Presbyterian Women (PW) is the national women's organization of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). 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 Presbyterian Women in exciting, growth-inspiring ways. PW is organized at all levels of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in congregations, presbyteries and synods as well as General Assembly.
Learn more about Presbyterian Women and consider joining your local group. Membership is open to all women who choose to participate in or be supportive of PW in any way.
Please contact Shirley Simmons if you need more information or have questions about Presbyterian Women at Philadelphia Presbyterian Church.
Philadelphia Presbyterian Women Officers 2019-2020
Moderator - Shirley Simmons
Secretary -Lynda Gardner
Treasurer - Joy Murray
Missions - Jill Linscheid
Nurturer - Emily Davis
Historian - Amelia Ford
Bazaar Moderator - Susan Griffin
Food Coordination Committee - Millie Mullis, Marty Wyatt, Pam Crowder
Circle #1/#2 (Ovella Cochran Circle): Meets 1st Tuesday at 10:30am in the Heritage Room (wing near library)
Circle Moderator: Jean Lamb
Bible Moderators: Susan Griffin
Circle #4 (Peggy Helms Circle): Meets 1st Tuesday at 10:00 am
Circle Moderator: Emily Davis
Bible Moderators: Gale Baker & Ellen Street
Circle #5: Meets 2nd Tuesday at 10:30 am in Heritage Room
Circle Moderator: Millie Mullis
Bible Moderators: Grace Phillips & Marlene Jones
Circle #6: Meets 2nd Tuesday at 6:00 pm in courtyard lobby.
Circle Moderator: Anne Pearce
Bible Moderators: Caroline McGahey, Janet Daniel & Ann Pearce
Circle #7: (Tiffany Santiago Circle): Meets 1st Saturday at 9:00 am in the Heritage Room (wing near library) or in members’ homes
Circle Moderators: Shirley Simmons
Bible Moderator: Cindi Hoffner
Circle #8: Moderator Jill Linscheid Meet in various small groups
What do Presbyterian Women do.....
September Joint Meeting: The September joint meeting is held to kick off a new year of Bible Study and includes highlights of the upcoming year. New officers are installed, the Honorary Life Membership Award is presented, and the offering for the Least Coin mission, which supports special projects of evangelism, service and relief throughout the world. This meeting generally occurs on a Sunday afternoon and ice cream is generally served.
Valentine’s Tea: Generally held on a Sunday afternoon in February, the Tea offers a chance for relaxed fellowship.
May Celebration Joint Meeting: Our spring joint meeting generally ends the PW year with a celebration of the PW Birthday. Usually held on a Saturday morning in May, this meeting includes an interesting speaker and brunch/lunch. The Birthday Offering is collected from those in attendance for the Presbyterian Women USA worldwide missions.
Philadelphia Presbyterian Church Missions:
Presbyterian Women are devoted to helping circle members and their families in times of difficulty or grief by preparing and serving meals either on the church campus or in homes. For this reason, every woman and unattached man is assigned to a circle which will take the lead in providing a meal in times of difficulty. In addition, PW assist in financially supporting the Jolly Good Timers and other groups as requested.
January 2020 - Alexander Youth Network
February 2020 - Bright Blessings Baby
March 2020 - Servant's Heart
April 2020 - Alexander Youth Network
May 2020 - Clair's Army
June 2020 - Servant's Heart
July 2020 - School Supplies (Alexander Youth Network & Clear Creek Elementary)
August 2020 - Bright Blessings
September 2020 - Help to replenish Backpacks of Love
October 2020 - Bright Blessings (baby items) and Domestic Violence causes
November 2020 - Bazaar
December 2020 - Angel Tree
Pop tabs (Ronald McDonald House) - drop off in Kingdom Kids area
Box Tops (Clear Creek Elementary) - drop off in Kingdom Kids area/outside office
Backpacks of Love
PW Annual Bazaar: On the first Saturday in November, the PW hold their annual Bazaar. This huge event includes the sale of crafts, florals, baked goods, breakfast items, quilt raffle tickets, and second-time around (yard-sale) items. Be there when the doors open at 9:00am to buy the best items for yourself or for presents! Bazaar Day culminates with a delicious dinner, the drawing of the winning quilt raffle ticket, and an auction of the more collectible items.
Some typical uses of the PW proceeds have been for items such as: youth mission trips/activities, study books for the circles (partially funded), retreat supplies, church van fund, Bright Blessings, tools for custodians, flowers for the church, carpet cleaning, Room in the Inn, equipment for kitchen, etc.
The PW prepare for the Bazaar starting in January with craft workshops on Wednesday mornings and evenings. The craft room is currently up the stairs from the restrooms in the Kerr building. The workshop frequency may increase during the fall as projects get finished in time for the Bazaar. No skills are needed, craft ideas are always welcomed, and there is a job that can be found for everyone! Just simply show up. Also, many hands are needed in the days leading up to the Bazaar as well as during Bazaar day and evening. A job is available for any gift and skill level! Please join in the fun!
Love Carved in Stone: A Fresh Look at the Ten Commandments
by Eugenia Anne Gamble
Suggestions for Leaders by Joyce MacKichan Walker
What would it mean to consider the Ten Commandments not as a harsh list of what not to do but, instead, as a “love letter” from a loving God? A fresh embrace of the Ten Commandments (or Words), author Eugenia Gamble suggests, may ultimately contribute to the restoration of ourselves and our communities and the furthering of the gospel in the world. “Moral behavior matters, not simply because immoral actions can anger or disappoint God, but because principled behavior is how love becomes real, both toward God and in community.” Love Carved in Stone is a Bible study that helps us reframe the way we look at and live in the world.
Each lesson begins with an exploration of one of the Ten Words in its biblical context. From there we consider a moment from Jesus’ life that shows us how he lived out that Word. We then consider the Word for our own lives and contexts. We conclude with an invitation to pray with the Word in our circles or study groups and in our personal devotions.
To celebrate our 250th Anniversary, the Annex Stitchers are making an autograph quilt to be displayed in the church.