Presbyterian Women

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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. Everyone is welcome to attend any portion of the programs.

PW Gathering on Thursday, September 10

We pray all Presbyterian Women remain healthy and that they will “Zoom” into the Annual Meeting . If it is possible to meet in person, Ginny Bell will send out an email blast. As always, all women are welcome to attend, and men may join us for the program and lunch.

  • 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Bible Study - Into the Light: Finding Hope through Prayers of Lament Robin Agnew and Meg Brown will lead Lesson 1: “The Heart of Lament”. Contact Meg Brown at lmegbrown@gmail.com to order a Horizons Bible Study ($10).
  • 11:30 - 11:50 a.m. PW Business Meeting
  • 11:50 - Noon - Break
  • Noon - PW will join Mature Ministries’ “Lunch & Learn” program via Zoom

Presbyterian Women celebrate 175 years of service to First Pres!

A special event in May, 2021 will celebrate the service of women to First Pres, Ann Arbor. Watch for information as the date gets closer.

Presbyterian Women: Staying Connected

  • Reaching Out- Would you or do you know of someone in the church (or friends of the church) that would like a weekly personal phone call? Numerous PW women are willing to do that calling! Please send names and numbers to Virginia Bell, Moderator, (virginiabell2013@gmail.com).
  • Sewing nonsurgical masks continues - The response to the need of sewers has been outstanding. Thank you to Gail Grady & Helena Prince, to others who are sewing, sending materials, and doing pick ups and deliveries. Over 2000+ masks have been distributed to the nonprofits we support, VA Hospital, Glacier Hills and those in need.
  • Be a Part of PW - Presbyterian Women are always interested in hearing from women who would like to help in the organization. Contact virginiabell2013@gmail.com for more information.

Presbyterian Women and Missions

Ingathering, as it is known, is organized by the Presbyterian Women - Presbytery of Detroit. Every local PW is sent a list of items to gather for the over 34 agencies which we serve. Due to the COVID challenges this year’s Ingathering assignments and new program details are on hold until PW of Presbytery of Detroit can best determine how to help the agencies we support. Any questions, please email Joyce at joycehimebaugh@gmail.com

The PW financial year is August - July. The 2019 - 2020 budget, closed out in July, showed the following mission giving - which is approx. 78% of our budget. Thanks to the support of the women of the congregation we are able to continue our mission giving at such a high rate.

  • PW-Presbytery of Detroit: $4,250
  • Designated Mission: $2,675 (Hope Clinic, Ypsilanti and Second Mile Center, Detroit)
  • Detroit Presbytery Food Pantry: $1,000
  • First Pres. AA Covid 19 appeal: $1026
  • Haiti Nursing School: $1,200
  • Scholarship for primary students in the Republic of Congo $305.

In addition three annual offering are received and sent to PWPD:

  • Least Coin: $63.00
  • Birthday: $365.00
  • Thank: $395.00

Presbyterian Women Logo2020-21 Presbyterian Women Officers

Officers

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

Vice Moderators

  • Mission Co-Chairs: Angie Miller, Joyce Himebaugh
  • Justice & Peace: Lynn Gulick and Joan Bentz
  • Studies: Meg Brown

Coordinators

  • Publicity/Membership: Carole Hendrickson, Jeannette Faber, and Diane Johnston
  • Hospitality: open

Special Assignments

  • Memorials Reception Co-Chairs: Felicity Williams, open
  • Memorial Reception Refreshment Recruitment: Nelly Petrock
  • 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

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.