Presbyterian Women

Presbyterian women

Presbyterian Women (PW) is the national women’s organization of the Presbyterian Church (USA).  With a history of more than 200 years, PW is committed to nurturing faith, supporting the church’s mission, working for justice and building community. More than 300,000 women live out  these commitments through Presbyteiran Women in exciting, growth – inspiring ways.  PW is organized at all levels of the Presbyterian Church (USA), in congregations, presbyteries and synods as well as the General Assembly.

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 2016 Coordinating Team of The Presbyterian Women

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Moderator Team:  Laura Smith
Spiritual Coordinator: Joanna Miller
Leadership and Resources: Martha Manning
Secretary / Newsletter: Patty Beggs
Contingent Treasurer: Ruth Browse
Mission Treasurer / Together in Service: Carrol Morehart
Leaders – at – large: Frances Hall (Grace Presbyterian Church / Montgomery), Jean Shoup (Montoursville Presbyterian Church), Diane Casella (Montoursville Presbyterian Church), Michelle Beggs (Northway Presbyterian Church)

Celebrate the Gifts of Women

Celebrate women who are no longer strangers, but are diverse sisters in God’s house hold.

Ephesians 2:19 reads, “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God.” We celebrate the experiences of diverse and intercultural women, as well as women who build communities of hope and love benefiting all in the church of Jesus Christ.

{thank you Bloomsburg Presbyterian Church for sharing this information in your newsletter}

One of the greatest pleasures for many of us is going back home. For those who live far away from their homelands, returning at least once a year to the country where they were born can be a source of joy and happiness. This is often because we feel a sense of belonging, acceptance, love and equality at home, so we look forward to going back home. For many of us, the church is a family; the church is home.

As we celebrate the gifts of women, we celebrate that in Christ we are no longer strangers, nor aliens, nor immigrants, nor exiles, but We are part of God’s family. Let us come together as the church!

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Horizons-Presbyterian Women’s Magazine

Horizons Magazine

Horizon is:

  • A Bimonthly Magazine
  • An Annual Bible Study
  • A Resource for Women & the Church

The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit by Eyob Mergia on the cover of the July/August 2010 Horizons. The purpose of Horizons magazine is 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
  • 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

Click here for more information.
2016 -2017 Horizons Bible Study: Who Is Jesus? by Judy Yates Siker

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Who is Jesus? by Judy Yates Siker

Halfway through the Gospel of Mark, as Jesus and his disciples are on their way to Caesarea Philippi, Jesus turns to his disciples and asks, “So, what’s the word on the street? Who do people say that I am?” It seems like a reasonable question to ask the people who travel with you and who have the opportunity to hear what folks in their towns and villages are saying about their teacher. “Well,” they answer, “some say you are John the Baptist (back from the dead); others think you are one of the prophets, maybe Elijah, maybe another one.” Then Jesus looks them squarely in the eyes and asks, “Yes, but who do you say that I am?” Now that’s a qood question!. The author’s prayer is that, through the course of this study, you will find your own voice, your own answer. When Jesus turns and looks you squarely in the eyes and asks, “Who do you say that I am?” what will you say?

 BIRTHDAY OFFERING

The Birthday Offering is a PW offering collected in the spring of each year to celebrate the blessings in the lives of Presbyterian Women. The offering funds up to five projects that are not included in 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.

The 2016 will fund four life-changing projects:

  • Heartland 180 (Kansas),
  • Direct Action and Research Training Center  (Florida),
  • Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley (California), and
  • Building Minds in South Sudan

For more information on the 2016 Birthday Offering Recipients click on this link:  http://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/pw/birthday/#rec

 Thank Offering The PW Thank Offering originated in the late 1800s with Eliza Clokey of Springfield, Ohio. Her plan was to ask each woman to give a gift in addition to her usual contribution to the Women’s General Missionary Society of the United Presbyterian Church of North America as a “thank offering to our Lord.” In 1888, the women designated a day for prayer and thanksgiving when this special offering should be received. These sacrificial gifts, it is said, saved the worldwide missionary movement of their denomination. Though the thrust of how and where the money was used changed over the years, the “thank offering to her Lord” continued to be an important part of United Presbyterian Women’s giving.

Your gifts to the 2015 Thank Offering made it possible in 2016 for 22 life-changing ministries to help at-risk youth, ensure safe housing for low-income families, supplement meals for hungry schoolchildren, and more. Grants given in 2016 from the 2015 offering totaled over $500,000.

Click on this link to download a copy of the 2016 Recipients of the Thank Offering: 2016 Thank Offering Recipients

To submit an grant application for either the Birthday or Thank Offering  click on this link: Thank Birthday Offering Grant


Together in Service

Together in ServicePresbyterian Women’s hands-on mission opportunities program
For generations, Presbyterian women have responded to God’s love by offering this love back to the world in tangible ways. With our wide variety of talents, resources and our sincere desire to help others, we can continue to make a difference in the lives of people everywhere.

Through the Together in Service program, Presbyterian women can share ideas for a whole range of projects. From sewing hats for newborns in Africa to selling fair-trade coffee at church events, we all can find a place to offer our gifts. 


 

Global ExchangePW Global Exchange

Every three years, a group of Presbyterian Women travels to another part of the world to listen to the pain and the joy that their sisters experience and to share their faith stories and ministries with each other. It is a global exchange because, the following year, a group of women from the same part of the world are invited to attend the Churchwide Gathering of Presbyterian Women to tell their stories to their North American sisters.

Global experiences began as a program of United Presbyterian Women. When United Presbyterian Women and Women of the Church merged in 1988 to become Presbyterian Women, international experiences continued as the Global Exchange program. Previous destinations were:

  • 1973 Central Europe
  • 1974 India and Nepal, emphasis — hunger
  • 1977 Asian Encounter (Japan, Taiwan, Korea,Philippines)
  • 1980 Asian Rim
  • 1981 Las Americas Unidas (Central America)
  • 1984 South Africa, emphasis — apartheid
  • 1987 China
  • 1988 Presbyterian Women is formed. The Global Exchange concept and practice begins.
  • 1990 Australia, emphasis — indigenous people
  • 1993 Eastern Europe
  • 1996 Southeast Asia, emphasis — tourism and child prostitution
  • 1999 Middle East, emphasis — issue surrounding the welfare of women and children and understanding roles of Islam, Judaism and Christianity in the Middle Eastern world
  • 2002 Africa — Sisters Together: Listening With Our Hearts
  • 2005 Brazil — Caminhada: Walking Together in Mutual Love and Hope
  • 2008 Eastern Europe—Joined and Knit Together in Love
  • 2011 India—Greatly Honored Are Those Who Hunger and Thirst for Justice
  • 2014  Caribbean – One Heart, One Love, One Community
  • 2017 – September 12-29 The next Global Exchange, “Building Bridges of Understanding,” to Indonesia.  Guided by Romans 1:12 (“. . . so that we may be mutually encouraged by each others faith, both yours and mine”) participants will learn how to live respectfully in a multi-faith culture and encourage and accompany one another as together they seek a more peaceful and just world. To apply for participation, download the application here. For additional information, contact PW’s associate for mission at 502/569-5402 or by email

 

mission-experience-logoEvery three years, a group of Presbyterian Women travels within the United States to connect concerns raised by past Global Exchanges with similar issues in the United States. With local mission projects as partners, the participants combine education with hands-on ministry during the week long trip. Participants encounter challenges to God’s promise of a beloved community and witness the faithful responses of Christians living and working in difficult situations.

For two years following the trip, participants are available to share their experiences in their synods and raise awareness of the ways people of faith confront the issues that divide us. Previous destinations:

  • 2008 United States Mexico US Border
  • 2010 South Dakota
  • 2013 Mission to Appalachia
  • 2016 San Francisco Bay Area  A group of Presbyterian women will travel to the San Francisco Bay Area in California, September 22–30, 2016, for PW’s fourth USA Mission Experience. For the application 

 

 

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