As a member of the church, female 21 and older, you are now part of a wonderful group of spiritual friends called the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) of St. Martin’s.  There are no dues or formal business meetings – you became a member of the ECW when you joined the church. The ECW opportunities offer a wonderful way to get to know women just like yourself!

Who is ECW? It’s a group for half of the membership of our church, including you AND your mother, and perhaps your grandmother! The strongest of ECWs consist of a diversified membership with women of all ages and backgrounds coming together to share their time, treasures and talents to further the efforts of our churches and missions. The ECW is a group for all women, from all walks and backgrounds of life, those with and without children, those with careers in and outside the home, women in school and out, those considering a first degree or working in a graduate program, raised in the church or newly Episcopalian. We are YOU!

What does ECW do? The Mission of the ECW is to encourage the women of St. Martin’s in their life in Christ; to promote their spiritual growth through fellowship in their Christian Faith; and to foster active participation in the mission of the church. Through special events focused on volunteering, spiritual development and fun, ECW provides a venue to become closer through our faith and to share that fellowship with friends beyond our doors. Many of our functions raise funds for outreach to provide needed assistance both inside and outside of our church community.

When, where and how? We are everywhere creating, volunteering and participating in the parish life of St. Martin’s! The ECW has events, programs and volunteer opportunities on and off-campus–at coffee, lunch, tea, style shows, evening socials, retreats, in the kitchen and in the community. There is a place for you and the variety of activities we offer help you to feel St. Martin’s is your church home. Check our calendar below to see the next date and location and contact ecw@stmartinsepiscopal.org to get involved.

If you are a new female member of the church, our Membership Chair (insert ECW Membership Chair email link or link to ecw@stmartinsepiscopal.org) will contact you with information about ECW. If you would like to complete the New Member Interest Survey, click here. (Link to New Member Interest survey form.)

St. Martin’s ECW: ecw@stmartinsepiscopal.org

ECW Diocese of Texas:  http://www.epicenter.org/ecw/

 

ECW’s PRAYER

Almighty God, Heavenly Father, source of all knowledge and truth, be present with each of us meeting together as the Women of the Episcopal Church. Grant us open minds, compassionate hearts, honest words and gentle ways. Give us the grace to know your will, the courage to accept it and the strength to accomplish it. May we not forget the lessons from the past nor fear the challenges of the future. Bless us with your peace today and all the days to come, and may we ever pray, “Thy will be done”. We live in your presence and pray in your Holy Name. Amen

2013.2014 ECW BOARD

EXECUTIVE BOARD

Nancy Troxel, President

Christine Williams, President-Elect

Meredith Barineau, Parlimentarian/Past President

Rebecca Bloch-Lopez, Corresponding Secretary

Laura Heard, Recording Secretary

Ashley Grigsby, Treasurer

June Cowen, Treasurer-Elect

CLERGY LIAISON

The Rev. Mary Wilson

PROGRAM AND EVENT CHAIRS

April McGee, Historian and Holy Strollers Liaison

Betty Beathard, Membership

Mary Williams, Outreach

Isken Ward, Outreach Incoming

Blair Manley and Melinda Mogas, Publicity

Beth Ollenburger, Reservations

Cheryl West, Sexton/Housekeeping Appreciation

Nancy Bynon and Barbara Volz, St. Martha’s Guild

EVENT CHAIRS

Nancy Troxel, Fall Luncheon

Erynn Scollard, Joy of Giving Market

Stacy Cheesman, Ladies’ Night Out

Jennifer O’Donnell, Christmas Coffee

Holly Haire and Shannon Mahan, Children’s Christmas Party

Lorena Guilanshah and Deanna Harrington, Gratitude Attitude Luncheon

Natalie Synnott, Ladies Night Out Evening Social

Mary Groves and Elizabeth Whitehead, Children’s Easter Party

Bette Fryar, Beth Reeves and Courtney Schilling, May Bouquet Luncheon

CALENDAR 2014

March 28, 2014                       A Gratitude Attitude Luncheon       Join us for this special event to kick off 2014 and offer oneself a gentle, spiritual way of thinking…with praise and thanksgiving. Register Here.

April 4 & 10, 2014       Lenten Service Project       Time, talent and treasure in action! The ECW’s mission is to help others know Christ. Our project will support reVision Houston, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping transform the lives of at-risk youth in Harris County. April 4 prepare meals 9am-12. April 10 serve dinner from 5:30-8pm. Stick around for dancing!

April 19, 2014              Children’s Easter Egg Party       The annual “eggstravaganza” includes an egg hunt, crafts, refreshments, face-painting, and pictures with the Easter Bunny.

May 6, 2014                May Bouquet       Our “end-of-year” event will feature a delightful speaker and a feast for your spirit. Link to registration here.

May 10, 2014              United Thank Offering (UTO )      The United Thank Offeringis a ministry of the Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church.It’s an easy way to give financial support in thankfulness for the blessings and challenges in our lives. (include a jump to the below UTO description)

October 21, 2013                       Joy of Giving Market Preview Night, 6:00-9:00pm

October 22-23, 2013     Joy of Giving Market 9:00-5:00pm        Be the first to see the wonderful array of items available for sale at Preview Night. Hors’douevres, silent auction and, of course, the opportunity to shop first! Over 80 merchants offer fabulous gifts for everyone–stylish clothing, one-of-a-kind accessories and unique home décor items! For more fun, there is a silent auction, food and drinks, and the delicious meals for purchase from the ECW Pantry. Visit the JOG Market page for more info.

 

JOY OF GIVING (JOG) MARKET

Joy of Giving Market is the St. Martin’s Episcopal Church Women’s primary fundraiser with proceeds going to Outreach agencies in the Houston and surrounding communities.

  • October 21 – 23, 2014
  • Merchants offering fabulous gifts for everyone on their Christmas list, stylish clothing, one-of-a-kind accessories, unique home décor, jewelry and much more.
  • Tuesday Preview Night, October 21 – Enjoy an evening at the Market and get a sneak peek at the fabulous items for sale. Cost $15 per person
  • Daily Silent Auctions featuring donations from the fabulous merchants
  • ECW Pantry items for those busy autumn days when there’s no time to cook!
  • Delicious boxed lunches, morning and afternoon snacks, coffee and beverages available at Café St. Martin’s.
  • Package check to safely store your purchases while shopping.
  • For safety reasons, no strollers, carts or wagons allowed.
  • All proceeds support ECW Outreach initiatives in support of women and children.
  • Click here for JOG page, merchant, volunteer, contact information and forms.

OUTREACH GRANT RECIEPIENTS

The Episcopal Church Women (ECW) of St. Martin’s is able to extend support to the community through proceeds from our Joy of Giving (JOG) Market, luncheons and other events. Agencies receive funding through a Grant Request and discernment process. The mission of outreach at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church is to model the love of Christ by helping the underserved, the disadvantaged, and others broken by life’s circumstances. While providing immediate needs such as food, clothing and shelter, outreach volunteers also offer service, emotional and spiritual support. Funding is targeted toward Christian programs in the greater Houston area, particularly those with opportunities for our volunteers to build relationships through hands-on involvement. The ECW is proud to partner with the following agencies for our 2013 fiscal year. For more information on St. Martin’s grant process, click here.

Archway Academy

Bo’s Place

Casa De Eperanza

Child Advocates

Collaborative for Children

Communities in Schools

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) Greater Houston

His Father’s Heart Ministries

Kids Meals

Living Forward Alliance

Palmer Way Station

SEARCH

St. Vincent’s House

Teen and Family Services

The Rose

UNITED THANK OFFERING

Have you ever wondered what those little blue envelopes are that you see in the church pew racks? They’re the collection envelopes for the Episcopal Church’s United Thank Offering. It’s an easy way to give financial support in thankfulness for the blessings and challenges in our lives.

United Thank Offering (UTO) is a ministry of the Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church.  United Thank Offering is entrusted to promote thank offerings, to receive the offerings, and to distribute the UTO monies to support mission and ministry throughout the Episcopal Church and in invited Provinces of the Anglican Communion in the developing world. Known worldwide as UTO, the United Thank Offering grants are awarded for projects that address human needs and help alleviate poverty, both domestically and internationally.

In recognizing the Five Marks of Mission, especially “to seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation”, the United Thank Offering is seeking to address the current culture of violence by supporting the mission of peace as expressed in the Gospel. The Gospel of Love proclaimed by Jesus Christ is the focus for the United Thank Offering Grants during the 2014-2015 period.

For 2013, the UTO has awarded 48 grants for a total of $1,517,280.91 to projects in 38 Episcopal Church dioceses, six international provinces and the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society (DFMS) Mission offices. The awards ranged from $2000 to the Diocese of Mississippi to $162,817 to the Diocese of the Dominican Republic.

For more information: The Diocese of Texas UTO

The Episcopal Church UTO

PHOTOGRAPHS FROM FUNCTIONS

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