Presbyterian Women (PW) offers women in the church meaningful ways to live out their faith in the midst of a caring community of women. They come together for Bible or book discussion, service projects, luncheon programs, or fellowship and fun. Our purpose is to emphasize and enjoy our Christian faith through these many activities and more. PW is composed of a Coordinating Team with officers and committee chairs, circle and guild leaders and a staff member as the church liaison to carry out the stated purpose and goals of PW.
The Circle is the basic unit of Presbyterian Women, meeting the second Tuesday of the month, September through May. The day circles meet at 10:00 a.m., in homes and at the church. The evening circle meets at 6:30 p.m. at the church. Circles provide an opportunity for fellowship, Bible study, intercessory prayer, and service through mission projects.
- Circle #1, second Tuesday in member homes or in the Church Parlor, 10:00 a.m.
- Circle #2, second Tuesday in Church Library, 10:00 a.m.
- Circle #5 second Tuesday in Fellowship Hall, 6:00 p.m.
- PW Coordinating Team meets last Tuesday in room 309, 10:00 a.m.
Guilds provide an opportunity for fellowship as women work together on service projects.
The Knitting Guild
The Knitting Guild meets the first Tuesday of the month. Members make prayer shawls, sweaters, caps, scarves and lap throws which are then given to church members, nursing home residents and other service organizations.
The Quilting Guild
The Quilting Guild meets the first Thursday of the month. Quilts are made for disadvantaged children in our community.
Christian Service is composed of two committees: one hosts receptions at the church following memorial services and the other provides gifts of food to those in need. These women meet when required to provide food for the bereaved, the ill, and the homebound.
The Flower Mission
The Flower Mission coordinates donations for Sunday services and then, on a weekly basis, distributes the flowers to the hospitalized, the ill and our homebound members. These members are arrangers and/or deliverers.
Guesthouse Hosts serve on a monthly basis as a welcoming contact from the church to our guests (women in need of support). Some training is provided by our liaison.
The Church-wide Christmas Reception, Luncheons and Special Events
The Church-wide Christmas Reception, Luncheons and Special Events during the year are hosted by PW. The PW December Luncheon and the Birthday Luncheon in May, celebrating PW’s history of mission giving, are open to all Presbyterian Women and their guests. Hosting these events provides time for fellowship, recipe sharing and learning new skills.
The Annual Bake Sale
The Annual Bake Sale, in conjunction with the Session Cook-Off, is our only fundraiser supporting mission projects. Items donated to the Bake Sale also include jams, jellies, sauces, soups and casseroles. In recent years, we are grateful for the contribution of egg rolls made for us by the Laotian women. Additional benevolences are funded through PW pledges and special collections.
Presbyterian Women Benevolences
A financial pledge is made by members at the beginning of each year. This constitutes the annual budget for service and operation of church responsibilities. The balance of funds at the end of the year is given to selected local and international mission projects.
The International Fellowship of the Least Coin (IFLC)
The International Fellowship of the Least Coin (IFLC) is a worldwide ecumenical movement of prayer for peace and reconciliation. Persons in this movement make a commitment to spend time in prayer, and to uphold in prayer others who are victims of jealousy, hatred, violence, and injustice to the family, community, nation and the world. Every time one prays, she sets aside a “least coin” of her currency as a tangible token of her prayer. Church Women United is the custodian of the IFLC offerings in the United States. The offering is collected monthly at the circle and is received at CWU at the May Friendship Day Celebration.
Church Women United, USA
Church Women United, USA was founded in 1941. It is a national volunteer Christian ecumenical women’s movement initiated and carried out by women in the United States and Puerto Rico. It is a movement that brings together women of diverse races, cultures and traditions. CWU encourages Christian fellowship, prayer and action for peace and justice in the world. It engages millions of women representing twenty-six supporting denominations.
The Birthday Offering
The Birthday Offering was begun in 1922. It celebrates Presbyterian Women’s history of mission giving. The offering may fund up to five projects per year. The Creative Ministries Offering Committee of the Presbyterian Women annually reviews proposals and selects projects. In 2014, it concentrated its funds to help the Blue Corn Alliance, which offers a range of services to Albuquerque’s Native American women who have suffered domestic violence. This multifaceted program offers advocacy, crisis intervention , health counseling ad education services, and referrals for legal and shelter services.
The Thank Offering
The Thank Offering is collected by Presbyterian Women in the fall of each year and is a tangible expression of gratitude for blessings in their lives. Forty percent of these funds support health ministries throughout the world and the other 60 percent funds new creative ideas for mission. The Creative Ministries Offering Committee of PW allocates the monies through a grant process.
The Blessing Box
The Blessing Box is a monthly offering made by members of each circle symbolizing gratitude for blessings in their lives. Each Circle selects a project or organization as a recipient of these funds.
Other mission projects funded by 1st Presbyterian PW during the 2013-2014 year included Presbyterian Sister Relief Fund, Community Clearinghouse Backpack program and Project RED (Reintegration, Education, Development) in El Salvador.