Sundays at 9:30 a.m.
Sunday School 10:45 a.m.

118 East Mason Street
Lena, IL 61048



Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Started in 1988, WELCA had it’s beginnings in Ladies’ Aid, Women’s Missionary Society, quilting groups, clothing drives, food drives, groups that made cancer dressings, and hundreds of other causes, that were just part of their daily lives. Just as women were part of the first followers of Jesus, their involvement in church life has always been there.

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WELCA Mission Statement
To mobilize women to act boldly on their faith in Jesus Christ.

The women of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church are a “church unit” of the ELCA. We have a Circle in our “unit” that meets monthly. The main emphasis of circle meetings is fellowship and sharing the Word and Love of God.

Hannah Circle meets the first Thursday of each month at 9:00am (except January,  February, July and August). This circle usually meets in the fellowship hall, but some members like to meet in their home when they are the hostess. This information is posted monthly in the newsletter and in the bulletin.

Our Bible study uses the “Gather Magazine – Gathered by God”, the magazine of Women of the ELCA.

In addition to Circle meetings, we host other events:
     Women’s Mother/Daughter Spring Supper
     Usually held in May
     Funeral lunches when held at Good Shepherd, are coordinated by our members

All women of the church and their guests are always welcome at all our meeting and functions.

In addition to events at Good Shepherd, we meet with the women from our Northwest Conference for events at their churches, and also for retreats, conventions and leadership gatherings with all the women of our Northern Illinois Synod – Women’s Organization.

WELCA Purpose Statement
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.

Contact the church for more information about programs and opportunities for women, 815-369-5552 or goodshepherdlc@mediacombb.net.

WELCA at Good Shepherd, Lena, IL

All Women Welcome
All women of the church and their guests are welcome to attend all circle functions. Please Contact the church office for more information about our Circle Groups, Women of the ELCA, and/or our Bible Study material.


Hannah Circle
Hannah Circle Typically meets the first Thursday of the month.

Circle Information
If you would like information about our Circle, Women of the ELCA, and/or our Bible Study material please contact René Johnson (815) 369-2818.
All Women of the church and their guests are welcome to attend all circle functions.

Hannah Circle
We continue our summer Bible Study: Let Us Pray by theologian Anna Madsen., of the OMG: Center for Theological Conversation. In Session Two: “The Practices of Prayer” in the July/August issue of “Gather Magazine” Anna shares how people of faith find different reasons and ways to come before God, enriching our devotions and our lives.

Our Bible Study will focus on Psalm 19; the Theme Verse is Psalm 19:14 - Let the words of my mouth and meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”

All women of the church and their guests are invited and welcome at all circle functions

WELCA Women’s Conference, Retreat and Bible Study
August 9th from 8:30am - 2:00pm
At First Lutheran Church, Freeport

Bible Study Leader: Rev. Keith Johnson, Pastor, First Lutheran, Freeport
Registration & Coffee—8:30 am
Bible Study-9:00 am
Luncheon-12:00 pm

Bible Study will be from the June July/August Gather Magazine, bring your magazine if you subscribe and Bible.

A freewill offering will be collected and given to charity, 1/2 to NISWO and 1/2 Bible Study Leader’s Charity.

Reservations needed by August 1st, 2018. Please make reservations by calling Judy Castle 815-233-2425 or 815-291-1994-24 (cell).

Flyer posted on the WELCA bulletin board in Fellowship Hall. Any questions contact
Judy Castle at 815-233-2425 or 815-291-1994-24 (cell).

September 22nd Northern Illinois Synod
WELCA 30th Annual Convention

Trinity Lutheran Church, 504 E Diggins St., Harvard, IL 60033.
Registration fee is $35.00. Registration forms available in the church office.

All women of the church and their guests are welcome to attend all circle functions.

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