First, a big THANK YOU to all of the churches that have sent in their dues for the
year!! The dues that we collect annually are vital and enable us to contribute and
support so many outside ministries. We are aware that our economy has played
a part on the financial picture for all of us. Our income is dependent on the dues
we receive and that has drastically decreased over the past five years. It is almost
half of what it was in 2009. As an example, we have three scholarships that we
enjoy granting; we are honoring three of our youth as they prepare to begin college.
We received $2500 in dues last year, each scholarship is for $1000. We want to
continue to provide these for our youth. We contribute to various discretionary
fund accounts for clergy members; another important expense that we have always
committed to doing. We have other outreach ministries that we support. It has
been shared that not all of our churches participate in ECW. The different groups
that are active in our churches do fall under the umbrella of ECW – DOK, UTO, Altar
Guild, etc. We are all part of the women’s ministries that are so vital to the work of
the Episcopal Church. Please reconsider your contribution to the Diocesan ECW;
we are all sisters under the same umbrella!