All Women in the Church is an online resource produced by Racial Ethnic & Women’s 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.
Celebrate the Gifts of Women Sunday
Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart | March 5, 2017
On Celebrate the Gifts of Women Sunday, we are encouraged to live with an “attitude of gratitude.” When we are filled with gratitude, we acknowledge the goodness and the blessings in our lives. The source of that goodness is God. We give thanks to God, for God is good, for God’s steadfast love endures forever.
Though Celebrate the Gifts of Women Sunday is March 5, 2017, your congregation or women’s groups may use this resource on any date that you choose.
Being grateful is a lifestyle choice. Research has shown that gratitude is strongly associated with greater happiness. In 2 Timothy, the apostle Paul expresses gratitude for the good gifts that God has given to him: “I am grateful to God—whom I worship with a clear conscience, as my ancestors did—when I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. Recalling your tears, I long to see you so that I may be filled with joy. I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you. For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you . . .” (1:3–5)
The Celebrate the Gifts of Women resource by Rhashell Hunter includes a worship service with
- a call to worship, call to confession, prayer of confession, an assurance of pardon, suggested hymns and scripture readings, and
- program suggestions for groups and individual activities to encourage thankfulness and increase our awareness of God’s many blessings.
Racial Ethnic & Women’s Ministries pledges to work with Presbyterian Women and Bread for the World
New effort will support Women of Faith 1,000 Days Movement
The first 1,000 days of a child’s life, from the start of a woman’s pregnancy until the child’s second birthday, have an enormous impact on a child’s ability to grow, learn and rise out of poverty. Racial Ethnic & Women’s Ministries, in partnership with Presbyterian Women in the PC(USA), Bread for the World, and the 1,000 Days Movement, is working to raise awareness and identify resources for Presbyterians to learn more about maternal and child nutrition during this critical period. PW and RE&WM have pledged, through its partnership with Bread’s Women of Faith for the 1,000 Days, to hold conversations around the importance of child nutrition, and communicate to Presbyterians and others about the 1,000 Days movement.
Women of Faith Awards
2016 Theme: Women Building Bridges of Reconciliation
Basis for the Theme: “Reconciliation” is the changed relationship for the better between persons or groups who formerly were at enmity with each other. At the Women of Faith breakfast, we will demonstrate and proclaim God’s reconciliation and recognize women who build bridges of reconciliation in their communities.
Purpose of award: This award recognizes women of faith engaged in ministries of reconciliation.
“And for anyone who is in Christ, there is a new creation. The old order has passed away; now everything is new! All of this is from God, who ransomed us through Christ – and made us ministers of that reconciliation.” 2 Corinthians 5:17-18 (The Inclusive Bible)