Women of the ELCA (WELCA)

Anniversary of Lutheran World Relief (LWR)

As we continue to celebrate the 75th anniversary of LWR at Good Shepherd we are asking our congregation to help restock our depleted resources following our 2020 fall contributions. We are very thankful for the Baby Care Kit contributions received during Advent and the Personal Care Kit contributions during January. In February, we ask for School Kit items, remembering our love for children and the needs of education in this country and abroad.

Please note that we will continue to accept donations for School Kits, Personal Care Kits, and Baby Care Kits until April 4, and there will be a plastic tote for contributions outside the front of the church until April 4. Volunteers will then assemble the kits before the LWR pickup date of May 1

Below are lists of items needed for School Kits, Personal Care Kits, and Baby Care Kits. The February newsletter also includes the list for LWR School Kits; the January newsletter included the list for LWR Personal Care Kits; and the December newsletter included the list for LWR Baby Care Kits. 

If you would prefer to make a monetary donation, you can either write a check to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church with LWR Care Kits in the memo line, or use Tithe.ly and enter LWR Care Kits in the notes/memo box.

Thank you for your donations!

School Kits

Please only donate new items. Do not donate items decorated with any religious symbols or messages, U.S. flag, patriotic or military symbols, or references to the armed forces, including camouflage.  Each school care kit includes:

  • One sturdy drawstring backpack- style cloth bag, approximately 14” x 17” with shoulder straps (no standard backpacks)

  • Four 70-sheet notebooks of wide- or college-ruled paper, approximately 8” x 10 1⁄2”; no loose leaf paper

  • One box of 16 or 24 crayons

  • One pencil sharpener

  • One 30-centimeter ruler or a ruler with centimeters on one side and inches on the other

  • One pair of blunt scissors (safety scissors with embedded steel blades work well) 

  • Five unsharpened No. 2 pencils with erasers

  • Five black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink)

  • One 2½” eraser

Personal Care Kits 

Each personal care kit includes:

  • one light-weight bath-size towel (maximum 52” x 27”), dark color recommended

  • two bath-size bars (4-5 oz) of soap, any brand, in original wrapping

  • one adult-size toothbrush in its original packaging

  • one sturdy comb, remove packaging

  • one metal nail clipper, remove packaging

Baby Care Kits

The size of the items should be newborn to 24 months. Items can be new, or clean and gently used.  Each baby care kit includes:

  • Two lightweight cotton T-shirts (no Onesies ®)

  • Two long- or short-sleeved gowns or sleepers (without feet)

  • Two baby blankets

  • One jacket, sweater or sweatshirt with a hood

  • One baby hat

  • Four cloth diapers

  • Two pairs of socks

  • Two 4 ounce bars of gentle soap (no mini or hotel size bars)

  • Two diaper pins 

  • One hand towel, dark color recommended   

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. ~WELCA Mission and Purpose

The Mission of WELCA is to mobilize women to act boldly on their faith in Jesus Christ.

Women in the Good Shepherd congregation have organized themselves to follow these statements since the church was established in 1958. They join the Lutheran women who gather in more than 7,000 locations in the US and Caribbean for service, study, advocacy and fellowship. Within the Good Shepherd WELCA, the circles Miriam/Ruth, Anna, C.L.A. (Come Learn About), and Mary meet monthly to provide small-group opportunities for Bible study, devotions and service activities.

Activities of Good Shepherd WELCA include making and selling Krumkake for Nordic Fest and participating in and hosting World Day of Prayer & May Friendship Day events.  WELCA participates in Lutheran World Relief initiatives by assembling fabric kits, school kits, personal care kits, and baby care kits. Funds raised by Good Shepherd WELCA are divided among Good Shepherd initiatives as well as community and church-wide endeavors at its annual meeting in January. Members organize serving activities for funerals, weddings, and other special events held at Good Shepherd. Our WELCA members attend conventions of the Northeast Iowa Synodical Women’s Organization and Upper Iowa River Cluster D.

Coordinating Committee Members for 2021

  • First Co-Chair: Bev Sheridan
  • Program Coordinator/Secretary: Ann Naslund
  • Treasurer: Marty Steele
  • Cluster Representative: Bev Sheridan

Good Shepherd WELCA produces a handbook annually with contact information for members, committees and officers of the Upper Iowa River Cluster and Northeast Iowa Synodical Women’s Organization. The handbook also contains an activity calendar, circle schedules for the year, and policies and requirements for assembling kit materials.