August 14, 2018


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8:00am & 10:00am

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9:30am

 

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1:00pm - 4:00pm

 

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First Lutheran Church

109 West Third Avenue

Warren, PA  16365

(814) 723-6450

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Women of the ELCA

 

The Trienniel Gathering of the Women of the ELCA

Spokane, WA

More than 2,100 women, spouses and children attended the 2011 gathering. Here’s a fun look at the numbers.

  • 407 pre-registered for the 2014 gathering in Charlotte, N.C.
  • 365 runners, walkers and rollers participated in the Run, Walk and Roll
  • $18,515 was raised on site at the Run, Walk and Roll for a seed grant program to improve the spiritual, physical and emotional health of women
  • 27 women donated 3.5 gallons of blood
  • $10,420 in gift cards and 11,160 minutes of phone cards were presented in in-kind gifts, as were
    • 600 health kits
    • 400 pencils
    • 150 boxes of crayons
    • 325 glue sticks
    • 450 washable markers
    • 250 notebooks
    • 600 sheets of construction paper
    • 779 bags of socks
    • 58 support kits
    • 2,225 prayer shawls
    • 80 quilts
 
Lori Nowacki and I flew out on Wednesday and left on Sunday morning. The keynote speakers, Leymah Gbowee and Nora Gallagher were very inspirational. We viewed the movie about Leymah, "Pray the Devil Back to Hell" which is the story of her leadership of a group of women as key factors of the peace making movement in the Liberian civil war. I encourage everyone to view her speech on the Women of the ELCA website.  Many of the presentations were recorded live and are on the website.  We also veiwed the PBS documentary film, "A Walk to Beautiful"  about Ethiopian women living with and being treated for the medical condition, fistula.
 
The workshops we attended were, The Power of Language, Sacred Space as Metaphor, Our Spiritual Gifts, Prayer in our Busy Lives, and Chemical Craze: Detoxifying Your Home. 
 
We met with 6 of our Northwest Synod sisters (and 3 of their blood sister guests from other areas) for dinner, and had lunch with our sister Synod women from NE Minnesota.  They presented each of us  prayer scarves.  They had 30 women attend the gathering.

The Thursday evening opening reception was a picnic in the park with music and an informal meet-and-greet with Bishop Mark Hanson.
 
We participated in a tour called Wine and Water which was a very informative cruise on Lake Coeur d'Alene in nearby Idaho and a stop at Arbor Crest Winery with a view overlooking the Spokane Valley.
 
Two worship services with communion and an evening prayer service were held at the convention center. Beautiful backdrops on the stage reflected images during the services.
 
Just some of the prayer shawls were out on display.  We were fortunate to find the prayer shawl that I had made with some others from the NW PA Synod women.
 
Each participant was given a flash drive containing all of the Women of the ELCA resources and a tote bag to carry materials in. Many women exchanged pins and small gifts. Our synod "swaps" were cross pins and a decorative hanging car fragrance which were well received.
 
There is no report or words that can fully portray the experience of a Triennial gathering. The Spirit is felt and the excitement is unique.  This gathering was truly a transformational time in which we lived the theme, "Renew, Respond, Rejoice!".
 
Our hope is that women will mark their calendars now and start planning to attend the July 2014 gathering in Charlotte, North Carolina.
 
Diane Stenstrom