The Episcopal Church Women (ECW) of St. John’s is an organization in the church where all women are considered members — sisters in Christ who support and encourage one another in varied ministries. They strive to live fully their baptismal vows by providing an environment to enrich and give wings to ministries here in our home parish, and to meet some of the needs in the local church, community and world around us.

ECW plans a yearly schedule of events, which provide a blend of service projects and social interaction. The annual bazaar and luncheon generate the funds for outreach projects.

The women help support a variety of ministries in the church, such as the music program and Christian education, and contribute to building needs, the diocesan ECW and other projects. The recent installation of electronic doors at the east entry to the church was an ECW-funded project.

The church’s Annual Bazaar and Luncheon, typically held on the first Wednesday of December, has been known as a social event in the community since the 1890s. It is also representative of the love and friendship between the women at St. John’s. About 50 women work diligently, preparing for the event for several months each year. God continues to bless the efforts with an immeasurable amount of fellowship and funding for another year’s budget, which extends the love and blessings into the parish and the community.

Evelyn Bibens serves as president of the Episcopal Church Women at St. John’s. For more information, contact the church.