Learn about Presbyterian Women
Presbyterian Women (PW) is the national women’s organization of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). With more than 300,000 members and 25 years as an organization, PW is organized at all levels of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Learn more about PW and consider joining your local group.Continue reading
A new website for Presbyterian Women
Work is underway to create a new and improved website for Presbyterian Women. The new site will merge content from Presbyterian Women's website (these pages!), the Horizons Magazine and Bible study website and the Gathering website. It will launch at the end of the first quarter. A condensed version of the Horizons website will be available during this redesign. Click on the "Horizons magazine and Bible study" link in the left-hand navigation of this site.
Thank you to the hundreds who answered survey questions to help us create the best site possible. And thank you for your patience!
Join Together in Action for children's literacy
Presbyterian Women's second 2016 Together in Action days are quickly approaching: May 2–8. The focus in May will be promoting and supporting children's literacy, in connection with the PC(USA)'s Educate a Child Initiative. (And the Together in Action days coincide with Children's Book Week, which your community may already have plans to celebrate.) Anything that you and/or your PW group does to promote literacy and education for children means that you are part of Together in Action. Presbyterian Women has created a number of resources to assist your efforts
- a bulletin insert with information about the importance of literacy and suggestions for literacy-promoting activities
- a list of suggested actions, from handing out story Bibles to organizing a story time
- a book list with names of children's books that promote spirituality, character development, imagination and more
Your efforts for literacy need not stop on May 8. Consider joining the PC(USA)'s Educate a Child network. Tell us what you do to promote literacy, so we can share with others!
Prayer and thanksgiving for the Roma
Join with Presbyterian Women around the country in celebrating International Roma Day on April 8. During the 2008 Global Exchange to Eastern Europe, Presbyterian Women met and learned about the Roma people, including the significant challenges they face as the largest minority group in Europe. A two-sided flier is available to assist in your celebration of Romani culture, history and people.
Give to the 2016 Birthday Offering
The 2016 Birthday Offering 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
Your gift to the Birthday Offering will allow these ministries to help at-risk youth, ensure safe housing for low-income families and build a school for girls. The actual grant amounts for these worthwhile programs will depend on gifts received in 2016.
Learn more about the recipients. Resources to promote the Birthday Offering (in your congregation, presbytery and synod) are available to order or to download. Please give generously to the 2016 Birthday Offering to help reach the $900,000 goal.
Note: The 2016 Birthday Offering materials are being printed. Expect to receive them in the mail in late February.
PW: Where we’ve been and where we’re going
During the 2015 Churchwide Gathering in Minneapolis 2012–2015 PW Churchwide Moderator Mary Cook Jorgenson and PW Executive Director Susan Jackson Dowd led two sections of a workshop on the history, current work and future of Presbyterian Women. The presentation includes specifics on many of PW’s programs and ministries and information about the PC(USA), including the change in the number of synods and how women can stay engaged in PW if their church leaves the PC(USA). Download the presentation.
Get the latest news from Presbyterian Women
The second quarterly newsletter of 2016 is now available! Get information about Who Is Jesus Bible study resources, read highlights of the spring 2016 Churchwide Coordinating Team meeting, find information about new PW logo items, get ideas for PW mission and much more. Each quarter, learn about the worthwhile and exciting work of Presbyterian Women. You'll be in the know about all the latest leadership and mission opportunities, new resources, giving opportunities, peace and justice programs, special events, offerings and much more!
National task group responds to PW groups in churches seeking dismissal from the PC(USA)
Voting representatives to the 2012 PW Business Meeting in Orlando, Florida, recommended that a task group be formed to create a statement regarding PW in churches seeking dismissal from the PC(USA). National moderator Mary Cook Jorgenson appointed PW members and leaders Carol Winkler, Marilynn Collins, Esperanza Guajardo, Dolly Patterson and Carolyn Sprinkle to the task group. PC(USA) legal counsel April Davenport and then-PW program coordinator Ann Ferguson staffed the group. Read more.
Gail, we anticipate having the Churchwide Gathering web page live by the middle of this month. In the meantime, the hotel has been selected, the registration cost set—and the good news is that both will cost less than in 2012! Registration is just $395 for the 2015 Gathering ($125 for single days), and rooms at the Hyatt are $169 plus tax (for up to four in a room). Put it on your calendar—June 18–21, 2015! Put a couple bucks back each day from now until then, and you can almost have it paid for by the time you get there! Can't go? Sponsor someone who can! For more details, check the latest issue of our quarterly newsletter. Go to www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/pw/about/ and click the "Quarterly newsletter" link. We look forward to seeing you in Minneapolis in June 2015!
When will the Churchwide Gathering link be updated with the information on the 2015 CWG? We are anxious to get the details, so that women can start planning, especially in regards to registration costs. Thank you.
Hi Linda, Thank you for visiting the PW web site and for your interest in the preemie baby caps. Lots of PW love to make the preemie caps, and they are needed! All the caps get sent to the Brethren Service Center in Maryland and ship on to hospitals in Africa. Below is the address for shipping them: Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) c/o Brethren Service Center PO Box 188 601 Main Street New Windsor, MD 21776 410.635.8795 Phone 410.635.8739 Fax If you have any further questions about PW’s Mission work, please contact Kathy Reeves at Katharine.email@example.com.
May I please have information on premie baby caps. Where they need to be sent and who will receive them.
The Presbyterian Women of Broad Church would like to extend a warm invitation to the women of Bethany Presbyterian Church to our Retreat on March 9 at the Martin de Porres Center of Ohio Dominican from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. The leader of the day will be Emily Corzine. A light lunch of soup and salad will be served. The cost is $20.00. For more information about the event and/or scholarships, contact Jane Nance at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-740-965-1784 by March 3. Sincerely, Carol Freeland