We establish strong relationships within our sisterhood. There is a time during each meeting for sharing joys and concerns as we pray with and for one another.
Fellowship is an important component of our Bible study meetings as we get to know each other and perhaps learn of situations that warrant our prayers.
Additional opportunities for fellowship and spiritual growth are offered at our PW Retreat on Feb. 25, 2023, at the Springhill Conference Center in Richardson, and during the Mo-Ranch Women’s Conference in the Texas Hill Country on May 19-21, 2023.
What does it mean to support missions of the church worldwide? The framework of PW’s giving supports the organization at large and specific ministries and agencies who share PW’s vision of wholeness for all people by supporting grants that provide real solutions.
· Fellowship of the Least Coin is a world-wide ecumenical movement of prayer for peace, justice, and reconciliation. The least coins (U.S. penny) we give and that are collected from around the world become grants for projects of evangelism, service, solidarity, respite, and awareness building among women. This offering is collected monthly at our Circle meetings.
· Thank Offering, collected at our November meetings, provides much-needed financial assistance to a number of worthwhile programs each year. The recipients are a mix of domestic and international projects, but all meet crucial needs. At least 40 percent of this offering funds health ministries, helping the most marginalized members of God’s community. The Thank Offering was established by the national PW office in 1888.
· Birthday Offering celebrates the founding of Presbyterian Women in the PC(USA). Grants are awarded to programs that support domestic and international ministries, focusing on areas such as childcare, elderly care, agricultural development, employment training, criminal justice, violence, economic justice, drug counseling, homelessness, literacy, and women’s concerns. Begun in 1922, this offering is collected at our May meetings.
· PW’s Annual Fund (Mission Pledge) makes possible the ongoing mission and ministry of Presbyterian Women—from our monthly circle meetings to PW’s PR programs, resources, events and much more, including PW in the Congregation, Presbytery, Synod and Churchwide. Our contribution of $800 will help enable Presbyterian Women to strengthen the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in the U.S. and around the world.
PHPC allocates an amount each year for PW’s expenses and outreach. Of that amount, the PW Council voted to donate $4,200 to one or more organizations. The preference is that we would not duplicate an organization that is already given financial support by PHPC as we have in the past.
The PW Finance Committee with the input of the Director of Mission and Community Impact will present suggestions to the PW Council for a vote. PW members are invited to submit ideas to be evaluated by the committee.