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Who we are
The Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese of Kansas represent all women in the parishes of this diocese, whether or not they are part of an organized ECW group, by virtue of their baptism and confirmation.
We are committed to one another and called to be witnesses for Christ. Our challenge is to provide a safe place where every person is free to become the person Christ created her to be. We are called. We are different. We are one body.
The purpose of the Episcopal Church Women organization is to assist the women of the Episcopal Church to carry on Christ's work of reconciliation in the world and to take their place as leaders in the life, governance and worship of the church.
The life of Episcopal Church Women begins in the local congregation and continues at the diocesan, provincial and national levels. Each has its own unique characteristics that enable the mission and ministry of women. Episcopal Church Women are an integral part of the Episcopal Church, which is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion.
Programs of the ECW
Each fall ECW sponsors a gathering that combines needed business with spiritually uplifting speakers and worship. It is open to women and men.
The 2016 Annual Gathering of the Episcopal Church Women of the diocese will take place Saturday, Oct. 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, 12251 Antioch Road in Overland Park. The theme is "Sharing the Spirit: Women Taking Action.”
The cost to attend is $20 and includes lunch. Some scholarship assistance is available. The deadline to register is Wednesday, Oct. 5.
Participants can register online at http://tinyurl.com/ECW-2016 or by mail.
The day’s program will conclude ECW’s focus this year on human trafficking. Those who attend will learn more about local initiatives that are in place and how they can help.
The keynote speaker will be Kristy Childs, founder and executive director of Veronica’s Voice, a Kansas City program that assists women caught in prostitution or sex trafficking.
Anyone with questions may contact Deacon Fran Wheeler (see officer list below for contact information).
Continuing Education grants
The diocesan ECW makes money available for small grants to help women with costs associated with continuing education. All women of the diocese are eligible to apply for a grant. Recipients must be women who are members of a parish in the Diocese of Kansas. Requests for grants must be submitted in writing and include a description of the event, including the effective dates, its total cost, the sponsoring agency and the name of the parish to which the woman belongs.
Funding is for adult women to continue their education experiences. Returning to college, community workshops, seminar and convocation educational events, and Education for Ministry are examples of approved activities. The committee will consider up to two-thirds funding for an individual for any one event, with a $100 limit. Only one grant per year will be given to an applicant. Any one individual will be limited to receiving a maximum of $300 during any five-year period. There will be no funding of expenses already incurred.
Send application to Candy Scarborough, telephone (620) 421-4170 or email.
The ECW endowment fund, made up of contributions from parishes and individuals,helps finance services for women in all parishes, whether or not they have an organized ECW. As the ECW Endowment Fund grows, the amount needed for assessment to parish women will continue to decrease.
All contributions to the fund are fully deductible as charitable contributions and will be acknowledged promptly. The amount of the contributions will remain confidential.
Contributions should be sent to the Rev. Helen Hoch, 314 N. 3rd St., New Strawn, KS 66839. Telephone (620) 364-8936 or email.
United Thank Offering
The United Thank Offering is a ministry of the Episcopal Church that provides a way for men, women and children to give thanks daily to God. For over 100 years, Episcopalians have been dropping coins in "blue boxes" in thanksgiving for the blessings in their lives. The mission of UTO is to expand the circle of thankful people.
UTO was established in 1889 as the United Offering by the Women's Auxiliary to the Board of Missions and was used primarily to support the work of women missionaries and expansion of the church. That emphasis has broadened to include all areas of the church's work.
Individual contributions should be sent to Daria Condon, 16105 Ness Rd. Altamont, KS 67330. Telephone (620) 784-2316 or email.
For church contrubtions to UTO: make your check payable to DFMS with "UTO" in the memo line. Mail to: United Thank Offering, PO Box 958983, St. Louis, MO 63195-8983.
Church Periodical Club
The Church Periodical Club was founded in 1888 by Mary Ann Fargo at the Church of the Holy Communion in New York City. It is an independent, affiliated organization of the Episcopal Church. It is the only organization of the Episcopal Church dedicated solely to providing both religious and secular literature and related materials without charge to those who need and request them and cannot otherwise obtain them.
The Church Periodical Club makes grants through two programs:
The National Books Fund makes grants for printed and audio-visual materials to individuals, churches and organizations affiliated with the Anglican Communion.
The Mile of Pennies Fund began granting funds to children only, preschool through high school, in 1989. In addition to providing printed or taped books and related materials, Miles of Pennies gives grants for the shipping costs of recycled children's books.
Contributions to CPC should be sent to Melanie Shurden, 5206 Pembrook Circle, Wichita, KS 66220. Telephone (316) 687-5866 or email.
President: Daria Condon, (620) 784-2316 or email
Vice-President: Deacon Fran Wheeler, 913-226-0540 or email
Secretary: The Rev. Helen Hoch, (620) 364-8936 or email
Treasurer: Sharon Atherton, (316) 729-2590 or email
Northeast Convocation Representative: Jennifer Allen, (913) 620-7773 or email
Northwest Convocation Representative: Ellen Wolfe, (785) 843-2442 or email
Southeast Convocation Representative: Bev Winston, (620) 251-4472 or email
Southwest Convocation Representative: Lila Seager, (316) 200-1306 or email
Church Periodical Club: Melanie Shurden, (316) 687-5866 or email
Devotions: Charlotte Buterbaugh, (620) 221-3099 or email
Publicity: Mary Druding, (316) 684-1895 or email
Nominating Chair: Beth Criss, (316) 682-3748 or email
Continuing Education: Candy Scarborough , (620) 421-4170 or email
Endowment Fund: The Rev. Helen Hoch, (620) 364-8936 or email
Historian: Daria Condon, (620) 784-2316 or email
Parliamentarian: Bev Winston, (620) 251-4472 or email
Immediate past president: Beth Criss, (316) 682-3748 or email.
Ecumenical representative: Lynn Bonney, (620) 342-9299 or email
United Thank Offering: Linda Nichols, (620) 423-9602 or email
Church contrubtions to UTO: make your check payable to DFMS with "UTO" in the memo line.
Mail to: United Thank Offering, PO Box 958983, St. Louis, MO 63195-8983.