SAVE THE DATE - May 2 - 4
2014 Women's Retreat
Women and high school girls are invited to attend this year’s retreat.
Back by popular demand, keynote speaker, Rachel Kurtz
will join us at Bethel Horizons on May 2 - 4 for the 2014 Women's Retreat!
Theme: Priorities - For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Hear presentations by Rachel Kurtz, an incredible singer/songwriter with a beautiful voice and an amazing story. Rachel shares personal testimonies of tragedy and triumph with a vulnerability that captivates her audience. Rachel has presented at the last three ELCA Youth Gatherings and has had the opportunity to travel to Africa and India with her music ministry. She has a strong desire to make a difference in the world through her music and a passion for global justice.
Beautiful Bethel Horizons - Enjoy the beauty of Bethel Horizons Retreat Center. Feel closer to God as you spend time in a gorgeous natural setting. The Art Ventures Program offers a chance to work on a clay project and the use of the pottery wheel. The weekend includes two nights stay at the Prairie Center at Horizons. The number of rooms is limited: so don’t delay sending in your registration.
Afternoon Activities - Activities include nature hike, craft project, pottery class, rope courses, relaxing. The Low Ropes Challenge Course contains activities that have participants work together as a team on physical and mental challenges. The High Ropes Course has 8 different challenges, including the Zip Line, 35 feet in the air.
Registration brochure coming soon!
Cost for entire retreat is $125. Cost for one overnight, with meals, is $80. Cost for Saturday day only is $35. $10 late fee for registrations received after April 20, 2014.
May 2- May 4, 2014
4-6 pm Check in
8:30 Games and social time
6:45 am Breakfast for the birds
9:15 Dwell in the Word –Pastor John
Noon – 3:00 Activities
6:30 Musical Event
10:00 Free Time/Check Out
Bethel's Women's Ministry provides a variety of opportunities for service and fellowship. The Women's Coordinating Council oversees this ministry.
Women's Coordinating Council (WCC) is an assembly of the leaders of all of the groups that are a part of the Women's Ministry at Bethel: our 17 circles, Bethel book women, prayer shawls, women's archives, blanket group, church ladies, and women's choir.
Members of the Women's Coordinating Council plan events and projects so that all groups can participate and have a voice in the scheduled activities of the women's ministry at Bethel. WCC coordinates fundraising activities so that members of all the women's groups at Bethel can work together to contribute support for our church, our mission projects and the Women of the ELCA at the national and synod levels.
Contact us for questions or suggestions regarding the Women's Ministry at Bethel:
WCC President: Judy Olson, 608-230-6211 or email@example.com
Staff Contact: Sarah Dillman 608-257-3577 ext. 334 or firstname.lastname@example.org
2014 WCC will meet March 11, May 13, July 8, Sept 9, and Nov 11, 2014.
Women's Coordinating Council Meeting Minutes
Click on the links below to open the minutes of our 3 most recent meetings. (PDF).
Submit WCC meeting agenda items and noteworthy items from circles to WCC President Judy Olson at 230-6211 or email@example.com.
Upcoming ELCA Events
THE WELCA TRIENNIAL GATHERING IS IN 2014. The Women of the ELCA are having the triennial gathering July 24-27 in Charlotte NC. Join the conversation as women explore the triennial gathering theme of Many Generations. Listen to inspiring speakers; participate in worship and praise; learn by attending workshops, viewing films and engaging in servant events, and more. All Bethel women are welcome to attend. Click here to go to the WELCA web site for more information.
Did someone in your family get a new cell phone or laptop for Christmas? Recycle their old one by donating it to the women's ministry. We also accept your old digital cameras, iPods, MP3 players, GPS devices, empty ink/toner cartridges from your printer and unwanted gold or silver jewelry. Bring items to the reception desk anytime. Donations fund the women's ministry giving projects.
Click here for more info on Lutheran World Relief 2013 Annual Event at Bethel
Women's Retreat 2013
April 26 - 28, 2013 at Bethel Horizons, with Rachel Kurtz
Women of every generation, how we can love and serve God, the church, and each other.
WOMEN'S MINISTRY GROUPS
All of the women of Bethel are welcome at any and all groups and activities in the Women's Ministry! Come and see what we are about. We'd love for you to join us. Contact WCC President Judy Olson for more information about groups and activities within the women's ministry. firstname.lastname@example.org
Bethel Book Women meets once a month in the evening at Bethel. Members of the group select a book to read and discuss each month. This group consists of women who love to read and enjoy the fellowship of other readers.
The Bethel Women's Choir rehearses on Tuesday evenings from 5:15 until 6:45 p.m., and sings once a month during Sunday morning worship services. This group of women sings primarily sacred classical music.
The Blanket Workshop women share in fellowship as they make blankets (quilts) that are donated to Lutheran World Relief for distribution throughout the world. Some women in the group spend their time at a sewing machine. Most of the women share in simple tasks of tying knots with yarn and pinning hems. No sewing skills are necessary at all to join this group. Tasks are easy, and there are plenty of friendly women to show you the techniques. You don’t have to officially sign up, and you don’t have to come every month. Just join us when you can.
A Circle is a group of women who meet monthly at church or in their homes for Christian fellowship, a delicious dessert, and a Bible study. The circles at Bethel vary in the number and age of members, meeting times and locations, special projects, and type of Bible study.
Church Ladies Ministry is a small group of Bethel women who meet with women who are transitioning from the correctional system back into the community. They meet once/month on a Saturday afternoon at a transitional living facility for women. The afternoon consists of fellowship, crafts, singing, and Bible Study. There is also lots of eating, laughing, and conversation.
The Prayer Shawl Ministry combines knitting or crocheting with praying as members of Bethel make beautiful prayer shawls to give to others who have emotional, physical, or spiritual needs. The completed shawl is blessed at a worship service and given to someone in need of comfort.
WOMEN'S MINISTRY PROJECTS
Donations welcomed by women's ministry. Here is a list of items that would be appreciated to help support the women's ministry. Clean out a closet, help the earth with recycling, and put your items to good use at Bethel. Money raised with these donations funds our projects to support Bethel and to help people in need in our community.
· Unwanted gold or silver jewelry (in good shape or damaged)
· Unwanted jewelry with diamonds, watches (working or not), antique jewelry, or class rings
· Collectible coins
· Sterling silver flatware or hollowware
· Sterling silver serving dishes or utensils
· Military collectibles, historic autographs, old picture postcards
· Cell phones
· GPS devices
· MP3 players, ipods
· Empty ink/toner cartridges from your printer
If you have items you want to donate, bring them to the reception desk at Bethel. If this is inconvenient, contact the WCC president to make other arrangements.
LWR (Lutheran World Relief) Fair Trade Coffee. The LWR Fair Trade Coffee Project ensures that more of the money you spend on coffee reaches the farmers who actually grow it. Fair trade coffee is a simple solution that means the difference—quite literally—between surviving and not surviving for small-scale coffee farmers. Fair Trade Coffee is sold one Sunday morning/month. Sale dates are published in the Bethelite.
For information on Bethel's work with Lutheran World Relief School, Personal Care & Baby Care Kits, please click here.
WOMEN OF THE ELCA (WELCA)
All women who are members of Bethel Lutheran Church are also members of the larger organization known as Women of the ELCA or WELCA.
Purpose: 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.
Mission: To mobilize women to act boldly on their faith in Jesus.
Bethel Women's Ministry is affiliated with the South Central Wisconsin Synodical Women's Organization of the Women of the ELCA. Their quarterly newsletter is called The Trumpeter.
Created in the image of God: A Community of Women
Created in the Image of God: A Community of Women showcases Women of the ELCA groups across the country living out the mission of our organization and participating in our activities and ministries.
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