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 email@example.com
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
June 1st ECW Meeting hosted by the women of St. Paul's in the Von Holt Room. There were 26 ladies present. The business meeting went very well and the wonderful luncheon spread was awesome. We ate to our heart's content. Mahalo Faye DeJesus, Phyllis Miller and all of the men and women of St. Paul's for a wonderful meeting and a fantastic lunch!
August 24th Meeting will be hosted by the women of St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Aiea in their parish hall at 9am.
September 28th will be the Annual ECW Meeting in the Von Holt Room
December 14th Annual Holiday Luncheon at Epiphany Episcopal Church. Plans call for a Fashion Show of various ethnicity. So bring out your cultural attire and let's put on a show!
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.
CPC Church Periodical Club - The Ministry of the Printed Word
"to make the word of God fully known" Colossians 1:25
CPC is an independent affiliated organization of the Episcopal Church. Since its pioneer beginning, CPC has depended entirely on voluntary contributions to carry out its unique ministry. Your contribution is worth more than words.
National Book Fund
The National Book Fund (NBF) is the oldest national granting fund of the Church Periodical Club. Since 1922, this fund has helped meet religious and secular needs by providing printed and audio-visual materials to individuals, churches, seminarians and organizations affiliated with the Anglican Communion.
Miles of Pennies Fund
The Miles of Pennies (MOP) funs became the second national granting funs of the Church Periodical Club since 1989. This separate funs is for children only, preschool to 12. In addition to providing printed or taped books and related materials, MOP gives grants for the shipping costs of recycled children's books. The Miles of Pennies Committee distributes the contributions in the MOP fund year round.
IN THE NEWS
The following are links to some recent articles featuring the ECW in our Diocese: