Women’s Friendship Circle
This gathering of women of all ages was originally started to allow women new to the congregation to build connections and friendships with other women in the church. Women’s Friendship Circle meets in homes for refreshments and thoughtful conversation, sometimes based on shared reading materials, sometimes based on life journeys.
This group meets on the second Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon during September through May. Please contact Jenny Harland for more information.
Presbyterian Women (PW) is the national women’s organization of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Our local organization, PW Circle, meets at the church at 1:15 p.m. on the third Friday of every month from September through May. Each week the Circle covers one lesson about Bible study from Horizons, a magazine published for Presbyterian women.
This year’s program is Who Is Jesus? What a Difference a Lens Makes by Judy Yakes Siker. Each of the study’s nine lessons explores the question “Who is Jesus?” through a particular theological lens. The last lesson in this series is on Friday, May 19, at 1:30 p.m. and is entitled “According to Contemporary Cultural Interpretations.”
The Bible study program for 2017-2018, which begins this fall, is entitled Cloud of Witnesses, the Community of Christ in Hebrews.
On the first Sunday of December at the church, PW Circle conducts Alternative Christmas Market, which supports mission through the sale of baked goods and other items and includes the presence of other local groups who sell products to support their particular missions. This is always an important and festive day in the life of our community.
Our PW Circle supports national and international PW missions. Mission projects for 2017 include funding for the following missions:
- First Hand Aid Rural Clinic Development Initiative in Cuba
- The Family Justice Center Safe Haven for Domestic Violence in South Carolina
- Navajo Water Project in New Mexico
Plans are underway for a church-wide women’s retreat in 2017, perhaps at Ghost Ranch or another beautiful venue. The retreat will be led by United Church of Christ minister Laura A. Loving and will enable the participants to discover and recover sacred identity through storytelling, music, Bible study, creative activity, reflection, play, worship, and encounters with nature. Please contact Laura Loving or Charlotte Whitcomb for information.