Explore Women of the ELCA resources

Women of the ELCA offers a wide range of free downloadable resources in English and Spanish to help you grow in faith, deepen your spiritual life and engage in ministry and action. For example:

  • Called to be political” can help you explore the Christian call and responsibility of civic engagement.
  • Kitchen Table Philanthropy” offers ideas to help you and your family talk about supporting causes that reflect your beliefs and values.
  • All about Thankofferings” explains the history and significance of Thankofferings – a Women of the ELCA tradition that celebrates community joyful giving.

Explore these resources and more at Women of the ELCA’s resource library

The idea of collecting donations in small offering boxes goes back to the early 1800s, when women formed “mite” or “cent” societies to support church projects and foreign missionaries. Thankofferings have always been, and still are, a tangible way to say thank you to God and show gratitude for God’s blessings.

Discover Boldcafé

Café is a free online magazine and podcast for young women that shares stories about faith, relationships, advocacy and more.

Visit boldcafe.org to sign up for the Café e-newsletter, explore monthly topics, listen to the Café podcast and register for Boldcafé’s monthly BYOD (bring-your-own dinner), which offers a time of fellowship and conversation with Boldcafé writers.

Order Gather’s “Advent words” devotional coloring booklet

It makes a great gift for a friend—or for yourself!

Featuring 25 daily devotionals—one for each day of Advent—each page contains an image for coloring, a passage from Scripture, a brief reflection and a prayer. This devotional booklet is a perfect way to spend some time in devotion each day of the Advent season.

  • 1 copy: $7
  • 10-15 copies: $6 each
  • 16+ copies: $5 each

Place your order by November 15 to guarantee receipt by December 1. Mail a check, made payable to “Gather magazine” to Gather magazine, c/o Women of the ELCA, 8765 W. Higgins Road, Chicago, IL 60631.

Watch “God’s Gift of Money: Stewarding Money Wisely”

Through the five-part online educational series, you can explore basic financial concepts, methods of charitable giving, biblical foundations for giving, retirement strategies and much more.

Read “Money memories”

In her 2022 Gather magazine article, the Rev. Lisa Smith writes about her earliest memories of money, from collecting empty aluminum cans for cash, to seeing her mom place a check in the offering plate each Sunday.

Smith also describes how she and her husband discuss the topic of money with their children. She writes, “…there’s another side of money that I want them to know….giving is what makes you whole.”