Women of the ELCA (WELCA)

Anniversary of Lutheran World Relief (LWR)

Since 1945 Lutheran World Relief has been an effective transformational global development. It is an international non-governmental organization focusing on developmental projects and disaster relief. In 2020, in the middle of a pandemic, we celebrate this anniversary of faithful service of God’s love and action for the world.

At Good Shepherd we have assembled and contributed school kits, personal care kits, and baby care kits twice yearly for many years. Our circles lead this endeavor, but this activity is also supported with help from folks in our congregation and often with our youth involvement.

As we celebrate this 75th anniversary at Good Shepherd we ask our congregation to help restock our depleted resources following our 2020 fall contributions. We ask for baby care kit contributions during Advent while we prepare for our Christ Child at Christmas. In January we will focus on contributions for personal care kits, while we think about personal care for the 2021 New Year. In February 2021, we will ask for school kit items remembering our love for children and the needs of education in this country and abroad.

Below is a list of LWR baby care kit items for possible December donations. There will be a plastic tote at the front of the church from November 29- December 31 for contributions. You can also donate money to Good Shepherd and note “kits” on the memo line of your check or the notes part of tithe.ly online giving. The Congregation Council has designated baby care kit items and funds as our special offering for Advent.

Thank you for any donations.


 LWR Baby Care Kit Items

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:

-2 long or short sleeved gowns or sleepers
-2 shirts – lightweight cotton
-2 pairs of baby socks
-4 cloth diapers
-2 diaper pins
-1 hand towel
-1 baby hat
-2 baby blankets
-1 jacket, sweater, or sweatshirt
-2 4-ounce bars of soap

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 2020

  • 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.  Copies of the 2020 Handbook are available in the WELCA box in the cubbies outside the church office.