Rockdale Lutheran Church

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The women of Rockdale Lutheran Church are a part of the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. As such, they participate in WELCA events at the conference, synod, and national levels. But, just as RLC is a congregation of very special traditions, the Women of RLC also have cherished traditions.

The “Ladies Aid” sponsors dinners the third Thursday of June, July and August as fund-raisers for their benevolence aid; but nothing compares with the women’s meatball supper the third Thursday of each October. People from all over the area flock to RLC to enjoy the wonderful meatballs, side dishes, and desserts year after year.

The women use proceeds to make benevolent contributions to Lutherdale Bible Camp for youth, and Skaalen Home for the elderly. In addition we have women sitting on the board of directors for both Lutherdale and Skaalen. They also support a global missionary, and participate each year in “Operation Christmas Child”
helping our Sunday school children to send gift boxes all over the world for those less fortunate.

The list of benevolent donations from our women is impressive indeed, also including: Lutheran World Relief (both money and goods for others), Dane County Jail Ministry, Adopt-a-Child, Lutheran Social Services, Campus Ministry, Global Health, and ELCA Seminary Assistance. But the generosity of our women is also close to home, with regular gifts to the RLC youth in the form of scholarships for special events.

The RLC women live out the call to “Go in peace and serve the Lord” by taking on several responsibilities for the church, including altar guild, readers for worship, communion assistants, and luncheon preparations for both funerals and weddings. Also, there are two Bible studies for women. One is Tuesday morning, and one Wednesday evening, each meeting once a month.

It is well known in the ELCA that women are the foundation of the church. Nowhere is this more true than at Rockdale Lutheran.