Talk on Tuesday

Want to Talk?
Sometimes it helps to chat with someone about ministry work.  Maybe you’re just stuck and need some new ideas. Perhaps you can’t see past some of the barriers that steal your focus.  It might just be time for something new. We’ve all been there.

  • Talk about the strengths of your congregation and the direction being encouraged by the church council and your pastor.
  • Tackle the tough stuff as you identify problem areas and limitations with action plans and new perspectives.
  • Develop a strategy

Get to know Sally!

Sally Valleskey has had the privilege of being active in women’s ministry for many years—presenter, Bible study leader, serving on various committees. She has worked closely with others in leadership to develop women’s ministry both in her own congregation as well as being a mentor to women in congregational leadership across the country.

Sally is a member of the WELS Women’s Ministry Committee serving since 2008, first as chair of the Congregational Ministries Team and now as Ministry Mentor through the Talk on Tuesday program. She is eager to connect with women who are looking for information on how to start/revive women’s ministry in their congregation, and loves the one on one conversation and brainstorming that allows insight and sharing. She is passionate about this type of congregational assist to make sure all women are being reached and encouraged in their response to the gospel message of God’s grace!

Sally is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in art education. After teaching a number of years, she is recently retired from 25 years as administrative assistant at Abiding Word Lutheran Church, in Houston, Texas. She served from 2002-2006 on the Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society (LWMS) board of directors. Her husband, Stephen Valleskey, is also newly retired from pastoral ministry, with world mission experience and most recently as pastor at Abiding Word, Houston for the past 33 years. Sally and her husband have four grown children and seven grandchildren.


Ministry Ideas For You!

Browse through some of these ideas to help energize your women’s group!

If you have an idea for ministry work or are willing to share what your congregation is doing, we’d love to hear from you!

Service Events
  • Appreciation Luncheon for your Pastor, called workers, council members, young moms, new members, or…?
  • Card ministry to encourage shut-ins, college students, or missionaries and their families.
  • Craft day or weekend could include card making, scrapbooking (church events, history, confirmation, new children/members) or quilting (there are many places that would be blessed by lap quilts or blankets). Baptism napkins can be made and given to other churches, too!
  • Baby showers, baskets or meals for new mothers (be aware of dietary restrictions). This could include cards, gifts, meals (maybe even crock pot/freezer meals) or visits. Consider including a bible passage or devotion!
  • New member welcome could include a brief orientation and introductions, a meal or entertainment! A quiet invitation to dinner is okay, too!
Service Projects

If you or your ladies group are interested in a craft or sewing project, we’d recommend these sites to give you some ideas or suggestions!

Spiritual Encouragement
  • One day event with Bible study, discussion groups, fellowship and food.
  • Host a speaker on a topic like marriage, parenting, estate planning, etc. and invite the congregation or community! Christian giving counselors are available to talk to your congregation!
  • Tea Party for ladies, mothers and daughters, etc. Have a devotion, music, memory sharing and more!
  • Prayer partnership to connect those in need with those who are willing to pray. Prayer lists and Scripture verses are helpful also.
  • Mentors to connect younger women or new members with those who can provide spiritual encouragement and direction.
  • Mother-Daughter breakfast on Mother’s day (held during the Sunday morning bible study time, which allows a special men’s study/breakfast, or the opportunity to serve!). Be sure to adpot new members and those without a mother or daughter for the day! Include favorite hymns, scripture, memories and recipes.
Fun Events
  • Food themed event (Death by Chocolate, Tea Time, etc.)
  • Host a concert and invite the congregation and community!
  • Ladies day out – find out fun places to go near you!
  • Secret sisters for fun!
  • Moms and Preschoolers group. Adapt this to your needs and staffing capabilities. This could be a summer park program or family fun days when school is out (zoo trips, etc.).


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Contact WELS Women’s Ministry for more information.