Women have been a vital part of the ongoing ministry of the Church of the Open Door since its humble beginnings in Philadelphia back in 1936. Their ministries now reach throughout the community with a multiplicity of emphases and focuses…including prayer, Bible study, missions, and a host of other specific ministries designed to meet the needs of those in our congregation and beyond.
Theme: 2017 – 2018 The Greatness of God
Annual Kick-off – was August 24 2017 at 7 pm
This all-important meeting introduced our theme for the year and set the stage for all ministries and activities. Our guest speaker was one of our missionaries, Esther Sawyer. Esther has worked in the Neighborhood Crusades ministry since 1987 and currently serves as Administrator. We are thankful for her testimony and the godly message that she brought. We enjoyed wonderful fellowship and learned about the many opportunities for spiritual growth and service for the ladies of Church of the Open Door.
Annual Retreat – This will be our 19th Annual Retreat! Our retreat is February 23-25, 2018 at the Eden Resorts and Conference Center in Lancaster, PA This is a time of worship, testimony, message, prayer and fellowship. Our speaker is Ellie Lofaro. Ellie Lofaro is a respected Bible teacher, inspirational speaker and humorist. Brochures will be available starting October 29. Anyone who signs up and pays the registration that day will get a prize at the retreat!
She has authored five books and her articles have been published in numerous magazines in the US and abroad. She has addressed audiences on five continents and has also taught in both men’s and women’s prisons across the globe. On two occasions, she has been honored by Focus on the Family as being “The Best of the Best.” Ellie’s message is a wonderful blend of plainspoken truth, common sense practicality, and disarming humor. A serious student of Scripture and a keen observer of the culture, Ellie has developed a unique teaching style that touches the heart, stimulates the mind, and nourishes the soul — thus inspiring her to establish Heart Mind & Soul Ministries. Completely convinced of God’s love and His mandate to “go and tell,” Ellie has committed her life to sharing the Great News. She speaks internationally, has authored five books and taught a weekly nondenominational Bible Study for 15 years.
Ellie and her husband, Frank (CEO of Prison Fellowship International), are native New Yorkers. They reside near the nation’s capital where they raised three very likable children who turned into terrific adults. Ellie enjoys travel, any large mass of water, photography, good food and being around a dinner table for a very long time. She does not enjoy cooking, cleaning or dieting.
Ladies Spring Brunch – Saturday, April 28, 2018. This is an outreach event where the ladies of COD reach out into the community to encourage friends, neighbors and family. Mark the date on your calendars; you won’t want to miss this morning of uplifting music and our speaker/author, Allison Hilliard; as well as a fabulous breakfast / brunch menu while we fellowship with one another. This year we will be at the Talamore Country Club. Advance tickets, which cost $20.00 are required, please call the church office.
We have several Bible studies for ladies at the following days and times. Each study is biblically based, thought provoking, and seeks to help ladies grow in their knowledge of God, as well as connect ladies through warm, and genuine fellowship:
- Monday Evenings:
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the church, Conference room (NEW Location)
Please join us every other Monday as we continue our venture through the Scriptures. All ladies are welcome to attend. Call the church office for more information and directions to the location.
- Tuesday Evenings:
7:00 p.m. at a home of Gail Reed in Maple Glen, near the church
We meet every other Tuesday evening. Contact the church office for more information and directions to the location.
- Wednesday Mornings:
9:30 a.m. We meet at the church in the Blue Room and enjoy a time of fellowship with coffee and snacks before the study begins.
We meet every week from September through April and babysitting is provided, so please join us!
Sisters in Service – special emphasis on caring for the needs of our flock
College Student Prayer Partners – connecting college students with adults
- Sallie Karn
Faith that Works – Creating handcrafted gift items for newborns, shut-ins, hospital patients, etc.
- Dawn Adler
- Linda Clampffer
Meals that Bless – meals & words of encouragement
- Dawn Adler
- Jennifer Bonnell – Families with newborns
Patience Circle – support to individuals and families who are unable to attend church
- Jacki Vetterani
Prayer Warriors – women’s ministry prayer partners
- Bonnie Hunkins
- Ann Fischer
- Linda Trymbiski
Secret Sisters – secretly connecting Christian Sisters with a prayer and encouragement partner
- Ann Fischer
Special Outreach Projects – service projects and outreach opportunities
- Jane McCrabb
30 He must increase, but I must decrease.”