2021 Salem Presbyterian Women’s Fall Gathering
An Invitation to ALL Women from the FPCB Presbyterian Women Moderator, Elizabeth Bailey
As Moderator, I would like to extend an invitation for you to join Presbyterian Women. Being involved with PW has opened the door to friendships and opportunities to learn and grow in my faith. Growing up in the Presbyterian Church, I have fond memories of my mother hosting Circle in our home. Our circle meetings are a little less formal than hers, however, they still give the women of the church a chance to get together for fellowship, food, friendship and faith. When my mother was recovering from surgery at my sister’s house in Pinehurst, her circle ladies brought us food and much love as we were trying to care for her over several months.
Presbyterian Women Circle meetings have a bible study in addition to other activities. The bible study for this coming year is What My Grandmothers Taught Me – Learning from the Women in Matthew’s Genealogy of Jesus by Merryl Blair. “The first chapter of the Gospel of Matthew invites us into the family stories that helped shape Jesus and shape us too. The women in Jesus’ family tree have backstories that are exactly the kind of story you can imagine hearing while sitting spellbound as a grandmother reminisces about her early life.”
We currently have four circles that are each unique in their own way. These circles are open to anyone of any age in our church. During the year, we have special services, meetings and other activities for opportunities to have the Circles come together in addition to including those that are not involved in Presbyterian Women. I asked each circle to write a description of their group; as you can see, fellowship and friendship are common threads.
- Circle 1 is a community of faith and a community of caring. We share our concerns and our joys; support one another during losses and illness with meals and notes. We reflect on our Bible study and reach out to others through PW service projects while nurturing friendships within a small group. In non-pandemic times, Circle 1 begins each meeting with a salad bar supper and lots of conversation.
- Circle 2 is a group of active ladies who enjoy being together for Bible study, fellowship and friendship. All ladies in Circle 2 welcome new friends to join and become a regular part of the group. We would love to have you join our Circle.
- Circle 3 is called the Silver Semi-Circle. It is made up of retirees from more active circles who would like to gather twice a year for lunch and fellowship.
- Circle 4 is a family. We keep in touch with each other and are always there to help. Good Bible lessons, conversation and snacks.
If you are interested in joining Presbyterian Women or would like more information, please reach out to Elizabeth Bailey at 336-580-5807 or Mary Knotts at 336-270-4527. Of course, if you have a group that would like to begin your own unique Circle, please let us know.
To view the Presbyterian Women’s Brochure, click here.
To nurture our faith through prayer and Bible study,
To support the mission of the church worldwide,
To work for justice and peace, and
To build an inclusive, caring community of women that strengthens the Presbyterian Church (USA) and witnesses to the promise of God’s kingdom.
Any woman in the Church may choose to be active in Presbyterian Women. Join
women of all ages, young and old, who are active in our circles. Your experience will
• Yearly dinner meetings in September and May for all circle members
• Special luncheons that highlight missions or spiritual enrichment
• Monthly circle meetings that offer fellowship, prayer and Bible Study
• Local and international mission opportunities
• Lifelong friends that are made in circles as we support one another in all aspects of our
Current Study for 2021-2022 — What My Grandmothers Taught Me: Learning from the Women in Matthew’s Genealogy of Jesus, By Merryl Blair, Suggestions for Leaders by Magdalena I. García
Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary —Matthew names these women for a reason. How might Jesus have heard the stories of his grandmothers? What might the young Jesus have felt as he heard about his family? What might the stories of these women have added to his sense of identity, as part of a particular family in a particular time and place?
Have you thought about Jesus’ grandmothers? What can these Grandmothers-of-the-Faith teach us? Their stories will lead us into the gospel, the good news about Jesus Christ. By exploring these stories together, we will have a richer idea of what the good news is. Merryl Blair teaches at Stirling Theological School in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, and is active in the worldwide ministry of women of faith.
The schedule of monthly meetings. We hope one will be convenient for you! Please contact Kathleen Seagroves before you come as dates and locations sometimes change or simply check out the monthly calendar.
|Circle#||Day of the Month||Time||Place|
|Circle #1||Second Saturday||6 pm||Church-John Knox Room|
|Circle #2||Second Monday||10 am||John Knox|
|Circle #3||TBA- Meets for lunch in December and May||
|Circle #4||Second Tuesday||7 pm||Church-John Knox Room|