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Presbyterian Women of our church are looking forward to another exciting year! Lots of new ideas, lots of new people. Please skim through all that we are doing and find something that interests you.
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Thank you, thank you to all who contributed. Over 200 backpacks were donated to Orchard’s Children’s Services, and another 100 backpacks plus bags of extra supplies went to Pontiac Alcott School.
What is a circle? It is a group of friends encircling us, caring about us, listening to us, sharing with us. A circle is round so where does the leader sit? A PW Circle needs a leader, doesn’t it? Wait! Why can’t leadership be shared? PW is struggling to balance our need to maintain traditional ways in a new and changing world. We are trying new things, thinking about what works, rethinking the expectation that a Circle follow a standard procedure. Does a circle HAVE to do Bible study? Can a circle knit and pray? Can a circle simply share common experiences in the presence of God? Help us find what works best for all of us. The one thing we know is that every woman needs a circle of friends.
Traditional Circles meet the third week of the month.
Esther Circle meets Tuesday evening September 17 at 7pm in Fireside
Third Wednesday Circles meet on September 18 following Bible Study
Martha Circle meets Thursday September 19 at noon in Fireside
The PW Horizons Bible Study this year is called An Abiding Hope: The Presence of God in Exodus and Deuteronomy. Written by Janice Catron, pastor of John Knox Presbyterian Church in Louisville, KY, this study begins with this question: what is the first question any of us ask? The answer is not “Why?” It is buried in a baby’s cry: “Is anybody there?”
We look forward to another year of monthly studies led by Pastor John in our Third Wednesday Bible Study which meets at 9:30 in Calvin Hall beginning on September 18. Study Guides are available for Circles that participate in the study in their monthly meetings. Study guides are in the PW drawer in the main office - we have ordered enough for every circle plus some for new members.
Pastor John attended a conference this summer and discovered a new way to share his leadership of our study - especially for those of us who cannot be there on a Wednesday morning. He has created a website especially for the PW Bible Study: http://presbyterianwomenstudies.weebly.com
Watch for a brief screen-cast/video each month on the lesson plus John’s handout. And I have heard some talk of a Circle forming to meet in a Google+ Hangout. You are amazing, Pastor John!!
The RS Committee has met several times since mid-summer. We worry about a number of out treasured Department Chairs who are dealing with health issues. Others will be in far-away places like England (Corry Howe, we miss you!) and Washington, DC (Nory, enjoy the grandchild(ren)! ). We have filled some slots, but we still have a few holes to fill.
Does being a chair of a Rummage Sale Department sound like a scary thing? Is a Department Chair supposed to single-handedly make all decisions, price all merchandise, be there from dawn until dusk? CERTAINLY NOT! But every department needs a little organizing: where to put stuff, how to arrange the room, how should something be priced …. Rummage Sale at FPCB is really an excuse for spending some time with people in shared work. Listening, talking, finding things in common, catching up with old friends. Working together to do something magical: raise a whole lot of money to be given away.
We encourage you to set aside a few hours to enjoy the camaraderie and maybe help a little. These departments may need a little extra help:
Cashiers (using SignupGenius to schedule 2-3 hour time-slots) Talk to Heather DeVos.
Ladies Clothing - great company, great food, mountains of clothes in the Calvin Hall! Talk to Virginia Mottershaw
Jewelry (please keep Blanche Thompson in your prayers as she battles health issues)
Housewares (lots of little breakable things to price and carefully wrap when sold - a fun group of ladies and an occasional gentleman)
Furniture (we continue to pray for Souri Gaillard as she deals with serious health issues) Thanks to Mary and Paul Sparre for agreeing to shepherd furniture for Souri!
Books (we are holding Maggie Garza also in our prayers as she battles health issues - helping hands in her beloved book department are most welcome)
Children’s Clothing (so many bargains, just needs willing hands - talk to Molly Reed)
Cheap Boutique (this is one of the fun departments - talk to Sue Bay)
Ladies Shoes, Purses and Hats, Lingerie … so many wonderful places to work, so little time!
Toys - so many treasures! A great bunch of workers - always a good time in the Toy Department.
Right after we spend a week having fun making money, we start having more fun looking for who we can give it away to! Opportunity Giving is the name of our grant program for giving away all of the money we have that is in excess of what we need. Grant applications are in the main office and due by October 13.
Mission Project Day
This used to be called Project Day, but the Mission part is important. PW budgets $1000 to collect, purchase, organize needed items for local charitable agencies around our city. Hand-made items are also collected. Molly Reed and Louise Kutscher lead this and will be very busy on Wednesday morning October 2 as they pack up for the Presbytery-wide collection date on October 21.
NOTE: For a preliminary view of the new Presbytery of Detroit website (the reason why I seem so distracted these days), here is the PWPD information on the Sewing Ingathering: http://production.presbyteryofdetroit.org/blog/sherry-brown/2013aug25
Project and Craft Day
A chance conversation with Shirleigh Bechtoldt during the Spring Sale got us thinking about what fun we have working on projects, and how cool it would be if we had a time when we could share our projects and see what others are doing. This is not a craft sale. It is a block of time to spend working on something you enjoy (knitting, crochet, doll clothes, doll house furniture, painting, beading, jewelry-making, etc.). Time to share your passion with others. Time to enjoy finding out what others love to do. Food and Friends. Mark your calendar: Saturday, October 19
Alternative Christmas Bazaar - a dying idea?
Normally scheduled for a weekend in November, this is again on the calendar for Sunday, November 17. I love this event, and I did not want it to die last year. This year, I have to let it go (too much on my plate). If there is no one to lead this by late October, it will be regretfully cancelled.
Advent by Candlelight
A holy night, a time for reflection, for wonder, for women’s voices raised in song, for celebrating the company of women as we prepare our hearts for the coming of the Christ Child. Worship followed by a time of hospitality around candlelit tables. For women and girls. And with love and appreciation for the men and boys in our lives who support us by lighting the candles while the women worship. Watch for more information in early October: think about hosting a table, inviting friends, helping to make it a beautiful evening. Thursday, December 4.
Why is it we are so struck by the magic of this project? It is as if God Himself speaks to us in the words of a friend, or the story of someone we don’t know (but wish we did)! The awesome experience of opening the devotional booklet (or the daily email) and finding something that is just exactly what we need to hear! A favorite hymn to sing us through our busy day!
God may be speaking to us through this devotional, but it takes human hands to get his Word out. Irv Poston has coordinated the creating and formatting of the print version. Lois and Irv with a little help from a few others, have personally cajoled us to write the devotions. I have taken Irv’s work and copy-pasted it into a daily email - that means 48 emails individually created and scheduled. Irv and Lois are retiring from this project. If there is to be a print version, this wonderful project needs a team of people working together to make it happen. Let one of us know if you are interested in helping.
PW Statement of Purpose
Forgiven and freed by God in Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves