April 24, 2019

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For the past four years, it has been my honor to organize the Presbyterian Women Sunday Worship for our church.  Since our group likes to involve as many people as possible, at times it’s a bit of a puzzle to fill all the slots with our amazing women while trying to focus on the worship theme, lectionary, and music. The women of our church are truly amazing! They are creative and loyal and most of all loving. They are ready to volunteer for the work at hand (“Let’s start a collection for the Children’s Home of the Highlands!”), willing to tackle almost anything (“Do we really need 72 cupcakes?”), and so capable at what they do (“How about organizing a reception following the next memorial service?”).  No problem.

For those of you who don’t know, if you are a woman and a member of the Presbyterian Church, you are a Presbyterian Woman.  Some of us choose to be active in the organization of PW through participation in Circles within congregations. A Circle is a small group of women who gather regularly for fellowship, Bible study, and mission.  Our church has three Circles.  Faith which takes the lead in organizing our Together in Service Missions, and Hildegard and Lydia, which focus on leading the Alternative Gift Giving Opportunities and the Winterlude Retreat.  

BPC PW is a member of the Presbytery of the Peaks, Synod of the Mid-Atlantic, and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The organization is incredibly involved in a number of mission and advocacy issues. For over 200 years Presbyterian Women have joyfully expressed gratitude for God’s blessings by sharing their blessings with those in need at home and around the world.  The annual offerings fund programs that provide education, safe housing, clean water, health care, help for prisoners, justice for women, and so much more.

On Sunday we will be collecting for the PW Birthday Offering. There will be more information about the 2019 recipients in the bulletin. Yellow envelopes will be in the Pews, or you may write “PW Birthday” on the memo line of your check.  Our church has a rich heritage of giving to these special offerings. God has been faithful to us and we are called to faithfully respond. Give as you have been blessed, generously and as led by the Holy Spirit.

Mary Harder

BPC’s PW Moderator


Scripture Readings for April 28, 2019
2nd Sunday of Easter/PW Sunday
Acts 5:27-32
Psalm 150
Revelation 1:4-8
John 20:19-31