From the Churchwide President


February 2019

Greetings to you in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ!

All Anew! This theme still brings a rush of energy through my body. My

passion for this organization runs deep and I’m excited to see what the

future holds for the Women of the ELCA. How about you? Can you vision

the future? Can you see your daughter, granddaughter, greatgranddaughter,

niece enjoying the fellowship and mission that we recite in

our purpose statement?

During this time together, I’d like to invite you to reflect on the future.

Why is the Women of the ELCA important to you? Would you miss this

organization if it were to disappear tomorrow? What would you miss?

Times are changing, but we don’t have to let that affect our mission and

purpose! Imagine what we can do as a community of women today,

tomorrow, next year, in the next 50 years! Let’s leave a legacy. We can

become All Anew every day!

It is my prayer that your synodical convention will inspire and challenge

you in ways you may never have considered. When you return to your

congregational unit please share all that you learned and experienced and

invite those who could not attend to your next event. My representative

who is attending your convention is there to listen to your joys and

concerns, and to engage in everything you have planned. Please make a

special point to meet with her and talk with her and let her know if there is

something we can do to assist you in your ministry.

You are bold and faithful women and it is an honor to carry out the

ministry of the Women of the ELCA with you. My prayer to you is that you

continue to serve and mobilize women to act boldly on their faith in Jesus


Peace and blessings to you <><

Lisa Plorin

President, 2017‐2020 Triennium

Women of the ELCA



Blessings to my faithful sisters in Christ,

What a wonderful community of women has gathered together in the name of Christ! My prayers are overflowing with thanksgiving for your faithful service and ministry. May this time together inspire you, fulfill you and encourage you to continue to live out our purpose statement.

This organization has done some amazing things over the years. As a community of women we have provided services such as anti-racism training, addressing issues involving domestic violence and commercial sexual exploitation and human trafficking.

We also support families with special needs. And we do this not only in our churches and communities, but all over the world. What a testament of discipleship in Jesus Christ!

During your time together I would like you to consider these two questions: why am I a member of Women of the ELCA? What can I do to ensure the ministry of this amazing organization will continue on to the next generation? We have accomplished so much, but there is still much work that needs to be done.

My representative who is attending your convention is excited and looks forward to speaking with each of you. She would love to hear about what is happening in your congregational units and your synodical organization. Please feel free to share your joys and your concerns with her as well.

The churchwide board and staff are here for you and are willing to assist in anything you need. You are bold and faithful women of the ELCA and I thank God for each and every one of you!

Blessings to you!

Lisa Plorin

President, 2017-2020 triennium

Women of the ELCA