The Episcopal Church Women is an active fellowship ministry at St. Mary Anne’s. All the women of the parish are considered “members” of this fellowship group.
Meetings are held four times a year. Breakfast planning meetings are held both in the spring and fall, with announced dates, time and location. Two additional meetings are fellowship events: a summer evening pot-luck picnic (usually held at a parishioner’s home in mid-June) and a Christmas Social in the Parish Hall. During the Christmas Social, the ECW holds an Annual Drive for hats, gloves, socks and pajamas to benefit The Help Center of Cecil County. Two new activities occurred in 2016: A Women’s Fellowship Day to be held at Chesapeake Golf Club in November; and a Christmas Cookie Walk in mid-December.
Another major fundraiser initiative is the ECW’s effort with both the Perennial Plant Table and the Hot Dog Sale at SMA’s Annual Garden Market. Funds generated from these two efforts benefit the ECW’s planned outreach efforts. Monies have been dispersed to the Diocese’s Children Home Foundation, The Bishop’s Guild, Outreach Food Pantry, an annual Vestry Pledge, and Parish Hall kitchen repairs and supplies.
Pastoral and hospitality ministries, in the form of funeral luncheons, is another component of this active women’s group, Hospitality, comfort and food are served to grieving parishioner’s, and their families, at the conclusion of a loved one’s funeral service. During funeral arrangements with the clergy, immediate family members must indicate their desire for a luncheon, and then plans can be made with the appropriate ECW representative.
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works- Hebrews 10:24 ESV
President: Kathy Mullen
Vice President: Amy Argudo
Secretary: Linda Gibeck
Treasurer: Miriam McMaster