Women

Rummage Sale: April 5

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The next ECW Rummage Sale takes place Saturday, April 5 at 8 a.m. Volunteers are needed to help with set up Thursday and Friday, as well as clean-up on Saturday. Please contact the church office at (239)936-1000 to volunteer.

Lunch Bunch

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Lunch Bunch is a group of men and women who gather monthly during the fall, winter and spring on the second Thursday of the month for a potluck lunch in Browning Hall. The fun starts with cards, games, puzzles, and talk and have lunch at noon. We also gather for an annual outing.

Adults of all ages are welcome to this social group.  Contact Nancy Kelly at nkelly37@aol.com with questions.

Women’s Book Group

The Women’s Book Group of St. Hilary’s meets the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Conference Room. On April 10, we will discuss Gardens of Water by Alan Drew. Women of all ages are welcome to join us, and it is not necessary to commit to attend each month. If you would like a used copy of the book, the cost is $4. Please contact Rebecca Jones at rebeccamjones@centurylink.net if you would like a copy. The book is also available through the Lee County Library System.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

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What is a Prayer Shawl Ministry?  “Shawls, made for centuries, universal and embracing, symbolic of an inclusive, unconditionally loving God.  They wrap, enfold, comfort, cover, give solace, mother, hug, shelter and beautify.  Those who have received these shawls have been uplifted and affirmed, as if given wings to fly above their troubles.”

Whether they are called prayer shawls, comfort shawls, peace shawls or mantles, the shawl maker begins with prayers and blessings for the recipient.  The intentions are continued throughout the creation of the shawl.  Upon completion, a final blessing is offered before the shawl is sent on its way.  We have had five shawls blessed and we have given out four shawls.

We hope you will come and join us the third Wednesday of each month at 4 p.m. in Browning Hall.  You do not have to knit or crochet, you can just come and visit with us. The shawls will be blessed at the altar before being given to those in need.  Prayer shawls are given to console those that are grieving, comfort those that are ill, and bring hope to those in despair.  They can also be used to celebrate life and its milestones. Contact Nancy Terrell at nanterre02@aol.com if you would like to be part of this group.

If you would like to send a prayer shawl to a friend, relative, or yourself, we can ship to anywhere in the United States for the flat rate of $12.95.  We can create a custom card with any message you choose.  If you are able to include an additional donation to our Prayer Shawl Ministry for supplies, it would be greatly appreciated.  Please contact our office at (239) 936-1000 or by email at office@sainthilarys.org.

The Prayer Shawl Ministry will also leave a few shawls at the back of the church for those that get cold during the service.  Please feel free to borrow one during the service to keep you warm!

Episcopal Church Women (ECW)

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The ECW national organization is comprised of all women members of the Episcopal Church of all ages, ethnic origins and socioeconomic backgrounds who hold a variety of views. However, the common denominator of our members is love of God and the wish to do His work. Centered in congregations, the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) empowers women to do Christ’s ministry in the world.

St. Hilary’s Monday Morning Workshop of the ECW is a group of women who meet weekly to work on craft and sewing projects, primarily for the annual bazaar, which is held in November. Proceeds from the bazaar support the outreach activities of the church. In addition, the women hold two rummage sales a year, also to provide funds for outreach activities on a local and national level.

Daughters of the King (DOK)

St. Mary’s Chapter of DOK at St. Hilary’s continues to service its purpose of prayer, service and evangelism. We pray daily for Christ’s Kingdom, for the spiritual growth of the Church, for all in need of emotional, spiritual and physical healing. Our Prayer Tree is available for those who request prayers for a specific person or need by contacting the church office (239-936-1000) or office@sainthilarys.org.

We are a small group of faithful who meet once a month after church. Please check the calendar for meeting dates. We maintain an active prayer list that is updated weekly for those who request prayers. We welcome women who seek to strengthen their prayer life.

Bridge Group

Enjoy bridge and company? Join us Mondays at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall to play! In season you can also play bridge at 1 p.m. Wednesdays, same location. This second day is offered when at least four people want to play at that time. These are opportunities to learn or improve your bridge game, and all levels of experience are welcome. Contact Jo Lane at jobenlane@comcast.net with any questions. All are welcome!