Christ Church Cathedral
Episcopal Church Women
In preparation for a busy year, planning for Cathedral events began in the summer of 2011. Our primary goal was to invite all of the women of the Christ Church Cathedral family to become involved in at least one project of the Episcopal Church Women. Another goal was to encourage active participation in the United Thank Offering. Our main project for the year was to plan and host the 41st Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast. Support parish-wide was incredible. Many thanks to Ginny Behlen, Julie McClelland, Lucy Rouse and to everyone who greeted, cooked, served, called, and generally brought the face of our Cathedral to those who were visiting their Cathedral for the first time.
It was a huge year for the ECW in all its projects. In addition to our usual annual events and the hosting of the Diocesan Convention, we hosted the Downtown Mobile Thanksgiving Day Ecumenical Service and held a Diaconate Ordination during Christmas Week. Our usual projects were preparing and serving two meals in December in conjunction with the Advent music series and five Wednesday meals in Lent following the Lenten Music Series. For Lent our cooks focused their menu selections on soups appropriate to the season. Over 30 volunteers served over 300 meals for the two series.
Our nine Sunday Hospitality Teams outdid themselves each week this year with delicious treats unique to each team. They also coordinated the food for our All Saints’ Sunday Cathedral Celebration. Members of the teams graciously provided for several funeral visitations during the year. While these groups are functioning very well, our Pastoral Care Committee is still in need of leadership.
The ministry teams were especially busy this year. The Altar Guild, chaired by Carolyn Stephenson, worked hard to prepare for all of the special services we had during the year. The Flower Guild operated without leadership during this busy year, but managed to bring beauty into our sacred spaces for every event. We are working on some changes to both guilds going forward.
Tray Hamil again served as Chair of the United Thank Offering (UTO), the church-wide ECW outreach program. Each year hundreds of thousands of dollars in UTO grants are made for worthwhile ministry development projects worldwide, each starting with the little blue UTO boxes where we are supposed to be placing money as we find things in our daily lives for which to be thankful. Here at Christ Church Cathedral we were thankful for approximately $500 worth of blessings in 2012.
It was a pleasure to work together during the year. Thank you for all your hard work.
Carolyn D. Eichold, Chair
Lissa E. Watkins, Co-Chair