As a community of women created in the image of God, called to the discipleship of 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.
— The National WELCA Purpose Statement

WELCA is part of an organization that includes Lutheran women who gather in over 7,000 locations in the U.S. and Caribbean.

Women of the ELCA connect with participants in many ways. We use magazines, e-newsletters, and paper newsletters to tell others how the organization is acting boldly on our faith in Jesus Christ.

Gather, the magazine of Women of ELCA, offers a mix of articles, theological reflections, devotions, and stories of comfort and challenge that help readers grow in faith and engage in ministry and action. Gather is published 10 times a year with combined issues in January/February and July/August. Many women in Lutheran and full-communion partner congregations read the magazine.

Café is an award-winning web-based magazine for young adult women who want to build community, participate in advocacy, and strengthen their faith. It incorporates a Lutheran perspective but is a great read for any woman who is interested in how faith can relate to every-day life.

Bold Connections is a free monthly e-newsletter of Women of the ELCA. Whether you participate a lot or a little in Women of the ELCA, you’ll find helpful news and information on our programs and activities, and stories of how together we live out our purpose and mission. 

To mobilize women to act boldly on their faith in Jesus Christ and to love one another as God has loved and forgiven us.
— Amazing Grace WELCA Mission


Our Mission is carried out in three areas:
Action, Community and Growth


  • Quarterly meetings with speakers on timely subjects
  •  Monthly “Willing Workers” crafts and projects
  • Participation in MCREST (Macomb County Rotating Emergency Shelter Team)
  • Participation in annual Rummage Sale
  • Participation in Lutheran World Relief projects
  • Contributions to local causes


  • Annual Women of the year luncheon
  • Annual May Daughter’s Luncheon
  • Summer social
  • Annual Christmas social, dinner and auction


  • Monthly Bible study using publication magazine “Gather for Faith and Action”
  • Monthly Book Group
  • Attending local conventions and biennial syndical conventions (next in Minneapolis July 13-16, 2017)

Amazing Grace WELCA Officers

President Sherri Switzer

Vice President Barb Westerberg

Secretary Mary Haller

Treasurer Marilyn McQueen

Board Members:

Action: Sherri Seitzer and Millie Ziemann

Community: Barb Jetmore

Growth: Terri Gilbert