PW Fall Gathering for Regions 1, 2, and 3

NHP PW 2On Saturday, September 28, WRPC hosted the New Hope Presbytery PW Fall Gathering. About 70 women from throughout our Presbytery gathered at our church for fellowship, food and a program. 

A substantial fellowship breakfast in the fellowship hall was followed by the program in the Sanctuary. A procession of participants was led into the Sanctuary led by Emily Sprague on bagpipe. Regina Fleming-Wade of Davie St. Presbyterian, whom many of you know, was our keynote speaker, highlighting this year's PW study, Carved in Stone: A Fresh Look at the Ten Commandments. 

Visitors to West Raleigh expressed much appreciation for our hospitality.

Two for One: PW May Gathering & Honorary Life Member Celebration

On Monday, May 6th the WR Presbyterian Women gathered for their annual May celebration. The Ladies of the Eunice King circle served up a delicious quiche dinner. This is always a special evening, with two important purposes. The first, to bless the donations to the PW Birthday offering, a major mission for the PW organization. The Birthday Offering funds up to five projects each year, in amounts of $75,000 to $150,000 each. WR PW donations last year totaled over $900.

Second to honor the woman chosen as an Honorary Life Member, for their faithful service to PW and to the church. Previously 86 Women have received this award here at WR since 1950. This year the committee offered two names instead of the usual one. Both well deserving individuals, who have given huge amounts of time and service to both WRPC and the community at large. Please make sure to reach out and congratulate Jane Stuart and Mary Lee Hall.

March Mission Madness

It was a truly meaningful day on March 9, 2019 when WRPC PW worked together with the WRPC Mission, Peace, and Justice Committee to host the all-church March Mission Madness! Over 70 people actively participated in this day of service benefitting West Raleigh Presbyterian Church and other local non-profits, in addition to all who sustained the event through prayer.

Serving from home or on another day:

  • Beautiful prayer cards were created listing specific ministries and people, undergirding the entire event.
  • A few folks who were away for this event made the effort to serve on an alternative day.

Serving in support of others who were serving:

  • Childcare ministry – Several people provided loving care for the wee-ones, while others concentrated on cleaning and organizing the nursery.
  • Food ministry – We started the day together in Christian fellowship and prayer with delicious Breakfast nibbles. Johnny Flowe honored his mother, Polly, who was active in PW, by hosting and preparing a sumptuous meal for lunch. The fellowship time together at the table after sharing tasks was definitely a highlight of the day. 

Serving our community and neighborhood:

  • A Place at the Table: Several people worked as support staff for this pay-as-you-can restaurant.
  • Habitat for Humanity: Two members of WRPC worked on a home in Raleigh.
  • Family Promise: Several people worked in teams to clean one of the apartments on-site.
  • Warmth for Wake: One of our members was the lead person on-site.
  • Bee-loved garden: The garden was abuzz as many people worked to create paths and install multiple plants.

Serving our church:

  • Card ministry: Multiple people created beautiful handmade cards for later use by the WRPC card ministry team.
  • Building and Grounds: Church members served in a variety of ways, working on electrical projects, hanging blinds, cleaning pews, installing stepping stones, cleaning the basement, weeding the yard and many other assorted projects. Additionally, this event has spurred spin-off efforts moving forward.

2018 Christmas Tea Winter General Gathering

Our Christmas Tea Winter Gathering took place early in Advent. It was a delightful, gentle time of fellowship. Mary Lee Barnhardt Circle prepared tantalizingly festive foods. We had a brief general gathering business meeting, followed by special presentations to our wonderful WRPC staff members. Harmony Chorus returned to bring us a holiday concert full of hope, peace, joy, and love. Most of all, we cherished being be together, sharing the season.

2019-20 Presbyterian Women Events

Installation and Gatherings
Sunday, August 11, 2019   Installation of New Officers
Monday, October 7, 2019  Fall General Gathering, Thank Offering, Dinner
Monday, December 2, 2019  Christmas Tea (approve budget, staff gifts and chorus honorarium)
Saturday, March 7, 2020  PW Retreat
Monday, May 4, 2020  Spring General Gathering, Birthday Offering, Dinner, Honorary Life Member

Circle Meetings - 2nd Monday
Monday, September 9, 2019
Monday, October 14, 2019
Monday, November 11, 2019
Monday, December 9, 2019
Monday, January 13, 2020 PW tithe
Monday, February 10, 2020
Monday, March 9, 2020
Monday, April 13, 2020
Monday, May 11, 2020

Coordinating Team Meetings - 1st Tuesday
Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Tuesday, October 01, 2019
Tueaday, November 05, 2019
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Tuesday, June 02, 2020

Church Women United Meetings
Saturday, September 21, 2019  Human Rights Day, Western Boulevard Presbyterian
Saturday, November 02, 2019  World Community Day, Wilson Temple UMC
January 2020 TBD
Annual Meeting - TBD
March 2020 TBD
World Day of Prayer and Action - TBD
May 2020 TBD
May Friendship Day - TDB

New Hope Presbytery Gatherings
Saturday, September 28, 2019  West Raleigh Presbyterian Church - Area 1, 2, 3
April 2020 - TBD
Synod Summer Gathering
June 2020 - TBD

Presbyterian Women


Presbyterian Women, the oldest and largest mission partner of the PC(USA), is 230 years old. 2018 marks 30 years since the former women’s organizations united to form Presbyterian Women.

We gather to nurture our faith, support missions, work for justice, and build community. We encourage you to join the warm embrace of intentional relationship in whatever terms your life story permits. We welcome all by supporting each other and learning to rest in the promise of God’s presence. This is the heart of WRPC PW, a desire to journey together in Christian love.

  • Circles– Each of the four Circles meets on the second Monday of the month. Three Circles follow the Horizons Bible Study, one discusses contemporary literature, and all provide fellowship and mission opportunities.
  • General Gatherings- Several general gatherings are held during the year to which all women of the congregation are invited. They include a light meal or refreshments and a program.
  • Flower Duty- The sanctuary flowers are given each week except during Lent by individuals or families in honor or memory of loved ones.  Presbyterian Women administer the sign up of donors.  If the donors do not wish to keep the flowers, circle members deliver them to shut-ins.
  • Hostess Duty- Circle members serve coffee and lemonade during a time of fellowship following each 11:00 AM Sunday service.
  • Care- Whenever there is a death of a member of the congregation, Presbyterian Women show their love and concern for the family by providing a meal or reception at the time of the funeral or memorial service.
  • Helen Wright Center Meals- Meals for this homeless shelter for women are provided by a Circle three times a year.
  • Together in Servicelocally- Mission opportunities include Wake Relief Food Pantry, Urban Ministries, WRPC Feeding Ministry, Backpack Buddies, Loaves and Fishes, Meals on Wheels, Children’s Hope Alliance, and the Helen Wright Center.
  • Together in Service Globally – Hearts with Haiti and WRPC Missionaries in Madagascar
  • Together in Service Ecumenically – Fellowship of the Least Coin and Church Women United

Presbyterian Women Circles

Presbyterian Women Circles meet second Monday, every month.  Join us!

Pearce/Hunt Circle

This circle meets in the parlor at church and uses the PW Horizons Bible Study. Lesson leadership is rotated within the members. This is quite a diversified group of women with varied interests. Additional participants always are welcome. As women interested in the building up of our church, they have much to offer newcomers.

Meetings: 2nd Mondays at 2:00 in the Parlor Moderator: Jane Stuart

Eunice King Contemporary Literary Circle

Since the 1960s, members of this Circle have read and discussed an eclectic range of books from the perspective of concerned, involved Christian women. They also support the church and each other, building strong bonds of love and service. The Circle includes both longtime West Raleigh members and newcomers. Their booklist is posted on the PW Bulletin Board 1st floor hall on left. Visitors are welcome!

Meetings: 2nd Mondays at 4:00 in the Parlor Moderator: Rosalyn Snyder

Clara Gilbert Circle

This circle enjoys fellowship and Bible study. They meet in members’ homes, share a dessert, and then turn their attention to the member leading the lesson from the PW Horizons Bible Study. Each year they select a service project in the Raleigh area. Visitors are welcome to enjoy the loving fellowship of this group of women.

Meetings: 2nd Mondays at 7:30 in homes Moderator: Catherine Meynardie

Mary Lee Barnhardt Circle

This circle uses the PW Horizons Bible Study to launch in to lively discussions. Leadership of the study is rotated among members. Delicious teas and snacks are always an important part of the gathering. Come be led and lead with us.

Meetings: 2nd Mondays at 7:00 in room 202 Moderator: Carol House and Judy Colby

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