Women’s Day Project 2022

January 6, 2022

Good day and Happy New Year:

The Committee on Women’s Ministry is pleased to announce our 2022 Women’s Day Project to assist in reuniting Father Enrique Melchor, one of our Reformed Episcopal priests in Cuba, with his family. Some details of the project follow.

Given the choice of fleeing the country or being returned to prison for his witness to the Gospel, Father Melchor, who served as Diocesan Dean in Havana, and his family decided that he should leave Cuba immediately with the family: his wife and two children (who have been denied medical care and educational services because of their husband and father’s Christian witness) joining him later. Father Melchor has been in the United States since March 2021 and may begin his immigration process in March of 2022, after which the United States Government will consider his family.

While the cost for this process has not yet been determined, the goal of the 2022 Women’s Day Project is to raise a minimum of $7,500 to assist in reuniting this family.

Regarding our Women’s Day Project Luncheons, plans are being discussed to hold luncheons in each of our dioceses—either in-person or virtual. More details to come soon.

In the meantime, please keep Father Melchor and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Yours in Him,
Gale G. Hill, Chairperson
Committee on Women’s Ministry

Download PDF: Letter from Gale Hill regarding the Women’s Day 2022 project

Update from Gale: 10-10-21

Dear Ladies:

I’m so excited and I just can’t hide it, and so very pleased to share the following updates –

First, our 2021 Women’s Day Project Offering Luncheon Goal has been EXCEEDED! Yes, as of this writing we have received $10,647.56 to assist in the purchase of electric bikes for our clergy in Cuba. This offering combined with our 2020 Project Offering totals $20,647.56 – YIPPEE, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

Secondly, an additional virtual devotional book study platform and a prayer fellowship are now available. Everyone is invited to dial-in:

Grace REC – Starting in October, the second Tuesday of each month at 12:00 noon
Dial-in Number: 781-448-0417, No Access Code required

Diocese of the Southeast Diocesan Prayer Fellowship – first Tuesday of each month at 8:00 p.m.
Dial-in Number: 605-313-5109, Access Code: 494466#


Excitedly yours,
Gale G. Hill, Chairperson

Read Gale’s Letter (PDF)

Update from Gale: 09-09-21

Good day ladies:

We pray that you are well and look forward to beginning our 2021-2022 Devotional Studies. While many of us were not able to meet face-to-face this past year, we are thankful for the availability of virtual platforms which have been very effective in bringing us together for our study. Listed below are several Women of the Church Groups that will continue virtual study this year. Everyone is invited to dial-in to any of these gatherings.

Mount Olivet REC – September–June, Tuesdays after the second Sunday at 6:30 p.m.
Dial-in Number: 605-313-4441, Access Code: 633930#

Saint John’s REC – September–June, third Sundays at 12:00 p.m.
Dial-in Number: 267-807-9495, Access Code: 900791161#

Saint Paul’s REC – September–June, fourth Sundays at 2:00 p.m.
Dial-in Number: 602-580-9304, Access Code: 3086694#

Below are updates on other COWM activities.

Spiritual Enrichment Conference

Our Spiritual Enrichment Conference, which is usually held the first or second weekend in October, will not be held in 2021. We are hoping to resume this gathering in 2022.

2021 Women’s Day Project Offerings

We are pleased to report an offering of $7,802.56 for our 2021 Women’s Day Project Offering. This offering, combined with our 2020 Project Offering totals $17,802.56 collected to assist in the purchase of electric bikes for our clergy in Cuba. Sincere thanks is extended to everyone for your generous contributions.

2022 Women’s Day Project Offering Luncheon Gatherings

Praying that there will be a diminution of the effects of the Covid-19 Coronavirus and its variants, plans are being discussed for possible in-person Women’s Day Project Offering Luncheon gatherings in 2022.

Yours in Him,

Gale G. Hill, Chairperson

Read Gale’s Letter (PDF)

Ladies’ Tea at DSC Synod

20181025_144322(0)On the afternoon of Thursday 25 October, in conjunction with the Diocese of the Central States Synod, 21 ladies from around the diocese enjoyed an Instructional Tea. Kathy Houser brought 4 teas from her collection and served them at intervals to the ladies while teaching them about the types of tea, the correct method for brewing tea, and the health benefits of tea. It was a relaxing time of fun and fellowship that was thoroughly enjoyed by all. This event was the culmination of our regional Women’s Day events held around the diocese in the spring of this year.

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DCS Synod 2018

It’s time to register for the Diocese of Central States Synod, scheduled for October 25-26, 2018. For more information, visit the Invitation page on the diocesan website.

DCS Women’s Day, Ohio Parishes

The first regional Women of the Church Luncheon in the Diocese of the Central States (DCS) was held on 4/21/18 at Trinity REC in Mason, Ohio. A total of 19 women attended from 3 Ohio parishes: Christ Our Hope and Christ the King in Dayton, and Trinity REC in Mason (Cincinnati).

The Right Reverend Peter Manto, Bishop Coadjutor of the DCS, was the speaker and discussed the importance of women’s role in carrying out the REC 100 initiative through effective evangelism.

The Most Reverend Ray Sutton’s letter to Women of the Church was read as requested during the luncheon.

Pictured below are a few scenes from the day.

Report submitted by Mary Bailey

Women’s Day, May 5, Florence, AL

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The first regional Women’s Day for the southern portion of the Diocese of the Central States was attended by eleven ladies, five from St. John’s Anglican Church in Birmingham and six from St. James Anglican Church in Memphis. We met in Florence, AL, at The Factory Cafe and had a lovely brunch, followed by a discussion of REC 100. We had so much fun that we decided to plan additional get-togethers throughout the year. It was a great blessing to meet new sisters in Christ!

Women’s Day for AL, MS, and TN

Womens Luncheon 2018

DMA Women’s Day 2018

Friday, February 23, 2018 was an historic day in the life of the women’s ministry of Reformed Episcopal Church as the Diocese of Mid-America hosted its first Women’s Day Project Offering Luncheon. The luncheon was the first of five scheduled during 2018 as part of the decentralization of the location of the luncheons from Philadelphia to locations within each diocese. This luncheon was not only the first to be held in the Diocese of Mid-America, but also the first to be held outside of the Northeast since its inception. The luncheon was held at the Church of the Holy Communion in Dallas, TX.  Following a delicious Texas-style Barbecue lunch, the Most Reverend Ray R. Sutton, Presiding Bishop of the Reformed Episcopal Church, and Bishop Ordinary of the Diocese of Mid-America extended an encouraging welcome to those in attendance citing the important work past project offerings have helped to accomplish, including the development of this very diocese.

The Rev. Canon William “Bill” Jerdan led in the Morning Prayer Service, and Mrs. Susan Sutton delivered the message based on this year’s theme:  “Living (Aging) in Grace” – “Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever.” 2 Peter 3:18 (NKJV). We were delighted to have with us Dr. Barbara J. West, upon whose writings for our 2018-2019 Devotional Studies theme was based.

View a photo slideshow from the event.

The goal for this year’s project is to raise $7,500 to support our REC 100 initiative to plant 100 new churches in the Reformed Episcopal Church denomination during the triennium, and to encourage and reinforce established churches. In addition to the “firsts” mentioned above, It is believed that this project is the first to coincide with a Reformed Episcopal Church-wide ministry – REC 100.

Birthday Celebration Rally

The 144th Reformed Episcopal Church Birthday Celebration Rally will begin at noon on Saturday, December 2, 2017. at Good Shepherd REC, 2898 North Highway 52, Bonneau, SC 29431.

For more information, download a flyer in PDF or MS Word format:

2017 WOC BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION FLYER (PDF)

2017 WOC BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION FLYER (DOC)