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)
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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)
On October 26, 2017, during a special luncheon at the Synod of The Diocese of the Central States, 27 women had the privilege of hearing COWM Chairperson Gale Hill give a presentation on the REC Committee on Women’s Ministry. Gale discussed the history and purpose of COWM, and she encouraged the women to get involved in supporting the work of the committee. Gale’s presentation is available below in two formats.
COWM_Presentation, October 26, Gale Hill (PPT)
COWM_Presentation, October 26, Gale Hill (PDF)
Many thanks to Dss. Michelle Caldwell for making the arrangements for our luncheon and to Gale for taking time to attend our synod and inspire us to work more closely together as women in the Reformed Episcopal Church.
Later that afternoon, Gale met with several synod attendees to make Women’s Day Luncheon plans for next year. Stay tuned for exciting information on that topic!
Save the Date:
The annual Synod for the Diocese of Central States will be held on October 26 and 27 at the following location:
Trinity Reformed Episcopal Church
5920 Butler-Warren Road, Mason, OH 45040
Rector: The Rt. Rev. Peter Manto