Prayers and Service
First, I would like to thank all the workers that give of their time to serving others. These include Nancy Boston, Paula Weeks, Mary Virginia Martin, Jean Murray, Lynn Frazier and Nancy Jo Brown (from Grace). We can’t forget our men who do behind the screen work: Jerry Baxley and Don Garrison.
The Pantry has grown this past year by leaps and bounds. We have been so blessed to be partnered with the Society of St. Andrew under the direction of Rosemary Duncan (Kathy Barrowman’s sister). We have gleaned thousands of pounds of produce from farmers and still get some produce from the Curb Market and State Farmer’s Market. This helps out every week.
We plan on continuing working with the farmers as before. We will need help sorting all the produce that will start coming in April and May. We will be working with Alplin’s Farm at the East Chase market as soon as they open in the spring and continue all summer. We will need help on Saturdays around 12:30 to clean up and pack the food up.
We still hope to open on Saturdays, but need volunteers to commit each week.
We received a $7,000 grant from the Central Alabama Community Foundation in November. It will be used to update all the electrical work in the pantry rooms to take care of all the freezers and refrigerators. We hope we can purchase a new cooler for all the produce we get in.
We have had a wonderful year and God has been truly good and loving. We were able to distribute food to 4,988 families totaling 8,922 people fed.
Thank you for all your support.
Barbara Johnson --Food Pantry Coordinator
Food, Fun, Fruit Rollups
The ECW of the Church of the Holy Comforter includes all women who belong to the parish. Active ECW members are organized into three service/social guilds: Saint Anne’s; Saint Mary’s; and Saint Martha’s. St. Anne’s and St. Mary’s Guild meet monthly on the 2nd Tuesday and the 2nd Wednesday respectfully.
Members of all three of the Service Guilds were involved in enumerable events throughout 2013 including: the Goodwill Fashion Show and Luncheon; Altar Guild Meeting; Annual Parish Meeting; annual ECW Spaghetti Supper; Lenten Luncheon at St. John’s; Bishop’s Visit; Father Bob’s Installation and Reception; Easter Reception; the annual Pentecost Picnic; Spring UTO Ingathering.; the Kitchen Reorganization and Clean-up; the annual ECW Summer Event- Fish Fry; representing Holy Comforter at the Diocesan ECW Fall Conference; Fall Altar Guild Meeting; Fall UTO Ingathering; the Annual Parish Vestry Elections; the annual Cheese Ball Prep and Sale; and the Soup Sale.
In addition, the ECW Board adopted the Chisholm Homeless Women’s Shelter as a Christmas Project providing gifts for the 18 to 20 single women in the shelter and putting on a Christmas Party with refreshments during the holidays. St. Anne’s and St. Mary’s guilds bought and wrapped at least 2 gifts for each woman. St. Martha’s donated and put together monogrammed shower caddies for each of the women. Members from each guild delivered the presents to the center and gave a Christmas party for the women with homemade goodies and soft drinks, bags of candy put together by St. Mary’s were distributed.
Monies received by the ECW come from annual pledges given by all of the Holy Comforter women and ECW moneymaking projects during the current year. Proceeds are used for Outreach and specific needs of the parish determined by the ECW Board with input from the rector. This year the ECW was able to distribute $4,300.
St. Anne's Guild
Under the chairmanship of Charlotte Shewmake, St. Anne’s Guild continued with the Recycling Program for the church proper, placing containers in strategic places to collect paper and cardboard, plastic and glass. At their monthly meetings, they collected paper products and other necessities for the Chisholm Homeless Women’s Shelter.
St. Mary's Guild
St. Mary's Guild, the oldest guild in the Diocese, was led by Frances Steele January through August and Gena Parker, September through December. For their monthly Outreach the Guild members give a monthly donation of money and designated food item for the Food Pantry. Meetings included special programs and lunch.
St. Martha's Guild
Saint Martha’s guild includes many working Churchwomen so they do not meet monthly; however, they organize and prepare the annual Cheese Ball Sale in December. They also help with other church functions when they can. The funds received from the cheese ball sale are given to the ECW treasury to be used for Outreach. They also plan to use some of the funds to replace toys and play equipment in the Craig Parker Playground area. Amy Seanor represents the guild on the ECW Board.
St. Anne's Guild
St. Mary's Guild
St. Martha's Guild
Our Vision Statement: Empowered by the Holy Spirit, our vision as Daughters of the King is to know Jesus Christ, to make Him known to others, and become reflections of God’s love throughout the world.
The Daughters of the King is organized as a religious order, which means our members take a lifetime vow to live by the Rule of the Order. Our Rule requires a spiritual discipline of daily prayer, to live lives of service, and to reach out to others in order to show them the love of Christ. The Holy Comforter Chapter of the Daughters of the King was instituted May 27, 1992.
By living out the promises we make at Baptism and Confirmation, we fulfill our vows.
We are ordinary women involved in many ministries, both within our parish and in the wider world. We have families, jobs, responsibilities. We come together as women who want to make a deeper commitment to those promises and acknowledge the sovereignty of Jesus Christ, our King. We are prayer warriors and provide the silent undergirding of prayer that helps to lift others into the light of Christ. We are not saints, though surely some have been amongst us. We celebrate our gifts and offer them as sacrifices to God, yet we are called not “to do,” but “to be.”
We would be delighted to share our stories, to talk about being a Daughter, or to answer questions about our Order. For more information, please contact Jeri Tippit at email@example.com.
It was a great first year for the Brotherhood! We supported the Food Pantry by purchasing a Digital scale and Brother Kreg Sherbine and his wife Angela made it possible to provide the Food Pantry with a grain scale as well. Additionally, we brought back breakfast every first and third Sunday. Response to this effort has been so great we are looking at cooking breakfast every Sunday in the Month, hopefully in the near future.
The Brotherhood provided cooking help for the ECW annual event and many of the Brothers provide manual labor and cashiering help for the “BIG SALE”.
Of special note; Brother Kreg Sherbine wrote a successful grant application to upgrade the infrastructure for the Food Pantry.
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