With the arrival of November come two WELCA events. Both highlight women and their work for the church. One is service to our own community and the other is outreach to women across the world.
First, please look for the wheelbarrow in the Gathering place beginning November 1. We would like to fill it with food for the Lutheran Social Services food pantries in central Ohio. You are encouraged to bring nonperishable items through Thanksgiving. The food will be shared with those who need it here in the Columbus area.
Second, we invite you to share in our annual Thankoffering Sunday on November 10. For Women of the ELCA, the Thankoffering tradition is one of our foundations. For more than 100 years, Lutheran women have given thanks to God and dollars to mission through Thankoffering. Holy Trinity’s WELCA groups will celebrate Thankfoffering Sunday on November 10 at both services. Our guest preacher will be Katya Brodbeck, pastor at Powell United Methodist Church and wife of our own Director of Music, Joshua Brodbeck.
Last year Holy Trinity sent $1,014.64 to support Women of the ELCA churchwide ministries providing crucial support for Gathermagazine and Bible study; leadership development; support for new units; spiritual gifts programing; ministry resources about women’s health, human trafficking, faith practices, and more; racial justice training; advocacy for women and children; outreach through social media; and partnerships with other Christian women’s organizations. The impact of these ministries is multiplied over and over, expanding the reach of your Thankoffering and our shared response to God’s love. We hope to continue that tradition this year. All loose offering collected on November 10, as well as any special offering you choose to make, will be included in our gift this year. Thank you for your continued support of women’s ministries at Holy Trinity and around the world.