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Presbyterian Women

If you are a woman and you are Presbyterian, you are a member of Presbyterian Women! 

What is PW?

Presbyterian Women is for everyone. We study God’s word and enjoy fellowship with other women who are committed to spiritual discipleship and serving Christ through missions.

Everything we do as an organization and as a community is guided by our PW Purpose, and that includes ministry, resources and relationships. 

Our 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,
  • support the mission of the church worldwide,
  • work for justice and peace, and
  • build an inclusive, caring community of women that strengthens the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and witnesses to the promise of God’s kingdom.

Who is in PW?

Anyone who supports the Purpose in any way is participating in Presbyterian Women. So even if you’re just learning about Presbyterian Women, there’s a good chance you’re already supporting Presbyterian Women—in spirit or in action!

Presbyterian Women is coordinated through the PW Council, which plans events and fellowship opportunities throughout the year that anyone can take part in!

Circles

PW Circles are small groups that meet weekly or monthly around a particular theme.

Christmas Communion

Our annual Christmas worship service and fellowship lunch.

December 10, 2019

Women's Retreat

Escape to Montreat, NC for a weekend of rest, renewal, and spiritual growth.

March 27-29, 2020

What does PW do?

Our PW Council supports the Purpose through the following annual women’s events: Circles (small groups that meet weekly and monthly), outreach projects, Christmas Communion, Consignment Sale, Women’s Retreat, MPPC staff appreciation lunch, Women of Faith Luncheon, a reception at Sharon Towers and new-member welcome!

    Upcoming Events

    PW Circles
    September 2018 – May 2019

    Consignment Sale
    March 8-9, 2019

    Women’s Retreat @ Montreat Assembly Inn
    March 29-31, 2019

    Women of Faith Luncheon
    April 29, 2019

    PW Circles

    Circles are a Presbyterian tradition in Women’s Ministry to connect women of all ages to God’s glory. ALL women at Myers Park Presbyterian Church are invited to participate in one or more of the 11 circles offered beginning in Fall 2018. Contact Circle Coordinator Teri Boone at teri.c.boone@gmail.com or 704-609-8020 with questions.

    Join with MPPC Presbyterian Women as we study God’s word and fellowship together!

     

    Circle 3: Seeking God in Literature
    We will be continuing our discussion of short stories that deal with faith and contemporary life in the book “God: Stories” edited by C. Michael Curtis, an editor for the Atlantic Monthly magazine. All the members participate in leading and discussing the individual stories.

    Leaders: Frances Willis and Rebecca Schenck
    Start Date: October 8
    When: Every Second Monday of the Month
    Time: 10 a.m.
    Where: Church Library

     

    Circle 4: Friends in Faith

    We welcome all women in their 20’s-50’s+ to join Friends in Faith as we gather for Bible study in lecture, discussion, and small group formats. Topics will vary throughout the year, led by Julie Hester, along with other clergy and leaders. This weekly study will help us grow deeper in our relationship with Christ and in fellowship with women in our church. Childcare will be available through the Outreach Center for a small fee. Stay tuned for additional information, including our first book study, prior to our September 17th start date. We hope you join us for this opportunity to grow in faith & fellowship!

    Our first fall study will be Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, led by Rev. Deborah Conner, and based on a book by Peter Scazzero. Scazzero shares two truths: you can’t be spiritually mature while remaining emotionally immature, and unless you slow and quiet your life down for a first-hand relationship with Jesus Christ, little change is possible. The study explores how to identify emotionally unhealthy spirituality, how to grow your soul through grief and loss, and how to develop into an emotionally mature adult. Participants are encouraged to purchase the book at Amazon here. (Other completely optional resources include a workbook with daily connected readings and questions, and a devotional book with daily scripture and prayer suggestions.)

    Later studies will include a Confirmation Crash Course for adults, Theology 101, Bible study that digs down into a sermon series, and more. Come to as many meetings as you can. We’d love to have you!

    Register now by clicking here and join us as we seek to grow closer to God and one another. Questions? Contact Lindsay Griffin.

    Teacher: Julie Hester, MPPC Clergy
    Leader: Lindsay Griffin
    Start Date: Sept. 17
    When: Every Monday
    Time: 9:30 a.m.
    Where: Outreach, F-201/F-203

     

    Circle 5: Video and Book Study

    This fall we will continue to watch the National Geographic Series: The Story of God with Morgan Freeman. We will journey with him around the globe as he explores different religions. We will also discuss Heaven & Hell, The Chosen One and Proof of God. This spring we will read and discuss the book The Good Heart: A Buddhist Perspective on the Teachings of Jesus. Please join us for this multicultural experience!

    Leaders: Katie Brigulio, Sarah Goad, Mary Lou Lindsay, Anne Robinson, Judy Walker
    Start Date: Sept. 10
    When: Second Monday of the Month
    Time: 10-11:30 a.m.
    Where: A-107

     

    Circle 14: MPPC Women’s Bible Study

    The Fall session will be Jeremiah: Facing the Truth in Tragedy and Finding Hope. In the Spring session, we will study 1 and 2 Thessalonians, 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus, and Philemon.

    Teacher: Rev. Dr. Millie Snyder
    Leader: Barbara Merlie
    Start Date: Sept. 13
    When: Every Thursday
    Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Where: A-101/A-103

     

    Circle 15: BRAVA.

    Courage is contagious. Every time we choose courage, we make everyone around us a little better and the world a little braver – Brené Brown. This brand-new Circle is for women in their 20’s. Join us to unpack Braving the Wilderness alongside the wilderness of faith.

    Teacher: Michelle Thomas-Bush
    Leaders: Laura Miles, Bess Dickens Kelpin
    Start Date: Sept. 17
    When: Third Monday of the Month
    Time: 6:30 p.m.
    Where: A-101

     

    Circle 16: Adolescent Parents Circle

    Using a combination of Brené Brown’s Braving the Wilderness and Wendy Mogel’s new parenting book Voice Lessons for Parents: What to Say, How to Say it, and When to Listen, we will search to find a new voice as parents. Mogel elaborates on sources as diverse as neuroscience, fairy tales, and anthropology, offering specific guidance for talking to our young people. We will learn the best ways to talk about our teenagers to family, teachers, coaches, and caretakers. We all need a small group to support and pray for each other through this journey of parenting. Join us!

    Teacher: Lindsey Adams
    Start Date: Sept. 11
    When: Second Tuesday of the Month
    Time: 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
    Where: Outreach Center

     

    Circle 17: Silver Screen Theology

    When we go to the movies we step into another world, a world where we are entertained and also challenged, provoked and moved with emotion. Using the powerful medium of film, together with guided group discussion and personal reflection, expect insight, inspiration and emotional release leading to personal transformation. Movies deliver more than just entertainment value, they can also be powerful cinema therapy. Bring a bag lunch to enjoy. This group is open to all, come as you can.

    Leader: Becky Ranson
    Discussion Leader: Cate Vaughan
    Start Date: Sept. 11
    When: Second Tuesday of the month
    Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    Where: Outreach Center, F-201/F-203

     

    Circle 20

    Sheri Joseph will lead an evening circle focusing on Present over Perfect by Shauna Niequist. The book’s foreword is written by Brené Brown so we will weave in her works as well. Join us for fellowship and discussion as we explore what it means to lead meaningful, connected lives instead of pushing for perfection. Purchase the book on Amazon.

    Teacher: Sheri Joseph
    Start Date: Oct. 4
    When: First Thursday of the Month
    Time: 7 p.m.
    Where: A-101

    If you are interested in joining this circle please email bgantt@myersparkpres.org.

     

    Circle 21: The Cypress Circle

    All women at The Cypress and Southminster are invited to join together for a Horizon Bible Study entitled God’s Promise: I Am with You. It is not required that you read the course material before attending. Lunch is included.

    Teacher: Deborah Conner
    Start Date: Sept. 17
    When: Third Monday of the Month
    Time: 11 a.m.
    Where: The Cypress, Villa B

     

    Circle 24: Knitting as a Witness

    In addition to knitting prayer shawls, the Circle provides chemo caps for cancer patients and small blankets for children at Atrium. We also knit scarves and toboggans for Charlotte’s homeless and for our sister church in Hungary. The Circle is willing to take on projects as needed.

    Leader: Ellen Witherspoon, Ann McDade
    Start Date: Sept. 11
    When: First Tuesday of the Month
    Time: 10 a.m.
    Where: A-107

     

     

    Service Opportunities

    Crisis Assistance Ministry

    Leaders: Claire Marston & Sarah Huitt

    When: Second Thursday of the Month

    Time: 9:30 a.m.

    Where: Crisis Assistance Ministry

    Presbyterian Women (PW) partners with Crisis Assistance Ministry the second Thursday of each month. Crisis Assistance Ministry focuses on preventing homelessness and preserving dignity for Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s working poor by assisting with rent, utilities, clothing, and furniture. The lines at Crisis can be very long, so volunteers serve people in the waiting area by handing out healthy snacks and water bottles. You can participate in this ministry by signing up to donate food items or pass out food in the Crisis Assistance Ministry waiting area. If interested, please sign up here.