Women of the Diocese of the Rio Grande

"Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same lord; and there are varieties of working, but it is the same God who inspires them all in everyone." (1 Corinthians 12:4-6)

“The mission of the Women of the Diocese of the Rio Grande is to connect and support all women in their diverse ministries. We do this by offering opportunities to gather for studying, re-creating, and celebrating who we are as women of Faith, Hope and Love.”

Friday, January 17, 2020

RE-Lent Retreat, March 14

You can still REGISTER and ATTEND this event! 
Be inspired for Lent by Canon Lee Curtis!

All women are invited to St. Luke’s, La Union, NM (between Las Cruces and El Paso) on March 14 at 8:30AM for Fellowship, Learning, and Worship with the Rev. Canon Lee Curtis (diocesan Canon to the Ordinary)*. 
During the RE-Lent Retreat we will RE-Visit ways Lent prepares us to celebrate Easter RE-Surrection! 
We’ll begin at 8:30AM with coffee, followed by worship, presentations by Canon Lee, and quiet time at beautiful St. Luke’s. We’ll end about 3PM. Lunch is provided. 

Registration is $20 covers supplies and lunch. (Register below, or download the form to mail in.) Hotels are available in Las Cruces and El Paso if you want to come on Friday or stay over to Sunday.   

*Canon Lee Curtis was called as Canon to the Ordinary in August 2019. His ministry as Canon to the Ordinary is focused in three primary areas, Congregational Development, Transition Ministry, and Crisis response. Lee serves the width and breath of our Diocese to ensure that our congregations thrive and that all that we are a diocese are equipped to do the work of the Gospel in New Mexico and Far-West Texas.  

(Note: the receipt will show Footprints From the Bible)

Note: We will be collecting items for Borderlands Ministry, and will have items from the Palomas Coopertiva for sale. 
Some suggested items to donate:
Cotton fabric
ThreadOther sewing supplies 
Used functional portable sewing machines, must do zigzag stitch
Crocheting supplies
Pop top tabs - soda can size 

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Opportunities for Women of the Diocese of the Rio Grande

Vision for WDRG, as developed by the Women's Ministry Council:
Connect and support all women in their diverse ministries. Offering opportunity to gather for study, recreating, celebrating who we are as women of Faith, Hope, and Love.

Do you have an existing ECW (Episcopal Church Women) or other Women's group (including DOK) at your church? Cindy Davis is hoping to connect with all current women's groups throughout 2020, and needs your help. Please email her with the name of the president of your women's group!

Women’s Ministry: GATHER, LEARN, WORSHIP

(Feb. 8, 2020: Holy Faith Quiet Day on Hildegard of Bingen, Santa Fe)

Mar. 14, 2020: RE:Lent with Canon Lee Curtis (St. Luke’s, La Union)

Women’s Ministry Summer 2020: Creative Worship Workshop/Retreat (location TBD)

(Aug.: DOK Diocesan Assembly, Bosque Center)

Nov. 20-21: Wildernesses with the Rev. Carolyn Metzler (Bosque Center, ABQ)

March 4-5, 2021: Women of the Gospel Witness Jesus with Jane Ross at Bosque Center (Lent retreat)

Outreach at many events includes collections for women’s shelters, or Borderlands.


Participate and Follow via Website, Email, Facebook*

WDRG Liturgical Study: By Elaine Wilson, overview of Sunday Lessons and informational bits about history and BCP (sign up at WDRGStudy@gmail.com)  Posted on website and emailed to those signed up.

Also, in person class on Wednesday at Cathedral (10:30) 

Online presence: *VarietiesOfGifts.blogspot.com; Facebook.com/WomensMinistryOfDRG

E-Newsletter every other month, Website, and Together and In the Loop

UTO and Women's Ministry
Cindy Davis has been appointed the diocesan UTO chair by Bishop Michael. She hopes to coordinate with parishes to improve understanding of role and mission of UTO, locally, nationally, and internationally. 
If you would like to be part of a group coordinating this outreach of women and men in the Episcopal Church, contact Cindy
Women’s Ministry, UTO, and the Good Book Club

Join the Good Book Club in Epiphany, and be part of something big!

Women’s Ministry of the Diocese is joining with the United Thank Offering to participate in the Good Book Club during Epiphany. This year, we will focus on reading the Gospel of John. 

The reflections are from last year’s UTO Grant sites, so we hope you’ll follow along to hear the stories of those your blessings went on to bless while you work your way through John’s Gospel. https://episcopalchurch.org/library/document/go-gratitude-reflection-guide-gospel-john. The booklet is designed for weekly use by individuals or groups 

Each week you will read a meditation, learn about a ministry, respond to thought-provoking questions, and think about what you are personally thankful for. You can join at any time throughout Epiphany.

If you are interested in learning more about UTO (United Thank Offering) check out their website (unitedthankoffering.com), or the new diocesan rep: Cindy Davis (utocindydrg@gmail.com).

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Lectionary Study Returns for Advent!

After a hiatus, Elaine Wilson, member of the Women's Ministry Council will be resuming her lectionary study this week. You can also participate in person at the Cathedral! 

Next Sunday, the first Sunday of Advent and the fourth Sunday before Christmas, is the beginning of a new Church Year for most Christians.  Every week, going forward, you are invited to receive and discover the depth of meaning in the designated lectionary, or lessons, you will hear in church on the coming Sunday morning.

Enjoy knowing more about what you will be learning.  Spread the good news with friends and family.  And, when you can, come anytime to be part of the informal weekly lectionary group on Wednesday’s at 10:30 AM at your Diocese of the Rio Grande Cathedral in Albuquerque.  You will be joined by many other online participants in this lectionary study to gain new knowledge about the riches of the Bible and The Book of Common Prayer, as you ponder and pray the words used by our Episcopal Church tradition.

To enroll to receive your weekly online lectionary information, send your email address to wdrgstudy@gmail.com to receive this free, one-of-a-kind opportunity available to both men and women. The weekly study will also be posted on this website each week, if you prefer to simply read it here. 
Elaine Aniol Wilson returns as our WDRG online guide.  She earned a Master of Divinity degree from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and holds a journalism/advertising degree from The University of Texas at Austin.  As a lifelong Episcopal layperson, Elaine had 25 years as a professional, creative liturgical artist; her design company produced religious commissions spread across the Western Hemisphere.  Throughout the country, Elaine has presented a variety of classes and workshops on Bible and Church history topics, always with the point-of-view of strengthening personal awareness of the experience of God’s love.