Who we are
The Women’s Guild is the local chapter to The Antiochian Women’s organization, which was formed in 1973 by His Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP of Thrice-Blessed. Every woman who is baptized and chrismated into the faith is an Antiochian Women.
The Women’s Guild, as well as the other organizations within our parish community, is a vital part of the ministry on the life of the Church. Our main function is to help wherever we are needed, whether it is hosting a coffee hour or taking on a fund raiser for the parish, or reaching out to the community to help those who are in need. The motto of the Antiochian Women is “A Sisterhood Serving Christ Through Serving Others”.
President – Jacqueline Koskinas
Vice President - Betty Gakos
Treasure - Barbara Lockhart & Margaret Klarer
Recording Secretary – Gini Battle
Corresponding Secretary – Irene Kavountzis
Membership – Joanne Hakin
Volunteering: To serve Christ through serving others, we have taken on several philanthropic projects to help those far and near. During the Advent season, we collected hats, gloves, scarves, and socks and donated these items to the children and women of Oasis ~ A Haven for Women and Children located in Paterson, New Jersey. We also held a Baby Shower for the babies and young children of Oasis, as well. During our Lenten season, we collected school supplies for the IOCC (International Orthodox Christian Charities) that distributes the supplies to children who are living in poverty and war around the world so they may have the necessary tools to get a basic education. We make yearly donations to the Children’s Relief Fund to help support an orphan living in Syria and to the Joan Allen Scholarship Fund to help graduating high school seniors entering college. Last spring we held an Indoor Yard Sale and were able make a substantial donation to our building fund.
Social events: We also bond with each other as a sisterhood and hold fun activities throughout the year. We have a Massa night in December and go out for dinner in January to celebrate Christmas and the New Year. For February, we hold our annual book night discussion, which is enjoyed by all who attend. In June we go to a local teahouse, sit back, drink tea and eat scones, and enjoy each other’s company.
When do we meet? We hold our meeting either on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:30 PM or the second Sunday during coffee hour after church. Check the church bulletin for the schedule meetings and for our activities throughout the year.
If our Women’s Guild sounds like an organization you would like to join, reach out to us. We would love to hear from you.