PW ENews July 2014
A Word from Our Moderator
As the heat of summer is truly setting in, I am ready to look forward to cooler days of fall. (I’m a native Atlantan, but I’m a wimp about heat and humidity.) Your PW Coordinating Team is hard at work this summer making plans for the year ahead. One big change coming this year is that there will be three different PW Bible study groups to choose among. It is our hope that each of you will find something appealing and make this the year that you join in for deeper relationship with God and with other women of the church. More info on the studies can be found further on in this letter. As always, the activities of PW are open to any and all women for as much or as little time as you have available to participate.
Our activities will kick off with our Fall Gathering on Tuesday night, September 9th, in Fellowship Hall. This is always a fun evening when we have a chance to reconnect with each other after busy summers of people traveling here, there and everywhere. I hope that you will take time to join in and join us!
Your Sister in Christ,
PW Book Club
The Book Club will resume meeting on August 26, when they will be discussing In the Sanctuary of Outcasts: A Memoir (P.S.)by Neil White. Planning for future months’ reading will also happen at the August meeting.
September’s book is The Light Between Oceans.
For anyone who needs a suggestion for books to finish out the summer, here are a few that were recommended at the last book club meeting:
Tell the Wolves I’m Home, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, Me Before You, The Bride’s House, Jude the Obscure, The Outside Boy
Nan Brown is the coordinator of the book group and can be reached at .
Bible Studies for 2014-2015
There will be three different organized Bible studies for women offered this year. Two of them will meet in the traditional PW Circle format of monthly meetings either on Tuesday evenings or Wednesday mornings. However, the Wednesday morning (Ruth Circle) group has decided to try a different study this year instead of the Horizons Bible study that is published by PW at the PCUSA level.
Rebekah Circle – Tuesday Nights, 3rd week of each month beginning 9/16
Circle Leader: Barbara Christopher
Horizons PW Bible Study: Reconciling Paul – A Contemporary Study of 2 Corinthians
“Paul, like us, wrestled with and questioned his faith as he tried to live as authentically as possible in an ancient world that was also in the midst of a great deal of change…This study invites us all to ask whether or not we understood Paul’s writings clearly in the past and to read his letter afresh in light of the issues we face in our time. Concepts of shared partnership, power in weakness, healing, reconciliation, love, and a new apostolate all figure prominently in (author) Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty’s reading of Paul. She hopes that you will find your own voices among the larger community of interpreters as we discern together the meaning of these ancient passages for the world in which we live today.”
Introducing the 2014–2015 Bible Study – www.horizons.pcusa.org
Ruth Circle – Wednesday Morning, 3rd week of each month beginning 9/17
Circle Leader: Marline Kelly
Fast Track: Genesis to Revelation, The Quickest Way to Understand the Bible
by Chad Hovind
This study takes us through the entire bible in 8 sessions using a 30-minute DVD presentation, group discussion after the video, and elective short reading material to review at home. It will cover Genesis to Revelation in a comprehensive yet streamlined presentation of the biblical narrative. This might be a study in contrasts for those who participated in The Year of the Bible in 2013. Here are the session topics in order of study:
- The Beginning: Trust Me (Genesis-Exodus)
- The Conquests: Don’t Give Up (Exodus-1 Samuel)
- The Monarchs: Stop Running and Return to Me (1 Samuel-1 Kings)
- The Predictions: Keep God First (2 Kings-Malachi)
- The Doubts: Facing Adversity (Job, Ruth, Lamentations, Psalms)
- The Christ: God’s Greatest Gift (Matthew-John)
- The Church: A new Mission (Acts-Thessalonians)
- The End: Never Give Up (Revelation, Daniel, Matthew 24)
The JOY Bible Study group – learning about Jesus, Others, Yourself – 2nd and 4th Wednesday Mornings beginning 9/10
Here and Now…There and Then: A Lecture Series on Revelation by Beth Moore
Group Leader: Sherri Rogers
“(This) is a DVD lecture series on the book of Revelation. Beth presents many points of view, allowing women to decide for themselves when the interpretation varies among scholars. She teaches that God is as specific about what he DOES reveal as He is about what HE does NOT reveal.”
Each DVD session is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes and the group will discuss the video contents after watching.
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,
Fellowship Moderator: OPEN – Contact Katie Day if interested!