From The President
President’s Message – Fall 2013
One of the most moving experiences for a delegate to an ECW Triennial meeting is when for a brief moment a delegate meets the Presiding Bishop and is presented with a cross. We wear the cross with pride as not only does it represent a public demonstration of our faith, but it is an acknowledgement of appreciation from the officers and members of the ECW National Board, as well as an instrument that binds us together as sisters in Christ.
For several weeks I have given much thought to what I
would write about for this issue of our newsletter. I made several attempts, but they just
did not feel “right.”
Yesterday, I attended the funeral of someone who has been a friend for
many years, truly in every way a “sister in Christ,” the late Barbara
Bartosik, a member of Grace Church,
I remember well the day she said, “Val, you will
need to get another group for fourth Tuesday, I am getting old, and so are
the others.” Later I
learned it was not just age, but illness that caused her to stop. Yesterday, I also learned that
although she was ill even at the age of 84, she continued to serve the needy
by volunteering at the food pantry at
There are many sisters like Barbara within our family of the Episcopal Church Women. We are bound together by our faith. We work together for the benefit of many, especially those in need; we support each other in times of need; we pray together. As we continue on life’s journey, let us take time to acknowledge those among us that give so much of themselves; to give thanks for them and for the work they do. Finally, let us commit ourselves to continue in their footsteps with joyful hearts and the knowledge that we are not alone, we have sisters to love and cherish.