Our Women of the ELCA - Emanuel's Unit

November 2005


The WELCA Retreat on October 8 was held at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Ridgeville Corners. Pastor Vicki Coombs gave a very interesting talk about India.

General Meeting

Mark your calendar for our General Meeting on December 1. We'll have installation of officers (see below). Miriam Circle will host.


We will present our thankofferings during the worship service on November 20. Put your thankofferings in the designated box or basket which will be available at either entrance BEFORE church that morning. Mark them "WELCA THANKOFFERING". These offerings will then be brought forward to the altar at the same time as our regular offerings.

WELCA Officers for 2006

     President - Carol Dille
     Vice President - Rita Schweinhagen
     Secretary - Donna Peper
     Treasurer - Dora Titgemeyer (serving 2nd year of term)
     Mission Growth - Janis Dachenhaus (serving 2nd year of term)
     Mission Action - Ami Allison
     Filling Guild Representative - Lois Gerken
     Nominating committee - Minnie Meineke, Betsy Mix,                                                                Connie Williams

Altar Guild - Ruth Hershberger
                     Julie Kohout
                     Jamie Bostelman
                     Sue Kruse
                     Shelley Higbea
                     Jessica Yaney
                     Julie Mt.Castle (1 year term to finish Charlotte                                                   Wangrin's term)

Filling Guild Membership

Annual membership dues of $1.00 or more may be turned in to Rita Kryder or Jamie Bostelman. You may also place your donation in the offering plate in a properly marked envelope with your name, address, and telephone number.

                                                   Nancy Lange, President

October 2005

Maumee Valley Conference Fall Retreat

The Fall Retreat will be held on Saturday, October 8 at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Ridgeville Corners. Speaker will be Pastor Vicki Coombs on the topic, "India". Registration fee is $5.00 - due September 26. Checks should be made out to Maumee Valley Conference Women of the ELCA and mailed to Jean Plassman, 07270 Independence Road, Defiance 43512. Registration forms are available on the bulletin board by the church office.


As you are well aware, the Women of the Maumee Valley Conference support our missionaries in Hong Kong - John & Barbara LeMond and their family. Please turn in your donation for the LeMonds in an envelope marked "WELCA missionary". We will be accepting these donations through the month of October.

                                                   Nancy Lange, President

September 2005

General Meeting

Our next General Meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. on September 1. Mark your calendars. We will have the election of officers, and Pastor Castello will lead us in this first Bible Study of our new series. Members of the Ruth Circle will be hostesses.

Nominating Committee

If you are called by one of our Nominating Committee members to serve, please give prayerful consideration to their request.


We will discontinue taking part in Meal on Wheels after our December commitment as discussed at our last meeting.


Are you saving your pennies and nickels (or even dollars!)?

                                                   Nancy Lange, President

August 2005

Boy, when summer arrived - the hot, humid, mostly sunny weather has prevailed! Hope you all are staying cool!

Our Nominating Committee, Darlene Bostelman, Nanette Schwab and Dorothy Smith, will be making calls to find positions for Vice President, Secretary, Mission Action and Altar Guild. Please prayerfully consider serving. It's always good to make new friends, learn more about the women's group and the details of serving on the Altar Guild and serving the Lord.

The sewing group meets monthly to make quilts for Lutheran World Relief. Check the church calendar for date and time and join them. A few extra hands are always welcome! The sewing ladies - and Al - are always in need of old sheets. These are used for the backing or the inside of the quilts. Also, they can use any fabric or clothes for the tops. This is where Al Duquette comes in! He cuts and tears apart the fabric and clothes for the quilts. So, go through your closets, bring your bags of goodies marked "quilts" and leave them in the basement. All donations will be appreciated!

Our next General Meeting is September 1 at 7:30 p.m. with the Ruth Circle in charge of refreshments. Election of officers and Bible Study are on the agenda. Bible Study will be led by Pastor Castello. The theme for the nine-month study is "Act Boldly in the Fruit of the Spirit", based on Galatians 5:22-23. "The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control", Paul writes in Galatians. Mark your calendars - hope to see you then!

If anyone would like to subscribe to The Lutheran Woman Today and join a circle for Bible Study, please contact Janis Dachenhaus at 419.758.3328 and she will get you the necessary information. The one-year rate is $12.00.

Have a good rest of the summer!

                       Carol Dille for the WELCA Board

June 2005

Our General Meeting will be held on Thursday, June 2 with a potluck beginning at 6:30 p.m. Oneta Wiechers will be here to share her experiences at CCNO.

May 2005

Finally, some warmer weather, lots of spring flowers and soon all the trees will be green! God is good.

A reminder - our Northwest Ohio Synodical Women's Convention will be May 14, 2005 at St. Mark's, Bowling Green. Lots of interesting items on the agenda. Registration deadline is MAY 2. Forms are on the bulletin board by the church office. This is a one-day-only event and close to home - it would be good to have a good turnout from Emanuel.

Our June picnic and General Meeting is on Thursday, June 2 with Martha Circle as hostesses. See you there!

February 2005

Anyone ready for spring? We have certainly been blessed with lots of that white stuff and below-freezing temperatures; but this is winter and SPRING is just around the corner!

A reminder - our General Meeting is March 3 at 7:30 p.m. with Melinda Dachenhaus from Hope Services as our guest. Hope to see you there!

We will be getting information soon regarding our Spring Assembly on April 30, 2005 at St. James, Payne, Ohio. Mark your calendars and plan to attend! Our own Rita Schweinhagen is the Maumee Valley Conference President this year.

Thank you to all who are helping deliver Meals on Wheels - the weather is always a challenge, and we pray for everyone’s safe journey.

Thanks to all of our circles for serving cookies and coffee after our Lenten services.

                                                   Carol Dille for the WELCA Board

January 2005

Is anyone ready for spring yet? We have certainly been blessed with some good ol' winter weather the past few weeks.

You will soon be receiving your WELCA booklet for 2005. If anyone has any questions, please check with one of your board members and they will get an answer for you.

Our next general meeting will be on Thursday, March 3, 2005 at 7:30 p.m. with Naomi Circle in charge of refreshments. Melinda Dachenhaus from Hope Services will be with us to share what exactly is offered at their new facility. It should be a very interesting evening.

If anyone needs a ride -- please call one of your board members, and we will get you to the church and back home. In case you don't know who they are:
        President.................Nancy Lange
        Vice President.......Carol Dille
        Secretary................Oneta Wiechers
        Treasurer.................Dora Titgemeyer
        Mission Action........Marilyn Manahan
        Mission Growth......Janis Dachenhaus

We know it is not easy getting out this time of year - so PLEASE call....we will be happy to take care of transportation for you.

Please check your new booklet for your new circle - we always like to encourage everyone to take some time and participate.

                                                   Carol Dille for the WELCA Board

November 2004

Dear Women of Emanuel,

How quickly times goes by. Yes, this is my last time to tell you how much all your help has been appreciated by everyone at Emanuel. Going off the Board will be Carma DeCair and Marilyn Fretz. Thank you for two years of dedicated service. We also say thanks to the Nominating Committee, Filling Home reps, and last but not least, the ladies behind the scenes, our Altar Guild.

Our donations of blankets and kits weighed in at 270 pounds for Lutheran World Relief. Thanks to Marilyn Manahan and all who helped.

Please make a special effort to attend our December 2 General Meeting. We will have our installation of officers, an hors d'oeuvres potluck. As a special treat Larry Whatley from the Cherry Street Mission will be here. We would request hygiene products for both men and women as a love offering. Bring a friend - we'll have fun. We are hoping that our new minister and his wife will join us.

Carma is taking offerings for our missionary, and Filling Home Guild memberships may still be turned in. These may both be done by putting them in specially marked envelopes and placing them in the offering plate on Sunday mornings.

A special thanks to Pastor Alan for the spiritual help he has given us this past year - yes we will miss you.

A warm welcome to Pastor & Mrs. Castello - may your stay at Emanuel be a long and loving one.

May the Holy Spirit be with Nancy and all the new officers in the coming year.

I thank God for all of you!

Last Updated on 10/31/05