ECW is the inclusive circle of ALL women in St. Paul’s Church. We are divinely connected – giving, receiving and growing through faith and fellowship.
ECW has long been a vital part of St. Paul’s, working to raise funds for local and national missions, participating in hands-on ministries like Habitat for Humanity and Rise Against Hunger.
Throughout the church year, the ECW hosts inspirational events, social gatherings, and fund-raisers.
Annual ECW Meeting
All women of St. Paul’s are invited to join us for the virtual Annual ECW Meeting on Sunday, January 24 at 3:00 p.m. The meeting will be held via Zoom. Call the church office for Zoom credentials.
Our ministry includes:
Food Pantry Collection
Due to an increase in the homeless population Salvation Army continues to need:
- canned meats & soups with easy-open pop-tops (easy-open, individual serving size are especially helpful)
Thank you one and all very, very much!
Meg Risser, Sarah Jo Safrit and Adeline Talbot
Monetary donations are also being accepted. You may make a donation online at the St. Paul’s website, www.stpaulsbeaufort.org, or by dropping a check off at the church. Please be sure to indicate on your donation that it is for the Food Pantry collection.
**Please remember to maintain social distance and safe practices, including wearing your face mask, while dropping off your donations.**
2020 Fall ECW Bazaar Wrap Up
Imagining, planning, and executing the 2020 Fall ECW Bazaar was both a humbling and
a joyful experience. Because of Covid it was clear, even in the early spring, that our
traditional in-person experience would not be possible this year. The options were to
cancel entirely, or to try and find a new way forward. Thus, our virtual Bazaar was
Thanks to the support and enthusiasm of the strong servant leaders of our ECW, it felt
right to try and stay together and to try to hold on to both community and mission. At the
beginning, we hoped that if we could only earn back what the online software platform
cost, plus realize a small profit, while enjoying the opportunity to work together, that we
would count our event as a success. Well that happened . . . and so much more!
Thanks to the generosity of the members of our church and the supportive greater
Beaufort community, we made our “new” normal a huge financial success. What a
bonus! For that, we give thanks to God. The loss of face to face fellowship has been a
steep price to pay to Covid, but for a brief few hours on November 14th, we rejoiced at
the energy and the synergy we felt being together.
Our treasurer, Mary Duane Hale, is still totaling receipts and expenses, but as of the
day of the Bazaar, she had recorded income of $26,186.00 from this year’s
Bazaar. This represents the most money ever grossed on a Bazaar, and Mary Duane
believes that our 2020 total will be quite close to last year’s record-breaking net profit of
$24,799. Simply amazing.
There is so much to say about how each person who encouraged, donated, baked,
cooked, planned, canned, preserved, and sewed and blessed, the Bazaar. The funds
earned will now, in turn, bless those who are served by the many invaluable community
non-profits supported by the ECW. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you — to each and
every one of you. You know who you are.
It is extremely difficult to put into words the depth of gratitude that we feel for each
effort, and the love and kindness shown to us as we stumbled along an unknown path.
We felt your prayers and support every step of the way. Until next year,
Laura Snyder and Cindy Cash, co-chairs, 2020 ECW Fall Bazaar
Committee chairs-Mary Duane Hale, Sarah Jo Safrit, Jeanette Holland, Len Gilstrap, Ann Carter, Missy Bailey, Dale Wooten and Norma Gardner
- A one-day retreat during Lent, held at the Trinity Center in Salter Path. We gather to reconnect spiritually with the meaning of Lent, with a guest speaker.
- Bereavement Meals provided to grieving families in the church, and Comfort Baskets for those who have lost a loved one.
- The United Thank Offering to raise money for missions in the church. Twice a year, members bring in the contents of a “Blue Box” which is set aside at home to collect money set aside in thanksgiving for life’s blessings
- Raising money for the Church Periodical Club, which provides money to the seminarians in our diocese, to use for books.
- And through our work, we strive to take care of each other.
- Episcopal Church Women’s Prayer
- Almighty God, we pray that You will bless our work in mission and ministry in the world. Help us to pray fervently, labor diligently and give liberally to make known the power of your love given through your son Jesus. Let us not forget the lessons from the past nor fear the challenges of the future. Anoint us with your grace and shine in our hearts as we reflect your light throughout the world. Amen.