WELCA (Women's)

The Purpose Statement of the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America is – As a community of women created in the image of God, called to discipleship in Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves to grow in faith, affirm our gifts, support one another in our callings, engage in ministry and action, and promote healing and wholeness in the church, the society and the world.

Our goal  is – As a community of women of the ELCA at St. Paul, through our participation and support of the ministries and programs for the year, our mission is to mobilize women to act boldly on their faith in Jesus Christ.

All women of St. Paul are members of WELCA. We offer five different circles (groups) for the women of the church. Each circle meets once a month for bible studies, fellowship, community service and service to St. Paul Lutheran Church. The circles participate in preparing coffee for Sunday worship, Lenten Desserts, feeding the homeless, providing food for Pathways of Hope, Brown Bags for the La Habra Resource Center, Treats for Troops, Community Christmas Card, and many more outreach ministries. Each circle would love to have visitors and new members. If any of the circles appeal to you, please contact the circle leaders listed below to receive more information and a heartfelt invitation to join them at their meetings:

Circles & Outreach


Meets the 2nd Tuesday at 7:00 – contact Donna Austin


Meets the 4th Wednesday at 9:30 - contact Judy Christopher or Carol Schumaker


Meets the 1st Tuesday at 7:00 – contact Diane Collins or Pam Montgomery


Meets the 3rd Thursday at 7:00 – contact Greta Goellrich


Meets the 4th Monday at 7:00 – contact Sheila Richards

In addition to the above, we have been meeting monthly, working on quilts for the Lutheran World Relief. What a great fellowship and mission work! No experience necessary! 

We also had quarterly social programs such as Richard Plaskett from Breakaway Health Corp., an outpatient program for teens and their families who are affected by drugs, alcohol and mental illness; the Mother-Daughter dinner in May, with the theme  a program to Make Your Own Greeting Cards presented by Bonita Hix;. We will hold our Thankoffering service in November. This offering is for the ministries and mission of our women’s organization worldwide. All ladies of the Church are welcome to attend any of these programs during the year. 

St. Paul WELCA also has a Heartline program to inform members of the Church of anyone in need of prayer. Prayer requests should be phoned to the chairman, Annette Nygard, the Pastors or put on a prayer request card found in the church pews.

As you see, we are a very active group and would welcome all ladies to attend. We encourage you to contact any of the WELCA board members for more information: Sherry Draxler – President Janet Kitchen – Vice President Marje Young – Secretary Marilyn Minnich – Treasurer Ardis Carroll – Mission Action Judy Christopher -Mission Community Beth Castro – Mission Growth Blessings...We look forward to welcoming you too.