WNALC - Women of the North American Lutheran Church

WNALC Annual Gathering

God is Our Refuge and Strength - Psalm 46 

Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Center
15500 East 40th Avenue, Denver, Colorado 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018​

​​Speaker: Dean Rev. Pamela Thorson

2016-2017 Annual Report

As we, the Women’s Council of the WNALC, finish another year of service, it is now time to reflect on what has been accomplished.  But first and foremost, we would like to extend our gratitude to our congregational women’s groups for their support and prayers, which have enabled us keep them connected with other groups and to assist them in their missions.  

During our council’s retreat, hosted at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lexington, SC (church home of Clyde Sanders), it was determined that we must “Define, Develop, Do”.  “Define” issues that needed corrected or clarified, “Develop” a plan of action to accomplish the need, and “Do” it (apply it). I believe we have done just that this year. 

We were finally able to ratify our Operational Guidance through the hard work of our vice-chair, Linda Brower. Though not many major changes were implemented, several editorial changes were made for clarification.  One change is that our committees are now referenced as “teams” because it is through teamwork that we accomplish the greater good for the WNALC.  As our organization grows, our teams will develop to ensure that we adhere to our guidelines to meet the needs of the women within our NALC congregations. 

We purchased a new interface for our website, wnalc.org, which our computer expert volunteer, Juhree Polkowski, graciously set up for us and is now up and running; however, it is still in the development stage.  We will continue to work on this to make it more “user friendly” for our members.  

Our newsletter, which is now published 6 times a year, has been improved by a member of our Communications Team, Lane Magera, and can be found on the WNALC website.  In addition, each congregation should receive a copy through mass distribution by the NALC main office, thanks to Anne Gleason.

The Mission Bank proposal, implemented several years ago, was a success, with a total of $8460.84 collected in 2015-2016.  This enabled the WNALC to present half to SOLA Publishing and the other half to World Mission Prayer League in support of St. Luke’s Christian (Theological) College in South Sudan.  Through the hard work of our Mission Support Team and the generosity of our members, this mission will continue next year. 

All in all, it was a very productive year.  We hope and pray that with God’s guidance, the continued support from the NALC and our members, we will continue to be of service to the WNALC and for the glory of God.

Respectfully submitted,

Jessie Phillips, Exiting WNALC Chair


Is God Calling You to be
on the WNALC Council? 


Who:  YOU! 

What:  Run for election to be on the WNALC Council

When:  Tuesday, August 14, 2018 (During ‘Lutheran Week’)

Where:  At the annual WNALC Gathering (this year in Denver!)

How:  Fill out the WNALC Nomination Form at the end of this newsletter and email/mail it to Pat Dittrich.  (pdittrich.wnalc@gmail.com) or (PO Box 341, Orchard, TX  77464) 

Is God calling you to go further in women’s ministry beyond your home church?

Pray, listen to Him, and take a step in faith… 

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy path.” Proverbs 3:5-6 

Pat Dittrich
WNALC Council & Nominations Team



Dates: August 13-17, 2018

Location: Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Center
15500 East 40th Avenue
Denver, Colorado