Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Presbyterian Women's Report

St. Mark Presbyterian Women is an organization for women within our church. We enjoy fellowship,
Bible study and supporting local, national and international missions. Our challenge is to accept the gifts God has given us and to use those gifts to assist in the life and work of the Church. The Board of Presbyterian Women meets the first Wednesday of each month and is made up of women who serve as officers, Circle leaders, and project chairs. Presbyterian Women had 6 Circles with a total membership of approximately 80 active Women. September to May most Circles meet on the third Wednesday or Thursday of the month; 3 in the morning, 1 in the afternoon and 2 in the evening (One of which meets on dates determined by its members.) Ruth Circle is the only one that meets year round. Most Circles are using Horizon’s Bible Study.

The mission work of PW is funded through individual gifts, the annual Christmas Boutique and Angel Street CafĂ©, an Easter candy sale, the Schnucks e-Scrip program, and circle pledges and offerings. In 2018 distributions were made to: Mound Ridge, Children’s Foundation, Children’s Ministries, Circle of Concern, Fellowship Committee of St. Mark and Youth Ministries of St. Mark. On the national and international levels, PW contributed to the work of the Presbyterian Church USA through our annual pledge, which supports the following offerings: Least Coin, Thank, Birthday, and Blanket+.

In January PW invited St. Mark women to our Annual Tea “Off the Wall.” Guests brought artwork from the walls of them home and shared their stories while they enjoyed tasty treats. St. Mark Women returned to Toddhall, Columbia, Illinois, for our Annual Women’s Retreat in the spring. The retreat was a time to energize our spirits and bodies as we shared God’s word, worshipped, ate very well, met the challenge of game night and enjoyed the company of good friends.

PW started the new program year with our annual brunch. The fall outing took several members to tour various churches in the St. Louis area to view their beautiful stain glass windows. Presbyterian women continue to participate in the monthly book club. Members meet on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 9:30 am for discussion of a book selected by the group, with no meetings in July or November.

St. Mark Presbyterian Women wishes to thank Pastor Dave and the St. Mark office staff for their continuing support, assistance and guidance through the year. Our thanks also, to all St. Mark members and friends – women and men – who have baked, cooked, cleaned up, served, studied, purchased (soup, chicken salad, cookbooks, etc.), climbed ladders, moved furniture, washed dishes, attended meetings, enjoyed good food and fellowship, and cared for one another.

It was a very good year. For more on Presbyterian Women, click here.

Respectfully submitted, S. Tharp, Moderator

***Don't Forget our P W Tea today at 1 and 6:30PM.  Click here for more information***

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