Our logo—with the cross, water and a white lily—identifies women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America as children of God; baptized, forgiven, adopted into God’s family, full of grace and hope in eternal life. It is a reminder of the growth, beauty, and vitality that rises out of that life-giving baptismal water.
Lutheran women have a long history of Bible study, discipleship, and desire to deepen their spiritual life and learn about issues. The Women of Zion would like to welcome you to all of our activities!
Gather Magazine Bible Studies
Gather, the magazine of Women of the ELCA, offers a mix of articles, theological reflections, devotions and stories of comfort and challenge that help readers grow in faith and engage in ministry and action. Gather is published 10 times a year with combined issues Jan./Feb. and July/Aug. A print subscription is $19.95 a year. Digital access is free to print subscribers. For more information, or to subscribe by phone, call 1-844-409-0576. Circles don't meet in the summer, but usually have a Bible Study retreat day once in July.
Martha Circle uses Gather for Bible study discussion the 2nd Wednesday each month at 9:00 a.m. During COVID we are doing a physically distanced meeting at church.
Rebecca Circle uses Gather for Bible study discussion the 2nd Thursday each month at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom online during COVID.
Meets the 2nd and 4th Mondays from 9:00 to 11:00. We work together to assemble quilt tops that have been sewn at home. Quilts are given to Habitat for Humanity, our Open Closet and Lutheran World Relief. LWR tracks our quilts so we know exactly what country receives them. All abilities are welcome for physically distanced quilting.
Families are allowed to shop for free donated clothing, shoes and outerwear...and always encouragement. See more here. Several women volunteer their time to manage and staff this service for our neighbors in need in Itasca County.
Wandering Reindeer Shops
Canceled for 2020 due to COVID. The women’s bazaar is held the Saturday of opening deer hunting in November. Many volunteers enjoying spending time selling bake goods, books and puzzles, and preparing and serving lunch. And, of course, we all enjoy making over 1,000 lefse to sell. Our art and craft vendors enjoy coming back every year. This is our only fundraiser and helps many community groups throughout Grand Rapids.
LWR School Backpacks
We collect donations of school supplies in the late summer through early fall, and Thrivent grants are written to help buy extra supplies for our backpacks for Lutheran World Relief. These necessary basics of learning are used around the world.
Foster Care Backpacks
We collect donations of specific items children entering foster care may need. These backpacks are then given to the county foster care for distribution.
Scholarships for WELCA Conferences are also available.
National Women of the ELCA: https://www.womenoftheelca.org/
Northeastern MN WELCA: nemnsynodwomen.org