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. In addition to an annual women’s retreat in Montreat, N.C., and large group events at Christmas and in the spring, Presbyterian Women host ongoing small groups called circles, which vary according to the topic.

Find your circle!

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.