Presbyterian Women Missions
We are so excited to look forward toward a year of study, fellowship and giving. PW will continue to direct our mission focus on helping the children at Thornwell Home for Children. Thornwell was founded in 1875 by Presbyterian minister, William Jacobs, with the goals of “providing loving homes for abused, abandoned and neglected children and offer them hope for a successful future by providing a loving family environment, educational support and teaching self advocacy”. These children’s homes are in cottages where they live with other children their age. PW will support the elementary-school-aged boys throughout the year, as well as have "tags" available at each circle meeting that identify more generic things needed by the entire Thornwell community. All items can be left throughout the month in the Mission’s Box in the Fireside Room.
We will continue to support the traditional PW programs of clergy appreciation, Open Door sandwiches and Valentines, as well as, our national PW collections.
Fellowship of the Least Coin
Collected at each circle meeting, the Fellowship of the Least Coin is an ecumenical prayer movement that links prayer and "least coins" in a very significant way. The least coin becomes the symbol of prayer for peace and reconciliation. As coins are gathered from around the world, they become a sign of our oneness in the common quest for peace, justice, and reconciliation.
This Presbyterian Women offering is collected in the fall of each year and gives women a tangible way to express their gratitude for the special blessing in their lives. At least forty percent of the offering supports health ministries throughout the world. The remaining sixty percent of the offering funds new creative ideas for mission.
Collected at the May Birthday Gathering, this offering funds up to five projects that are not included in the ongoing General Assembly mission support such as agricultural development, child care, community organization, criminal justice, drug counseling, economic justice, elderly care, employment training, homelessness, literacy, violence, and women's concerns.
The 2016 Birthday Offering will fund four life-changing projects:
- Heartland 180 (Kansas),
- Direct Action and Research Training Center (Florida),
- Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley (California), and
- Building Minds in South Sudan
Your gift to the Birthday Offering will allow these ministries to help at-risk youth, ensure safe housing for low-income families and build a school for girls. The actual grant amounts for these worthwhile programs will depend on gifts received in 2016. Learn more about the recipients.