The Presbyterian Women's (PW) group at our church is a highly active group. We conduct many projects, especially community service projects, throughout the year. We each contribute our personal gift areas from God which results in successful and meaningful projects. We are led by our President, Secretary, and Treasurer. There is a place for all women in our PW group. We meet the first Tuesday of each month at 10:00am in the large classroom in the Education Building for a time of fellowship, prayer, and project updates. Many exciting plans are underway for 2023! Samples of our projects are featured below.
valentines day cookie exchange
To share some love during Valentines Day, members of PW each baked homemade cookies to share. The cookies were placed in pretty tins and then hand delivered to homebound members of our church. PW ladies sampled each other's cookies, as well. This was done during teh February 2023 PW meeting. The wide assortment of tasty cookies surely did help church members feel loved.
support of the sherrills ford food pantry and clothes closet
One of our main volunteer projects is to help out at the Sherrills Ford Food Pantry and Clothes Closet located at Hopewell Church. One day each week, two PW members volunteer together for this community outreach organization. We sort food, help clients, and sort clothing, as needed.
church welcome center support
PW funds and members shop for and stock the refreshments served in the Welcome Area in the narthex of our church. This is a way we selected to support the welcoming of potential new members and encourage fellowship between current church members -- both before and after the worship service each Sunday.
greeting card ministry
Continuing a long-standing family tradition, one of our PW members coordinates the Greeting Card Ministry for all of our church members. Personalized greeting cards are regularly mailed out to church members to mark special occasions and to support and encourage people.
BLESSING Box support
The PW group regularly supports the Blessing Box project by providing needed items, such as toiletries and other food items and helping to fill in the gaps when supplies run low. Stuffed animals are also donated by members to be placed into the box for good cheer. This is an example of a cooperative effort between PW and our church to help meet the immediate food and toiletry needs of our community members through our Blessing Box which is open 24/7, seven days a week.
fall school supply drive for catawba elementary school
Each Fall, the PW group sponsors a school supply drive at our church to benefit the students at Catawba Elementary School. These needed supplies help the children get off to a good start for the school year.
thanksgiving and christmas dinner boxes for catawba elementary school
Complete holiday dinner boxes were prepared by the PW group for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. The Thanksgiving boxes were funded by the church and the Christmas boxes were boxes were funded by PW. Dinner boxes were put together for eight families. This project is in cooperation with the Sherrills Ford Christian Food Pantry.
annual christmas dinner party for the women of the church and guests
Each December, the PW group hosts a special Christmas Dinner Party for the women of the church and their guests. For 2022, a delicious prime rib dinner was prepared by our expert team of chefs and served to 65 women in our Fellowship Hall. Women who are homebound were provided transportation to the dinner. Much work goes into planning and executing this project, including decorating the Fellowship Hall. We appreciate the men of the church who handled doing the dishes and other clean-up. The cost of the dinner was generously covered by our church. This is a wonderful time of fellowship for our women and their guests during the busy holiday season. Click on the image to the left to go to the page about our dinner and see photos from the event.
PW members coordinated a major project done by our church each December--the Angel Tree for students at Catawba Elementary School. Our church members purchased and wrapped clothing and toys for eight children at the school. PW members took care of coordinating with the school, listing the needs of the children on each of the angels for the tree and then gathering and delivering the gifts to Catawba Elementary--helping to make Christmas merry for the children!
additional projects during 2022
The following projects were also accomplished by PW during 2022.
During a summertime PW meeting, we filled large boxes with all kinds of sunny yellow items for sick people in our church and shut ins. Items included kitchen towels, note pads, water bottles, cookies, hand lotion, and more. These boxes were then delivered by PW members.
pot pie project
During a special meeting, 24 chicken pot pies were lovingly hand made for sick members and shut ins at our church. The pot pies were then personally delivered by PW members.
fashion show and luncheon
To support a new member's clothing business, PW held a fashion show and luncheon, which was fun and enjoyable for all!
bibs for adult patients
PW members made bibs for residents of the Alzheimer's Unit at Abernathy Laurels.
Easter baskets for children and the shut ins at our church were put together by the members of PW in celebration of Easter.