Presbyterian Women, Looking forward in 2014

Greetings for the New Year.

All of the PW Coordinating Team members remain grateful for your generous donations to Dawn’s Place as an outcome of our being together for the Annual PW Christmas Mission Luncheon. Your ministry has provided the blessing and a safe place in the lives of others. If you have future donations of bulk goods, please bring them to the Oxford Presbyterian Church. All monetary donations should be sent to Dr. Elouise Renich Fraser (check made payable to Dawn’s Place), 230 Conshohocken State Road, Gladwyne, PA 19035. Priscilla Peters, Mission Chair, would appreciate your sending and email to [email protected] to let her know the amount of your donation. Thank you.

Human trafficking can take many forms. It was identified as a federal crime in 2000 and is modern-day slavery. It is the illegal trade of human beings for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation and forced labor. It is both the fastest growing crime and second largest organized crime in the world. We will continue to address our concern for this evil by offering a second program on this topic with our fashion show for the Spring Gathering on April 26 at the Church on the Mall.

We will work with an organization with local ties to our Presbytery entitled Change Purse. Change Purse is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization committed to fighting sex trafficking through raising awareness and financially supporting faith based organization that provide hope and healing through their work with victims and survivors of this crime. Begun in 2010, Change Purse Board of Directors seeks God’s direction in the stewardship of funds received.

Human trafficking is a huge issue. How can you help? How can you make a difference? How can you get involved? Watch the enews for a flyer to advertise this event. Everyone in your congregation can help you help others. Do you have any extra purses in your closet? Are they in nearly new condition? Change Purse will accept all brands and styles of purses as long as they are currently in style. You can drop them off in locations to be designated at our January 28 PWPP CT Meeting. One will be near your congregation.

All donated purses will be collected by March 15 and priced for sale at our April Gathering. Any unsold purses will be forwarded with our donation from the sale of purses to Change Purse. Our speaker, Melissa Michael, who will engage us in her presentation.

Dates for your information:

PW CT Meetings:

  • January 21, Philadelphia Presbytery Office, 10:30 a.m. Lunch provided. RSVP to [email protected].  All planning for the Gathering will be accomplished at this meeting.
  • February 25, same location information. Topic: Planning other events in 2014.
  • March 25, same location information. Topic: Sort and price purses/final planning for Fashion Show.


  • April 2, Day of Seeing “An Abiding Hope” with Bible Study, a show of Quilts and a meeting with Lee Porter. Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, 10 a.m.
  • April 26, Spring Gathering Fashion Show and Change Purse presentation, Church on the Mall, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • June 19-21, PW Synod Gathering at Waynesburg University.

Peace for the journey, janet w. brown, Moderator