• Fall 2017 Columbine is here!

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    The fall edition of the Columbine is ready to be viewed.  Please click on the link provided.  Hope you enjoy it.  Remember to pass it along to someone who may not have access to a computer.

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving!


    Cathy Calvin

    Director, Women’s Ministry, Eastern Synod

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  • Winter 2017 Columbine

    Happy Groundhog Day!  The rodent has spoken and it will be an early spring!  Attached is the latest Columbine, which has some news and information about what is going on in the next few months, and especially regarding our upcoming Women’s Retreat, H.U.G.S.- Helping Us Grow Spiritually,  in May.  A registration form is provided for that event as well.  Please circulate The Columbine to any other women in your congregation or friends that may be interested.


    Hope to see a lot of you at H.U.G.S. in May!


    Cathy Calvin

    Director, Women’s Ministry, Eastern Synod.


    2017 Winter Columbine

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  • 2017 Women’s Event – H.U.G.S.

    The time is almost here for the 2017 Women’s Event – H.U.G.S – Helping Us Grow Spiritually, taking place Friday May 26 to Sunday May 28th at the beautiful Kempenfelt Conference Centre near Barrie Ontario.  Attached you will find the brochure, registration form and a poster to download and post in your congregation.  Each congregation in the Eastern Synod will receive paper copies of all these as well in the next week or two.  Columbine email recipients will also receive a personal email inviting them to the event.

    Time to act is now!  Get in your registration before March 15th and before the price goes up! Hope to see a lot of you there!

    Cathy Calvin

    Director, Women’s Ministry, Eastern SynodHugs registration form hugs event brochure hugs poster

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    As a legacy of the Evangelical Lutheran Women (now dissolved), the ELCIC has launched the Women of Faith Fund. “The purpose of this fund is to encourage and facilitate the Christ-centered ministry of women within this church and in mission for others. This will be accomplished by providing annual grant opportunities.” The application form is posted on the
    ELCIC website under Women’s Resources. Donations to the fund are also accepted.

    In October 2010, the previous Synodical Evangelical Lutheran Women (ELW) board members met to discuss the future of women’s ministry within the Eastern Synod. At that meeting, each Synod Conference reported that they inted to hold annual/biannual gatherings. As well, Eastern Synod congregational women’s organizations will continue functioning.

    Our former conference presidents have agreed to remain as conference contact persons. Cathy Calvin, the former Synodical ELW president, was appointed by the Eastern Synod Council as the representative for women’s ministry to Synod Council. Rev. Riitta Hepomaki is the Synodical contact person and Val Weingartner will continue to publish The Columbine newslettter.

    Even though the ELW was dissolved the women’s ministry will continue and grow. Be assured that the synod will support your work and efforts.

    Riitta Hepomaki

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