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Purpose Statement for the Women of the ELCA


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.


What is WELCA?


You may be asking, "What is WELCA and why should I get involved?"  Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is a women's group that is much more than the ladies staked out in the kitchen or the organizers of annual church quilt drives or a monthly coffee clutch.


Here in the Florida-Bahamas Synod we can be proud that our Women of the ELCA members are involved at the unprecedented levels beyond what their foremothers envisioned before them.  We are a diverse group of mothers, grandmothers, sisters and daughters that have found a common purpose in serving within and beyond our church walls.


What is SWO?


All women of the Florida-Bahamas Synod are encouraged to join us (Florida-Bahamas Synodical Women's Organization or SWO) in becoming more involved in the fellowship of the Women of the ELCA.  We are the coordinating body for synod-wide events and promote communication between churchwide, conferences, and local congregational units.  We sponsor uplifting and renewing FALL GATHERINGS, we come together at conference events especially at SPRING GATHERINGS, and we delight in sharing ministry as well as ourselves.

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