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PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN'S MINISTRIES

Presbyterian Women

Presbyterian women (PW) is a churchwide organization whose membership is open to all women of the PC (USA) who choose to participate in or be supportive of the organization in any way. PW intentionally seeks the membership of women from all racial ethnic groups so that the organization reflects a vision of the whole church as a community of mutual interdependence in which diversity contributes to wholeness. 

Officers: 2017-2018

Co-moderators: Betty Glenn & Mary Lois Stanfield
Secretary: Laura Whitmore
Treasurer: Kay Stephens
                                                 Historian: Charlotte Frith


Committees:

Mission and Service: Carolyn Nash
Ecumenical Relations: Eileen Joyce
Care and Concern: Mary Chrisman & Vivianna McAtee
Kitchen: Donna Callaway & Deanine Rogers
Jail Ministry: Kathy Rateliff
Communications: Kathy Rateliff


Women & Children First

Women and Children First, a Center Against Family Violence, is a shelter for women and their children who are victims of abuse. Their mission is to empower women to live independently and free from domestic violence. Their transitional housing program enables participants to receive housing and supportive services for one year after leaving the shelter.
 
WHPC Presbyterian Women provide "New Beginnings Baskets" for ladies going into transitional housing. New wastebaskets filled with  household supplies and cleaning products are given to the women as they begin their new lives. The WHPC congregation donates money to provide fresh fruit for the shelter during the summer months. Each week fruit is delivered so the children can have nutritious snacks. A group of women also go to the shelter on Thursdays from 6:00 to 7:00 pm and take craft activities to do with the children while their mothers are in support group meetings.
 
UAMS Palliative Care

Westover Hills Presbyterian Women make Compassion Blankets for the Palliative Care Unit at UAMS (University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Campus-Hospital).  The women meet monthly to cut and tie the no stitch fleece blankets, that are delivered to the chaplains at UAMS for distribution to patients. Additionally, Westover’s Presbyterian Women cater and volunteer at the annual Palliative Care reception  for families who have lost  loved ones.

 

Coupon Project

Westover’s Presbyterian Women are involved in a coupon project that it helps us support the charities we work with by supplying items they can use – often we can get free items (toothpaste, shampoo, canned goods, deodorant, etc.) or items at greatly reduced cost (detergent, fabric softener, soaps, paper towels, etc). These items are given to Our House, Women and Children First, the boys at Trimble House, PATH (shelter for individuals who have been trafficked), Vets and other charities when there are special needs.

Secondly, we have free or low cost items available for use with our Family Promise guests (cereals, snacks, laundry items, etc.) plus items for use at Westover including condiments for the kitchen, cleaning and laundry supplies, and items for special events such as our picnics, etc.

 Troopons: Westover’s PW clips and sends coupons to “Support Our Troops,” organization. Called “Troopons,” they are sent to US Military Bases around the world to help service personnel and their families with the high cost of living overseas when they shop at commissaries. They are also used at bases in the USA. Since the project began in 2013, Westover has sent $637,788.11 worth of coupons to the Troopons program.

Treats & Treasures

Presbyterian Women sponsor an annual Treats and Treasure sale each summer.  Members of the congregation, friends, relatives and neighbors are invited to donate used furniture, appliances, jewelry, kitchen items, children’s clothing and other usable “treasures” to this "shopper's wonderland" sale.  Beginning in July, Presbyterian Women meet each week to sort, price and display the items for the event.  With lots of help from the Westover Men and the entire congregation, the sale has been a huge success each year.  Proceeds from the sale allow PW to fund outreach programs, including the literacy program at the Pulaski County Jail, support for victims of human trafficking, funds for Ferncliff, gifts for Trimble House boys at Christmas and support throughout the year, (Vera LLoyd Children’s Home), Presbyterian Village, etc.

 
PW Circles

Westover Hills Presbyterian Women (PW) currently have two women's circles as listed below.  Any woman 18 years or older is welcome to join a Circle for Bible Study and fellowship. You may call the Circle Leaders below for more information.

Circle Chairmen:

Mary/Esther Circle: Donna Callaway, Robin Tutt, Dot McWeeny & Vivianna McAtee
Meets 3
rd Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in the Gathering Space

Ruth Circle: Kay McCollum
Meets 2
nd Monday at 7:00 p.m. in members’ homes


PW Sells Fair Trade Coffee

Presbyterian Women have been selling Equal Exchange Fair Trade coffee to the congregation for nearly 10 years  This is a mission project and we sell the coffee for the price we pay for it. PW also purchases Fair Trade coffee for use at the church. Purchasing Fair Trade coffee assures that the workers who grow the coffee get fair remuneration for their labor. in addition for every pound of coffee sold through the Presbyterian Coffee Project a donation is made to the Presbyterian small farmer fund. Columbian, Breakfast Blend, and Decaf are usually available and can be purchased. You can order other blends by the case. Fair Trade products make great Christmas gifts. This is premium coffee at a less than premium price! Contact Carolyn Nash, csnash@bjacradio.net, (664-1911) or any PW Board Member for information.

Pulaski County Regional Detention Facility Literacy Tutoring and other Classes
PW started a women’s literacy class at the PCRDF in January 2016. One hundred and seventy eight women were assisted in the first year.  Classes include  basic grammar and vocabulary skills, giving oral book reports, family literacy, group poetry writing, how to read books to your children, etc. WIth the success of the women’s class, a men’s program began in January 2017. Since Jan. 5, 29 men have been taking classes and another 15 are on the waiting list.

 
Westover’s program partners are: Literacy Action of Central Arkansas, the Central Arkansas Library System and the Pulaski County Regional Detention Facility.PW is coordinating another series of short-term classes on parenting skills, financial literacy and basic math skills for inmates. Anyone interested in volunteering to be a literacy tutor is encouraged to call the church office at 663-6383 or email : aspasia@sbcglobal.net