On May 18 and 19, 2013, the Synod Presbyterian Women in the Eastern Region met for an overnight retreat at Harcum College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. The Bible study and retreat theme spoke to the possibilities of ‘Where Angels Tread’. Presbyterian Women in the Philadelphia Presbytery hosted the event under the direction of Suzanne Herger, Past Moderator of PW. Donegal, Lackawana and Lehigh Presbyteries were also represented as well as various ages in the denomination. Read the reflections…
Earlissa Marable, Bethel Presbyterian Church USA: My experience at the Synod Presbyterian Women Eastern Regional Gathering was wonderful and a great learning experience. I had a great time worshipping with the PresbyterianWomen and interacting with those of different cultures and backgrounds. I have learned a lot about how the Presbyterian Women, who are caring and loving, and who fight for the rights and freedom of others.The Presbyterian Women have inspired me to always help those around me no matter how hard it may seem.
I enjoyed the lessons that were taught to us about angels and how they all don’t look the same and they are not always noticeable. You have to always be careful with the way you treat people and how you deal with them because they could be an angel and they come in various forms.
At my church I am a trustee and I work with the food cupboard. I am interested in working more with the Presbyterian Women as an advocate for hunger nationally. Hunger is something that I have been working with my mom with for about a year now and it has become something dear to my heart. My purpose in life is different from my career. My purpose in life is to serve the Lord and try to alleviate hunger globally. With this being my main purpose in life, I am ecstatic to do anything it takes to help demolish this problem.
Junior Deacon, Ashley Shaw: Throughout the whole Presbyterian Women’s Angel Retreat, I came to learn way more then I had known before. As a deacon and being on this very wise journey with the Lord, I have experienced more of what our Father wants us to experience. The time that I had spent with each sister was a very gracious experience.
Sitting together and learning to fellowship with one another became increasingly comfortable for me. Even me being at the age I am, and getting to see and experience how life in an dorm would be like was also great. I begin on a new journey with the Lord with high school graduation and this retreat sets me off in a good motion with him.
As a junior deacon in the Bethel Presbyterian Church on 19th and York, I have decided to work and learn and spread news about the human trafficking going on in the world today. With actually reading and seeing what has been going on in developing countries, it will help me experience brand new things that are not right in the Lord’s eye or from His point of view. As an entering Early Childhood Education major in college, I want to personally figure out what is happening to children I meet. This topic really sticks to my heart and makes me want to give input and to find ways to help. So every experience I go through just makes me better and more educated on what is going on throughout my surroundings. Even though the Women’s Retreat is over I would not mind doing it all over again, because it was truly a great experience.