Women's Bible Study
Next meeting date:
April 27, 2017
The Horizon’s 2016 - 2017 Bible Study
Who Is Jesus? - What a
Difference a Lens Makes
By Judy Yates
(-See information on new study book in the August CHIMES, page 6)
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!
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.
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.
PW CURRENT PROJECTS
Presbyterian Women are preparing Health Kits. If you would like to contribute to the kits, please bring the following items to the church office:
Travel size shampoo (motel size)
Toothpaste (travel/trial size)
PW BIRTHDAY OFFERING
Each May, the Presbyterian women collect donations for the Birthday offering. The tradition began in 1922 by Mrs. Hallie Paxson Winsborough who was superintendent of Women's Work in the Presbyterian church. Mrs. Winsborough toured the mission stations in Asia visiting Miss Dowd's School for Girls in Kochi, Japan. She saw inadequate facilities and crowded rooms and recognized a need that could be met by Presbyterian women in the United States. Returning home, she challenged all the women of the church to give one penny for each year of their lives (or a dollar, if they didn't want to reveal their ages) as a "birthday gift" to those school girls in Japan. Thus began a tradition of annual Women of the Church Birthday Celebrations. The offering has enabled a long succession of new and often innovation mission projects to be accomplished both overseas and in the United States.