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 Update from Vestry Member, Amy Helms 

As you may know, some of the women from Grace and St. Thomas have started our own group of Episcopal Church Women, ECW. We have been inspired by the men’s joint ministry and at our joint vestry meeting in March, we women decided that we too should give it a try. We have had two meetings and we have found great opportunities for local outreach ministry.

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At our first meeting, a member of the ECW informed us that there is a national Episcopal Church Women already well established and they have bi-laws. This was news to some of us, it certainly was to me. I did a little research and came across their website: www.ecwnational.org I was delighted to learn that it was founded as early as 1871 and they have been involved with children’s programs feed, education and providing community grants around the world. They are a volunteer organization that creates a legacy for Episcopal Church Women to lead future generations with stewardship in Christ.

This is a beautiful way that we women of Grace and St. Thomas can unite and help so many that are in need within our community. Currently, the four programs that ECW would like to support are Elevate Bay, which is a mentoring program through Bay District Schools; A New Day that works with the Bay County Sheriff’s Jail through counseling in their Lifeline Program for Substance Abuse; Save the Closet which works with providing clothes to those in need in a dignified way; and Lucky Puppy Rescue that educates on spaying/neutering your dogs, offers adoption and fostering and they are always in need of dog supplies.

While the mission of ECW is community outreach, our other goal is to make time for reading scripture, have prayer and fellowship at our meetings. We encourage all women to get involved at any level you wish with ECW. We are having fun watching this local program blossom. We ask that you pray for the ECW in that we are in-tune to where and how God wants us to spend our time to make the most meaningful impact in our community, and that we continue to honor Him along the way.  

 Thank you for reading and May blessings abound,

Amy Helms

 Special May Events - Mark Your Calendars! 

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Monday, June 27

-5:00 pm: ECW of the Episcopal Churches of Panama City Beach Meeting and Dinner - details coming soon. 

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Tuesday, June 14

-10:00 am: Meet at Grace for the Adopt-a-Highway service project.

-Noon: Lunch at Wicked Wheel

NOTE: Feel free to attend one or both as your schedule permits.

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Wednesday, June 15

-5:45 pm; Holy Eucharist and Potluck Refreshments. Bring your favorite dish (anything goes from appetizer to dessert) and your favorite adult beverage, if you like!

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If you have an interest in obtaining "Fan Wear" with the Grace Church Cross & Anchor, you can order hats, shirt and all sorts of items with the sewn logo emblazoned on them.

The source is KLW Enterprises located at 516 Commerce Drive in Panama City Beach, in a commercial park just west of Thomas Drive between Hwy 98 and the Navy base. You can see their full selection of products at www.klwsportswear.com or call 850-234-1444.

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Sunday, June 5 - Pentecost

Lector: Deb Gray

Crucifer/Chalice Bearer: Jack Friou

Greeter: Bonnie Hale

Counter: Fred Pope

Sunday, June 12

Lector: Jamie Shepard

Crucifer/Chalice Bearer: Sam Richardson

Greeter: Fred Pope

Counter: Sam Richardson

Sunday, June 19 - Father's Day

Lector: Amy Helms

Crucifer/Chalice Bearer: Carl Walters

Greeter: Deb Gray

Counter: Sam Richardson

Sunday, June 26

Lector: Kelley Hodges

Crucifer: Katy Hodges

Chalice Bearer: Carl Walters

Greeter: Sam Richardson

Counter: Carl Walters

Many thanks to our Lay Ministers who help make Grace the warm, welcoming church it is!

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We have received word that Charles Robertson, former Grace Church parishioner and vestryman, died on May 13. A funeral will be planned for the fall. Further information will be announced as it becomes available. Please keep the Robertson family in your prayers.

Grace Episcopal Church

9101 Panama City Beach Pkwy, (Hwy 98)

Panama City Beach, FL 32407

(850) 235-4146

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