Presbyterian Women of Glacier Presbytery (PWP)
Forgiven and freed by God in Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves
to nurture our faith through prayer and Bible study,
to support the mission of the church worldwide,
to work for justice and peace, and
to build an inclusive, caring community of women that strengthens the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and witnesses to the promise of God’s kingdom.
PW in Helena Sew and Send
Layettes to the Dominican Republic
Throughout 2019 PW women in Helena were busy with stitches - sewing, knitting, crocheting, and then assembling layettes for small babies. A PCUSA minister from Nebraska who is now a missionary in the Domincan Republic, Kristin Hamner, described that a Foundation for Peace medical mission team could bring the layettes with them for distribution at a clinic.
During the first week in March, the families of Christ the King received these gifts. Christ the King is a village that has faced tremendous challenge. A severe storm washed out their bridge to the highway three years ago. During this difficult time, the local church as been a light as they have worshiped, hosted medical clinics, and constructed a community center. Pray blessing for Christ the King, and rejoice in the arrival of their tiniest members, wrapped in love through PW.
Presbyterian Women for 2020
The Retreat for August 14-16 2020 at Glacier Camp is scheduled. The 2019 retreat was a great success and planning for the coming year will build upon that.
Funding for the offerings and mission of PWP has been renewed, with 2019 closing out with generous gifts to fund the ministries of PW.
Two members of the planning committee are working with Presbytery Leader Beth McCaw are developing the PWP presence on the Glacier website, brainstorming uses of Facebook for sharing news, and looking forward to a printable newsletter. Submit news and photos (with permission) from your PWC to Beth McCaw.
To further strengthen communication, links between PW space on congregational websites and the Glacier web page will be developed. And PWP has begun using Zoom videoconferencing for meetings.
Presbyterian Women Resources
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Current PW Bible Study - On the 10 Commandments, Love Carved in Stone
Current PW Newsletter (national)
Helena PW Raffles
and Raises Funds for Mission,
Plans Further Outreach
The winning ticket for the First Presbyterian Church “Helena in Stitches” quilt raffle was drawn on Sunday, April 19th . The lucky winner was Toni Larson of Great Falls. A small group of people gathered for the drawing, including First Presbyterian Church Pastor Scott Wipperman, quilt designer and crafter Sally Klein, and project chairman Karen Witte. Mission Committee chairman Kathy Chambers filmed the event. Sally and Jerry Klein took the quilt to her on Monday. Sally reports they had a nice visit with Toni and she is absolutely thrilled to be the winner. The raffle collected $2152. The committee voted to send checks to God’s Love, Good Samaritan, Friendship Center, and Helena Food Share. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance received a check, and, from the Giving Catalog, 4 sets of chickens, 3 sewing machines, and 1 irrigation pump were selected. Thanks again Sally for the wonderful gift and to everyone who helped make this project a success.
We look forward to coming together with the Glacier Presbytery PW sisters August 14-16 at Glacier Camp & Conference Center. Great Falls will host this year. Our group continues to discuss and redefine our organization and its structure. Even through this challenge, our financial status remains good as our individual church PWs have continued supporting the PWP. The financial support allows continuing the worldwide community of women through the synod of PC(USA).
Our Helena PW voted to hold the fall Bazaar, October 23 and 24, 2020. The Bazaar remains as the primary event for raising funds needed to maintain our many mission responsibilities during the year. We have co-chairs this year, Rena Bumgarner will chair the Arts & Crafts and Carol Gneckow will chair the luncheon.
2020 PWP Gathering Being Prepared
Presbyterian Women of Glacier will meet at Glacier Camp August 14-16 for the high point of their year. This year's gathering will feature Rev. Tim Lanham, Camp Director and beloved Biblical scholar, as the retreat leader.
Last year's gathering was rich with spiritual nurture, feasting, and recreation.
Pictured above is one of the small groups that boated along the Flathead shoreline and the Swan river, immersed in God's beauty (Captain John Coefield).
SAVE THE DATE FOR THE 2020 PWP Retreat: August 14-16 2020