Presbyterian Women

Women's Sunday

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 six 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 three 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 / CASSEROLE 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.

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

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.

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 SERVICES
  • Special Wednesday Noon Prayer Luncheon servers for Veteran's Luncheon, 90th Birthday Luncheon, Lenten Luncheon and other special luncheons. 
  • Sponsoring college scholarships for students within the Presbytery of Western North Carolina.
  • Cards and gifts for college freshmen.

2019-2020 Officers

MODERATOR
Frances Henry

MODERATOR-ELECT
Dianne Belton

VICE-MODERATOR (Membership)
Leslie Wallace 

PAST MODERATOR
Barbara Yarbrough

RECORDING SECRETARY
Trip Stewart

YEARBOOK SECRETARY
Trip Stewart

TREASURER
Sonya Spencer

HISTORIAN
Betsy Summer
 

Coordinator Team
Facilitators

SPECIAL NURTURE
Lil Lanier

MISSIONS FACILITATOR
Gloria Hickson

CREATIVE MINISTRIES
Kay Brown

SCHOLARSHIP/LEADERSHIP
 Jennie Williams
Carolina Efird
Margaret Mackie

Special Concerns

COMMUNICATIONS MINISTRY
Caroline Letts

CRISIS CARE / CASSEROLE CARE
Dotty Blake-ch
Esther Nelson
Sarah Wentz

SEWING FOR MISSIONS
Leanna Vaughn

SPECIAL EVENTS COORDINATORS
Kelly Hovis
Margaret Mackie
Coleman Efird
ANNUAL BAKE SALE
Our Annual Bake Sale is held sometime around the last Saturday in February or the first Saturday in March. It is usually the Saturday before Women’s Sunday. Hours are 9:00 till Noon.

The Bake Sale features homemade foods made by the Women of the Church. Some foods provided are; baked goods (breads, cakes, pies and cookies), Frozen Casseroles, soups, sauces, sandwich spreads (homemade chicken salad, turkey breast salad and pimiento cheese) and much more! Proceeds from the Bake Sale helps to benefit the Missions of the Presbyterian Women. Our goal for this year is to raise $8,000.00. We appreciate your support!

RECOGNITION OF
PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN
Held annually, "Presbyterian Women's Sunday" recognizes the leadership and service to First Presbyterian and the community by the Presbyterian Women.  On that Sunday, the Women of the Church play a significant role in the leading of the worship service. 

Circle Moderators and
Bible Leaders

The following circles meet the second Monday of the month:
 
CIRCLE NO. 1
10:30 a.m. - Hostess Homes
Beth Bolin, Moderator
Lynne Hathcock, Vice-Moderator
Pat Glenn, Ellen Cinq-Mars, Bible Leaders
 
CIRCLE NO. 2
10:30 a.m.
Covenant Village Living Room
Geraldine Johnston, Co-Moderator
Tina Barringer, Co-Moderator
Mary Layton, Bible Leaders
 
CIRCLE NO. 3 / COVENANT VILLAGE
2 p.m. - Covenant Village
Dorothy McKenzie, Moderator
Cookie Brenner, Bible Leader
 
CIRCLE NO. 5
10:30 a.m. - meets at various homes
Caroline Letts , Co-Moderator
Sabrina Robinson, Co-Moderator
 
DINNER CIRCLE NO. 6
6 p.m. - Parlor
Sherry Cloninger, Moderator
Beth Silvers, Bible Leader
 
The following circle meets the second Tuesday of the month:
 
CIRCLE NO. 4
11:30 a.m. - Parlor
Ibby Page, Co-Moderator
Judy Planer, Co-Moderator
The following service circles
do not meet:
 
SERVICE CIRCLE A
Esther Nelson, Moderator
Nan Thomas, Vice-Moderator
 SERVICE CIRCLE B/C
Margaret Mackie, Co-Moderator
Barbara Spencer, Co-Moderator
 SERVICE CIRCLE D
Glenda Kessell, Moderator
Trip Stewart, Vice-Moderator
ANNUAL BIRTHDAY LUNCHEON
In May, the Presbyterian Women celebrate the conclusion of the year with a luncheon program that highlights the years accomplishments. During the Luncheon a woman or women are honored with an Honorary Life Membership which recognizes her faithful service to First Presbyterian Church. The event also memorializes women who have joined the church triumphant during the year. At the luncheon, a Birthday Offering is collected. This offering goes to benefit charities and organizations identified by PC of USA. All women of the church are invited.  

FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS
Each year, the Presbyterian Women’s goal is to provide approximately $10,000 in benevolences to various non-profit organizations both locally and international. This past year (2019), we were fortunate to provide $10,000 in benevolences and $25,000 in onetime grants for a total of $35,000! Some examples of the organizations we have supported are:

  • Crisis Assistance Ministry (CAM)
  • Children’s Hope Alliance and Black Mountain Home for Children
  • Back Pack weekend
  • SOCKS
  • Presbyterian Weekday School
  • The Shelter of Gaston County
  • Living Waters of the World
  • Least of These
  • Gaston Literacy Council
  • With Friends
  • National and International missions