIL 1, 2018 TO: Joan Orr 201 South 5th St. Youngwood, PA 15697 email@example.com
2019 DESIGNATED OUTREACH PRGRAM SWPA SWO WOMEN OF THE ELCA NOMINATION FORM (Please type or print clearly) Name of Organization: Address: Contact Person: Phone No.: What is the purpose of your organization/project?: Is this organization/project affiliated with or receiving support from the ELCA? Yes If so what Church Synod Congregation (list name) No If not how is it supported/by whom? Does this organization/project help support women and children living in crisis/or need? (Women of the ELCA Churchwide focus) Yes No Explain: Please list various specific needs of organization/project (ie: materials, volunteers, food, etc.) Signature: Phone No: Church/Town: Return form by April 1, 2018 to: Dorothy Fazenbaker 340 Fosterville Rd. Greensburg, PA 15601
MISSION: POSSIBLE At the 1995 SWPA SWO Convention, the following resolution was passed: Whereas: Women of the SWPA Synodical Organization would gain insight and understanding of various outreach programs going on in the Synod; and Whereas: Women of the SWPA SWO would be encouraged to think of ways for outreach and evangelism in their own neighborhoods, therefore be it Resolved: that the SWPA SWO focus on, highlight, and promote awareness of one outreach program in their prayers, in-kind gifts, volunteer time, and special designated offering. Our 2017 Designated Outreach recipient was Grace Youth and Family Foundation of Butler and our 2018 Designated Outreach recipient is Ready Yourself Youth Ranch of New Brighton. In order to vote for the Designated Outreach Program for 2019, we need nominations for organizations/projects which will help us as a SWO to fulfill our mission as Women of the ELCA. If you would like to nominate a local worthy organization/project, please complete the nomination form on the reverse of this page in its entirety and mail to Dorothy Fazenbaker before April 1, 2018 at 340 Fosterville Rd, Greensburg, PA 15601. Also, please be prepared to give a brief verbal description if called upon at convention. A representative from the organization/project will be asked to give a talk at convention on Saturday May 19, 2018 around 1:15pm. The convention is held at the Bishop Connare Center located at 2900 Seminary Dr., Greensburg, PA 15601. If you have any questions about the nominating process, please call Dorothy Fazenbaker at 724-837-5007.
DELEGATE FORM SWPA SWO – WOMEN OF THE ELCA (To be mailed back before April 15, 2018) DELEGATE: Name: Address: Phone No: Email Address: ALTERNATE DELEGATE: Name: Address: Phone No: Email Address: Name of Church: Location: Cluster No: DELEGATE TO A CONVENTION • Be well prepared for the convention by becoming familiar with pre-convention materials, including information on nominees for election. • Attend all convention sessions on time and be seated in the area specified for delegates. • Speak clearly for or against issues from the convention floor. • Take notes that will assist in reporting the convention to your Unit. • Orally share insights, facts, and ideas gained at the convention with members of your Unit. • Provide a copy of your oral report to the secretary/recorder of your Unit. Please mail form to: Betty Albright 216 Roxbury Dr. Greensburg, PA 15601 By April 15, 2018
SWO PA WOMEN OF THE ELCA 2018 CONVENTION GRANT Grant Amount – up to one-half of the fulltime registration fee Grant Application to be returned by April 1, 2018 To: Donna Earnest 945 Old Route 66 Greensburg, PA 15601 724-875-6391 Name: Phone Number: Address: Name of Congregation: Name of Congregation Unit Leader: Activities You Participated in—Church and Community: Why would you like to receive this grant? GUIDELINES 1. Total number of Grants to be issued will depend on the availability of funds and may not be awarded to the same person more than twice in a three-year period. 2. The monetary amount of each Grant is up to one-half of the fulltime cost per event to one member from each Cluster. 3. Qualifications will be based on: a) Written response on application b) Consideration for first time participants 4. After the deadline, award decisions will be made by the Growth Committee based on the guidelines. 5. Grant applicants will be notified of award of Grant within two weeks of the application deadline. 6. Grant recipients must mail their registration, along with the adjusted fee, to event Registrar. 7. Grant recipient names will not be published.
NOTIFICATION OF CHANGE IN CONTACT PERSON Please complete this form when there is a change in your contact person. Cluster #__________ Effective Date of Change_____________________ Name of Church_____________________________________________________________________ Address of Church_____________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________ Present Contact Person____________________________________________________ Address_________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ New Contact Person _____________________________________________________ Address_________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ Phone #: Best _____________________________Alternate_______________________ Please return this form to: Lori Ashton, Secretary 237 Woodstock Avenue Hopwood, PA 15445 A copy of this form should also be sent to: 1.) Your Cluster Planning Committee Coordinator (CPC) –and – 2.) Newsletter Editor: Jennifer Schaefer, 1210 Beech Drive, Latrobe, PA 15650 Please copy on colored paper(other than white) if possible
PA Synodical Women’s Organization Calendar of Events 2017-2018 Officers and Board Members Officers: 2018 President: Betty Albright, 216 Roxbury Dr., Greensburg, PA 15601 February 14: Ash Wednesday & 724-834-2677 firstname.lastname@example.org Valentine’s Day V. President: Joan Orr, 201 South 5th St., Youngwood, PA 15697 February 16-18: Conference of 724-420-7864 email@example.com Synodical Presidents Secretary: Lori Ashton, 237 Woodstock Ave., Hopwood, PA 15445 March 2: World Day of Prayer 724-984-4711 firstname.lastname@example.org March 10: Board Meeting at Treasurer: Janet Fishovitz, 227 Brewer Dr., Freedom, PA 15042 724-728-0356 email@example.com Trinity Lutheran Church Treasurer Elect: Susan Brown, 341 Godfrey Rd., Leechburg, PA 15656 in Ellwood City 724-845-8258 firstname.lastname@example.org March 11: Daylight Savings Board Members: March 25: Palm Sunday Eldora Crist, 903 Redmont Place, Greensburg, PA 15601 March 30: Good Friday 724-837-1032 email@example.com April 1: Easter Donna Earnest, 945 Old Rt. 66, Greensburg, PA 15601 April 21: Cluster 4 Meeting at 724-834-5849 firstname.lastname@example.org Salem Lutheran Church Dorothy Fazenbaker, 340 Fosterville Rd., Greensburg, PA 15601 in Delmont 724-837-5007 email@example.com Cluster 5 & 6 Meeting Barb Frey, 105 Sewickley Heights Dr., Sewickley, PA 15143 412-741-4522 firstname.lastname@example.org at St. John Mark Elvira Harencame, 2074 Saxonburg Blvd., Gibsonia, PA 15044 Lutheran Church in 412-999-3540 email@example.com Homestead Rosemarie Henrickson, 5133 Lougean Av., Pittsburgh, PA 15207 May 18-19: Synodical Convention 412-461-8619 firstname.lastname@example.org June 2: Reorganizational Board Mary Lou Millward, 115 True Ln., New Stanton, PA 15672 Meeting at Harold-Zion 724-635-0218 email@example.com Lutheran Church in Robin Van Dyke, 1530 Mars-Evans City Rd., Evans City, PA 16033 Greensburg 724-538-4813 firstname.lastname@example.org Debra Wright, 543 Church Rd., Harmony, PA 16037 724-368-9449 email@example.com Newsletter Information The SWPA Synodical Women’s Organization Newsletter is published four times a year following Board Meetings. Each Board Member, Officer, Cluster Planning Committee Member, and Congregational Unit receives a complimentary issue. We welcome submissions to the Newsletter of activities or news items which you would like to share. We reserve the right to reject any material deemed unsuitable as submitted and we will edit as necessary. Due to space limitations some items may not be included. Deadline for sending articles for the next issue is March 15, 2018. Subscription Rate: $5.00 per year – All subscriptions begin September 1 each year. Checks for subscriptions and/or donations for the newsletter are to be made payable to: SWPA Synod Women of the ELCA and are mailed to: Jennifer Armstrong-Schaefer; 1210 Beech Dr.; Latrobe, PA 15650 Please use this form to sign up for a subscription or renew your subscription. Form may be duplicated. Name: Address: Phone No. New Renewal Amount Enclosed
SWPA Synodical Women’s Organization Non-Profit Organization c/o Prince of Peace Lutheran Church US Postage PAID 1325 Mission Rd. Latrobe, PA 15650 Latrobe, PA 15650 Permit #173 Return Service Requested CONVENTION ISSUE
You can also read
NEXT SLIDES ... Cancel