By action of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly (Orlando, 1993), Celebrate the Gifts of Women appears in the planning calendar each year on the Sunday closest to March 5, International Women’s Day. Enclosed please find the resource for Celebrate the Gifts of Women. Congregations and individuals are encouraged to celebrate this day each year, recognizing the gifts women bring to God, the Church, and the community.
The 2018 theme is “Women Called to Lead with Love.” When we think of women called to lead with love, there are two characteristics that these women demonstrate: 1) the gift of hospitality and 2) the gift of building consensus as the way to make decisions. Acts 2: 43-47 reveals that the most important of these practices included: 1) continuing worship in the temple and sharing in prayers – worship, 2) recalling teachings of the apostles – education or kerygma, 3) sharing as any had need – service or diaconia, and 4) meals and fellowship in homes – koinonia. Women certainly were a part of these practices as the early church took shape.
The Celebrate the Gifts of Women Resource, written by Judy Record Fletcher, includes a worship service with a call to worship, call to confession, prayer of confession, an assurance of pardon, suggested scripture readings, a sermon starter and program suggestions, and a litany of thanksgiving for loving leaders. Download the worship bulletin cover.
Presbyterian Women’s Churchwide Gathering will be held August 2–5, 2018 in Louisville, Kentucky!
Download the 2018 Churchwide Gathering registration booklet
Register now for the 2018 Churchwide Gathering
Reserve a room at the Galt House
“Arise, shine, your light has come!” (based on Isaiah 60:1) is the theme for the Gathering. Held every three years, PW’s Churchwide Gathering is an event that celebrates and can deepen your engagement in all that Presbyterian Women does. Participants enjoy workshops, tours, forums, resource gathering (and shopping!), plenary sessions with inspiring speakers, worship and more.
PW’s triennial Business Meeting will take place just before the Churchwide Gathering (August 1–2), where budget, leadership and programmatic emphases for the next triennium are decided.
2018 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
January 20 ~ CT meeting (Cluster of Ruth)
February 20 ~ Deadline for CONNECTIONS
March 17 ~ CT meeting (Cluster of Sarah)
April 7, 2018 ~ 31st Annual Spring Gathering
at Hopewell PC, 10500 Beatties Ford Road, Huntersville
(Tamera Sanders, Cluster Leader/Miriam)
May 19 CT meeting (Cluster of Abigail)
June 8 -10 ~ Synod Summer Gathering at Massanetta Springs
Co-Moderators: Donna Dobson and Carole Venable
Communications Moderator: Tamera Sanders
August 2-5, 2018 ~ PW Churchwide Gathering in Louisville, Kentucky
August 25 ~ Leadership Connection (Location TBD)
September 8 ~ 31st Annual Fall Spiritual Gathering
Memorial PC, 2600 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte
Virginia Spears/Cluster Leader Abigail
For information about
Charlotte Presbytery’s Presbyterian Women
Contact: Corita Younge Floyd, Moderator