Category Archives: WELCA

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church of Virginia, MN Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America


UPCOMING: Fun Events & Bible Study Times

Below is a list of fun end-of-summer events, along with the ongoing Bible Study times and Fall studies & retreat information.

  • 5th Annual Back-to-School Bonfire Wed. Aug. 22nd right here in our backyard! Enjoy Nuke ‘Em, s’mores, and a great campfire. Invite your friends for early evening fun & fellowship! All are welcome!
  • Summer Evening Worship @ Gethsemane, Thursdays at 6:30pm, Aug. 9, 16, 23.
  • Rally Sunday Worship & Carnival – Sept. 9th! All 3-year-olds, 3rd graders, and 6th graders will be gifted Bibles from our congregation, and all are invited to bring a backpack or bag for the blessing of the backpacks! Join us after worship for fellowship and fun games outside!
  • Bible Studies: Men’s Bible Study, Perkins Restaurant, Wednesday mornings at 7:30am–Thursday  Bible Study @ 1pm in the Fireside/Youth Room– Ladies’ Bible Study @ Adventures Thursdays at 3pm–Rouchleau Bible Study will resume this fall.
  • Via de Cristo: The “Way of Christ” Retreat where experiencing the Gift of God’s Grace happens! This year it will be held at Zion Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids. Men’s Weekend is Oct. 4th-7th, Women’s Weekend is from Oct. 11th-14th. RSVP to Butch or Betty @ 218-741-2682.

Women of the ELCA (WELCA)

Women at Our Savior’s are active in the Women of the ELCA (WELCA) at local, regional and national levels, participating in ministries that benefit children, families, communities and other women.

Worldwide relief support


Our quilters meet weekly (during the fall, winter, and spring months) in the Our Savior’s fellowship hall to sew quilts shipped worldwide for relief efforts at natural disaster sites and other emergency situations. We easily ship more than 300 quilts a year! Everyone is welcome, no sewing experience is necessary.

Infants and children

WELCA women at Our Savior’s also gather and pack emergency kits used in ELCA mission work worldwide. These include layette kits and nursery kits for mothers of newborns and infants, school kits for the work of Lutheran World Relief, and collecting and distributing school supplies for local children.

Ministering to one another


All women at Our Savior’s are invited to participate in Circles. These small groups of women gather monthly for Bible study and fellowship at church or in people’s homes. Meeting days and times vary to fit everyone’s schedule, check the calendar for one that fits yours.

Birthday bash

The annual WELCA Birthday Party celebrates your special day, no matter what date your birthday is. Homemade cakes, fun and games, and a hilarious skit are just some of the evening’s festivities. Consider this your invitation!


April 2018 WELCA Update

July 2018 WELCA Notes

WELCA board meeting was held June 12, 2018.                                           The board decided:

  1. To give the remaining $1001 of the Love Offering fund to help defray the costs of our youth attending Camp Vermillion this summer.
  2. To disburse $372.28 to pay for 14 Confirmation Bibles for our 6th grade confirmation students. 14 Bibles will probably cover the next two confirmation classes.

Marcia Aluni,  WELCA President




Women worshipping together

Front row from left: Chris Culbert, holding granddaughter Kiera Blaeser, Virginia Iverson, Chris’s mother, Ava Dahl, Chris’ granddaughter. Back row from left: Megan Culbert, Nicole Dahl, Kim Culbert-Blaeser


Four generations of women came to church together in early November. Chris Culbert, her mother, daughters and granddaughters joined in worship. Chris and her daughters are long-time OSLC members; all are passing along their Lutheran traditions to their daughters. We welcome their family, and all families!