Anglican Church Women
The Daytime ACW meets the second Wednesday of the month at 12 noon, with the exception of the months of July and August.
Every woman of the church is automatically a member of ACW. Yearly dues are $5.00. Meetings consist of lunch and invited speakers who present topics of special or timely interest to our members. Speakers have presented topics as diverse as spiritual healing, new projects in our city, services for abused/abandoned women, and how to start a crafting business. A short business meeting follows.
Highlights of the year include the Annual Tea aduring the Spring and the Pork Chop Dinner in the Fall when we feature a young musician as our entertainment.
In addition, the Daytime ACW actively participates in a variety of service projects throughout the year. We are a vital, active organization that welcomes new members anytime.
The Daughters of the Holy Cross
Daughters of the Holy Cross are women who have committed their lives to the work and service of our Lord Jesus Christ through prayer, study, evangelism and
service. As fellow Daughters we pray daily for our Church, her clergy, the Order and others in need.
At every meeting we look at each aspect of our lives as Daughters: This year we started the study of the Richard Foster’s “Celebration of Discipline”. We have discovered how practicing the disciplines helps us grow in spirituality. We have learned to Meditate and Pray, focussed on Simplicity, Submission, Service and Study, just to name a few of the disciplines. This next year we will continue to grow as we share with each other.
We share with each other how the Lord is moving in our prayer lives and encourage each other by praying for and with each other on a regular basis. We have been greatly encouraged by the way that the Lord has been giving us opportunities to witness to others in the community. We have opened ourselves up to the possibility of evangelism and God has honored that by giving us opportunities to do just that! He has given us boldness where we had only experienced fear in the past.
Service is an important part of our lives as Daughters. We catered the Shrove Tuesday pancake dinner as well as coordinated the Wednesday meals during Lent. Proceeds from these meals go towards outreach projects during the year and especially the Christmas Conspiracy in Iraq and Tanzania.
On Mother’s Day we distributed Baby Bottles to the congregation. The idea being that everyone fills these with their spare change. We collected them on Father’s Day and donated this money to Pregnancy Resources in Moline. The money is used by this ministry to encourage and walk along side women who are pregnant and in crisis. Free pregnancy test, free ultrasounds and counselling are provided to these women as well as parenting classes to both mothers and fathers who choose life for their babies. Diapers etc. are also given to them.
For our December meeting we invited parishioners to join us as we visited a nursing home, Aperion Care, in East Moline. We joined the residents in singing
Christmas Carols accompanied by Dcn K on the piano. We had a lot of fun doing this and afterwards presented the home with Christmas gifts for them to distribute.These gifts included blankets crocheted and knitted by our members, soft toys, socks, knee rugs, Christmas decorations for their rooms and warm hats and gloves.
All ladies in the parish are welcome to our meetings.