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 March 19th,2020 at 1 p.m. in Centennial Hall. 
All Zion women are invited to attend. 

The last meeting
was on
Thursday, January 16th   If you missed any other meetings, here are a few photos.

Women of the ELCA Heartland Spring Gathering: April 4th – All You Need Is Love - “And now I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” John 13:34-35. The Heartland Spring Gathering will be held on Thursday, April 4, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Pequot Lakes. 8:30-9:30 am is registration and coffee. The program speaker is Dee Dee Frahm, manager and director of both Salem West and The Mustard Seed in Deerwood. Worship with Holy Communion. Cost for the Gathering is $8 (includes lunch).

PENNIES, PENNIES, PENNIES - It is time again to empty your penny jars for the Spring Gathering on April 4th at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Pequot Lakes. This year’s penny offering goes to Pearl Crisis Center in Milaca. Pearl Crisis Center provides support to victims of domestic and sexual violence through direct services, prevention, and community awareness. Please bring your pennies in by April 7th to the church office. Thanks for your participation in this great cause!

The NEMN Synod Women of the ELCA 2019 Convention Gathering
was well attended by women of Zion. Mary Anderson, Carole Kiel, Nancy Hoskins, Ruth Rankin-Meleen and Ardy Becklin enjoyed special workshops, bible study, communion worship, marketplace and great food at Sugar Lake Lodge on June 25th & 26th. The theme of the convention was “Called to Serve” and the first goal was that each woman attending will be filled with the Spirit, energized to act on our calling to do good works, which God intended to be our way of life.

The 2018-2019 In-Kind Response to World Need echoed the theme:
1475 School Kits
2661 Quilts for Lutheran World Relief
350 Personal Care Kits
235 Aids/Hospice Kits for Global Health Ministries
294 Baby Care Kits
$6900. Dollars for PV for Phebe and Current for Curran
91 Fabric Kits
$4361. Quilt and Kit Shipping Fund
68 Baby Blankets
$434. Global Health Shipping
275 Pounds of Soap
1444 Quilts given locally
850 Gifts for Seafarers

Zion women are part of the Heartland Conference which is one of five conferences making 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. 

"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 next Spring Gathering. Please bring your pennies 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 hospital has 125 beds and there are outpatient services and a school of Nursing and they really need dependable electricity.  The project is 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).

January Meeting 1/16/20

A devotional reading 

and a Bible quiz!
September Meeting 9/19/19
May Meeting 5/16/19
March Meeting    3/21/19

Esther 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  
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