Episcopal Church Women are women 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. Diocesan Mission Statement “The Mission of the Episcopal Church Women, Diocese of Western Massachusetts is to become a cornerstone of community, learning and ministry that seeks to invite all women into fellowship.”–Adopted September 9, 2000
National ECW Mission and Vision
Mission: Centered in congregations, the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) empowers women to do Christ’s ministry in the world.
Vision: Our vision for all women of the Episcopal Church is that we become a vibrant blend of all ages, coming together as a peacemaking, healing part of the Church. We aspire to be a Godspark – shining and sharing the love of Christ. Please visit the National ECW website: ECWNational.org
ECW sponsors a child at Our Little Roses Orphanage in Honduras
In November 2011 the Diocese of Western Massachusetts ECW collaborated with the Diocese of Massachusetts ECW and made a three- year commitment to sponsor three-year-old, Martha, at Our Little Roses Orphanage in Honduras. Martha arrived at Our Little Roses in October 2011 with her sister Suyapa Elizabeth. You can read more about Our Little Roses Orphanage in Honduras here. We are now in our 5th year of sponsorship. If you wish to help with this sponsorship ECW will match all donated funds directed to this ministry. Contact Susan at ECW.email@example.com for more information and documentation.
Check out this link to the new Province I ECW web site where you will find more ECW Contacts and Resources. Additional ECW links are found at the bottom of this page.
Reports to the Diocese
About our ECW Logo
- The Cross represents Christ and our service to Him in the world.
- The Circle stands for our hope for wholeness in our lives.
- The outflowing lines from the center depict the many works of the Episcopal Church Women, going out into the world.
- The intertwined lines represent our lives centered in Christ.
The United Thank Offering
United Thank Offering (UTO) is a ministry of the Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. Through United Thank Offering, men, women, and children nurture the habit of giving daily thanks to God. These prayers of thanksgiving start when we recognize and name our many daily blessings. Those who participate in UTO discover that thankfulness leads to generosity. United Thank Offering is entrusted to promote thank offerings, to receive the offerings, and to distribute the UTO monies to support mission and ministry throughout the Episcopal Church and in invited Provinces of the Anglican Communion in the developing world.
Our combined Diocesan 2015 United Thank Offering was $10,914.43 with 31 churches participating.
There are two ingatherings yearly: The Fall ingathering is held during the diocesan convention Eucharist. The Spring UTO ingathering is a mail-in offering. The UTO Board suggests the Sunday after the Ascension. Please make out a check to: The Episcopal Diocese of WMA, with UTO in the memo, and mail to: The Episcopal Diocese of WMA, ATTN: Esther Barker, Diocesan Accounting Manager, 37 Chestnut St., Springfield, MA 01103.
- Please visit The National UTO website or the UTO Blog www.unitedthankoffering.org for details about The United Thank Offering
- For diocesan UTO information contact the Episcopal Church Women’s board at firstname.lastname@example.org
- For UTO information in the Diocese please email ECW.email@example.com or call Susan Howland at 508-248-6112
- Find UTO resources and order UTO materials at: www.episcopalchurch.org/uto
- UTO Church Coordinator Responsibilities
- UNITED THANK OFFERING BOARD MEETING FACT SHEET FOR SEPTEMBER 27-30, 2016
BISMARK, NORTH DAKOTA
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 Christ. Let us not forget the lessons from the past nor future. Anoint us with your grace and shine in our hearts as we reflect your light throughout the world. AMEN.
President and UTO Coordinator.