Episcopal Church Women
The St. Thomas Episcopal Church Women (ECW) is a vibrant fundraising and fellowship group, comprised of women of all ages, that supports charitable organizations benefitting women and children on a local, national and international basis. The ECW at St. Thomas has also been a steward of our most public spaces throughout the church, helping to create and maintain the warm environment for which we are known.
All women attending St. Thomas are automatically members of the ECW. We hope that you will join in some of the activities that have been part of the rich legacy of this diverse community. Meetings are held every other month (except in the summer) to identify ways to support our charitable giving partners and the various needs within the church. Our goal is to disperse all of our fundraising proceeds over the course of each year, which averages between $3,000-$4,000.
We also celebrate our “sisterhood” with evenings of fellowship. You can find more information in the monthly Messenger.
We have a number of wonderful traditions! These include:
The ECW holds two fundraisers per year – the “Treats and Treasures” sale shortly before Christmas and a spring bale sale. Proceeds go to support our outreach ministries and church needs such as:
- Share of McLean
- Casting for Recovery
- McLean-Falls Church Children’s Center
- Second Story
- Remote Area Medical
- Ascension Church, Beraud Haiti
- Renovating our Fellowship Hall, Kitchen, and Parlor
- Natural disaster relief through various national organizations
- Discretionary funds (for our Rector and the Bishop)
The ECW Book Group:
This lively and well-attended group has been in existence for over fifteen years. We meet on the 3rd Wednesday of the month (except in the summer). Guests are always welcome! We hope that you’ll join us, whether you’ve read the book or not! These are great evenings of laughter and thoughtful discussion. We also organize a Christmas dinner out, with a lively book exchange, each December. Each Book Group gathering raises money for Ascension Church, Haiti.
Lace and Grace Tea:
Approximately every three years, the ladies of the parish and their invited guests gather for a magnificent tea, resplendent with linen, china, and sumptuous food; the men of St. Thomas serve with elegance and grace. All proceeds from this event go towards our charitable giving and church projects.
United Thank Offering:
Twice a year we lead the effort to collect coins and bills as a sign of our gratitude. All donations from the congregation are used for local, national, and international projects through the Diocese.
Women Eating Supper:
Women of the church gather for a monthly dinner out, sharing fellowship and conversation. We meet on the second Tuesday of every month (except December) at Cafe Deluxe in Tysons, starting at 6:30PM.
Parish Christmas souvenir ornaments:
The ECW provides 100 ornaments that are hung on our Narthex tree, and all families are invited to take one home on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.
For many years we created a handmade quilt that was the highlight of our fundraising efforts. One beautiful example hangs proudly in our fellowship hall today.