A Letter from the Moderator of Presbyterian Women, Philadelphia

Created to Shine…Created to Shine…Created to Shine…Created to Shine…Created to Shine…………………..

To:  PW in the Churches in the Presbytery of Philadelphia

From:  Janet W. Brown, Moderator of PW in the Presbytery

Subject:  Monthly PW News

Date:  January 19, 2017

It is with deep sadness that I share with you the passing of Marilyn Gathers, Moderator of Region 1.  Her Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 21, at 11:00 a.m. at the Oak Lane Presbyterian Church.  Her life blessed many within the bounds of our Presbytery.  Her grace and understanding of the larger issues surrounding a question informed all.  We extend deep sympathy to her family and dearest of friends.

Thank you for attending the Christmas Mission Luncheon.  Oxford Presbyterian offers us their good leadership and radical hospitality.  Benefitting this year’s donation was the Welcome Church.  We filled a van with requested items from their wish list and the offering will supply more items for the coming months to support the lives of women in transition.

York and 19th, the afterschool program offered by Bethel Presbyterian Church is changing lives as they benefit from the funds collected by PW at the Synod level.  Sixteen presbyteries helping Earlissa Marable and her volunteers provide a sanctuary for those who are focusing on educational success became a reality in the fall of 2016.

On April 22, 2017  the Church on the Mall is the place to be for spiritual enrichment, community building and the celebration of new leadership for PW in the Presbytery of Philadelphia.  Find a way to be present from 9:30 a.m. until noon.  More information will be available after our CT meeting on February 28.

Created to Shine is the theme for the PW Synod Gathering in Altoona, PA on June 15-17. Begin saving now for this triennial event and experience exchange with like-minded women interested in God’s will for the world.

Look for a surface mailing from me of a historical report that is requested yearly.  If you are no longer the proper leadership contact, please make sure that it gets to hands that can fill it out and return for the benefit of the pcusa historical community.

Bring a smile to someone else’s face; speak kindness; use the gifts that God has given you; pray and pray again.

Grateful for the joy your share,

Janet W. Brown

Janet W. Brown, PW Moderator