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 such as Caritas meals. Our signature ministries are a luncheon for the Crossover Health Care Providers in January, sponsoring a needy family from the Good Samaritan Inn at Christmas and organizing the semi-annual UTO in gatherings (United Thank Offering). For many years we have supported the Jackson Field Home for Girls in Jarratt, Virginia. In May 2012 we had the opportunity to attend the annual ECW meeting for the Southern Diocese of Virginia at the school. Several pictures from that trip are posted here from the meeting. Our meetings on Tuesday evenings 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.
Women of the Church, we welcome you to our ministry.
At our meeting on Tuesday, December 2, we prepared ornaments for the Chrismon tree at the 43rd street entrance. On the ornaments we put the names, ages and gift suggestions for needy families serviced through Good Samaritan Ministries. (Requests of homeless teens and their parents in the “Change the World RVA” program were distributed on Sunday, November 30.) All parishioners are invited to adopt a child, parent or teen from the tree. Gifts should be returned to the church tree with the gift ornament tag attached by Sunday, December 21. Gifts for the teens in “Change the World RVA” were returned on Sunday, December 7.