Gratitude is an essential aspect of our Christian faith. The blessings, challenges and ups and downs of our lives are all opportunities for us to show thankfulness to God. Giving to United Thank Offering turns this thankfulness into action by helping others to experience blessings not previously experienced. This is an action we can do together as Episcopal Church Women because together we are stronger.
In-gatherings for United Thank Offering traditionally take place around Lent and during the two months prior to Advent. Because it is so important to participate, these times are flexible. Churches are encouraged to set their In-gathering events at times that work best for them. UTO materials, including Blue Boxes, may be ordered from Shima of Navaholand. Materials are no cost, only shipping and handling is charged. (Some supplies may be out-of-stock until after General Convention in July.)
Donations collected for UTO should be sent to Diane Askren, Diocesan UTO Coordinator, 5905 Glenhurst St. Riverside, Ca. 92504 with your check made payable to Episcopal Church Women and UTO written on the memo line. You may also make the donation online using our form here.
Churches sending donations will be recognized on our web page, in ECW reports to Diocesan Council, and in the ECW Annual Meeting Reports and Journal. All checks must be received by December 15th to be credited for the 2018 year. If there are questions, please call Diane at 951-840-0033.
Girl’s Friendly Society’s 141st Anniversary and Awards service will take place on May 19th at St. Matthias, Whittier. Twenty girls will be receiving either their member pins or awards for earning badges. We will be celebrating the birthday of the church and GFS since the event is the day before Pentecost.
Episcopal Church Women will award their first scholarship to a graduating senior at the Neighborhood Youth Association’s 35th annual Scholarship and Community Awards Dinner May 12th. President Christine Budzowski and Vice President Martha Watson will present the scholarship on behalf of ECW Los Angeles. Chaplain Julie Bryant will also be on hand representing ECW. NYA is an Outreach program for ECW Los Angeles. Our goal is to raise $1000 for next year’s scholarship award, and to do that we have established a matching fund of $500. Your donation amount will go twice as far! If you would like to make a donation please click here and choose NYA in the drop-down menu.
Daughters of the King Spring Assembly, Saturday April 28th, Christ Church Redondo Beach 9 am – 1:30 pm
Citizenship and documentation of citizens of the United States grows more every day as a polarizing issue in our society. For our Spring Assembly, we felt it quite appropriate to explore what it means to a DACA recipient in Southern California and in this diocese.
The Reverend Nancy Frausto, Associate Rector at Long Beach, will be our guest speaker on April 28th. Nancy is a DACA recipient and has recently been featured in the CBS News series “Race, Religion and Resistance.” https://www.cbsnews.com/video/race-religion-resistance/
You need not be a Daughter to attend this Assembly so invite your friends as this promises to be an insightful and dynamic presentation. Lunch included. Cost is $15 per person if payment is received by Monday, April 23rd. $20 after April 23rd or at the door. Payment accepted via PayPal or check. Mail check early to assure timely receipt.
Registration is now open for the ECW Annual Meeting “Angels on the Go”, to be held Saturday, February 24th 9 am – 1:30 pm, at the Diocesan Center in Echo Park. New officers will be elected at the business meeting, followed by speakers highlighting two important ECW ministries: The Bishop Talton Deacon’s Education Fund and Neighborhood Youth Association.
The program will also include overviews of all the affiliated ministries, and some of the special grants available for Medical Ministries and the Emergency Medical Grants for individuals. The Eucharist will be celebrated by Bishop John H. Taylor, who will install new officers and board members for the 2018 – 2021 term.
Discover what ECW can offer your congregation, network with old friends and new, and enjoy a Mediterranean Buffet lunch catered by Pig and Pepper Kitchen. More information can be found here. Cost for the day including program and luncheon is $40 if paid in advance ad $45 at the door.