Presbyterian Women

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.

New! Monthly Evening Bible Study

November 19 (Third Tuesdays) at 7:00 p.m. in the Vance Room
This Bible Study, created for working women and busy moms, uses the Horizons Bible Study Love Carved in StoneA Fresh Look at the Ten Commandments. On November 19 Meg Brown will lead Lesson 3.

November Gathering: Wednesday, November 20

  • Bible Study at 9:30 a.m.: Bible Study in the Lewis Room.
    Sue Dempsey leads Lesson 3 from Love Carved in Stone: A Fresh Look at The Ten Commandments by Eugenia Anne Gamble.
  • Business Meeting at 10:45 a.m.: Welcome & Business in Monteith Hall. The Thank Offering will be collected.
  • 10:45 a.m - Noon: Field Trip to House by the Side of the Road led by Hank McQueen
    A carpool will leave the church at 10:45 a.m. House by the Side of the Road is run by volunteers and stores donated clothing , bedding and small household essentials which they provide for free to families in need.
  • Noon: Lunch at Anna’s House on Eisenhower Parkway. Please make your reservation with Joyce Himebaugh at 734-971-0873.

Presbyterian Women and Missions

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.

Presbyterian Women Logo2019-20 Presbyterian Women Officers

Officers

  • Moderator: Virginia Bell
  • Secretary: Lynne Gulick
  • Treasurer: Bonnie Hughes

Vice Moderators

  • Mission Co-Chairs: Angie Miller, Joyce Himebaugh
  • Justice & Peace: Marian West
  • Studies: Meg Brown
  • Program: Elsa Stuber

Coordinators

  • Membership: Jeannette Faber
  • Hospitality: Rohn Federbush
  • Publicity: Carole Hendrickson

Standing Committees

  • Honorary Membership: 2 Openings
  • Nominations: Diane Johnston, Sue Dempsey, 1 Opening
  • Scholarship: Joan Bentz, Joann Freethy

Special Assignments

  • Receptions/Memorials Co-Chairs: Marolin Bellefleur, Jennie Stahl
  • Volunteers: Nelly Petrock
  • Cookie Bakers: Sandy Herold
  • 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.

Barbara DeLancey

Barbara DeLanceyLearn more about Barbara DeLancey here.

 

Betsy McCallister

Betsy McCallisterLearn more about Betsy McCallister here.

Rev. Dr. Fairfax Fair

Rev. Dr. Fairfax FairLearn more about Rev. Dr. Fairfax Fair here.

Leonard R. Rezmierski, Ph.D.

Leonard R. Rezmierski, Ph.D.Learn more about Leonard Rezmierski here.

 

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.

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!”

Mary Jones

Mary JonesI 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

Knit Night

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, pheikkinen@att.net.

Journeys Book/Bible Study

Journeys Study reflects our group of women with core values of intellectual Christian exploration, personal growth through life’s stages, creating fellowship by providing Christian companionship to one another and practicing our Christian values by being involved with the larger community with service projects. A resident minister leads this group for book or Bible section study and its application to life. Please join us on the second and fourth Thursdays (September – June) from 11:30 a.m. -12:00 for sack lunch and 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. for discussion, in the Founders Room. Contact: Diana Gardner, drgatgard@aol.com

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, patalprice@comcast.net.

Women’s Bible Study

This group meets Tuesdays at 9:00 a.m. in the Curtis Room.
The study is: “The Lamb Of God”: Seeing Jesus in Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy by Nancy Guthrie.

Contacts
Lois Nissly, 761-2959, lfnissly@gmail.com;
Anne Kloack, 973-2826, annekloack@sbcglobal.net
Lorna Prescott, 225-5296, lornaprescott@aol.com

William Barclay Commentary Bible Study

A weekly study in the home of Meg Brown. Fridays at 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon.

Study text will be:
First Timothy & Philemon from September 20 – November 22, 2019
Second Timothy & Titus from January 24 – March 20, 2020

Contact:
Meg Brown, 734-623-4323; lmegbrown@gmail.com

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, patalprice@comcast.net.