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 Episcopal Church Women 

Diocese of Virginia


Patricia Walthall Hardy,  President

804 221-1789





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March 2013


Greetings from the Episcopal Church Women!


As time did not allow me to give a full report at Annual Council, I thought I would send you and update of my 1st year.


Many Paths, One Journey is the theme for my 3 year term as ECW President. 2012 was a busy year for the Episcopal Church Women with many paths leading to changes with more to come. I took office in January following Annual Council. In March we sponsored a "Lenten Quiet Day," led by Bishop Susan Goff and held at Roslyn with more than fifty attendees (men and women).


Our ECW task force on the role of women in today's Church and into the future continues to meet regularly. At Triennial in Indianapolis our ECW was recognized for initiating a process to reassess and redefine the role of women in the church.


Our Spring Open Board meeting was hosted by the women of Pohick Episcopal Church, Lorton and the Rev. Donald D. Bender, PhD. Emma Wright, a Diocesan Youth leader spoke on the Bishop's NetsforLife Campaign. The ECW formed a partnership with the Diocesan Youth to raise awareness and assist them in reaching their goal of 20,000 nets to send to Africa. That project completed, we are now working with Buck Blanchard to expand our involvement in Africa working with women in the Congo. With Bishop Shannon's guidance, we will be forming a partnership with South Korea in the next year.


Four Board members, Rose Mary Zellner, Cindy Helton, Dale Brittle and I attended Triennial and General Convention in Indianapolis in July. We spent 8 days of prayer, worship, meetings, and workshops. The presence of the Holy Spirit was evident throughout, as we gleaned new information and ideas.


At our Annual Meeting Ruth Gibson, a past Diocesan ECW president, was recognized as a "Distinguished Women of the Year", an honor recognized at Triennial. Ruth's love and service to her family and church are a true reflection of God's love.


The 2012 Communion Alms Fund totaled $2949 and was divided between the Bishops Netsforlife Inspiration Fund 2012, and the Canterbury Campus Ministries fund, which we will continue to uplift during the next year.


The Viva Voce funds totaling $2662 were given to 5 recipients within the Diocese, Trinity School of Early Learning (Region III), Bethany House of Northern Virginia (Region VI), Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School (Region IX), WOVEN (Region XII), and Gertrude Mitchell House (Region XV).


UTO Ingathering totaled $84,474 and will be used for 2013 grants. 54 Grants were funded in 2012. The Diocese of VA was awarded 2 grants, a school bus for the Anna Julia Episcopal Church and solar electricity panels to be installed at St Andrea's Church in Mwiticaria Tanzania.


ECW Gifts and Scholarships awarded 5 educational scholarships this year totaling $4500.


In 2008, the ECW Altar Guild received donations from every region in the Diocese to provide a sacristy in a box to the four continuing congregations. Altar Guild Chair Sharon Nachman had a surplus of funds so checks representing the balance of that fund were distributed to the Dayspring congregations -- Church of the Epiphany - Herndon, The Falls Church - Falls Church, St. Margaret's - Woodbridge, and St. Stephen's - Heathsville.                                                                                                                                                

As an ECW tradition, the Altar Guild gave funds to contribute to the purchase of vestments for Bishop Coajutor, The Rt. Rev. Susan Goff, the first female Bishop of the Diocese of VA.


We have planned a Lenten Quiet Day retreat on March 21 at Roslyn. Bishop Goff will lead.


The Rev. Torrence Harman and the women of St. Mary's White Chapel have graciously agreed to host our 2013 Spring ECW Meeting on May 23rd.


The Rev. Daniel Robayo and the women of Emmanuel Church, Harrisonburg have graciously agreed to host our Fall ECW Meeting on October 17th. Check out our ECW Website for upcoming details.


Henry Burt has served our Diocese for a number of years. Full of energy and a great sense of humor, he has done an awesome job seeing us through many changes...new bishops, legal issues and getting to know and put up with a new ECW president. The ECW has been blessed to have his suppport and we will greatly miss him. We wish him the best in his new endeavors.


The ECW has been extremely blessed by the support of all of our Bishops and the Diocesan staff and clergy thoughout the diocese. I wish to give you huge thank you from all of the women of the church.


My first year as ECW President has been a joyous continuum of my journey with Christ. I am constantly reminded of the renewal of our baptismal vows. I would like to share a poem of mine in closing. (You really didn't think I would pass up the opportunity, did you?) CLICK HERE

Blessings and Love in Christ,

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Pat Hardy


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Pat Hardy
ECW Diocesan President
PO Box 11
Montpelier, VA 23192
C-804 221-1789
H-804 883-7766