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: 2018 – 2019 Great Is Thy Faithfulness
Theme Verse: Lamentations 3:22-23 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
Special Events: 2018-19 COD Ladies Ministry Speakers at Events
Ladies’ Fall Kick-Off
When: Thursday, August 23rd, 2018
Where: Narthex and Sanctuary
Time: 7:00 – Desserts; 7:30 – Program
Evening events: Fellowship, Praise Music, Informational time including Bible Study and Service Circle Sign-up
and guest speaker, Tarah Ferrier, ODCA Principal
Ladies’ Retreat (20th Annual)
When: March 8-10, 2019
Where: Eden Resorts and Conference Center – Lancaster, PA
Speaker: Ellie Lofaro
Registration: begins in September with a pre-registration fee of $25.00
This is a time of worship, testimony, message, prayer and fellowship. Back by popular demand, our speaker will be Ellie Lofaro. Ellie Lofaro is a respected Bible teacher, inspirational speaker and humorist. Brochures will be available at the church in the fall.
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 and has 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
When: Saturday, April 27, 2019
Where: Talamore Country Club
Arrival Time: 9:00-9:30 AM
Speaker: Nancy Hicks
The brunch is an outreach event where the ladies of COD reach out into the community to encourage friends, neighbors and family. The ladies will enjoy a morning of uplifting music and our speaker, Nancy Hicks; as well as a fabulous breakfast / brunch menu while we fellowship with one another. We are returning to the Talamore Country Club.
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.
- 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. We meet every week from September through April.
Sisters in Service
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
Special Outreach Projects – service projects and outreach opportunities
- Jane McCrabb