Presbyterian Women support the mission of the church through: Friendship, Spiritual growth, Fellowship, Service projects
PW 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, 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.
Theme for 2019-2020: “Actions of the Heart”
Our actions follow our heart. This year the Presbyterian Women will be embracing our theme “Actions of the Heart” as we reach out to help others in our community, nation, and the world with our mission projects. Our goal is to educate ourselves through our Bible studies and speakers to help us understand our part in God’s world and to open up our hearts and minds to help others. If our heart is set on God, then our actions will follow
Bible Study Program:
Horizons Bible Study this year is “Love Carved in Stone: A Fresh Look at the Ten Commandments”. Denia will be leading a Bible study on Lesson 1, Words of Love: I Am Your God; You Shall Have No Others on Sunday, September 8 from 11:30 am to 12:30 in 2A1 (Upper Room). Everyone is welcome to attend.
Coordinating Team plans and directs activities of PW. It is composed of the officers and circle leaders
Moderator Barbara Coffey
Acting Vice Moderator Phyllis Brewer
Treasurers Christine Holsen & Shirley Couberly
Acting Secretary Karen Vied
Historian Pennie Clouser
Mission/World Service Connie Clark & Anne Laye
Together In Service/Prayer Shawl Ministry Joy Fischer & Karen Vied
- Women’s Bible/Book Study Meets weekly on Thursdays. 10:00 - 11:30 am at the church in room Upper room 2D1
- Together in Service /Prayer Shawl Ministry Meets 2nd Sat. 9 am to noon, at church in the Upper Room 2D1 - Co-leaders: Joy Fischer & Karen Vied.
- Women’s Book Club Meets 3rd Fri. 10:00 am, at church in room F-5
Spring Gathering was held Sat. March 7th
Summer Gathering was held Sat. June 8th
Fall Gathering was held Sat. Oct. 12th
Winter Gathering: Sat. Dec. 7th, Compassion International - Jen Wilde will speak on her experience in Peru with Compassion International
Monthly Mission/World Service: Presbyterian Women demonstrates faith and commitment through mission service projects within the local church, community and the world.
Sept: Valley Veteran's Foundation - Women in the Military Scholarships- Las Positas College (https://www.LPCVeteransFirst@laspositas.edu)
Oct: Livermore Valley School District ( Nurses) Physicals for those students who are under-insured, dental appointments, vision exams and (sometimes) things like snacks for hungry students, which are given in nurse's office. These are just some of the needs that may be addressed.
Nov 18: Church wide Blanket Sunday/ and PW Thank Offering A long-standing tradition sponsored by PW, Blanket Sunday is a yearly collection to support the purchase of blankets for Church World Service, an international aid organization well known for disaster relief activities around the world. Thank offering is a national PW project funding 20 - 30 projects a year that are not included in ongoing General Assembly mission support. The grants are awarded to projects which focus on improving the quality of life of those being served by a broad range of services such as health, education, economic development, child development, job training, criminal justice, women's centers, and advocacy for a broad range of various causes. The generosity of PW and their families and congregations are needed to continue these important projects. ( http://www.presbyterianmission.org )
Dec: Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) - Northern Ca. Wildfire Victims
Jan: Vision Project Aims to empower refugee girls and change perceptions within their communities by providing girls with the skills and support they need to envision a positive future and ultimately achieve their goals. The project runs three-week long workshops each year with resettled refugee girls, and each week culminates in a personal photo-shot for each girl where they embody their future selves.
Feb: Interfaith food pantry This pantry which began in 1994 is housed at St. Bartholomew's Church, 678 Enos Way in Livermore. It is a member organization of Alameda County Community Food Bank. Perishable and non-perishable food items serve 30-40 households daily. Clientele are primarily seniors, working families and homeless residents. Approximately 300 people are fed each week. In addition, The Big Heart Garden, also housed at the church, supplies fresh produce to the food pantry. You may donate food items on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday between 9 and 10 am. you can call the church for appointments: 925-447-3289.
March: Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley Independent non-profit agency serving people over the age of 60 in the Tri Valley. ( http://www.ssptv.org )
Apr: PW Birthday Offering National PW offering established in 1922. Chosen recipients find real solutions for projects related to health, education, economic development, and the needs of women and children. Each year, as many as five new projects - domestic and international, are selected for support.
May: Living Water World Missions This mission empowers local ministry partners to bring physical, social and spiritual transformation to poor communities by training a team of residents to construct and operate clean water systems in churches, schools and orphanages; children, parents and interested others are taught basic germ theory personal hygiene and the appropriate usage of clean water.https://www.livingwaterworldmissions.org/
June: Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA ) Refugee and Asylum Seeker Emergencies
July/Aug: School Backpack Project, Livermore, CA - More Information
Enchanted Hills Camp, Mt. Veeder, Napa
Guest Speaker: Debra Avery
Whether working with community leaders in a redlined neighborhood in Yonkers, providing support for Native Americans and Latinx immigrants in Phoenix, partnering with neighbors in Oakland, or standing with LGBTQ Presbyterians in presbyteries and at General Assembly, Debra has chosen to work in the intersections where multiple oppressions are often felt the strongest. Her sense of justice has been shaped by her work as a pastor in settled congregations in New York, Illinois, Arizona and California, and living with her family in Mexico, Japan, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Maryland. In addition to her service as a Pastor, she has served as Moderator of the Presbytery of San Francisco and as co-founder of two grassroots organizations (in Yonkers and in Oakland) which focus on racial equity.
Esther On Purpose: Living Out God's Call One Way Or Another
Meet monthly for Bible study, Mission/World Service projects and worship.
Hannah Circle Meets 2nd· Mon. 7:00 pm, at church in room F5 Leader: Christine Holsen
Martha Circle Meets 3rd Wed. 1:30 pm at Heritage Estates, 900 East Stanley Ave., 2nd floor activity room Leader: Mary Rizzo
Rebecca Circle - Bring a sack lunch! Meets 2nd Mon. Noon, at church in room F5 Leader: Sally Swanson
Sarah Circle - Bring a sack lunch! Meets 2nd Wed 12 pm-2 pm, at church in room F5 Leader: Phyllis Brewer