Presbyterian Women


 
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Women's Bible Study 

The Horizon’s 2017 - 2018 Bible Study

Cloud of Witnesses

The Community of Christ in Hebrews

by Melissa Bane Sevier

Next meeting date:
November 16, 2017

(Chapter 3)

2525 Second Avenue—classroom

Park on South Side Entrance & ring the bell

 
Bible Study Lessons will continue monthly. 
(September - May)

All women are welcome & bring a friend!


If you are interested in the Women’s Bible Study Group, but cannot meet on Thursday afternoons please let the church office know so we can explore other possible times to meet or add an additional study group if needed.

Books available in the church office now.

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ABOUT PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN (PW)
 
Presbyterian Women (PW) offers women in the church wonderful opportunities and meaningful avenues to live out their faith in the community.  Presbyterian Women have been serving the Presbyterian Church for over 200 years by sharing the good news of Jesus Christ and witnessing to the promise of God's kingdom.


 
 
PW PURPOSE
 
Forgiven and freed by God in Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves
  • to nurture our faith through prayer and Bible study,
  • to support the mission of the church worldwide,
  • to work for justice and peace,
  • and to build an inclusive, caring community of women that strengthens the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and witnesses to the promise of God's kingdom.
 
HISTORY OF PW
 
In the early 1800s the first Presbyterian women's organization defied societal and church conventions.  These courageous, dedicated women faced the biases of men and others who felt women should remain at home.  In spite of numerous restrictions, the women's organization gained respect, especially that of missionaries in the field who requested women's donations and prayers.
 
In the mid-1800s with civil strife in the nation, the church split.  The work of Presbyterian women continued but varied with the cultural backgrounds of the North and South.  Presbyterian women have long advocated for women and children, and crusaded for the right to fair, paid work for African Americans, Native Americans, people of Appalachia and immigrants.  They went into the field to actively do something about a host of other societal problems.
 
In the late 1800s the mission work of Presbyterian women broadened to include areas of Alaska and San Francisco, with a particular focus on Asian women.  By answering God's call, women's work in the church and in society was validated, and the role of women in both foreign and home missions expanded throughout the 19th century.
 
In 1872 the General Assembly of the United Presbyterian Church in North America asked women members to devise some way to systematically raise money to support women missionaries in the field.  Northern Presbyterian women received permission to organize the Women's General Mission Society.  It took the southern women more than 26 years to get permission to set up a national women's organization called Women of the Church.
 
Presbyterian women's financial support of missions was phenomenal and included the Thank Offering (first in 1888) and the Birthday Offering (first in 1922), both of which continue today.