Letter from the Moderator of Presbyterian Women, Philadelphia

January 28, 2016

More than 100 gathered for the annual Christmas Mission Luncheon to recognize those who have given the ultimate sacrifice. Giftcards, food, supplies and cash donations received by the Philadelphia Veterans House on December 5 will continue to encourage their ministry. The House provides shelter, meals, support and serves as an administrative liaison for homeless veterans rebuilding their lives and provides outreach to at-risk veterans. Priscilla Peters has taken the lead responsibility for this luncheon for several years and all members on the Coordinating Team express their thanks to her and give God the glory for her gift of service. Many of helped within the Oxford community to bring this annual mission luncheon together. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

A new year encourages you to consider new mission opportunities within your local communities. Your selected projects are the basis for Together in Service and can become an item for national attention and recognition when your story is shared. Soon local moderators will receive a packet of information about planned events for 2016 and also a historical form requesting information and photographs of projects completed during 2015.

Celebrate the formal dedication Chester Eastside’s new computer lab on February 7. Patience and prayer fulfilled this dream for the community and will empower those who use it to enlarge their lives.

Calendar these Dates:

March 4 World Day of Prayer
Theme: Receive children. Receive me.
Scripture: Isaiah 11:1-10 and Mark 10:13-16
Check for a listing of services closer to the date.

April 23 Spring Gathering at the Church on the Mall

It’s All About the Accessories—Fashion Show and Sale
More information on the collection points for costume jewelry, belts and scarves will be available on February 16. This event was well attended in 2014. Guaranteed joy if you come. Share that joy with someone!!

June 3-4 Synod PW Eastern Regional Gathering in Lancaster, PA.  Registration for this retreat opens in mid-February. Flyers and forms will be available soon.

Kindness is what we can offer every day as we recognize the other(s) in our lives. Your work at the congregational level is so important for the health and welfare of those without voice. Faithfulness is honored. Prayers are heard. Keeping knocking!!

peace and blessings,
janet w. brown, Moderator, PWPP