PWOC to hold religious appreciation event at Fort Sill
By Sarah ChapmanOctober 12, 2020
The Protestant Women of the Chapel (PWOC) invite the Fort Sill community to the annual Ministry Team (chaplains and religious affairs specialists) Appreciation Day, “Worship @ Noonday,” Oct. 15, at 12:10 p.m. at Artillery Bowl.The event will include 30 minutes of worship and praise while maintaining six feet of separation between family groups. In case of inclement weather, the event will be canceled.PWOC recognizes and honors Fort Sill ministry teams each year for their support and guidance to PWOC, but also for their service to the installation.The chaplains’ main role is as special staff officers who advise commanders on religion, ethics, morals, and morale. They serve as a commander’s subject matter expert on religion for the area or country in which they are deployed, and they implement a commander’s Religious Support Plan in a unit. Chaplains perform or provide for religious services of different faith beliefs at each installation. In addition, ministry teams supervise all faith services on the installation, and teams provide Strong Bond training within units. Chaplains rotate a 24/7-duty phone and are first-line caregivers within the units and to the community. They work to create emotional and spiritual resiliency in the ranks and at Fort Sill. Most chaplains would say it’s not just a job, it’s a calling.Since the 1950s, PWOC has been a chaplaincy axillary ministry. With the arrival of family members moving with their servicemen in European commands in the early 1950s, women’s organizations made their appearance in U.S. Army chapels. The first ‘Protestant Women of the Chapel’ was formed in Nuremburg in 1952. In 1955, an Army chaplain called for women in all chapels there to form PWOC groups to help chaplains minister to and meet the spiritual needs of women arriving in new countries. Today, there are well over 120 PWOC groups around the world in all branches of the U.S. armed forces.PWOC is a resource that unites women at each duty station, with the aims to lead women to Christ, teach them God’s Word, develop their spiritual gifts, and involve women in the ministry work in the Fort Sill community. It’s a Christian faith-based resiliency program that not only positively impacts women’s lives, but their soldiers’ and families’ lives. Fort Sill PWOC meets Thursdays and offers various small study groups: morning and afternoon Zoom; morning and afternoon in-person groups at Frontier Chapel (masks required); and a morning playground group.For more information or to sign up for a small group, visit Fort Sill PWOC on Facebook. Due to current COVID restrictions, there is no large group worship or fellowship at Frontier Chapel until further notice.