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At the Presbyterian Women’s May meeting the following officers were elected or appointed and installed:

Co-moderators: Sue Senft & Linda Ensminger

Secretary: Jan Scribner

Treasurer: Georgia Bacquet

Historian: Janet Marple

Community Outreach: Caroline Thomas

Global Missions: Jeanne Woodberry

Personal Faith: Rowena Johnson

Nominating: Betsy Morgan & Mary Waxham


Officers appointed:

Membership:Doreen Stretch

Program Chair: Jane Stephenson

Bible Study Coordinator: Frankie White

Honorary Life Membership: Frances Duncan

Pie Day Coordinator: Betsy Morgan

Pecan Sales Coordinator: Mary Waxham


Bible Study ~ starting in September

Cloud of Witnesses
The Community of Christ in Hebrews


by Melissa Bane Sevier

The Letter to the Hebrews is a significant book of the Bible, and is also significantly different from every other book in the Bible. It consists of thirteen chapters, all of which are packed with theology, metaphor, comparisons, and spirituality. Therefore, I’ve decided to approach the letter thematically, not sequentially. We will explore nine major themes, relate those themes to other parts of our faith tradition, and tie them together with the overarching motif of community. The community for which the letter was written interacts, in a sense, with all the communities of which you are a part, because you bring those groups with you wherever you go—they have helped to form you into the person you are. The community in which you study and worship, your family and friends, social and therapy groups . . . all are part of you.

​Our prayer is that the study of community in Hebrews will help us strengthen our own communities.


Presbyterian Women’s 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.


Welcome to all the women in the congregation!

Welcome to all the women in the congregation! Why participate? Presbyterian Women will provide you an opportunity to know more fully the women in our church family and to learn more about them as we work together on special projects, study the Bible together and interact on a regular basis with each other.


OUR NEXT MEETING ~ Thursday, May 4 at 10:30am

We will gather in Fellowship Hall at 10:30. We’ll talk about what’s new at church and how it affects us plus cares and concerns.  Why not join us for this last meeting before the summer…

Woody Berry, one of our co-pastors, will lead our Bible study on the ninth lesson, According to Contemporary Cultural Interpretations from our Who is Jesus? Bible study.

Plan to stay for the Presbyterian Women’s Birthday celebration and lunch ($6). Our 2017-18 officers will be elected and installed and the Birthday and Least Coin Offerings will be received. See below for information on the offerings.

We have a place to send the PW Bible studies from past years. Bring yours to the meeting and we will recycle them.

If you need a ride to church, please call Sue at 273-3324 or Mary at 797-4409.


The Coordinating Team will meet in the library on Thursday, May 4 at 9:00am.


The History of the two Offerings to be received

Fellowship of the Least Coin celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2016

It was in 1956 when women of the United Presbyterian Church in the USA sponsored a small team of women, led by Margaret Shannon, to visit Asian countries torn by the crisis of World War II. They sought peace and reconciliation with the people still suffering from the still-sore wounds of the war. Shanti Solomon of India was a member of this team. From out of her experiences, she was “burdened by the two concerns: the need for reconciliation in a divided world and the need to create an awareness of belonging to a world-wide fellowship of faith even among those women who would never travel.” Thus, God gave her the vision of Fellowship of the Least Coin (FLC).

In 1957, Grace Salsbury, national president of United Presbyterian Women (in the UPCUSA), prayed “Forgive us for trusting in bigness. Help us to discover the blessings which come to the meek and humble-minded and those who are poor in spirit.”

Sixty years have passed. FLC continues as a unique prayer movement in many countries. Funds are collected nationally, but the total income from each country is not publicized. Grants are distributed through the International Committee for the Fellowship of the Least Coin to individual projects, church conferences and organizations, women’s programs, scholarships for young women and emergency grants for disaster relief.

Project grants in 2016 are: Asia-$35,000; Latin America-$20,000; Middle East-$25,000; Europe-$20,000; United States-$5,000; WDPIC-$10,000; Africa-$25,000; Pacific-$3,000; block grants to Ecumenical organizations-$110,000; and recipients of FLC scholarship awards for Young Women-$8,800.



Presbyterian women have a long tradition of caring for others and helping those in need. Ever since Hallie Paxson Winsborough, in 1922, challenged each member of the Woman’s Auxiliary of the PCUS to give a penny for each year of her life as a “birthday gift” for Miss Dowd’s School for Girls in Japan, Presbyterian Women’s Birthday Offering has helped fund mission projects that improve the lives of women and children around the world. While the projects and donation amounts have changed, Presbyterian Women’s commitment to improving the lives of others has not. We continue to need broad, consistent support from Presbyterian women and others in order to continue funding mission projects like the ones selected for 2017.


The Creative Ministries Offering Committee of Presbyterian Women asks that you open your hearts to this project and the two others chosen for the 2017 Birthday Offering:

  • First-Hand Aid’s Rural Clinic Development Initiative, which provides health care to people living in rural communities in Cuba;
  • Family Justice Center of Georgetown and Horry Counties’ Safe Haven for Victims of Domestic Violence (South Carolina), which will provide shelter for victims of domestic violence;
  • Paper for Water’s Navajo Water Project, which will install water systems for households without running water in New Mexico.

Grant amounts will depend on gifts contributed during 2017. Please give as you have been blessed and support these life- changing projects.

We have a place to send the PW Bible studies from past years. Bring yours to the meeting and we will recycle them.

If you need a ride to the meeting, please call Sue at 273-3324 or Mary at 797-4409.


Co-Moderators: Sue Senft, 273-3324 and Mary Waxham, 797-4409

Past Co-moderator: Betsy Morgan, 296-4690 and Joan Colborn, 259-3275 Secretary – Jan Scribner, 317-8847

Treasurer – Georgia Bacquet, 278-3172

PW Historian – Janet Marple, 223-9844

Community Outreach – Caroline Thomas, 317-9372

Global Missions – Jeanne Woodberry, 268-2867

Personal Faith – Rowena Johnson, 223-3720

Nominating Committee – Frankie White, 223-9288 and Caroline Thomas, 317-9372

Honorary Life Membership – Frances Duncan, 254-6384

Program Chair – Jane Stephenson, 263-4696

Membership Chair – Doreen Stretch, 523-5455

Bible Study Coordinator – Linda Ensminger, 554-5466

Honorary Life Membership – Frances Duncan, 254-6384

Program Chair – Jane Stephenson, 263-4696

Membership Chair – Doreen Stretch, 523-5455

Bible Study Coordinator – Linda Ensminger, 554-5466