St. Monica’s Guild has a long history of service at Good Shepherd and is an active chapter of the Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese of Southern Virginia. All women of the church are invited to participate in our meetings and activities. We meet the first Tuesday of each month September – June in the church library unless otherwise publicized. The ECW supports church outreach programs including youth ministries, missions, community feeding programs, church activities, the rector’s discretionary fund, Good Shepherd School, and a long list of church and charitable organizations throughout the year. We raise funds through a bi-annual summer yard sale supported by the entire parish. The proceeds are used to fund charitable giving and to provide funding for many projects in the Good Shepherd’s mission outreach. Our signature ministries are a luncheon for the Crossover Health Care Providers in January, sponsoring needy families at Christmas, and organizing the semi-annual UTO in-gatherings (United Thank Offering). Our Tuesday evening meetings include a short program, often about various ministry opportunities in the area. St. Monica’s combines prayer, fellowship and service to the glory of God. Some highlights from this year follow:
During our May meeting we enjoyed our annual flower arranging class during which we learned an Asian Mass flower arranging style. In March we folded the crosses for Palm Sunday. On a Saturday in January we provided the Crossover Ministry Lay Healthcare Provider luncheon at St. Paul’s Church on Belt Boulevard. (We prepared and served our traditional Chili/ Cornbread/Brownie menu.) In December we designed ornaments for the Chrismon tree at the 43rd street entrance. The ornaments held the names, ages and gift suggestions for needy families serviced through Good Samaritan Ministries. All parishioners were invited to adopt a child, parent or teen from the tree.
Women of the Church, we welcome you to our ministry and invite you to visit St. Monica’s Gallery below. To see the full image, click on each picture.