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Presbyterian Women

 

The original Presbyterian Women's symbol, designed by Sarah Abbott in 1988, was updated in 1999 to carry the organization into the twenty-first century. The cleaner lines and sharper image strengthen the original design while retaining its ability to visually express the Presbyterian Women purpose.
Presbyterian Women logo

Some Meanings Found in the PW Symbol

Forgiven and freed by God in Jesus Christ.

Forgiven and freed by grace through faith, the central figure stands in praise.

And empowered by the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves.

Rooted in faith, the trio of women emerge. The outline of the central figure forms a cross. We are Presbyterian women, engrafted in Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. It is no longer we who live, but Christ who lives in us.

To nurture our faith through prayer and Bible study.

The right figure holds a book to guide her reading, studying, praying, or meditating. to support the mission of the church worldwide
The left figure reaches out to care for others, as she shares, nurtures, and heals. The circle represents the church worldwide where women offer their gifts and talents in the midst of the global community.

To work for justice and peace.

The uplifted arms of the central figure reach out to embrace a just peace for the world. The relationship between the three figures depicts lives of wholeness rather than turmoil.

And to build an inclusive, caring, community of women.

The three women have no distinct features and represent all women. The shapes surrounding them express energy, strength, and openness. That strengthens the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)Our name, Presbyterian Women, ties us to our denomination. The Bible resembles the Bible depicted in the PC(USA) seal.

And witnesses to the promise of God's Kingdom.

Guided by our purpose, we witness to the reality of God's realm.


We have a wonderful cook book, A Taste of Grace, for sale for $12.00.  The monies from the sale of our cook books have helped in the installation of new window blinds and the renovation of the Ladies restroom at our church.


In December we hold a Breakfast with Santa inviting the children from our congregation plus the children who attend our School, Extended Care and Mother’s Day Out programs.  We held a “Christmas Every Day” fund to raise money for toys and other gifts for 9 families in need. Church Members can make a monetary contribution the 2nd Sunday of each month from March to December.  This fund drive replaces our Christmas in July fund drive. 


We provide Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets for needy families. We provide receptions for the families of our church members who have lost loved ones plus food to our church members who are ill, have had surgery or unable to prepare meals . 


We present First Bible Stories books to our new babies at the time of their baptism. 


With our PW dues we are able to support many PW missions.  This past year we contributed over $3000.00 to these missions. 


Our PW Board members are: 
Sandy Kehrli, Vice Moderator
Jean Starnes, Secretary
Paula Bishop, Treasurer
Jane McGoldrick, Church Hostess
Frances Kitterman, Circle # l leader
Sara Lawson, Circle # 4 leader



                                                                                   

 

 

Presbyterian Women ask: WHERE DOES MY MONEY GO?

Money given at your Circle meetings:

Pledges/dues - this money goes to the basic operating budget of our PW at Grace. It includes benevolence giving. Our annual budget shows how we spend this money. Our PW treasurer received from the circles month.

Least Coin - The Fellowship of the Least Coin is an international benevolence started in 1956 in India. Women of all countries give their ãleast coinsä ( in our case, pennies) to represent their prayers for PEACE and reconciliation among all peoples. Our PW treasurer receives this money from the circles in June each year and it is eventually forwarded on to PW - PCUSA.

Tools of Hope:

Our quarters go to the Tools of Hope Fund. This is an organization that supplies farm tools for needy farmers nation wide. The farmers can produce their own crops for their own consumption with the donation of the farm tools that they need.

Optional money that your circle may take up:

Paper Products - this goes to the Memphis Family Shelter to buy supplies that they need.

Sunshine/Love Offering - money for your own circle to use as desired perhaps to send flowers or cards to fellow circle members, or other expenses.

Heifer Project - goes to provide people in other countries with animals for sustenance.

Anything else - your circle may choose projects and benevolences they wish to support. This is decided at the circle level.

Money that the PW asks for periodically:

Birthday Offering - Started in 1922, the women of PCUS were asked to give one penny for each year of their lives. This money is received in the spring as a special offering. The money is eventually sent to PW - PCUSA to use for worldwide missions emphasizing women and children.

Thank Offering - started in 1888. the women of UPC were asked to thank God by giving above their normal pledge. This money is received in the fall as a special offering. The money is eventually sent to the PW - PCUSA to use for worldwide medical missions and hospitals and other grants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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