WELCA’s Fair Trade Coffee & Chocolate Sale, Sunday, January 6th
We suspect your larder is empty after giving away and serving all of the chocolate and coffee, so don’t forget to restock your cupboards. 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, January 15th, 11:00am
This past month we had a special field trip to Costco with a team of WELCA members. We were shopping for food and personal hygiene items for needy individuals with funds provided by Thrivent Financial Planning Services. We had learned that Thrivent offers fund-matching for donations from their patrons, and also for qualifying nonprofit fundraising events. Our PCC/Rock Creek student project was lucky to qualify for this program! If you are already working with Thrivent, you can ask for your donations to be matched by the funds-matching program. This is a great way to support our mission with PCC (see below). Our bookkeeper here at St. James would be happy to assist with the paperwork forms — it only takes about five minutes — and there are many folks who stand to benefit from the help that Thrivent’s funds-matching program allows WELCA to provide. We would be grateful! 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.