Supporting Public Education
5,000 Books at a Time
By Becky Koch
First and foremost, I am a child of God. I am also a Lutheran, and I am eternally grateful that, by the grace of God, I have been saved through faith. Next year I, along with Lutherans worldwide, will be celebrating “500 years of God’s grace in action”.* I am also a member of South Carolina Women of the ELCA (SC WELCA). Our purpose statement says we are a community of women created in the image of God, called to be disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit. As disciples of Christ, we are called to love and serve our neighbors.
For our statewide convention project this year we chose to support the resolution on Public Education passed by the SC Synod Assembly and SC WELCA in 2015. We partnered with the Department of Education to collect new books (1,500) for children in the poorest school districts. These books will be used in the Read to Succeed Summer Reading Camps and given to the children to take home. We pray these gifts will promote a love of reading and help build a firm educational foundation. We also donated new and gently used books (4,000) and offerings ($7,000) to Lutheran Services Carolinas to be shared with the children and teens served by their programs.
Please visit our website at www.scwelca.com for information on events such as the 10th Triennial Gathering in Minnesota in July 2017. Our newsletter, the Ripple, is posted here as well. You can also find us on Facebook (SC Women of the ELCA).
“This is Christ’s church. There is a place for you here.”**As Women of the ELCA, we are called to act boldly on our faith in Jesus Christ. If you are not active in our organization, I invite you to give us a try. You will be a blessing and, in turn, be blessed.