All women of the church are considered members of Presbyterian Women (PW) and are cordially invited to participate in any or all of our activities.
March 13, 2017
Presbyterian Women Gather to Discuss Poverty - On Wednesday, March 13 at 9:30 a.m., PW begins the morning with Bible study, discussing Chapter 7, “Who is Jesus According to Non-Canonical Gospels?”, from Who is Jesus? What a Difference a Lens Makes by Judy Yates Siker. At 11:00 a.m., special guest Sarah Thornburg, Executive Director of Friends-In-Deed, presents “Assisting Families Out of Poverty,” followed by a delicious luncheon in the Social Hall.
We invite you for all or any part of the morning as well as for a light lunch in the Social Hall for $7. Please make a reservation in the Church Office.
Presbyterian Women (PW) gather on the third Wednesday of each month, September through May, unless otherwise noted. Everyone is welcome to attend any portion of the programs. The general monthly schedule includes
- Bible study in the Lewis room from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
- The featured program for the month in Monteith Hall from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m.
- Lunch in the Social Hall from noon to 1:00 p.m. ($7.00, please make a reservation in the church office)
Find out more below or view the Presbyterian Women Yearbook for 2016 - 2017 (pdf) here.
Application for Graduate Study in Ministry Scholarship
This scholarship has a rich history as it honors dedicated women and men who were/are active members of First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor, vital participants in the work of PW, and have given financial gifts to support this scholarship for students studying for the ministry.
The original scholarship endowment was established in 1984 in honor of Doris S. Barnett. In 1990, the Kooyers family added memorial monies to this endowment to honor Joanne Kooyers, and designated those funds to aid women scholars. One more outstanding contributor to the ministry of our church and PW, Mable Rugen, was honored in 1999 when additional funds were added in her name. PW continues to place a great deal of importance on scholarships and has been selling scholarship “shares” at church mission bazaars to maintain the ability to award scholarships.
Ingathering, as it’s called, is organized by the Presbyterian Women – Presbytery of Detroit. Every local PW is sent a list of items in May suggesting items which have been requested by the 34 local agencies and several world-wide agencies which we serve. All summer long, women are collecting new clothes, blankets, school supplies, diapers, making baby clothes, etc. for the September meeting, when we bring in all our donations and dedicate it. Last year, our church gave approx $1535 worth of items. Then in October, we, along with all other PW’s, take our donations into Detroit to organize it and disperse the items. The total Ingathering for the Presbytery was over $44,000. What a blessing to so many people! Did you know that PWPD gave over $195,000 in 2013 to missions? The local PW in that year gave over $12,700 in gifts to various missions, including hygiene kits, disaster relief for OK, CO, and the Philippines, Haiti Nursing School scholarships, and more! And through PW we funneled $5500 of communion food and cash to agencies locally and in Detroit.
In 2016 over 100% of PW’s mission budget was sent to local and international groups to support their work. These groups included Presbytery of Detroit projects, Haiti Nursing School, 2nd Mile Center (Detroit), Friends In Deed and Hope Clinic (Washtenaw County). In addition, three offerings (Thank, Birthday, Least Coin) were received and sent directly to the Presbyterian organization responsible for distribution.
PW was pleased to be able to continue their seminary scholarship support to one of our own church members. Andy Spaulding was the 2016 recipient.
2016-17 Presbyterian Women Officers
- Moderator: Virginia Bell
- Secretary: Marolin Bellefleur
- Treasurer: Bonnie Hughes
- Mission Co-Chairs: Alice Gaujanian, Angie Miller
- Justice & Peace: Open
- Studies: Open
- Program: Martha Krehiel
- Membership: Diane Johnston
- Hospitality: Eleonora Charlson
- Publicity: Open
- Honorary Membership: Marolin Bellefleur, JoAnn Freethy
- Nominations: Katie Beery, Jill Binkley, Carole Hendrickson
- Scholarship: Joan Bentz, Sue Leong
- Receptions/Memorials Co-Chairs: Judy Landau, Jeannette Middleton
- Session Liaison: Jeannette Middleton
- Revisions: To be appointed in years ending in 0 and 5
- Co-Mission Prayer Partner: Carole Hendrickson
2016 - 2017 PWPD Leaders
- Cluster 1 Partner: Marian West
2016 Honorary Life Membership Recipients
In 2016 Honorary Life Memberships were awarded to Judy Landau and Jeannette Middleton for the exceptional service they have given to God and to the church. In addition, the 2015-2016 PW officers were installed. An Honorary Life Membership in Presbyterian Women, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), is conferred upon men and women in recognition of faithful service in some area of church work.
I was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and was raised in the Lutheran Church of the Missouri Synod. I graduated from University of Wisconsin Madison and went to medical school at University of California at Irvine. My husband Steve and I moved to Ann Arbor thirty years ago for our medical residencies. A colleague of Steve’s invited us to First Presbyterian Church and about a year later we joined the church.
First Presbyterian is the first church I ever officially joined. My four children were all baptized and confirmed at this church. I have served on the Board of Deacons twice and taught Sunday School for many years when my children were young. I particularly enjoy the Thursday Moms’ Bible Study group and Knit Night.
I came to Ann Arbor in the early sixties where my husband was in a residency program at the University of Michigan Hospital. We were supposed to be here two years, and here I am all these years later. The first couple of years were difficult, my hillbilly accent was so thick no one could understand me, I knew not one person, and thought I might freeze to death. I didn’t freeze, lost some of my accent, and made many friends. I grew to love the town.
We were a Baptist/Methodist couple so we compromised and became members of First Presbyterian. Good choice. My involvement in the early years consisted of being a deacon and Sunday School teacher. Currently I am on Session, co-chair of the rotating shelter, and co-chair of memorial receptions. Committees include: Mission, Local Mission, and planning for the 190th anniversary of First Pres. I usher, and work at the homeless shelter each Wednesday on the cooking crew and attend Ed Koster’s bible study. Each of these activities has contributed to my spiritual growth, and allowed me to meet many wonderful, kind and giving people. I am continually amazed at the outreach and compassion of our congregation.
A little town of 200 people in north Alabama was home. My parents had a country store. It was a poor community so there were always people who needed help. The community and surrounding area knew my parents would “lend a hand”. They had an enormous influence on my attempt to be considerate, kind, and serve others. Never can we do enough, but hopefully we can make a a small difference.
Additional Groups for Women
All knitters, experienced or inexperienced, are welcome. Meetings are on the second Friday of the month, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. in the Curtis Room, September-May. This group provides shawls for shut-ins and baby blankets for new babies at First Presbyterian, and for Mott Hospital. New knitters are welcome to come and learn from experienced members, working from simple patters. Devotions and tea provided. Contact Prue Heikkinenn, email@example.com.
Moms' Bible Study
This group meets September-May on the second and fourth Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. for coffee and Bible Study. A Resident Minister leads this group of mothers with children of all ages who gather for Bible study and application to life Books of the Bible for study are chosen by the group along with the facilitator. Contact Deanne Mitas, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women’s Reading Group
This group meets the fourth Wednesday of the month, at 1:00 p.m. in members’ homes. Members meet for fellowship and discussion around a religious-oriented book of the group’s choice facilitated by members. Pat Price, 734-971-7933, email@example.com.
Women’s Bible Study
All are invited to join a new series Tuesday, March 7 from 9:00 - 11:30, in the Curtis Room. Join us for an eight week study of the book of James by Beth Moore. Workbooks ($20.00) are available for purchase at the first class. For mor information contact Lois Nissly (761-2925), Anne Kloack (973-2826), or Mary Kay Gray (971-7079).