Presbyterian Women

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN (PW) AT FPC, JACKSON

PURPOSE

Forgiven and freed 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 (USA), and witnesses to the
promise of God's kingdom.

Four circles meet monthly for prayer, Bible study and fellowship. Presbyterian women have a strong emphasis on service. They provide financial support for local and international projects, but also give their time and talents. Projects include providing desserts for the Soup Kitchen, collecting funds for “Pennies for Peru / Fellowship of the Least Coin” and funds for international Christian women’s funds, and working our annual “Missions Day” where a variety of sewing projects are completed for both local and international concerns. To know more about our past activities, please read the 2015-2016 Report.

LEADERSHIP

PW officers meet quarterly or as needed, on the third Monday of the month at 9 am to plan, strategize, devise the budget, report on accomplishments, and select new activities. You can contact your officers for more information. 

Officers
Moderator: Vivian Pauley
Vice-Moderator: Virginia Conger
Secretary: Carol Green
Treasurer: Susan Boutwell
Historian: Catherine Carls
Spiritual Growth: Marilynn Ames
Community Service: Polly Pledger
Missions: Karen Broughton
Prayer Chain: Sandra Lawson
Hospitality Chair: Benita Brown

CT Meetings, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, August 29, 2016
Monday, October 3, 2016
Monday, November 7, 2016
Monday, December 5, 2016
Monday, January 2, 2017
Monday, February 6, 2017
Monday, March 6, 2017
Monday, April 3, 2017
Monday, May 8, 2017
Monday, July 17, 2017 (Budget Meeting)

PLENARY ACTIVITIES

Saturday, August 27, 2016, 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM           Horizons Bible Study, Pinecrest Conference Center, LaGrange
Monday, September 12, 2016 at 6:30 PM                     Potluck Supper, Fellowship Hall
Monday, December 12, 2016                                        Christmas Cookie Swap, Fellowship Hall
Monday, February 20, 2017                                          Missions Workshop
Saturday, April 1, 2017, 9:30 AM                                   PW Presbytery Spring Gathering, Cordova Presbyterian Church, Memphis
Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 9:30 AM                                Installation of New Officers, Church Sanctuary
June , 2017                                                                    Synod Triennial Gathering

CIRCLE ACTIVITIES

Regular Circle meetings are held at 10:00 a.m. (Abigail, Baara, and Claudia) and 7:00 p.m (Deborah), on the 2nd Monday of each month from October until April. The location of each meeting is announced in the Church Newsletter and Bulletin. You can contact your circle leader for more information.

List of Circles & Circle Leaders
Abigail: Sue Ryan & Patty Lawrence
Baara: Gail Marple
Claudia: Myrna Dupree                                          
Deborah: Jennifer Flanagan

Circle Meetings, 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM
Monday, October 10, 2016
Monday, November14, 2016
Monday, December 12, 2016
Monday, January 9, 2017
Monday, February 13, 2017
Monday, March 13, 2017
Monday, April 10, 2017

Bible Study Materials for 2016-2017Who Is Jesus? What a Difference a Lens Makes by Judy Siker (Horizons Bible Study)

OUTREACH ACTIVITIES / SERVICE DATES

Christmas Cookie Swap / December 12, 2016
Exchange of homemade Christmas cookies by circle women, and delivery of cookies to  homebound church members.

Missions Workshop / February 20, 2017
Layettes are assembled for JMC General Hospital and Regional Hospital and meals are  prepared and delivered to our church homebound members.

Threads of Love/ Year Around
A sewing and knitting project making burial gowns, blankets, bonnets, and booties for  infants who do not survive at birth.

Sew Much Comfort / Year Around
A sewing project dedicated to helping our injured military personnel.

Regional Inter-Faith Association (RIFA) / Year Around
Each circle is responsible for providing 150 servings or 6 cakes for dessert 3 to 4 times a  year. Consult your PW Manual, the Church Newsletter, or the Church bulletins for exact  dates.

CELEBRATION GIVING

Through women's pledges and regular contributions we support local missions, Presbyterians missions worldwide, and Presbyterian Women at the Synod, Presbytery, and congregation levels.

Birthday Offering
Commemorates the beginning of women's work in the Presbyterian Church. Received  each spring.

Thank Offering
Supports medical missions throughout the world and new creative areas of mission.  Received each fall.

Rivers of the World (ROW) Sewing Project / Year Around
Provides manual sewing machines to women in Congo and teaches them to sew.

Fellowship of the Least Coin / Pennies for Peru
A common gift of the "least coin" of our country to an international fund for projects of evangelism in the name of Christ. Collected at each circle meeting.

Coins for Peru
A gift collected at each circle meeting to support the training of female leaders in the areas of Biblical studies and church leadership by the Peruvian Evangelical Church/Presbytery Cusco.

Area Relief Ministries (ARM)
Provides assistance to local low-income families to help them become self-sufficient.  Includes emergency assistance and services for the homeless.

Dream Center
Provides housing for local women and their children who are homeless due to crisis.

Hands Up
A 2-year Pre-School program for "under-served" local children.

Regional Inter-Faith Association (RIFA)
Provides assistance to local persons in need with emergency outreach, Soup Kitchen,  Thrift Store, and Snack Backpack program. Also administers a Food Bank for  surrounding county agencies.

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