All women at South Plains Presbyterian Church are invited to join our Presbyterian Women (PW) group. This is a special year for PW, as the organization celebrates its 25th predecessor organizations, Women of the Church and United Presbyterian Women, existed for over 75 years. These organizations have been promoting justice issues and mission projects, such as fighting hunger, promoting health, and peacemaking, with Presbyterians and other Christian sisters and brothers in the U.S. and around the world. We meet monthly on the second Monday of each month at 9:30 a.m., September – May. Our time together also involves a time for care and concern for members of the congregation and other people and places locally, nationally, and worldwide that need our special prayers. We support each other in our faith journeys and deepen our Christian faith together.
Gathering for Prayer and Study
We begin our time together with prayer and an in-depth Bible study using the Horizons Bible study, An Abiding Hope: The Presence of God in Exodus and Deuteronomy. In the nine lessons of the study, the author Janice Catron invites us to remember that the central actor in human experience is God. Our God redeems us, brings liberty and fulfillment to us today, even when we do not deserve it. We are challenged to help ourselves and others live into the fullness of life that God intends for humanity, including those who are considered the “least” in our society. As we follow the Old Testament travels to foreign lands by the Hebrew people, so we remember immigrants around the world who are adjusting to life in a “strange land”, and how we as a covenant community are called to show ongoing care for foreigners or strangers in our midst.
Ongoing Mission Projects Supported
• Equal Exchange - coffees, teas, chocolates, and flavorings sold to support small farmers and democratically run farmer groups growing foods in a sustainable method around the world, where they can earn a fairer share of income and gain long-term trading partners they can trust, as well as supporting the other missions funded by Presbyterian Women of South Plains.
• Least Coin Worldwide Offering
• Presbyterian Women, PCUSA
• Presbyterian Women, Synod of the Mid-Atlantic
• Presbyterian Women, Presbytery of the James
• Sunnyside Presbyterian Home (Links of Love)
• Presbyterian Home and Family Service
• Presbyterian Children’s Home of the Highlands
• Westminster Canterbury of the Blue Ridge (Fellowship Fund)
• Hospice of the Piedmont
• Salvation Army
• MAACA (Albemarle)
• MAACA (Fluvanna)
• FCSS (Happy Face)
• Valley Mission
• COPPC (Christian Outreach)
• Presbyterian Women Thank Offering
• Presbyterian Women Birthday Offering
Stamps for Missions (By Janice Haire)
To any member of Presbyterian Women, and to any member of the South Plains Congregation who has contributed to saving and say, "Thank You." Mrs. Reinhold tells me that the large collection of Redwood Forest, Black Cinema, television, radio, Disney memories, as well as other commemorative stamps sold well at good prices.
Keep it up and cut your stamps wisely so there is a clean border. Our missions need us!
The Presbyterian Coffee Project offers a special link between congregations and communities around the world. Churches can now reach out to neighbors overseas not only with the prayers and offerings we give, but with the goods and products we purchase. On the table in our Manse you will find a full line of fairly traded coffees in bulk whole bean, packaged whole bean and drip grind, percolator grind as well as chocolate bars.
Fair trade shares the bounty of the coffee trade with those who grow the crop, helping them build a better future for themselves and their communities. Through fair trade, farmers earn a fairer share of income, have access to services that are otherwise unavailable and gain long-term trading partners they can trust.