If you are a woman at St. Andrew’s, you are a member of the ECW – Episcopal Church Women! Our mission is to support our parish and outreach in efforts that benefit primarily women and children. We host several events during that year that have included: college care packages, movie nights, speakers and the annual Women’s Retreat. We start the year off with a Kick-Off dinner for all women and that wonderful dinner sets the tone for the rest of the year!
Funds raised by the ECW are used for outreach to organizations outside and within the Omaha community and expenses related to women’s ministries within the church. For example, ECW funds the babysitters for the nursery and maintains the kitchens in the church. We also have reception teams that host funeral luncheons and other events. The ECW has two main fundraisers – the Nearly New Shop and the annual Antique Show. The Antique Show is a great event that relies on many volunteers from our congregation. St. A’s cafe draws many for our pies and famous Hot Turkey Salad. 2015 will be our 53rd year! If you haven’t been to the Nearly New Shop lately, you should stop by and see what a great little treasure it is. It has been recently remodeled and is run by the wonderful and talented Denise Benson. If yo are looking for something to do on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday mornings, the Nearly New Shop is looking for you to volunteer. It’s a great opportunity to be involved and work with some pretty fantastic women of our church.
Every November, the ECW board looks at the budget to determine if there is “left-over” monies from our fixed expenses. These monies are then distributed to families, individuals or groups that would benefit from financial support. Below is a listing of just some of the groups and families/individuals that have received help from the ECW:
- benevolent fund of the rector
- Several St. Andrew’s families
- Cordellia Red Owl
- Pine Ridge
- St. Monica’s Home in Lincoln
- The Hope Center
- Scholarship money for the Dominican Republic
- Episcopal Relief and Development
- Scholarship money for the YMCA summer camp
- Dean Fricke Food Pantry
- Anne’s Support and Care Center in South Africa
- Orphan Grain Train
- One World Community Health Outreach
- Lydia House
- Social Settlement House
- Stephen Ministry
- Adopt a Family
- Micah House
- Mission for all Nations
- Food for the Poor
- Southeastern Guide Dogs
- March of Dimes
- Joshua Journey
- Literacy Council
- Habitat for Humanity
- Sienna/St. Francis House
- The Shelter – Catholic Charities
- The Presiding Bishop’s Fund for World Relief
- Stephen’s Center
- Pathways to Hope
- La Casa Del Pueblo
- Sudanese Resettlement Group
If you would like more information, please contact Dari Dornan: firstname.lastname@example.org
2014 Annual Antique Show
OMAHA, NE — The traditions of the St. Andrews Antique Show and Sale are almost as old as the antiques that will be featured at the two-day show April 25 & 26, 2014 at the Church at 84th and Pacific in Omaha from the hot turkey salad at lunch to the art glass and silver in the dealer booths. More to come.
Attention ladies! Save the date: Tuesday, August 20! The ECW is having their annual kickoff dinner on Tuesday, August 20 at 6:00 pm. All women of St. Andrew’s are invited. Watch for the sign-up sheet. Don’t miss this event as it will be filled with fun, food and fellowship!
Please join us on April 12th & 13th for our annual women’s retreat. The retreat will be at St. Benedict Center in Schuyler, NE . We will begin on Friday around 6:00 pm and end on Saturday at 3:00 pm. Claire Atkins will be presenting the program.