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The Mission of the Order
Saint Hilary’s Episcopal Church became a Stephen Ministry congregation in June 2013. We are pleased to announce that we now have eleven commissioned Stephen Ministers — Betsy Barbour, Mary Dolan, Martie Danielson, Sybil Edgar, Paula Kalemeris, Libby Maxwell, Donna McVety, Penny and Nick Ranson, Joann Votaw and Colleen Wheeler.
If you are new to Saint Hilary’s Episcopal Church, don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or wonder how you can fit in. We are happy to assist you…
Serving the Needs of Others
Martie and Ron Danielson attended the Stephen Leaders Training Course in Dallas, Texas from July 13 through July 19. Father Charles will soon commission them as Stephen Leaders. They will join Penny and Nick Ranson, who became Stephen Leaders a year ago, as directors of Stephen Ministry.
Stephen Ministers are lay people—Christian men and women—trained to provide one-
We will begin training new Stephen Ministers in January 2015. If you would like to become a Stephen Minister, please email us. We especially need men to join this vital and caring ministry.
We meet once a month for about an hour. Our next meeting is January 4 in the Conference Room, after the 10:30 a.m. service. You are welcome to join us. Prayerfully consider becoming a Daughter. If you are interested and would like more information, please feel free to speak with Sybil Edgar, DOK Chapter President.
Helping to Feed the Poor
Bring a canned or dry food item to church the first Sunday of each month, which is Pantry Sunday. All donations benefit Community Cooperative Ministries.
CCMI has provided us with a wish list for donations. This is posted on the bulletin board just outside Browning Hall. All donations are greatly appreciated and can be placed in the collection bins in the narthex and Browning Hall. “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me …” (Matthew 25:35)
Comfort, Cover and Beautify
Prayer Shawl Ministry
What is a Prayer Shawl Ministry? Prayer shawls are intentionally made to be given to console those who are grieving, comfort those who are ill, and bring hope to those in despair. They can also be used to celebrate life and its milestones.
“Shawls, (have been) made for centuries, universal and embracing, symbolic of an inclusive, unconditionally loving God. They wrap, enfold, comfort, cover, give solace, mother, hug, shelter and beautify. Those who have received these shawls have been uplifted and affirmed, as if given wings to fly above their troubles.”
Community Cooperative Ministries Inc.
Summer Outreach Team
This Summer we have named Community Cooperative Ministries Inc. (CCMI) our primary Outreach Partner.
JOIN OUR SUMMER OUTREACH TEAM! Ages 12 an UP! Let's work together make an all church effort for this wonderful ministry! They need kitchen, garden, meal delivery and office help.
Saturday, June 20th: Café only. Café 8:30AM-
Saturday, July 18th: Garden only, Garden 8:00AM-
Saturday August 22nd: Café and Garden, Café’ 8:30-
contact Kristina Hodge or the Office at 936-
These shawls have several meanings: some are called prayer shawls, others are called comfort shawls, and still others are called peace shawls or mantles. The shawl maker begins with prayers and blessings for the recipient. The prayerful intentions are continued throughout the creation of the shawl. Upon completion, a final blessing is offered from our parish priest at the altar during a Sunday service. Then the shawls are ready to be sent on their way.
We hope you will come and join us the third Wednesday of each month at 4 p.m. in Browning Hall. You do not have to knit or crochet, you can just come and visit with us. Contact Nancy Terrell (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to be part of this group.
If you would like to send a prayer shawl to a friend, relative, or yourself, we can ship to anywhere in the United States for the flat rate of $12.95. We can create a custom card with any message you choose. If you are able to include an additional donation to our Prayer Shawl Ministry for supplies, it would be greatly appreciated. Please contact our office at (239) 936-
The Prayer Shawl Ministry will also leave a few shawls at the back of the church for those that get cold during the service. Please feel free to borrow one during the service to keep you warm!
Doing God’s Work
Youth Mission Trips
Our teens and tweens are involved in stateside mission work! Please see the Teens and Tweens page for more information on their outreach efforts.