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 Happenings Around Glacier: Hamilton
Virginia shares that $800 was raised through the quilt raffle for mission support. In November, there will be a presentation on hospice involving hospital staff from Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital.
The Relaunching of Presbyterian Women for 2020
At the Presbytery-wide Presbyterian Women Retreat and meeting August 16-18, a plan for renewing the opportunities, resources and connections in PWP was created. Carol, Roma Lee, Sally, Nancy, Sara and Virginia were selected to build up select areas. These include:
Leadership for the coming year was established with Carol as the Lead Contact/Liaison; Sally as Treasurer, and Mary as representative to Cabinet.
A Retreat for August 14-16 2020 at Glacier Camp was 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 will be renewed with invitations to the congregational Presbyterian Women (PWC) groups. Examples of some of the results of giving are being shared: most recently PWP refreshed, rehung and added pulls for the curtains throughout the rooms in Spruce Lodge at Glacier Camp (thank you Sally!), and provided a microwave oven.
Two members of the planning committee are working with Presbytery Leader Beth McCaw to update PWP presence on the Glacier website, brainstorm uses of Facebook for sharing news and building fellowship, and establishing a column in a newsletter accessible through various means to women across Glacier. 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.
Lona Albright joined the communion of saints in God's eternal loving presence June 26, 2019. This poem was found among Lona's papers:
A finer group you'll never find
Always a joy to be around
Their cooking will just blow your mind
Sewing, cooking, cleaning
They donate their precious time
Countless hours of donated service
They do for you and me
Just to make enough money to buy for the church
new tables, new chairs, and even a Christmas tree.
So if you're asked to donate sometime to the church
Don't feel so put out,
The Presbyterian women do it everyday
Because that's what they're all about.
IThe Heart of the 2019 PWP Gathering
Presbyterian Women of Glacier met at Glacier Camp for the retreat that is the high point of the year.
The theme was drawn from Ephesians 3, for a time in which we discerned being re-formed for ministry in 2020 and beyond.
The retreat was a valuable time of fellowship and growth. In the midst of the work of change, it is good to hold close the constants of worship and fellowship and mission and Sabbath refreshment. So many psalms encourage us with the eternal reign of God, and our vocation of unending praise. And regardless of the times, we are designed to be knit together in a body through which God works - so we need to "not neglect meeting together" but rather savor that communion. We have an enduring call to demonstrate the gospel for the thirsty world around us. Finally, it is helpful even in our work to be reminded that we are the beloved creatures rather than the Creator, and just inhabit the gifts of Sabbath and creation.
At the retreat at Glacier Camp, Presbyterian women sank into both the work and rest of prayer. We held business meetings to plan, and learned how to minister to those at risk of abuse, such as women and elderly people. We also made pasta, and boated along the Flathead shoreline and the Swan river, immersed in God's beauty (see photo above with Captain John Coefield). We worshipped, were fed by the Bread of Life, and lit candles and remembered the saints who are now in God's immediate care. These include Lona Albright; a poem that was found among her papers was read (posted on this page).
Through all of these, every day we read Ephesians 3, cherishing that life and ministry all belong to Christ. Note the words in the text that speak of abundance and hope --riches and strength and power and faith and love and all fullness - and our very selves - found in Christ:
I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, (God) may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, 17 and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. 18 I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
SAVE THE DATE FOR THE 2020 PWP Retreat: August 14-16 2020