Women of Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (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. (Source: Women of ELCA Constitution and Bylaws)

Women of ELCA members continue their work of ministry through Bible study, prayer, and special projects that help others.

Meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month at the Church 9 – 11 a.m. except May, July and August. All women of First Lutheran Church are invited to participate in any or all WELCA activities. We welcome new members.

Bible study – We use lessons from the WELCA “Gather” magazine. During Lent starting Wednesday, March 8 at 9 a.m. for 5 weeks we will be using Lenten devotions.

Activities – We coordinate activities and use proceeds from the Spring and Fall rummage sales and bake sales, gift table, etc. to support Meals-on-Wheels, Samaritan Fellowship, Project SHARE, and Habitat for Humanity, Domestic Violence (Cumberland and Perry counties) and Carlisle C.A.R.E.S. Resource Center.

In February we make fudge for sale around Valentine’s Day and call it “The Benevolence Fudge Project.” Proceeds from the sale go to supplement the cost of groceries for four meals at My Brother’s Table and to the United Way for their “heat allotment fund.”

Mother/Daughter/Women’s Banquet will be held Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in Festal Hall. All are welcome. A lasagna dinner will be catered by Marcello’s. Donated desserts are optional. Susan Kline will speak about her Civil War Quilt. Other quilts will also be on display. Sign up slips will be available in the narthex kiosk or by calling the church office at 717.249.3310.


Some of our rummage sale volunteers.

Spring Rummage and Bake Sale – May 11, 12 & 13, 2017.  Thursday (11th) volunteers set up; Friday (12th) the sale begins from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Saturday (13th), $1/bag day sale is 8 a.m. – noon. Items donated should be only spring and summer clothing, in clean and good condition. The following items will not be accepted: electronics, wire hangers, baby items such as cribs, strollers, car seats or swings. Donations may be brought to the church on Tuesdays (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.) or Sunday mornings.

Fall Rummage and Bake Sale – October 12, 13 & 14 2017. Donated items should be only for fall or winter.

Quilting group – meets the 2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. We make quilts and personal health kits for Lutheran World Relief. Volunteers go to New Windsor, Md. to work in the LWR warehouse for a day in October. Quilts, personal health kits and back packs are delivered at that time.

Prayer Chain – Members pray and send cards of encouragement to those hospitalized, homebound, or with special needs. Prayer Warriors are always welcome and needed.

Prayer Shawl Ministry – members make shawls to be distributed to the sick or those in need of encouragement. They also make hats, mittens and scarves to donate where needed.

Father/Son Banquet for fathers, sons, brothers or friends. It is usually held in June and is a combined effort of First Lutheran and St. Paul Lutheran. Women from each church make the meal and serve.  Date to be announced.

Ingathering Sunday October 1, 2017 – completed quilts are displayed over pews. Special offerings go to Lutheran World Relief.

Thankoffering Sunday November 12, 2017 – Women serve in all the roles, i.e. lector, greeters, communion assistants, assisting minister, and ushers. A woman is the speaker/preacher of the day. Offerings go to the ELCA Women in Crisis program.

Food Ministry – members also coordinate funeral luncheons at the church with families who so desire. We set up, serve and clean up. At Christmas we bake cookies for homebound, truckers and prisoners. Cookies are packed and delivered in December. LWR Fair Trade coffee is purchased by WELCA for church use, along with disposable paper products as needed for dinners and other events.


Last updated:  1.14.2017