ECW Retreat – 2016
Membership in ECW is automatic. Every woman who’s a member of Grace-Calvary Episcopal Church is a member of ECW.
Our mission is to nurture and enrich the spiritual development of women of all ages within the Grace-Calvary family.
With this mission in mind, we look forward each year to providing several offerings and opportunities to gather, study, expand, and stretch our spiritual and personal lives.
Every spring the ECW sponsors a residential retreat for women of the church. We gather to enjoy time away for fellowship, study, and relaxation. Meals are always delicious too.
Each year centers on a new theme – selected to inspire us in our daily lives. Past themes include:
- 2016 – Telling Our Stories
- 2015 – “BLOOM” – Being Loving to Ourselves and Others through Mission
This retreat is a highlight in our year and not to be missed. Scholarship help is available, so finances are not an issue.
We raise money that’s used for:
- Purchasing a copy of The Book of Common Prayer for each newly confirmed member of Grace-Calvary;
- Providing scholarships to make our annual retreat available to all Grace-Calvary women;
- Help provide items needed for St. Julian Hall
One of our fundraising projects, initiated at the 2009 women’s retreat, was the successful cookbook, “Let Us Say Grace.”
United Thank Offering (UTO)
Each year Grace-Calvary ECW distributes little UTO “blue boxes” for families to take home. The idea is to use these “thank offering” boxes to create a spiritual practice of daily thanksgivings. Each member of the family can add a coin in appreciation of the day’s blessings.
The purpose of the United Thank Offering is two-fold: to promote daily thanksgiving in family life, and to raise funds for mission and ministry projects throughout the Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion.
The boxes are collected at an annual ingathering toward the end of the year, and sent to the national United Thank Offering fund. The UTO program was founded in 1889 and has been administered by women of the church ever since. Each year, the UTO Committee receives grant applications and awards and administers grants.
The little coins that Episcopal families bring each year add up to over a million dollars to fund urgent projects around the world. In 2016, the United Thank Offering of The Episcopal Church awarded 32 grants for a total of $1,161,314.62. The UTO website offers videos, pictures and articles about the work to which we contribute each year.
The ECW Board is elected at each annual women’s retreat. Board members may serve one or two terms. Meetings are held as needed.
Current Board members are:
Anne Short, Pam Spencer, Babs Ogier, Courtney Carter, Susan Johnston