Zion Women of the E.L.C.A.

(Women of the E.L.C.A. web site)

"Above all, clothe yourselves with love,
which binds everything together
in perfect harmony.

Colossians 3:14


What's Next?

The Next WELCA meeting
will be on May 16, 2019 at 1:00 PM in Centennial Hall. 
All Zion women are invited to attend. 

The last meeting
was on
Thursday, March 21st.  If you missed that or any other meetings, here are a few photos.

Women of the ELCA Heartland Spring Gathering has been rescheduled to April 24 – My Beautiful Broken Shell - “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16, 18 - The Heartland Spring Gathering will be heeld on Saturday, April 24, at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Malmo. 8-9 am is registration and coffee. 9:00 am – noon is business meeting, program with speaker Deb Clark and worship with Holy Communion. Lunch served at 11:45. Cost for the Gathering is $8.

Called to Serve: 2019 WELCA Convention/Summer Gathering
– Calling all Women of the NE MN Synod Women of the ELCA to share a time of growing in faith and self-renewal. Mark your calendars and come to our next synod-wide Summer Convention/Gathering June 24-26, at the beautiful Sugar Lake Lodge in Grand Rapids. Our theme is "Called to Serve" and our theme verse is Ephesians 2:10: “For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works…” If you have questions, talk to Ardy Becklin or Carole Kiel.

NE MN Synod WELCA report of the IN KIND RESPONSE TO WORLD NEED for 2017-18 is impressive:

2,535 Quilts for Lutheran World Relief

1,425 Quilts given locally

1,769 School Kits (LWR)

279 Baby Blankets

$1,801 Current for Curran

$3,368 Quilt and Kit Shipping Fund

$596.20 Global Health Ministries Shipping

$35,912 Money donated locally

They also did 129 Personal Care Kits, 173 Baby Care Kits, 38 Fabric Kits, 518 New Born Kits, 194 Aids/Hospice Kits, 571 Pounds and 7,996 Rolled Bandages, 205 Pounds of Soap and $200 to Gifts for Seafarers. $6,393.67 in pennies was collected for local conference charities. Zion women are part of the Heartland Conference which is one of five conferences making up the NEMN WELCA.

RADA Cutlery - Do you love the Rada Cutlery that we sell the first Sunday of each month? Are there certain knives that you are looking for that we don’t have? You now have the option to make purchases with our new Rada Internet Fund raising program. Use this link to Rada Fund Raising and you have the ability to order not only Rada cutlery, but any of their products (quick mixes, recipe books, etc.) You purchase your items using a credit/debit card or Paypal and your items are sent directly from Rada. Zion will receive 40% profit from each order. This is a great way to order Christmas, wedding or shower gifts. Please make sure it shows: Your purchases will support the fund raiser for Zion Lutheran Church (Milaca, MN) across the top of the website; if it doesn’t, click on the Select your fund raising group tab and search for Zion Lutheran Church, Milaca MN. This will ensure Zion receives the profit from your purchases. Feel free to share our link with your family and friends. Thank you for your support and happy shopping!!

Stop by the Fair Trades Center
On the first Sunday of the month, Women of the ELCA sell Fair Trade high quality coffee (whole bean or ground), tea and chocolate bars to support the alternative Fair Trade system that empowers farmers, strengthens communities and benefits the environment. They also sell boxed greeting cards, packages of decorative napkins, and knives and cutlery. “Milaca’s Best” Cookbook and 125th anniversary mugs are also for Sale! We are located in the Narthex as you go into the Fellowship Hall for your refreshments. HELPING OTHERS IS OUR GOAL. PRAISE GOD!!

"Milaca's Best"
cookbook is now available from the church office or on the first Sunday of the month at the Fair Market display. It's filled with recipes from people you know and others you don't. There's comfort food and company food, main dishes and desserts, everything you could ever want in a cookbook. Check it out and then buy one for $17 or two for $35. The proceeds go toward debt reduction.

To our quilt partners in ministry: Thank you once again for creating and donating your wonderful quilts to the Synod assembly quilt auction. Just over $12,000 was raised for the ELCA Hunger Appeal. The theme of this year’s assembly was, “living in God’s Kingdom changes everything.” We couldn’t agree more because we believe you are changing the world through this ministry one quilt at a time. What an amazing thing!
Wishing you God’s joy and Peace this summer,
The Synod Quilt & Marketplace Team.

PENNIES, PENNIES, PENNIES - It is time again to empty your penny jars for the Spring Gathering on April 11 at Zion. This year’s penny offering goes to Rising Hope. The Rising Hope Foundation is a non-profit organization for restoration and healing of victims of human trafficking. Rising Hope’s goal is to build the first FREEDOM RANCH in Brainerd MN. This Freedom Ranch will be a safe home where these young girls rescued from the abuses of human trafficking can begin the healing process with the help of trained counselors, educators, and health care professionals. One by one we can work together to bring hope and healing to victims of human trafficking. Please bring your pennies in by April 7 to the church office. Thanks for your participation in this great cause!


Thank you for your generous gifts to the Phebe Solar Project. Your faithful generosity has made a life changing difference to the patients, staff, and residents at Phebe. The solar panels are now making electricity for the hospital, and there are already plans being made for the same thing at Curran, the other Lutheran Hospital in Liberia. The project will be called "Current for Curran."

Please follow the projects on Facebook - the page is called Skip the Grid.

Wanted: Quilters! Join the Dorcas Quilters the first and third Wednesdays in the month at 9 a.m. - once a month during the summer - check your calendar. Can you tie a knot? Cut fabric? Use a sewing machine? You'll be welcomed with smiles! Bring your lunch.

Hooks and Needles! 
Hooks and Needles meets the first Tuesday of the month, September thru May,in the Zion library. Even if you can’t be there when we meet, you can still be part of Hooks and Needles by working on one of the projects at home. We make prayer shawls, afghans for the Hospice Care Unit in Onamia, chemo caps, baby caps for the Princeton hospital newborns and for Global Health Ministries, and wristlets for Elim. If you don’t want to make anything, maybe you have some leftover yarn you’d like to get rid of. If you do, we will gladly take it and use it well! Call or text Jan (320-362-1181) or email her.

Zion has two Circles - Eunice and Esther - that meet September thru May. Eunice meets the third Monday of the month at 10 a.m. and Esther meets the first Thursday of the month at 1 p.m. We enjoy a dessert, conduct a little business, and have a short Bible study. We serve funeral lunches, we provide quilts for the raffle at the Meatball Supper, we cooperate on the Santa Lucia Luncheon in December, and we help at Zion in any way we can. See the monthly calendar for dates and join us!

The Missionary Quilt designed by Maxine and made by the quilters from Liberian shirts donated by Rev. John Lunn is hanging in Centennial Hall - see a photo. It was auctioned off at the 2010 Synod Gathering and bought back by Pastor Blenkush and Wes and Carol Johnson.

Zion Red Cookbooks
– If you have a Zion Red Cookbook, please note the corrections that should be added to your book. Page numbers and recipes names are listed below.
Pg. 46 Lemon Pie  -After the word kettle, add 2 C hot water
Pg. 90 2nd on page: To filling, add 1 C sugar
Pg. 142 Rice Pudding: After cook 10 min. add salt & vanilla, with 6 Tbsp. Sugar, add 1 Tbsp. corn starch. Bake 10 min. (not 45 min), until light brown.
Pg. 159 Cream of Broccoli Soup: After add, add ¾ C water
Pg. 255 Rice Pudding: To meringue, add 1 Tbsp. corn starch (not corn syrup).

March Meeting    3/21/19

Esrher Circle presented devotions and a program
and Ardy led the meeting. Eunice Circle served pie and
January Meeting 1/17/19

Eunice Circle presented devotions and  the program

Ardy led the meeting

Esther Circle served dessert

Our new Secretary!!
November Meeting   11/15/18  
September Meeting 7/19/18

Mary had devotions, and

and Ardy had a game for us about hymns!

Esther Circle's Carole made dessert...

which we all enjoyed.
July Meeting       7/19/18    
The Zion Women of the E.L.C.A. meet every other month on the third Thursday of the month at 2 p.m. Circles take turns providing an interesting program and coffee with something good to eat.

The Zion Women's Circles also take turns doing the monthly cleaning of the kitchen and serving food at funerals.

The Zion Women use the proceeds from their activities as well as the offerings from meetings and from Circle meetings to support these things:
The Salvation Army
Pearl Crisis Center
Rev. Linda Johnson Seyenkulo's Mission in Liberia
The Marie Sandvik Center in Minneapolis
Twin Ports Ministry to Seafarers in Duluth
Friends of the Milaca Library
Lutheran World Relief
ELCA Pennies for Women and Children in Poverty
Pastor's Discretionary Fund
Crisis Pregnancy Center