Just after the 10:30 a.m. Eucharist
We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing on Thanksgiving. Plans are underway for St. Hilary’s Thanksgiving Celebration, taking place this year on November 27, 2014. Join your St. Hilary’s family for this annual event. There will be a Eucharist service, followed by Thanksgiving dinner in Browning Hall. Bring your family and friends; no one should have to eat alone! Sign ups are available in Browning Hall. Coordinators this year are Sybil Edgar at (239) 470-9787 or Marilynne Freeman at (239) 283-9752.
Women’s Book Group
Do you love reading? Like to talk about good books? The Women’s Book Group of St. Hilary’s meets the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Conference Room and we talk about fiction and non-fiction related to spirituality or religion. Women of all ages are welcome to join us, and it is not necessary to commit to attend each month. Please contact Rebecca Jones for more information about this group. Our next meeting will be held November 20 to discuss Gilead by Marilynne Robinson.
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 with questions.
The Lunch Bunch will resume on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. in Browning Hall. We’ll start out with cards, puzzles, or just talk prior to lunch at 12:00 noon. After lunch, our speaker will be Teresa Frank, Program Coordinator for the SHARE club. She will discuss the availability of bus trips, exercise program, computer help, and more. We have the best potluck luncheon; please plan to come!
Prayer Shawl Ministry
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 from our parish priest at the altar during a Sunday service. Then the shawls are ready to be sent on their way. 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.
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. Contact Nancy Terrell 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 firstname.lastname@example.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)
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 email@example.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. All are welcome!