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Mission: To mobilize women to act boldly on their faith in Jesus Christ!

Purpose Statement: The Southeastern Iowa Synod Women’s Organization, one of 65 ELCA synods in the USA, is a community of women created in the image of God, called to discipleship in 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.

 

Logo explanation: The symbol – with cross, water, and a white lily – identifies the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America as children of God, baptized, forgiven, adopted into God’s family, full of grace and hope in eternal life. It is a reminder of the growth, beauty, and vitality that rises out of that life-giving baptism water. It is also a reminder of the mission of the church to “Go, therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

SWO Documents and Resources

SWO Constitution.pdf
What is Justice Discipleship and Stewardship
SWO Policies

SWO News & Upcoming Events

welca_logo.253The 2017 Gathering   All Anew Women of the ELCA Tenth Triennial Gathering was in Minneapolis July 13-16, 2017.  For more information go to www.welcatg.org

  • We are continually updating the contact information on the units in Southeastern Iowa please fill out the following form to ensure we have the most up to date information Congregation Unit Form
  • Prayer shawls: SWO members make fleece blankets and prayer shawls that are given to adult patients and their families who are staying at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinic. If you would like to make blankets or prayer shawls please download this Fleece blanket and prayer shawl resource guide that has been developed by the UIHC Spiritual Services Department.
  • Nominating Committee: The SWO 2017 Nominating Committee are looking for president, secretary, 3 board members for 2 year term, one board member for one year term and 3 for the 2018 Nominating Committee – one year term. Contact Rudei Eberlein – rudeieberlein@yahoo.com
Today’s Dream: Tomorrow’s Reality

The Southeastern Iowa Synodical Women’s Organization is proud to introduce that we have Deb Husak as our TDTR educator.  Fall of 2013 she attended 3 days of intensive training with Inez Torres Davis and other members of the Today’s Dream: Tomorrow’s Reality (TDTR) network.  Inez is Women of the ELCA director for justice.  She supports Today’s Dream, Tomorrow’s Reality, our (WELCA) network of anti-racism educators and advocates.

Deb would love to share what she has learned with you and your group.  She is able to present the TDTR information. The church-wide office provides her with many different types of resources.   A TDTR presentation can be tailored to meet your needs.  The design for programs is very flexible and features a huge variety or options such as short sessions, longer sessions, brief overviews and challenging in-depth learning opportunities.  Bible Studies, videos, discussions, worksheets, handouts and interactive activities and exercises are all part of the program.

Deb is excited to be able to provide and share this information across the Southeastern Iowa Synod to your units and clusters.  She can also do presentations to other groups in your community; her topics cover all people in our communities.  Deb can be contacted at 641-484-2152.  Call her and create the perfect experience for your group.  She is looking forward to seeing what God has planned for Today’s Dream, Tomorrow’s Reality in our synod.

SWO Board 2016-2017

President:
Sue Mangels

523 Messenger Road
Keokuk, IA 52632
H-319-524-7615
sue.mangels52@gmail.com
Vice President:
Kris Elgin

212 N. 3rd St.
Oskaloosa, IA 52577
641-660-8071
rselgin1@hotmail.com
Secretary:
Lynda Miller

1808 S. 11th Avenue

Eldridge,IA 52748
Treasurer:
Linda Kortemeyer

3406 Forest Road
Davenport, IA 52807
563-359-7364
lindakorte@juno.com
Stewardship:
Virginia Eggers

4393 160th St.
Clinton, IA 52732
H-563-242-4326
C-563-212-0497
faithlutheran@netins.net
Stewardship:
Carol Gruhn
700 17th  Ave. N.
Clinton, IA 52732


Justice:
Judy Hardesty

320 E. Washington St. Apt. 9E
Iowa City, IA 52240
563-726-2492
judy.hardesty3@gmail.com
Justice:
Maureen Johnson

722 E. 2nc Madrid, IA 50156
H-515-795-3525
C-515-681-4275
Discipleship:
Ardy Proehl
513 NW 3rd St. #8
Ogden, IA 50212
C-507-524-3295
arproehl@gmail.com
Discipleship:

Karen Miller
4130 Northwest Blvd. Apt. E201
Davenport, IA 52806
Discipleship:
Ramona Vonsprecken
114 Erie Street
Maquoketa, IA 52060-2716
Phone:  563-652-6224
 

Cluster Leaders

Cluster 1:
Marilyn Greene

305 West 5th St
Huxley, IA 50124
515-597-2265
marilyngreene29@yahoo.comArdy Hines
1911 NW Elm Ln
Ankeny, IA 50023
515-965-7941
cycloneardy@hotmail.com
Cluster 2:
Pat Kolpin

400 MCCellan
Tama, IA 52339
641-750-6661
p.kolpin@mchsi.com
Cluster 3:
Ardith Erickson
 1880 Hunters Creek Way
Marion, IA 52302
319-365-4926
ardyjerry@mchsi.com
Cluster 4:
Vickie Admason

13482 Ramsey Rd
Anamsoa, IA 52205
319-462-2096
vickia@relmach.com

 
 
Cluster 5:
Roberta Jurgersen
1025 N 4th St
Clinton, IA 52732
563-242-2859
Carol Gruhn
700 17th Ave. N
Clinton, IA 52732
563-243-4484
gruhn15@hotmail.com
Cluster 6:
Gabrielle Machalek
912 21st Ave.
Rock Island, IL 61201
309-472-9815
carebearkinrug@gmail.com

Cluster 7:
Peggy Harris, Secretary
1103 N. 2nd Ave.,
Washington, IA 52353
319-653-7511
harris.peg@gmail.com
Cluster 8:
Delores Stigge
11465 N Gear Ave.
Burlington, IA 52601
319-754-6997 
Cluster 9:
Anita Simmons
1117 D Ave.
Albia, IA 52531
641-932-7063
alsimmons@mchsi.com
Cluster 10 and 11:
Lavon Heston
6300 School St. Apt. 309
Windsor Heights, IA 50324
515-28704855

lavonheston@msn.com

SWO Directions Newsletter
Directions 2017 Fall Newsletter
Directions 2017 Summer Newsletter
2017 Spring Issue Directions
2016Winterissue-1.pdf
Directions 2016 Fall Newsletter
Directions 2016 Summer Newsletter
Directions 2016 Spring Newsletter

10th Triennial Gathering

Additional SWO Resources
SWO Facebook Page
Women of the ELCA Website
Women of the ELCA Resources – 25th Anniversary jewelry, christmas ornaments, and clothing
Cafe – online magazine for young women
Bold Connections – sign-up for our Women of the ElCA online news
Gather – subscribe to our Women of the ELCA magazine
Interchange – monthly Women of the ELCA newsletter