All Women in the Church is an online resource produced by Racial Equity & Women’s Intercultural Ministries. This site provides materials for Gender and Racial Justice Ministries, Women’s Leadership Development, and Young Women’s Leadership Development (ages 18–35) as well as support for the individual faith journeys of all Presbyterian women. Learn how women are transforming the church as they themselves are transformed.
Women of Faith Awards
2020 Theme: Women who Disrupt Systemic Poverty
The Women of Faith Awards, sponsored by Racial Equity & Women’s Intercultural Ministries in the Presbyterian Mission Agency, will offer an awards breakfast at the 224th General Assembly (2020). The 2020 theme is Women who Disrupt Systemic Poverty. Nominations are being sought for women who challenge systems of poverty and join in action and solidarity with low-income communities and individuals.
Here is the link to the Nomination Form. Please nominate women whose lives of service give witness to their commitment to Jesus Christ. Additional copies of the nomination form are also available by contacting Racial Equity & Women’s Intercultural Ministries, 800-728-7228, ext. 5013 or email email@example.com. Nominations must be postmarked by January 8, 2020.
Many of us know women who have raised the economic level of entire families and communities. We also know women who have provided educational opportunities for girls and boys, joining alongside poor communities, listening to dreams for a better future, and supporting communities as they determine how to make their dreams reality. Gratitude abounds for these women who “see those who are hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison” and give of themselves to serve others, through the power of Jesus Christ, who is Savior of all.
Celebrate the Gifts of Women Sunday
Honoring Women’s Spirituality, Struggle and Survival by Rosemary C. Mitchell | March 8, 2020
In 2020, on Celebrate the Gifts of Women Sunday, we honor women of faith, those who may have felt their faith falter at times and those who held fast to faith. We give thanks for their persistence—their witness, their words, their actions. We know we stand on their shoulders.
The theme for this year is based on Matthew 5:3: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Or, in the words of Eugene Peterson in The Message, “You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.”
Eugene Peterson’s words capture exactly how Rosemary experienced her life with her mother and grandmother. They both understood the limits of their own humanity and the incredible power of God in their lives. They knew that God is in charge, that everything happens in “God’s good time,” and that they were a part of God’s plan for creation.
The Celebrate the Gifts of Women resource, written by Rosemary C. Mitchell, includes a worship service with
- a call to worship, suggested hymns, call to confession, prayer of confession and scripture readings;
- time of reflection, activity and sharing in pairs or small groups; and
- a closing prayer and benediction.
The Celebrate the Gifts of Women resource is available in the November/December 2019 issue of Horizons magazine, as a free download from www.pcusa.org/women and free from the PC(USA) store, 800/533-4371 or www.pcusa store.com; item 27501-20-001.
Order the November/December 2019 issue of Horizons from www.presbyterianwomen.org/shop; $4 plus shipping.
While supplies last, a limited number of bulletin covers are available from the PC(USA) Store, 800/533-4371 or www.pcusastore.com; item 27501-20-002; $5 for a pack of 25 (plus shipping). The bulletin cover also may be downloaded free from www.pcusa.org/women.