Episcopal Church Women (ECW)
What is Episcopal Church Women?
Episcopal Church Women (ECW) is a group of women from all around the nation, focused on empowering women to do Christ's work in the world. In 1902, the Episcopal churches in Hawaii joined a national group known as the Episcopal Women's Auxiliary. In 1985, Episcopal Women's Auxiliary's name changed to Episcopal Church Women. For more information about the history, please visit the "Our History" page of Episcopal Church Women's national website.
We are Episcopal Church Women
committed to one another
and called to be witnesses for Christ.
Our challenge is to provide a safe place
where every woman is free to become
the person Christ created her to be.
We are called. We are different.
We are one body.
~Adopted by the National ECW Board (Spring 1995)
What Does the ECW Do?
In the Diocese of Hawai`i, the ECW is involved with a variety of ministries, including the on-going collection of Campbell Soup labels that are sent to St. Jude's Ranch in Boulder City, NV. St. Jude's Ranch then exchanges these labels for playground equipment and other items that are used for the children at the ranch. Each year grants are awarded to programs in the Diocese through ECW Specials (see below). The Bishop's Pastoral Fund is a permanent recipient of the ECW Specials.
Throughout the Diocese, women in different parishes have formed ECW groups, providing service in their communities and linking up with organizations such as Easter Seals, Habitat for Humanity, and government agencies to help the unsheltered and needy.
Episcopal Church Women is also the parent group for the major entities of:
For More Information
For more information about Episcopal Church Women, please visit: www.ecwnational.org.
For more information on how you can join the Episcopal Church Women in the Diocese of Hawai'i, please e-mail President, Louise Aloy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Louise Aloy - President
(Open) - 1st VP, Program/Hospitality
Fran Thomas - Recording Secretary
Laurie Lee -Treasurer
(Open) - Christian Social Relations Chair
(Open) - United Thank Offering Coordinator for Hawai'i
Sandy Leialoha - Church Periodical Club Coordinator
Diocesan Altar Guild is now a shared ministry
As an Episcopal presence, Episcopal Church Women has served on the committee of Church Women United, whose mission is to be a racially, culturally and theologically inclusive Christian women's movement celebrating unity in diversity and working for a world of peace and justice. Church Women United strives to provide for its members resources and information on a wide range of social justice issues, opportunities for worship and action, and an expansive network of women and women's organizations working to ensure a better world for all.
ECW In the Diocese:
Learn about other ECW groups and activities within the Diocese HERE.
UPCOMING EVENTS & IMPORTANT DATES:
Listed below are upcoming events and meeting dates for the Diocesan ECW
April 6, 2019 ECW Meeting in the Von Holt Room
Business meeting at 9am followed by preparation of sandwiches for Cathedral Outreach Program. Lunch Cost is $10
call Louise Aloy at 264-9830 or email email@example.com to RSVP
All are welcomed!
April 27, 2019 - ECW Annual Quiet Day Retreat
St. Anthony Retreat Center in Kalihi Valley
"Faithful in Prayer" is this year's theme
Morning Coffee at 9am
Welcome & Intro at 930am
Opening Worship at 945am
A Quiet Period at 10am
Guided Meditation at 1100am
Lunch at 1145am
Sharing Session at 1230pm
Closing Worship at 100pm
Cost $22 with lunch
Contact Louise Aloy RSVP by April 19th
June 1st Meeting will be hosted by the women of St. Paul's Episcopal Church
August 24th Meeting will be hosted by the women of St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Aiea
September 28th will be the Annual ECW Meeting in the Von Holt Room
December 14th Annual Holiday Luncheon at Epiphany Episcopal Church.
UTO & You!
Sharing Blessings with Thanksgiving and Love. The United Thank Offering is a ministry of the Episcopal Church. Through the United Thank Offering, men, women and children nurture the habit of giving daily thanks to God. These prayers of thanksgiving start when we recognize and name our many daily blessings. Those who participate in the United Thank Offering have discovered that thankfulness leads to generosity. A short prayer of thanksgiving leads to an offering in the United Thank Offering envelope. All offerings are used to support grants for ministries at home and oversea as an outreach of the Episcopal Church. Prayers and offerings make it possible for the UTO mission to stretch in unexpected ways.
Hope your church will plan a Spring or Fall In-gathering or both. If your church need blue boxes or envelopes, feel free to contact Louise Aloy and I can send some to your church.
IN THE NEWS
The following are links to some recent articles featuring the ECW in our Diocese: