During the Sundays in March, WELCA (Women of the ELCA) is collecting new winter clothing (think socks, scarves, gloves, rain jackets….) for Lutheran Community Services to distribute to families in need. Look for the donation site in the Pioneer Chapel.

WELCA’s Fair Trade Coffee & Chocolate Sale, Sunday, March 3rd
Stock up on your monthly supply of chocolate, cocoa and coffee. And a reminder that we provide the coffee for the weekly coffee hour following Sunday service. Your donations are always appreciated!

WELCA Monthly Meeting, Tuesday, March 19th, 11:00am
Join this monthly gathering for news and updates on the various WELCA ministries. All are welcome. For more information, contact Lucy Knopf: 503-267-7177; aaa-team@msn.com.

Support WELCA’S Red Wagon Project
WELCA is continuing to support the the PCC Rock Creek Panther Pantry. The PCC staff and students established food pantries on all four campuses. PCC does partner with the Oregon Food Bank, but still needs some of the following items: Rice, Cereal, Peanut Butter, Tuna and Hygiene Products (toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, conditioner), as well as basic school supplies like pencils, pens and notebooks. Items are collected all month and brought forth on the first Sunday of each month.

WELCA Card Ministry
In March of 2015, there was a concern that the home bound of St. James needed more contact with St. James, so WELCA created a card ministry so that members who were unable to get to church would know that they were remembered in prayer. We have expanded the ministry by sending notes to members facing surgery or illness. If you would like to be involved you may first and foremost pray for those who are unable to worship with us on a regular basis. Gifts of stamps or money are most welcome. They may be placed in the offering plate or given to a WELCA member.

The co-chairs of St. James’ WELCA invite you to review two articles from the fall issue of “Interchange,” the national WELCA newsletter. The articles are about human trafficking and infant formula, two areas that our group will be focusing their efforts on. You can find the newsletter at www.womenoftheelca.org/publications.