FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Presbyterian Women 2014-2015

Purpose

Forgiven and freed by God in Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves:
 
  • To nurture our own 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.

All adult women of the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. are also members of Presbyterian Women. Our church has seven active circles which meet monthly on Mondays or Tuesdays from September through April. The times are arranged to meet the needs of each circle's membership, with some circle meetings held in the morning, some in the afternoon and one at night. Circles meet at the church, in members' homes, and two circles meet at Covenant Village.

Women who are unable or do not wish to participate in an active circle are enrolled in one of four service circles. Service circles do not meet, but contribute to the service of the Church, of Presbyterian Women, and provide financial support to Presbyterian Women.

Missions

CRISIS CARE
Under the direction of the Crisis Care Committee, at the death of a church member, each circle is called upon on a rotation basis to provide a meal or reception for the family. Download the Bereavement Hospitality Services available to members of First Presbyterian Church.

SEWING/KNITTING FOR MISSIONS
The Sewing Room is staffed by volunteers who provide handwork and machine stitched items for a variety of causes. Emphasis is given to answering local needs. Volunteers provide baby blankets and caps, dolls, toboggans, lap robes for wheel chair residents, friends in need with walker bags, and shawls.

Prayer shawls are made for those in need of comfort in and beyond our worshipping community. Foreign projects include baby caps for Malawi and pillowcase dresses for Africa.

CASSEROLE CARE
Through each circle on a monthly rotation, Presbyterian Women deliver casseroles to church members who have been hospitalized, have had an extended illness, injury, or surgery, or have recently had a new baby.

BLANKET+ SUNDAY
Typically the third Sunday in February, Blanket+ Sunday is designated to remember those in need throughout the world with an offering used to provide essential supplies, disaster relief, and restoration training as tokens of love and support.
OTHER SERVICE
  • Wednesday Noon Prayer Luncheon Servers;
  • Visits, cards and gifts to shut-ins;
  • Making and donating themed gift baskets for auction to benefit the Black Mountain Home for Children;
  • Saving and donating Campbell's food labels for Barium Springs Home for Children for cash refunds;
  • Sponsoring college scholarships for students within the Presbytery of Western North Carolina;
  • Cards and gifts for college freshmen.

Council Luncheon

2014-2015 Officers

Lil Lanier
Moderator
 
Kay Brown
Moderator-Elect
 
Janet Spencer
Vice-Moderator
 
Eleanor Beasley
Past Moderator
 
Susan Blair
Recording Secretary
 
Trip Stewart
Yearbook Secretary
 
Kate Buckles
Treasurer
 
Eleanor Beasley
Historian

Coordinator Team
​Facilitators

Tina Barringer
Spiritual Nurture
 
Judy Planer
Missions Facilitator
 
Jennie Williams
Creative Ministries
 
Pat Glenn, Janie Stiles, and Leslie Wllace
Scholarship/Leadership
 

Special Concerns

Carol Brittain and Gloria Hickson
Communications

Mary Sumner and Sarah Wentz
Crisis Care
 
Jewel Brown and Leanna Vaughn
Sewing/Knitting Ministry
 
Amy Spencer, Sonya Spencer, and Lydia Wilson
Special Events Coordinators
ANNUAL BAKE SALE
Our Annual Bake Sale 2015 will be held Saturday, February 28 from 9 a.m. to Noon. The Bake Sale features homemade baked goods, frozen casseroles, soups, sauces, cakes, pies, cookies and breads. Proceeds from the sale benfit the missions of the Presbyterian Women. Please contact coordinators Amy Spencer and Lydia Wilson for more information regarding this event.

RECOGNITION OF
PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN
Held annually, Recognition of Presbyterian Women recognizes the leadership and service to First Presbyterian and the community by Presbyterian Women, with women playing a prominent role in the leadership of a Sunday morning worship experience.
ANNUAL PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN BIRTHDAY OFFERING
The Annual Presbyterian Women Birthday Offering received Monday, May 6 totaled $1559 and will benefit Westminster Neighborhood Ministries in Indianapolis, Indiana. Our contributions, along with other Presbyterian Women will help expand a variety of current programs designed to educate children, families, and adults in an area where 34% of residents have incomes below poverty level.

Circle Moderators and
Bible Leaders

The following circles meet the second Monday of the month:
 
CIRCLE NO. 1
10:30 a.m. - Hostess Homes
Ellen Cinq-Mars, Moderator
Dotty Blake, Vice-Moderator
Donna Atkins; Cookie Brenner; Pat Glenn, 
Bible Leaders
 
CIRCLE NO. 2
10:30 a.m.
Covenant Village Living Room
Helyn Robinson, Moderator
Tina Barringer, Vice-Moderator
Bible Leaders Rotate
 
CIRCLE NO. 3
2 p.m. - Parlor
B'Ann Vance, Moderator
Irene Cherry, Vice-Moderator
Dorothy McKenzie, Bible Leader
 
CIRCLE NO. 5
10:30 a.m. - Parlor
Kate Buckles and Julie Craig, Co-Moderators
Coleman Efird, Bible Leader
 
DINNER CIRCLE NO. 6
6 p.m. - Parlor
Betty Davenport, Moderator
Vicky Wilson, Vice-Moderator
Beth Silvers, Bible Leader
 
COVENANT VILLAGE CIRCLE
10:30 a.m. - Covenant Village Card Room
Betty Kiser, Moderator
Gloria Hickson, Vice-Moderator
Brownie Smyre and Lisbet Nielsen, Bible Leaders
 
The following circle meets the second Tuesday of the month:
 
CIRCLE NO. 4
11:30 a.m. - Parlor
Lydia Wilson, Moderator
Alice Ragan, Vice-Moderator
Alice Matthews, Ibby Page, Judy Planer, Patty Ratchford, Karen Simmons, Sarah Wentz,
and Jennie Williams, Bible Leaders
 
The following service circles
do not meet:
 
SERVICE CIRCLE A
Petty Kunkle, Moderator
Esther Nelson, Vice-Moderator
 
SERVICE CIRCLE B
Becky Adams, Moderator
Esther Hunnicutt, Vice-Moderator
 
SERVICE CIRCLE C
Margaret Mackie, Moderator
Kelly Hovis, Vice-Moderator
 
SERVICE CIRCLE D
Glenda Kessell, Moderator
Olivia Gladden, Vice-Moderator
ANNUAL BIRTHDAY LUNCHEON
Presbyterian Women celebrate the conclusion of the year's activities with a luncheon and program during which they honor a woman or women with an Hororary Life Membership to recognize faithful service to First Presbyterian Church. The event remembers women who have joined the Church Triumphant in the previous year. It is also the time to identify causes, both national and international, as recipients of the annual Birthday Offering received at the luncheon.

FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS
Presbyterian Women provide over $15,000 in benevolence giving annually to the following non-profit organizations:

  • Crisis Assistance Ministry;
  • Barium Springs, Black Mountain and Grandfather Homes for Children;
  • national and international mission projects;
  • Presbyterian Weekday School;
  • The Shelter of Gaston County;
  • With Friends;
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Gaston;
  • Living Waters of the World.