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Episcopal Church Women

Episcopal Church Women (ECW) is a national organization that provides opportunities for the women of our parish to gather for worship, fellowship, and outreach support. All women of the parish are considered members and are welcome to attend all Board meetings and events. 

The ECW at St. John in the Wilderness has been a part of the parish story since 1949. Below, you can learn more about the history of the ECW and our current ECW's initiatives and ministries. 

Want to learn more about how you can get involved with the ECW? 

ECW History in
Flat Rock

In 1949, a group of women in St. John's congregation decided to create "a guild or general women's committee with the objective of stimulating all of the women of the Church in its care and upkeep..."

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Make a Difference Fund

The Make a Difference (MAD) Fund, created in 2007, provides monetary support to family and community support agencies in the Hendersonville area. Since 2010, it the Fund has granted...

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Bazaar/May Market

In the fall of 1973, several ECW members went to Asheville to observe a street fair sponsored by St. Mary's Church. They returned full of enthusiasm to gather the skills, talent, and interest to hold a fair at St. John in 1974. The biennial fair continues....

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Project Dignity

In 2021, the ECW began supporting Project Dignity of WNC, an organization that provides feminine hygiene products to people whose circumstances prevent them from accessing these important materials. Drop-off boxes are located...

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Today's ECW

The ECW operates as a coalition of committees, each headed by a chair. Meetings are held as needed to plan events and ensure coordination between committees. Numerous events are planned throughout the year to foster...

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United Thank Offering

United Thank Offering (UTO) is a ministry of The Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. Through UTO, individuals are invited to embrace and deepen a personal daily spiritual discipline of gratitude.


Cakeless Bake Sale

Since 1996, the ECW has held a "Cakeless Bake Sale" to benefit charities in Henderson County. Every other year (alternating with the Bazaar), the ECW rallies the parishioners to contribute to this unique fundraiser with an original poem...

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Books for Good

Since 2016, Books for Good has been a huge source of income to the MAD Fund. Books, CDs, and DVDs are collected in the box in the Wilderness Room hallway and transported to the Books for Good storefront, where they are sold to benefit the ECW.

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