Presbyterian Women
Friday June 23, 2017

Presbyterian Women

Presbyterian WomenPresbyterian Women (PW) offers women in the church meaningful ways to live out their faith in the midst of a caring community of women. For more than 200 years PW groups have strengthened the Presbyterian Church and played a major role in sharing the good news of Jesus Christ and witnessing to the promise of God’s kingdom. The guiding force behind Presbyterian Women is the PW 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 (U.S.A.), and witnesses to the promise of God’s kingdom.

Presbyterian Women give generously, this tradition has continued for more than 200 years. Presbyterian Women answer in abundance with time, talent and treasure to the needs and activities to which we are called. Even in the most challenging times we respond in grace and with enthusiasm. Presbyterian Women show that we care in tangible ways through Celebration Giving. Celebration Giving includes Pw’s Mission Pledge, the Birthday Offering, Thank Offering, Honorary Life Membership, and memorial or recognition gifts. Presbyterian Women also participate in other giving opportunities such as Together in Service, the Fellowship of the Least Coin, Widening the Circle Endowment Fund and Mission Matters.

Presbyterian Women are also involved in programs that advocate for justice and peace, including hunger, racism, and domestic violence. Presbyterian Women affirms that advocacy on issues of justice and peace is part of living out one’s faith. Scripture as well church documents and statements call us to be involved in working for justice and peace for all of God’s people. Presbyterian Women support the following advocacy offices of the Presbyterian Church for justice and peace to remain true to the PW Purpose. They are: Mission Responsibility Through Investment, Presbyterian Health, Education and Welfare Association, Presbyterian Hunger Program, Presbyterian Peacemaking Program, Presbyterian United Nations Office, Presbyterian Washington Office, Church World Service, Children’s Defense Fund, ECPAT-USA (End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography, and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes-USA. Presbyterian Women also support the initiative to end human trafficking.

Presbyterian Women is a church-wide group organized at all levels of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Like the PC (USA) structure, PW in the Congregation forms the basis for PW in the Presbytery, PW in the Presbytery feeds into the Synod and PW in the Synod feeds into the church-wide organization. On each level women are given the opportunity to learn, to lead, and to fellowship with each other.

Presbyterian Women also publish a magazine, Horizons for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). This magazine provides information, inspiration, and education from the perspective of women who are committed to Christ, the church and faithful discipleship. Horizons bring current issues dealing with family life, the mission of the church and the challenges of culture and society to its readers. Interviews, feature articles, Bible study resources and departments offer help and insight for up-to-date, day –to-day concerns of the church and individual Christians.

The Bible study is produced every year for individual or small- group study. Written by leading theologians and Pastors in the Reformed tradition, it provides contemporary research and background information along with probing questions for what the texts have to say to us today. The publications produced by Horizons follow a 130 year tradition of publishing by women in the Presbyterian Church.

Presbyterian Women is an independent organization within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) of more than 300,000 women. The programming and resource options for the organization offer a variety of ways for women to live out their faith in an inclusive, caring community.

The Memorial Presbyterian Church Family congratulates Lucy K. Roddey as a nominee for the “Women of Will” sponsored by the Lake Norman Woman Magazine in Cornelius, NC. She was nominated for her commitment to making a difference in the lives of others through her exceptional leadership and passion to the Dove’s Nest and Sock Ministries. Mrs. Roddey serves as an inspirational role model for other women as well as to her Lake Norman Community and her Memorial Presbyterian Church Family. Blessings Mrs. Roddey!

Presbyterian Women (PW) at Memorial Presbyterian Church recently raised the bar for their mission goals by ministering to the Dove's Nest organization. The organization, under the guidance of the Charlotte Rescue Mission, is a Christian Recovery Program designed to treat women for alcohol and drug addictions.

The Dove's Nest lately moved into a ten million dollar facility (funded by public donations) which will eventually house ninety women and thirty children. Although the needs there are many, the members of Presbyterian Women (PW) at Memorial are presently providing a monthly luncheon for the twelve residents in addition to the Dove's Nest staff.

To find out more information about this project, click on the banner above.

Sock MinistryPresbyterian Women (PW) has also engaged in a Sock Ministry Campaign with the entire Memorial Congregation during the months of September and October annually. The goal is to provide warm socks during the winter season for the men at the Rebound Program, the women and children at the Dove's Nest and the children and their families at A Child's Place.

Earlier in the year, Presbyterian Women (PW) at Memorial invited Mrs. Tamani Cheeseman, a former Liberian Civil War victim, to speak during the Bible Study. As a result, the women were moved to provide a sizeable collection of toiletries to her people still living in the bush country in Liberia. The toiletries were sent to a Methodist Church there to be distributed by the minister to the needy families.

The members of Memorial Presbyterian Women (PW) are striving, individually and collectively, to be "Blessed Givers" in fulfilling Acts 20:35:

I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.

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