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. 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.
September 2018 Gathering
Wednesday, September 19
- Bible Study at 9:30 a.m. in Lewis Room - Meg Brown leads us in the Introduction and Lesson 1, “God with US Wherever We Are,” from the new Horizon Bible study, God’s Promise - I Am With You by Amy Poling Sutherland.
- Welcome and Business at 10:45 a.m, in Monteith Hall - Ingathering donations will be collected and a celebration of Ingathering’s 30th anniversary will be held. Questions? Contact Angie Miller or Joyce Himebaugh.
- Presentation at 11:00 a.m. in Monteith Hall - Daniel Bingham will lead us in a discussion of handling divisiveness when discussing faith and life issues. A great help for discussions around the November Thanksgiving dinner table.
- Lunch at 12:00 p.m. in the Social Hall – Lunch is $7. RSVP to the Church Office at 734-662-4466.
Seminary Scholarship Application
Presbyterian Women is now accepting scholarship requests for the 2018-2019 school year. Men and women beginning or in seminary are encouraged to apply by the end of April. Contact Joan Bentz (firstname.lastname@example.org) .
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 some of our own church members. Andy Spaulding and Lex Allum were the 2017-2018 recipients. Each received a $600.00 scholarship.
2018-19 Presbyterian Women Officers
- Moderator: Virginia Bell
- Secretary: Lynne Gulick
- Treasurer: Bonnie Hughes
- Mission Co-Chairs: Angie Miller, Joyce Himebaugh
- Justice & Peace: Marian West
- Studies: Meg Brown
- Program: Elsa Stuber
- Membership: Jeannette Faber
- Hospitality: Rohn Federbush
- Publicity: Carole Hendrickson and Katie Beery
- Honorary Membership: 2 Openings
- Nominations: Diane Johnston, Sue Dempsey, 1 Opening
- Scholarship: Joan Bentz, Joann Freethy
- Receptions/Memorials Co-Chairs: Marolin Bellefleur, Jennie Stahl
- Volunteers: Nelly Petrock
- Cookie Bakers: Katie Beery
- Session Liaison: Diane Hockett
- Co-Mission Prayer Partner: Carole Hendrickson
2018 Honorary Life Membership Recipients
In 2018 Honorary Life Memberships were awarded to Betsy McCallister, Barbara DeLancey, Rev. Dr. Fairfax Fair, and Leonard Rezmierski, Ph.D. for the exceptional service they have given to God and to the church. In addition, the 2018-2019 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.
Rev. Dr. Fairfax Fair
Leonard R. Rezmierski, Ph.D.
2017 Honorary Life Membership Recipients
In 2017 Honorary Life Memberships were awarded to Bill Austin and Mary Jones for the exceptional service they have given to God and to the church. In addition, the 2016-2017 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.
William E. Austin, Jr.
Bill joined the First Presbyterian Church in May of 1959. He began ushering on Sunday mornings and continues by serving as Head Usher and assisting with special services. Bill has served as a Deacon and as an Elder for five terms. In addition, he serves on the Property and Finance Committees and is the Treasurer for the Residency Program. Bill has an Accounting degree from Eastern Michigan University. He worked in finance at Ford Motor Company for forty years. Following retirement from Ford in 1996, he began a second career in the University of Michigan Athletic Department working in Facilities and Operations.
When Bill was asked where he planned on living after his retirement from Ford, he stated, “Preferably within five miles of the football stadium. If they move it, I will follow!”
I am a tried and true Michigander, born in Detroit and raised in Birmingham. As kids, my sister and I had a wonderful time planning scavenger hunts for each other, coming up with crazy skits and activities for our parents, and all kinds of “events” with our friends in the neighborhood. My mother, a teacher, encouraged this behavior and allowed me to create and put up her classroom bulletin boards. I credit her for my love of construction paper. This jump started my interest in graphic design, something I have practiced in one capacity or another throughout my life.
I attended college at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and graduated with a degree in Public Relations. My first job as Litter Prevention and Recycling Coordinator in Perrysburg was the perfect public relations position and opened the door for me to serve on the State of Ohio Keep America Beautiful Commission. I had a wide variety of duties, from grant writing, and public speaking to running citywide river and public lands clean ups, and setting up curbside recycling for the community.
I married my husband Jeff in 1990. Shortly after Jeff took a job in Detroit. I was still working in Ohio so we moved to Ann Arbor, a “mutually inconvenient” location. We fell in love with the city and have stayed here ever since.
When we decided to start a family, I quit my job in Ohio and worked for the City of Ann Arbor. My daughter Maggie was born in 1995. We joined First Presbyterian Church where she was baptized. I have served on many committees and on Session. It has been my great pleasure to work for my church family in publications (even though I don’t get to use construction paper much anymore) with an incredibly dedicated and gifted staff.
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).