The Holy Cross Women of the ELCA (WELCA) is guided in its activities by the purpose statement of the national organization. At Holy Cross, we have four Bible study "circles" that meet monthly on a variety of days. Members tend to join the circle that either suits their schedule best or where they know others. Many women have forged enduring friendships through circle activities. During circle meetings, women share a bible study along with fellowship and refreshments. Each circle has a designated leader who reports to the group on the goals and activities being undertaken by all the Holy Cross Women.
The Holy Cross WELCA is governed by a board of officers who are elected for two-year terms. The board meets monthly. We strive to fulfill our mission as defined in the above statement and emphasis on raising up healthy women and girls.
The annual spiritual retreats are open to all women at Holy Cross and may be for a day or overnight. Circles have a choice of bible studies available including the excellent studies in the magazine, Lutheran Woman Today.
The various circles organize social service projects that may serve the Holy Cross community, people in our local community, in the United States or throughout the world. The most effective project is the Wish Tree at Christmas benefiting families at the Samaritas Family Center, We also make monetary donations to local and national groups as part of our outreach efforts.
The two general meeting programs include the annual "Advent by Candlelight" and a spring dinner/program, with election of officers. In addition, other educational programs of interest may be presented.
As Women of the ELCA, we all strive to bring new members to circles and other activities as well. All of our activities are open to all the women of the church and their friends. We invite you to join us. For more information, please email the church office.
Rachel Circle - Second Monday of each month, 1:00 pm
Ruth Circle - Second Monday of each month, 7:30 p.m.
Esther Circle - Second Thursday of each month, 9:30 a.m.
Lydia Circle - Fourth Thursday of each month, 7:30 p.m.