Women's Ministry Blessing Day

Women's Ministry Blessing Day

by Gaye Anne McWade

The Commission of Women’s Ministries (CWM) invites all women of the diocese to its first annual Blessing Day on Saturday, April 14, from 9 a.m. to noon at St. Francis Church in Fair Oaks. Jazzy Donna Reynolds, from St. Augustine's, Rocklin will provide music special to women, and  the Rev. Anne Dryden McKeever will lead a liturgy of blessing for three projects the commission has selected to be funded this year, ranging from $500 to $1000.

1. St. John’s, Roseville - Joyce Paterson and the Rev. Cliff Haggenjos. St. John’s women and the Daughters of the King are involved in the Home Start program and have been working with it for over ten years. Women with children living in Home Start apartments learn basic household and budgeting skills from staff and volunteers.With a grant from the Commission on Women’s Ministries, the women of St. John’s will be able to purchase skillets for Home Start cooking classes. St. John’s women will contribute to a recipe book and provide food items for cooking classes.

2. St. Brigid’s, Rio Vista - Laura L. Delaney, R.N. and the Rev. Susan Reeves. The Rio Vista Health Fair offers free information on women’s issues such as breast cancer, diabetes and depression. Blood sugars, blood pressure and body fat analysis tests are available along with consultations with a nurse. With a grant from the Commission on Women’s Ministries, the women of St. Brigid’s will provide translation of printed handouts and funds for purchasing healthcare publications and informational DVDs for the health fair.

3. St. Matthew’s, Sacramento - Kathleen Gabler and the Rev. Cindy Long. Color in the Spirit is an art program that offers women an opportunity to recognize their creative gifts as part of our lives in Christ. The women of the St. Matthew’s community, including persons served through its Center Outreach programs, neighbors and congregation members, will meet twice a week during summer months.With a grant from the Commission on Women’s Ministries, the women of St. Matthew’s will offer materials and guidance in different forms of artistic expression, including mandalas, collages, paper maché, macramé, beads and clay.

For more information, please contact CWM Chair Gaye Anne McWade at gmcwade@bamagazine.com, or phone her at 916.960.9121.

When: Saturday, April 14, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: St. Francis Episcopal Church in Fair Oaks

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1. Deacon Susan Reeve wrote:
Thank you so much for the grant funds, and for the delightful blessing ceremony, so rich in song and prayer. Nurse Laura Delaney joins me in appreciation of the work of the Commission of Women's Ministries and the leadership of Gaye Anne McWade. We are looking forward to the Women's Health Fair in Rio Vista.

Mon, April 16, 2012 @ 2:26 PM

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