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Welcome to the website of the Synod Women's Organization of the NW Synod of Wisconsin.

2018 SWO Convention


Come... join us for fellowship, worship, learning opportunities, inspiration and more at the Northwest Synod of Wisconsin Synodical Women’s Organization Convention, April 20-21, 2018 at Bethany Lutheran Church, 35 W Messenger St, Rice Lake WI 54868.

Registration fee: $35 (includes lunch) until April 7th. $40 late registration and same day registration Two Scholarships per conference - $35 – Deadline March 15, 2018

Friday evening: Every church in our synod with a W/ELCA unit (group) is entitled to send a voting member to the Friday evening business session which begins at 7:00 p.m. and will include adoption of the SWO budget, election of SWO Officers and election of voting members (delegates) to the 2020 Triennial Convention to be held in Phoenix, Arizona.

Saturday: Our speakers, awareness sessions, and closing worship will be on Saturday, so put April 21st on your calendar now and plan to attend this one day transforming event.

Convention Offering: 1⁄2 to church wide Women of the ELCA, 1⁄4 to ELCA Disaster Response, 1⁄4 to Benjamin House (homeless shelter in Rice Lake)

Saturday Morning Keynote speakers:

  • Deacon Amy Hartman – founding director of Cherish All Children - Amy advocates for the prevention of sexual exploitation of children. As people of faith, we are called to be educated on this issue and to work in our community/church to prevent sexual exploitation of children.

  • Reverend Laurie Skow-Anderson – “180 Degrees” – Laurie, an Assistant to the Bishop in our synod, will challenge us to face the future of our organization with transforming ideas.

Awareness sessions:

  • Doctrine of Discovery – Gail Lando and Mary Meierotto – Our Synod and the ELCA have repudiated this doctrine. What it is? What does this mean for me? What’s next?

  • Water Quality issues in our area/test kits – Kate Beaton

  • Human Trafficking in our area - Fierce Freedom, Eau Claire, recognize signs of trafficking

  • Domestic Violence in our area – Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald

  • Benjamin House - homelessness in the Rice Lake – Laurie Bowman

  • Conversation with Bishop Hoyme, Bishop of the NW Synod of Wisconsin

Faith in Action Tables:

  • Bring In kind gifts for Benjamin House – homeless shelter for men, women, and children (toiletries, towels, cash, gas cards, gift cards, Kleenex, paper towels, toilet paper, socks, etc)

  • Test your water – take home a water testing kit

  • Sign letters to our legislators to ratify the UN ban against corporal punishment of children

  • Hotline numbers for trafficking and domestic violence - kits to take home and post at church

  • Bold Generosity brochures – information/support of the NW Synod of WI capital campaign

Download these resources:


Congregational Unit Treasurer Offering Schedule

Offering Transmittal Form A

Offering Transmittal Form B