Grand Canyon Synod Women of the ELCA
GRAND CANYON WOMEN’S CONVENTION/GATHERING, NOVEMBER 9-11, 2018
All women are invited to our biennial Grand Canyon Women’s Convention/Gathering on November 9-11, 2018 at the Crowne Plaza Phoenix Airport Hotel. The Gathering events begin at 7 pm on Friday evening and conclude on Sunday morning following worship. The business session (convention) will be held on Friday afternoon from 1:30 pm – 5 pm. Each congregation can send one voting member to the business session. Registration forms, scholarship forms, nomination forms for officers and board members and 2020 Triennial Convention voting members, and resolution forms are available to download from our website’s page: http://grandcanyonwomen.org/2018-grand-canyon-womens-convention-gathering/ Credit card payments are an option as is online registration. Voting member registration is requested by September 17; all others by October 16. Our keynote speaker is Rev. Meghan Johnston Aelabouni from Fort Collins, CO. Her message will focus on being “Fully Known, Fully Loved.” Hotel room registration can be made by calling 1-855-729-6011. Identify yourself as “GC SWO Biennial Convention” to get our room rate, which includes a $10 breakfast coupon. Plan to join us, and come with your friends.
The Churchwide organization of WELCA has awarded two grants to organizations in our Synod.
The first grant is to the Valley Youth Organization, Inc., in Prescott Valley, Arizona, for the Stepping Stones Empowerment and Self-Sufficiency Program (amount awarded $3,000). These funds will be used to work with women one-on-one to help them set and achieve empowerment and self-sufficiency goals.
The second grant is to the World Hunger Ecumenical Arizona Task-Force, Inc. (WHEAT) in Phoenix, Arizona, for the Mentoring & Training Program (amount awarded $2,000). These funds will be used to empower women in need through job training, skill building, social support, and positive guidance.
The granting of funds to organizations and programs that support the needs and the development of women is one way the purposes of Women of the ELCA is fulfilled. Since 1990 grants given by WELCA in support of women and children have totaled over three and a half million dollars.