PW ENews April 2015

 Dear Women of Northminster,

He is risen – alleluia! What a happy season we are now in – everything is new again and life is full of possibilities. A large group of NPC women had their own spiritual renewal last month, as we retreated together in Hiawassee (not Hawaii – sorry, Marline). Our circle studies continue, ready to wrap up at this month’s meetings. In May, we will gather once again for food and fellowship, as we install a new Coordinating Team to head up PW activities for the next year. It’s not too late to step up and volunteer for a position – just contact Katie Day if you’re interested in a job, big or small – Katie will be happy to help you find the one made for you.

I hope you’ll join us!

Nancy Thompson, Moderator

 PW Missions

For April, we will continue to collect items for the children at Thornwell, specifically supporting the high school boy’s cottage. We are collecting new/slightly used clothing for the teen boys in the THP Cottage. We will also be collecting body wash for teen boys, boxers, baseball caps and batteries (they always need batteries!) Looks like April is the month of Bs! These items can be left in the Mission Box in the Fireside Room throughout the month.

Looking forward to a great year of giving!

 PW Book Club

 Upcoming books:

Our April selection is All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

May's book will be Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt. 

Nan Brown is the coordinator of the book group and can be reached at .

We need YOU on the PW CT

The PW year runs from fall to spring, so we are now in the process of putting together a new CT (coordinating team) to head up next year’s activities. If you’d like to find out how you can contribute your talents, please contact Katie Day ( ).

 You’re Invited – PW’s Annual Birthday Gathering and Installation of Officers

Tuesday, May 5th at 7 pm, Fellowship Hall

Appetizers: Hot Corn Dip, Guacamole, Salsa, Chips and Apple Slices with Cinnamon Infused Yogurt Dip

Fiesta Salad Bar: Many Mexican inspired fixings and toppings - Make your own Fiesta Salad Plate

Dessert: Bundt Cakes - Apple Spice or Chocolate

RSVP to by Thursday 4/30

(Or sign up in circle or on the PW bulletin board)

$7 Payable at the door

Childcare provided by advance reservation!

PW Retreat Wrap-Up

In case you haven’t heard, the 2015 Women’s Retreat was a huge success! By success, I mean that everyone who was there reported that she had a good time, made new friends, ate well (maybe except for breakfast J ), was encouraged and renewed by the Bible study, explored new vistas, and generally relaxed and had fun.

We celebrated Marline Kelly’s birthday on Friday night (shout out to Semmes for baking not one but two delicious chocolate cakes!)! We played a rousing game of Bunco on Saturday night! We painted beautiful (if I do say so myself) tote bags for our small children to use during worship on Sunday mornings! We sang! We read stories! We told stories! And did I mention that we ate a LOT of delicious food as well?

The view from our meeting room deck was picture-perfect: a large, mountain lake surrounded by the Appalachians. In short, it was just a wonderful weekend. And just think – if you weren’t able to be with us this year, there’s always next year! This is an experience you really don’t want to miss again!

Presbyterian Women Ongoing Bible Studies

Rebekah Circle – Tuesday Nights, 3rd week of each month

Horizons PW Bible Study: Reconciling Paul – A Contemporary Study of 2 Corinthians

Circle Leader: Barbara Christopher,

Ruth Circle – Wednesday Morning, 3rd week of each month

Fast Track: Genesis to Revelation, The Quickest Way to Understand the Bible, by Chad Hovind

Circle Leader: Marline Kelly,

 Horizons Bible Study for 2015-16

Here is a brief introduction to the Horizons Bible study that will be offered starting this fall:

Come to the Waters

By Judy Record Fletcher

Welcome to Presbyterian Women’s 2015–2016 Horizons Bible study, Come to the Waters.

The Churchwide Coordinating Team’s Bible Study Committee was on target in 2012 when they chose biblical images of water as the theme for this study. The rich imagery of water throughout the Bible helps us understand and articulate our faith. Just as water nourishes our bodies, so the scriptures on water nourish our souls.

In this study, we consider the waters of chaos in Genesis, and the River of Life in the last chapter of Revelation, where chaos is no more. Water plays a central role in the stories of creation, the delivery of God’s people (through the parting of the Red Sea and the crossing of the Jordan River), judgment of a people weak in faith, and the adoption of the people of God through baptism. Sometimes there is too much water (think Noah) and sometimes there is too little water (think drought in the desert). Together, we will explore some of the Bible’s 800 references to water.

Each of the study’s nine lessons includes one or more Bible passages and a primary theological theme or issue. The titles and themes are: 1. Birthing Waters—Creation; 2. Life–giving Water—Baptism; 3. Absence of Water—irst and Longing; 4. Dangerous Waters—God’s Deliverance; 5. Stormy Water—Faith; 6. Waters of Justice and Righteousness—Justice; 7. Streams of Mercy—Forgiveness; 8. The Hospitality of Living Water—Compassion; 9. River of Life—Hope.

 Northminster PW Calendar 2014-15



21   Rebekah Circle

22   Ruth Circle

28   Book Club




5     Birthday Gathering/


26   Book Club



 7     CT Transition meeting


Your PW Coordinating Team for 2014-15

Moderator: Nancy Thompson,

Moderator-Elect: Beth Cotter,

Spiritual Growth Coordinator: Sherri Rogers,

Secretary/Historian: Nancy Campbell,

Treasurer: Nicole Adams,

Missions Moderator: Jeanne Patterson,

Cookies With Santa organizer: Beth Wise,

Rebekah Circle Leader: Barbara Christopher,

Ruth Circle Leader: Marline Kelly,

Search Moderator: Katie Day,