Episcopal Church Men (ECM)

ECM (Episcopal Church Men) Organizational Meeting


There already have been activities conducted by the men, such as the annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper and Ladies Night Out.  On May 7, 2011 a meeting was held at David Beck's home to form an ECM group, to lend support and discuss possible directions. The organizers were David Beck and Bill Smith.

A summary of the May 7 meeting is here

The group helped with the June 4 community dinner. 25 people from the Port Royal community enjoyed hot dogs, chips, beans and snacks

Community Dinner 06-04-2011

A fellowship breakfast was held on June 11 at Hornes Restaurant. 11  men were in attendance. Plans are being made to work with Caroline Schools on tutoring.

The next breakfast was held on August 13th with 9 men present

ECM Breakfast 08-13-2011

The group suggested a new ministry for St Peter's informally titled "Transporation in Need." The idea was proposed by Mike Newman to provide an active list of parishioners that could be available to transport people to medical appointments and other needs such as shopping for food. People could email or call this list of volunteers ideally ahead of their need for transportation. The decision was made to announce it in Church on Aug 14 and first gather a list of volunteers who would specify days during the week they could serve and then formulate details of how the program would work in practice before setting a start date. The list was ready for Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011 and implemented

Fund raising ideas were discussed, such as selling food, but no decisions were made. Helmut provided a devotional reading from the Methodist publication, the Upper Room

The men helped support the September 3, 2011 second community dinner

Helmut and Bill organized the group for setup/cleanup for the September 17 for "Gospel on the Rivah."  We cleaned bathrooms, swept the pavilion, setup the chairs and raked around the area.  See the photo gallery

ECM Hornes, Oct. 8, 2011ECM returned to Horne's on Oct. 8, 2011. 8 men were there with Helmut leading a discussion from the Upper RoomDespite the bad news we read daily, "we are tethered to God by our needs and the world’s needs, and our inability to meet them — but this is the source of our hope: our unbreakable connection to God and God’s will for our good."  

Jim Heimbach introduced a new program that he and Elizabeth will participate in Fredericksburg. It is called "Breakfast Buddies" where community members eat breakfast with a child in school on a regular basis to develop a relationship and positively impact the student. Jim felt it may be a good fit for Caroline County, an idea which will be explored.

The ECM met at Hornes on Nov. 12, 2011. Here is a summary of the meeting. 

We met again at Hornes on Dec. 10, 2011.  We welcomed Rev. Chris Agnew to lead a devotion and finalized plans to help our Christmas family. We thank Stanley and Cindy Fields for purchasing the gifts as we raised over $300. Here is the meeting summary.


On Jan 14, 2012, we met at Hornes with a record number of 13 men. Bill Wick led a talk on Epiphany and mentioned key dates in the first quarter. We spent time introducing ourselves. Here are the meeting details

On Feb 11, 2012, the next meeting of the ECM took place. Meeting details are here.

The ECM met on March 10, 2012 for their regular meeting. A summary of the meeting is here with Joe Betchy providing the devotional. 

The April meeting was held on April 14, 2012. David Beck gave the devotional. Bill Wick's summary of the meeting is here.

The ECM met on May 12, 2012 for the regular breakfast meeting at Horne's. Mike Newman led the devotional on the Gospel of John. Plans were discussed for a 1 year annivesary even in July.  Bill Wick's summary of the meeting is here.

The ECM met on June 9, 2012 at Horne's for the regular monthly meeting. Helmut Linne von Berg led the devotional on German families who came to this country in the late 19th century to build industrial empires. Bill Wick's summary of the meeting is here.

The one year anniversary of the group was help June 14, 2012 at Portabago Reynold pavilion with 15 men participating. David Beck did the honor with the grilling of the steaks and Helmut providing the devotional.

The ECM met on Aug. 11, 2012 at Horne's for a regular monthly meeting. Fred gave the devotions and the group reviewed accomplishments over the past year and discussed future possibilities. Bill Wick's summary of the meeting is here

The ECM met on Sept. 8, 2012 for a monthly meeting at Horne's with devotions by Helmut. Bill Wick's summary of the meeting is here.

The ECM met on Oct. 13, 2012 at Horne's and discussed Christmas preparations. David Beck led the devotions.  Bill Wick's summary of the meeting is here.

The ECM met on Nov. 10, 2012 at Horne's. It was decided that we would follow the arrangements as we did last year, and Helmut was asked by David Beck if would follow up and locate a family and get some information about the number of family participants and their wishes for the Holiday. An appointment has been made with the Caroline County Social Services Department to find out the particulars on the family.  It was also decided that all the men would donate $25 towards the presents and food for the family selected. Dave Duke provided the devotionals.

The ECM met on Dec. 1, 2012 at Horne's followed by a cleanup day at the church. Bill Wick provided the devotionals.

The primary agenda item was to complete all the arrangements for the gifts to the needy family. Helmut has obtained the particulars about a Port Royal family- appropriate presents for the mother, five year old son, and twin daughters age one and a half. I think because the father wasn't identified, he is non-existent. 

So if you haven't contributed your $25, maybe you can bring it with you. Remember, if you want a tax deduction, make a check payable to St. Peter's Church. 

 ECM Workday 12-01-2012

They adjourned to the churchyard for some cleanup between 10:30am and 1pm, just before Advent 1 on Dec. 2, 2012. Raking and removal of leaves was the main order of business. Thanks to Cookie who supervised and Bill, Mike, Jim, David, Helmut, Hugh and Catherine among others who helped 

Photogallery  ECM Workday Dec. 1, 2012


The ECM hosted Coffee Hour in July 7 and then sponsored the ECM dinner on August 10, 2013 in Johnny's pavilion.  

There over 30 at the dinner with Boyd and Dave as the leading "crabbers." Besides the crabs there were hot dogs, hamburgers, beans and vegetables. They continued to meet on the 2nd Saturdays at Horne's

The ECM met Oct 10, 2013 and planned for end of year and next year. The minutes are here provided by Bill Wick