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Episcopal Women's History Project Celebrates in the Season of Advent

The Fourth Week of Advent—Love

It is the Fourth Week of Advent. On the Fourth Sunday of Advent, we light the fourth candle—the light of LOVE. All four candles are burning bright—light in the dark—Hope, Peace, Joy and Love.

That light glowing in the dark is waiting for the arrival of the Christ Child. Women in many Episcopal Churches are preparing for the eve and the day of Christmas—some are preparing the altar with the festive white hangings, some are being sure the candles are ready to light, some are setting up the creche and helping the Kings on their way. Others are dressing the children for a living nativity and rehearsing the music of lessons and carols. These traditions are created each year, but this year it is very different.

Now the stage is set with fear as an unwelcome guest, Omicron, marches through many communities. Many churches cannot allow congregations to gather in person to share worship and traditions in the midst of a community they LOVE. In many churches the creative preparation for a service of joy of will very different. The usual ways of welcoming the Christ Child will be in memories of the past, and in hope for a new year, a next year when the community can gather in person once again! Yet the Love for the present year is real. LOVE in that moment will sustain all. Bonnie Linder is a reminder of how LOVE is a gift that gives.

Every woman remembers a dedicated woman who saw to the preparations for the coming of the Christ Child. Bonnie Linder, the former Music Director at the Chapel of Our Savior in Colorado Springs, Colorado, each year reminded all of what was needed to be done to prepare to welcome the Christ Child. Bonnie knew how to offer this work as celebrating LOVE. The choir, the Sunday school, the lay readers, the altar guild, the acolytes, and the priest all turned to Bonnie—for Bonnie was the heartbeat of the church. All offered hands for help. Memories of what was usual were used to create what was demanded to keep the people safe. Bonnie Linder knew what LOVE was.

Your Advent gift will support the mission of EWHP to work by listening, recording, and continuing to tell the stories of the women. Your gifts will be used to give grants, scholarships, and awards to support the women who carry on. If you share the story about the woman in your life, send it to Communications@ewhp.org and we will it post on our new 2022 blog.

We encourage you to give a gift of LOVE, for LOVE is the feeling of deep commitment in these challenging times, sustaining a sense of continuing affection. LOVE fills our hearts full with connection to those who matter in our lives—an expectation that knowing LOVE is—a time of knowing that God is with us.

Every woman remembers a dedicated woman who saw to the preparations for the coming of the Christ Child. Bonnie Linder, the former Music Director at the Chapel of Our Savior in Colorado Springs, Colorado, each year reminded all of what was needed to be done to prepare to welcome the Christ Child. Bonnie knew how to offer this work as celebrating LOVE. The choir, the Sunday school, the lay readers, the altar guild, the acolytes, and the priest all turned to Bonnie—for Bonnie was the heartbeat of the church. All offered hands for help. Memories of what was usual were used to create what was demanded to keep the people safe. Bonnie Linder knew what LOVE was.

Won’t you tell a story of LOVE by making a gift to EWHP in the honor of a loved one? Think of one woman in your life like Bonnie Linder, someone who helped you sustain the light of LOVE. Donate in honor that woman you remember.