PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN (PW)
purpose of Presbyterian Women states:
"Forgiven and freed by God in Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy
Spirit, we commit ourselves: (1) to nurture our faith through
prayer and Bible study, (2) to support the mission of the church
worldwide, (3) to work for justice and peace, and (4) to
build an inclusive, caring community of women that strengthens the Presbyterian
Church (U.S.A.) and witnesses to the promise of God's kingdom."
accomplish the purposes below, a circle of Presbyterian Women meet each month.
In 2005, the Ruth and Esther circles were combined into one circle of
Presbyterian Women. The PW Circle meets January through June on the second
Tuesday of the month at 7 PM in the parlor. The special gatherings are the same
time and place in September, December and June.
Purpose (1) to nurture our faith through prayer
and Bible study: Our bible
study for 2006/2007 is In
the Beginning: Perspectives on Genesis by Celia Brewer Sinclair (part of the
Horizons Bible Study published by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
Monthly meetings open and close with prayer and individual prayer celebrations
and concerns are addressed.
Purpose (2) to support the mission of the church worldwide: All
of the money raised through various fundraisers and donations goes to support
mission work either locally, nationally, or internationally. Some of the
2005 Fundraisers have been Soup to Go, Entertainment books; Pot Lucks, the
Mother Daughter Banquet, and the Garage Sale. 2005 was the 18th anniversary
of the Church Garage Sale which over the years has generated over $32,000.
support examples include: Funeral meals, Good Samaritan Fund, Youth Armory,
Food Thru Faith, Help House, Habitat for Humanity (local missions); Smith
Memorial Women's Association, Westminster Thurber, KIC Mission Trip, Adopt a
Bill, Bridgehaven (state or national missions); and Birthday Offering,
Thank Offering, Food for the Hungry, Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes and
Mission Pledge (national and international missions).
Purpose (3) to work for justice and peace: In addition to
mission giving that supports these goals PW invites guest speakers who broaden
our horizons. In 2005 we were fortunate to have Ginger Hays, a licensed
massage therapist and Yoga instructor who spoke on the importance of
identifying stress. She guided our bodies through many “Stress Busting”
Purpose (4) to build an inclusive, caring community of women :
All women of the church are invited to attend the monthly circle meetings and
gatherings. Women who are unable to be active in a circle are considered
"Associate Members" and are encouraged to support PW with their
prayers, contributions, and part-time help.
past Spring, London Presbyterian Women and many helpful church members hosted
over 110 women at the Scioto Valley Presbyterian Women’s Gathering focusing on
the History of PW. A dozen Presbyterian Women spent over 6 months sewing the
nine new banners in the church narthex. The 30 year old banners were taken
apart for patterns and replaced with colorful new materials. Four additional
banners were made and sent to select African missions. Also in 2005, the
Quilters of the Presbyterian Church and non-denominational community Friends started
making baby quilts to be given to children upon their Baptisms. Each quilt is
unique and is embroidered with “For this child we (the congregation) have
prayed”. Six quilts have been presented in 2005.
addition to the mission projects mentioned above, PW through donations and
fundraisers has been able to donate $5,056.58 this year to mission projects. To
date, this is the largest amount donated for purely mission.