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February 2014 Newsletter

February 2014

 

Dear Friends,

 

Lent is just around the corner! Can Spring be almost here? Already the darkness is receding! Soon we will be putting away the blankets and digging in our gardens! Ash Wednesday Soup Lunch, Good Friday Men’s Breakfast, Rummage Sale, Birthday Mission Brunch … read on and plan on joining us!

 

Blessings!

Charlotte Fischer

PW Communications Coordinator

 


 

Lenten Devotional

Lenten Devotionals will be available in print by the Sunday, March 2 - the Sunday before Ash Wednesday.

 

Third Wednesday Bible Study:

9:30am on February 19 in Calvin Hall

Child Care available - let Kim know

An Abiding Hope: The Presence of God in Exodus and Deuteronomy.  

Bible Study led by (someone other than) Pastor John

(who is dedicating a well in Africa this week) - all are welcome.

Lesson 6 - Becoming a Holy People

Read the text: Exodus 19, 24 and Deuteronomy 7:1-11

Study notes and information are here.

 

Circles

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 Third Tuesday evening February 18 at 7pm in Fireside

  • Third Wednesday Circles meet following Bible Study on February 19

  • Martha Circle meets Thursday February 20 at noon in Fireside

 

Mission Project Day

Mission Project Day, now regularly meets on the FOURTH Wednesday of the month! Molly Reed and Louise Kutscher have already started collecting and gathering the requested items and would love to have more women involved! Through their efforts, we are contributing to an area-wide mission that gathered $44,377 in goods for overseas and local agencies last October. And the contributing PW groups (40 churches) report another $150,927 in mission giving. The list of agencies that received our donations is here.

 

Ash Wednesday Soup Lunch, March 5

The Lenten journey from the ashes of death to resurrected life begins on the first day of Lent, Ash Wednesday, which signifies a time to turn around, to change directions, to repent. This first day of Lent reminds us that unless we are willing to die to our old selves, we cannot be raised to new life with Christ .... Ashes on the forehead is a sign of our humanity and a reminder of our mortality. Lent is not a matter of being good, and wearing ashes is not to show off one’s faith. The ashes are a reminder to us and our communities of our finite creatureliness. The ashes we wear on our Lenten journey symbolize the dust and broken debris of our lives as well as the reality that eventually each of us will die.

From the COMPANION TO THE BOOK OF COMMON WORSHIP

 

Please join us for a simple meal of soup and bread hosted by Presbyterian Women following the noon Worship Service. Reservations help us plan - you can reserve in the main office or online here.

 

Presbyterian Women in the Presbytery of Detroit

The Presbytery of Detroit Website has information on PW activities around the Presbytery: http://presbyteryofdetroit.org/pwpd

 

Annual Women’s Retreat is Saturday March , 8:30am till 4pm at the Rosedale Gardens Presbyterian Church in Livonia. The speaker is Rev. Dr. Lorolie Andrews. Contact Lois Poston if you are interested.

 

Church Women United

World Day of Prayer, 10:00 am at the First United Methodist Church, 6363 Livernois Rd, Troy, MI.  The program is written by the women of Egypt. All are welcome. No reservations are needed.

 

Looking ahead

Good Friday Men’s Breakfast 7:30am - hosted by Presbyterian Women!

Talk to Kim or Souri Gaillard if you want to help.

 

Spring Rummage Sale

Work begins Sunday May 4 so start collecting your gently used treasures and set aside some time to help with this wonderful event!

 

PW Honorary Memberships - Nominations accepted until March 19

An opportunity to thank and honor a man or a women of this congregation for their service. Nomination forms are here and will be available in the Main Office by February 19. This program supports leadership training through our national Presbyterian Women organization.

Presbyterian Women does not receive financial support from anyone but you! The money we raise with our Rummage Sales is meant to serve the world, though often some of those funds need to be used to cover our organizational responsibilities (paper, printing, food, child-care, study books, events, etc.). We budget carefully so that all that we do serves Christ - see our budget here. Funds that are left at the end of the year are given away with our grant program, Opportunity Giving. Your pledge to PW, which we call “Second Mile Giving,” helps us together live out our purpose (stated below).

 

PW Statement of 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.

 

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