Presbyterian Women (PW) is a church-wide organization whose membership is open to all women of the PC (USA) who choose to participate. PW intentionally seeks membership that is inclusive of all racial ethnic and age groups so that the organization reflects a vision of the whole church as a community of mutual interdependence in which diversity contributes to wholeness.
PW gives strong support to the mission of the PC (USA) and determines its own leadership, program, and budget. PW is organized at the congregation, Presbytery, Synod, & Church-wide levels.
If you have questions, contact: [email protected].
Forgiven by God in Jesus Christ,
And empowered by the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves:
To nurture our faith through prayer and Bible study,
To support the mission of the church worldwide,
To work for justice and peace, and
To build an inclusive, caring community of women
that strengthens the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
And witness to the promise of God’s kingdom.
You can also read the online version of Horizons magazine which is for Presbyterian women by clicking here.
The 2017-2018 Bible studies are as follows:
Rebekah & Ruth Circle Bible Study:
Horizons Bible Study: Cloud of Witnesses; The Community of Christ in Hebrews, by Melissa Bane Sevier.
The Letter to the Hebrews is a significant book of the Bible, and is also significantly different from every other book in the Bible. It consists of thirteen chapters, all of which are packed with theology, metaphor, comparisons, and spirituality. Therefore, Sevier decided to approach the letter thematically, not sequentially. Our circle will explore nine major themes, relate those themes to other parts of our faith tradition, and tie them together with the overarching motif of community. The community for which the letter was written interacts, in a sense, with all the communities of which you are a part, because you bring those groups with you wherever you go—they have helped to form you into the person you are. The community in which you study and worship, your family and friends, social and therapy groups . . . all are part of you.
Our prayer is that the study of community in Hebrews will help us strengthen our own communities.
Rebekah Circle meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm.
Ruth Circle meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 9:45 am.
JOY (learning about Jesus, Others, Yourself) Bible Study
Meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at 9:45 am.
JOY Bible Study:
Listen, Love, Repeat, by Karen Ehman
January 10th & 24th, February 14th & 28th, March 14th & 28th
Discover life-changing joy that comes from putting others first in a culture that tells us “me first, you second.” Provides encouragement and practical, daily ways to reach out to others with planned or random acts of kindness.
We are so excited to look forward toward a year of study, fellowship and giving. PW will continue to direct our mission focus on helping the children at Thornwell Home for Children. Thornwell was founded in 1875 by Presbyterian minister, William Jacobs, with the goals of “providing loving homes for abused, abandoned and neglected children and offer them hope for a successful future by providing a loving family environment, educational support and teaching self advocacy”. These children’s homes are in cottages where they live with other children their age. PW will support the elementary-school-aged boys throughout the year, as well as have “tags” available at each circle meeting that identify more generic things needed by the entire Thornwell community. All items can be left throughout the month in the Mission’s Box in the Fireside Room.
We will continue to support the traditional PW programs of clergy appreciation and Valentines, as well as, our national PW collections.
Fellowship of the Least Coin
Collected at each circle meeting, the Fellowship of the Least Coin is an ecumenical prayer movement that links prayer and “least coins” in a very significant way. The least coin becomes the symbol of prayer for peace and reconciliation. As coins are gathered from around the world, they become a sign of our oneness in the common quest for peace, justice, and reconciliation.
This Presbyterian Women offering is collected in the fall of each year and gives women a tangible way to express their gratitude for the special blessing in their lives. At least forty percent of the offering supports health ministries throughout the world. The remaining sixty percent of the offering funds new creative ideas for mission.
Collected at the May Birthday Gathering, this offering funds up to five projects that are not included in the ongoing General Assembly mission support such as agricultural development, child care, community organization, criminal justice, drug counseling, economic justice, elderly care, employment training, homelessness, literacy, violence, and women’s concerns.
Christmas Gathering: December 5, 2017
PW Retreat: March 16-18, 2018
Birthday Gathering: May 8, 2018