Presbyterian Women

A Presbyterian woman . . .

. . . belongs. She has chosen to be a member of the church-wide organization of Presbyterian Women, which was formed in 1988 by action of the voting representatives.

. . . is never alone. Presbyterian Women have a rich heritage, with roots in the 19th-century women’s missionary societies organized in our predecessor denominations.  While women were active in mission and responsive to Christ’s call, women were not represented in Presbyterian polity until 1930, when ordination (as elder) was first allowed to women.  The first female deacons and elders were elected to serve in our church in 1984.

. . . believes in her mission.  The constitution of Presbyterian Women is the constitution of the Presbyterian Church (USA), which consists of the Book of Confessions and the Book of Order.

Presbyterian Women have characteristics such as power (from the Holy Spirit), persistence (in prayer and Bible Study), peacemaking (and work for justice), creativity, circular relationships, and many other qualities that make us ideal church leaders, and participants.

--Julene B. McPhaul, Past PW Moderator

PW Honorary Life Membership  - 2017

The Honorary Life Membership Committee is currently seeking nominations for Honorary Life Membership in Presbyterian Women PC (USA).

“An Honorary Life Membership in Presbyterian Women, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), is conferred upon an individual in recognition of faithful service in some area of church work, such as, but not limited to, moderators, leaders, teachers, officers, pastors and missionaries. Those honored may have given committed service in a variety of ways to Presbyterian Women or to the church. The committee will depend upon the general membership of Presbyterian Women to provide nominations for this honor.”

Considerations should be given to people who contribute their faithful service and talents to PW in past years when they were younger as well as to those currently serving on an active basis.

Please consider the following guidelines when making a nomination:

  1. Women and men may be nominated;
  2. Service must be the important selection component;
  3. It is the responsibility of the nominator to provide relevant information regarding the nominee to support the nomination; and
  4. Persons nominated in previous years, but not selected, must be re-nominated for subsequent consideration.

Click here for nomination form.

The due date for nominations is November 30, 2016. Please include their name, church activities, community activities, additional information as to why he/she is deserving – please be specific. Click here to print the form.

You may either mail or e-mail your nomination to Fran Yohman, 1920 Corberrie Ln., Raleigh, 27613,, or place the nomination in a sealed envelope in the PW mailbox on the 2nd floor of the Edge Building. For any questions or assistance, contact Fran Yohman, 919-846-6511, or any member of the HLM committee, Linda Armstrong, Diane Covington, Mary Jo Littlewood, and Frances Braswell.

PW Christmas Projects

FPC members are always generous in their support of our annual Christmas Community Projects. Through these projects, we help share the love and joy of Christmas. Look for collection boxes in the Edge and Stock Buildings. We're accepting gift items such as new, unwrapped toys and gifts for adults (such as gloves, hats, hygiene items, books, and the like).

Click here for details on our recipients and lists of suggested items.  If you have any questions, call Susan Johnson.

PW Spring Gathering in New Bern, Saturday, April 8th

The welcome reception begins at 9:30 .a.m. with the program starting at 10:00 a.m. and ending at noon. The keynote speaker is Carol Winkler, Moderator of PW church wide.

A box lunch follows the presentation. Cost is $8.00. If you need a ride, contact Karen Johnson at; mobile 919-616-0389 ; home 919-782-8462 .

Registration deadline is March 31st.  Click Here for Registration Form.

PW Coordinating Team

Officers, 2016-2017

Office Current Officeholder
Moderator Karen Johnson
Vice Moderator Margaret Peacock
Recording Secretary Anna Jackson
Assistant Recording Secretary Kathyrn Hardee
Treasurer Susan Edens Hammer
PW History Committee Moderator Melonie Taylor
Spiritual Enrichment Communicator Amy Behrendts
Local Missions Communicator Teri Becom
Together in Service Communicator Marion Wray
Search Committee Moderator Susan Johnson

 2015-2017 Circle Leaders and Co-leaders

  • Circle 2:   Patricia Stevick
  • Circle 4:   Carolyn Shull, Susan Johnson
  • Circle 5:   Mary Lawson Mowbray, Neville Sinclair
  • Circle 6:   Sue Cammann, Brenda Johnson
  • Circle 8:   Jerrie Dearborn, Priscilla McRee
  • Circle 9:    Becky Glendy, Kelly Thompson
  • Circle 10: Jim & Dixie Crew
  • Circle 11:  Julene McPhaul

Horizons Bible Study -- Who is Jesus: What a Difference a Lens Makes, by Judy Siker

Standing Committees, 2016-2017

Committee Current Moderator & Members
Advisory Susan Edens Hammer - Mary Jo Littlewood, Margaret Gayle
Constitution & By-Laws Julene McPhaul - Beth Cox, Margaret Gayle
Finance Tom Hogg - Margaret Gayle, Susan Edens Hammer, Kathy Roebuck, Susan Johnson
Honorary Life & Memorials Fran Yohman - Linda Armstrong, Diane Covington, Mary Jo Littlewood, Frances Braswell
Music Beth Fields - Bradley Kraemer, Barbara Williams
Host Circle Volunteer Coordinator Alice Moore
Parliamentarian Julian McPhaul
Policies and Procedures Susan Edens Hammer, Margaret Peacock - Beth Cox, Karen Johnson, Julene McPhaul
Decorating Elaine Goodwin - Susan Johnson, Kathy Roebuck, Carolyn Stull
Library Kay Yarborough

Appointive Committees, 2016 - 2017

PW Bicentennial Gift - Margaret Gayle (Committee Moderator), Martha Crisp. Susan Hammer, Scottie Hogg, Tom Hogg, Alice Moore, Margaret Peacock, Kathy Roebuck

PW Fundraising  Susan Edens Hammer, Karen Johnson, Margaret Peacock (Co-Moderators),

Casseroles and Brunswick Stew - Martha Crisp
The Pantry - Carolyn Shull
Sign-Up Genius - Becky Glendy
Silent Auction - Anna Jackson,
Silent Auction - Tracey Pleasant
Publicity - Susan Johnson
Tom Hogg - Ticket Sales

PW Retreat - Karen Johnson (Moderator), Darcy Dye Bowers (Registration)

Ex-Officio Circle Members, 2016 - 2017

Karen Johnson- Moderator
Margaret Peacock, Vice-Moderator


Jenny McLeod

Events and Activities (2016-17)


May 23  - 6:00 p.m. Transition Meeting (Light Dinner)
Presbyterian Women Coordinating Team (PWCT)

June 5 - 11:00 a.m. FPC Worship Service
Installation of New PW Officers and Circle Leaders

August 27 - 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Memorial Hall
PW Area 3 Special Event
2016-2017 Horizons Bible Study “Who is Jesus? What a Difference a Lens Makes” Author: Judy Siker, Ph.D.

August 29  - 6:30 p.m. Memorial Hall
PWCT and PW Leadership Orientation Meeting (Light Dinner)
(PW Officers, Committee Moderators, Appointive Positions, Circle Leaders, Bible Study Leaders and Circle Treasurers)

PWCT Meetings:
October - April -  9:45 a.m. First Mondays in October, November, December, February
March, April and May - 6:30 p.m. Room 306, 3rd Floor, Edge Building

September 11-17 - Circles Meet

October - Morning - Location TBA
PW of New Hope Presbytery, Area 3 Fall Gathering

October 3  - 9:45 a.m. - PWCT Meeting

October 8  -  Unified Fall Gathering
9:00 a.m. Reception and Registration
10:00 a.m. Program; Speaker, Rev. Vanessa Hawkins, New Hope Presbytery
Unity Presbyterian Church,
11551 NC Highway 50, Newton Grove 28633

October 9-15 - Circles Meet

October 28 - PW Fundraiser,  Barbeque Lunch, Silent Auction and Pantry Bake Sale Memorial Hall, FPC

November 7  - 9:45 a.m. - PWCT Meeting

November 11-13 - PW and Women of FPC Retreat
Location: Beach House, Blockade Runner, Wrightsville Beach
Keynote Speaker: Rev. Moffett Churn

November 13-19  - Circles Meet

December 5 - 9:45 a.m. - PWCT Meeting

December 11-17  - Circles Meet

December 19  -  1st PW General Meeting

Annual Men and Women of the Church Dinner

  • 5:15 p.m. Van Pick-up at Glenaire
  • 5:30 p.m. Van Pick-up at Westminster
  • 6:00 p.m. Reception, Edge Lobby
  • 6:30 p.m. Dinner and Entertainment, Memorial Hall


January PWCT  - Does not meet in January

January 8-14 - Circles Meet

February 6 - 9:45 a.m.PWCT Meeting

February 12-18 - Circles Meet

March 6 - 9:45 a.m. - PWCT Meeting

March 12-18 - Circles Meet

March (TBD) - 2rd PW General Meeting - Honorary Life Membership Luncheon or Dinner - Meal and Entertainment, Memorial Hall

April 3 - 9:45 a.m. - PWCT Meeting

April 8 - Morning - Spring Gathering - Presbyterian Women of Presbytery of New Hope - Location: First Presbyterian Church, New Bern

April 9-15 - Circles Meet

May 1 - 6:30 p.m. - PWCT Meeting

May 8-14 - Circles Meet

May 15 - 3rd PW General Meeting PW Birthday Celebration and Luncheon - Van pick-up at Glenaire & Westminster, confirm schedule
11:30 a.m.: Prayer Service, Vanguard Room
Noon: Luncheon and Meeting, Memorial Hall

General Meetings

(Usually Third Mondays in December, March and May)

Dec. 19, 2016 - Men & Women of the Church Dinner
Mar. 2017 (TBD) - Honorary Life Membership Luncheon or Dinner
May 15, 2017 - PW Birthday Celebration Luncheon

*Please check listings in First Press for locations and up-to-date information. 

Hostess Schedule for General Meetings, 2016-2017

Dec. 19, 2016 - Circles 9, 10 and Volunteers
Mar. 2017 (TBD) - Circles 2, 6 and 8 and Volunteers
May 16, 2017 - Circles 4 and 5and Volunteers  

Circle Meetings

Second Sunday, Monday, and/or Tuesday, September through May 


10:30 a.m. - Circle 2 - Member Homes
10:45 a.m. - Circle 4 - Church (light lunch)
5:30 p.m. - Circle 5 - Church (dinner)
6:30 p.m. - Circle 6 - Glenaire, Cary (dessert)


6:30 p.m. - Circle 8 - Member Homes (light dinner)


5:30 p.m. - Circle 9 - Church (light dinner)  

Non-Traditional Circles: Flexible Monthly Schedule  

6:15 p.m. - Circle 10 - Member Homes (dinner)  (Couples Circle) 

E-Mail only - Circle 11 - To participate in this circle, send an email request to Margaret Peacock

Circle Descriptions

Circle 2 is a wonderful group who meet at 10:30a.m. the second Monday of the month in members' homes or the church. We welcome all who would like to visit and join us! In the words of a Haiku, we are…. Loving sisterhood growing, outreaching, active Foundation, wisdom.

Circle 4 meets at 10:45 a.m. in FPC Memorial Hall on the second Monday morning of the month. Most members are retired women who look forward to these times of Bible Study, Christian fellowship, and opportunities to support domestic and international mission projects. The first meeting in September, the last one in May, and the December meeting end with a covered dish luncheon. Other months each member brings her own sandwich or salad and the month's two hostesses provide chips and dessert. A midsummer lunch gathering at a restaurant is always planned so that members can keep in touch with one another and share experiences and/or concerns.

Circle 5 meets the second Monday night (5:30-7:30 p.m.) of the month at the church in Memorial Hall. The meetings begin with a delicious meal prepared each month by a circle member who on a regular basis has volunteered to prepare the meal for the circle for a modest cost. Dinner is followed by the Bible lesson and PW announcements and other circle business. We choose at the beginning of each circle year the special projects that the circle will support. Members of Circle 5 have described this circle as genuine, caring and personally helpful in times of difficulty…all in addition to wonderful fellowship. It is a great circle for working women.

Circle 6 is a diverse and congenial group of individuals mostly from Southwest Raleigh and Cary, many of them residents of Glenaire Continuing Care and Retirement Center in Cary.   We meet at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday of the month in the beautiful Glenaire Board Room. Our working members appreciate the convenient starting time as well as the chance to unwind and enjoy a scrumptious dessert plus coffee prepared by the superb Glenaire dining staff. This time of fellowship is followed by a brief business meeting and our Bible lesson. Circle 6 is one of the “hidden treasures” of our church with a wealth of experience, wisdom and, most important of all, Christian love to share. We welcome and need the gifts and talents of new members of any age. If you have a longing for closer relationships with fellow Christians, come and meet with us.  

Circle 8 invites you to join us for fellowship, Bible Study and to help us support the local missions we have chosen as projects for the circle. Our Circle is comprised of single and married women of all ages and meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month in thehomes of members. Monthly meetings include a Bible Study and a short business meeting, with a light supper (salads, chili, baked potato bar, etc.) coordinated by members who have volunteered to serve as hostesses and co-hostesses. Most of us work full-time or are recently retired. We also enjoy a very well attended pot-luck dinner in February each year in which husbands and friends join us for fellowship. We actively participate in community mission projects each year – some examples from previous years include work with Habitat for Humanity, Loaves and Fishes Ministry for Children, and the Lineberger Cancer Center at the University of North Carolina. Each year in June, as an end-of-year celebration, the members of Circle 8 enjoy dinner together at a local restaurant.

Circle 9 is a wonderful group of ladies that range in age from young 30’s and up. We meet on the second Sunday evening of September through May in the Lisa Ham Gathering space in the church from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. This time works for many of us, because our children are involved in the Sunday night PathFinders (kindergarten-3rd), ROCK STARS (4th & 5th) and Youth (6th-12th) church programs. Many of us work during the day, so a Sunday evening circle is perfect. We begin our meetings with a light meal followed by an inspirational Bible Study led by a Circle Bible Leader. Come visit and experience our warm fellowship.

Circle 10 is a Couples Circle started in 2003. We meet monthly in members’ homes from September thru May for covered dish dinner and PW Bible Study. The meeting day varies each month to best accommodate members’ schedules. Normally meetings are held the second week of the month on Friday or Saturday. We select projects to support each year, and these may be international as well as locally identified needs. We feel we are an intimate, sharing group that enjoys gourmet dinners with a mission oriented program. We offer something special to couples who want to meet together with a common purpose and enjoy activities with other couples.

Circle 11 is an E-mail circle for busy women whose schedule is full to overflowing and cannot be part of a group that meets physically in the presence of other women. This circle offers a path to be able to spiritually be with other PW Circles as they study a Horizons Bible Study each year. This is also available for anyone who is homebound temporarily for whatever reason. Members will receive all PW information shared with regular circles and Bible lessons are prepared and sent monthly to members of the circle by a Circle Bible Teacher. Should a member make monetary contributions toward the support of PW activities, these would be sent to the PW Treasurer and marked accordingly. Members are always invited to attend the four PW General Meetings held at the church during the year and to participate in all activities that will fit personal schedules. Unique? Yes, it is a 21st Century concept that keeps members a part of FPC PW by enabling them to participate on their own schedule when the time is most convenient to the individual members. If you are looking for a circle, we invite you to consider Circle 11.   You are welcome to join Circle 11 at any time by contacting the FPC office to place your name and email on the circle mailing list.

To join one of the circles that meets face-to-face or for further information about a circle, contact the individual Circle Leader or Co-Leader using contact information listed in the PW Yearbook. For additional information, please contact Margaret Peacock, PW Vice Moderator, at 676-0891 or

Note: Circles 1, 3 and 7 dissolved

PW Projects and Activities

Regular PW-Supported Missions

We have supported multiple mission activities for a number of years. Below, we describe some of the missions that church members have come to identify with the goals, aims, and identity of the wider community of Presbyterian Women over a period of years.

  • Support for Our Recent High School Graduates: Circle members are assigned names and address of recent high school graduates. We maintain a connection with these recent graduates throughout the year. Cards, treats and other remembrances are recommended to remind them they are thought of and prayed for throughout the year.
  • PW Thank Offering: We collect this offering every fall to express our gratitude for the special blessings in our lives. The Thank Offering provides much needed financial assistance to numerous worthwhile programs not included in ongoing PC(USA) General Assembly mission support. Each year, domestic and international projects are carefully and prayerfully selected by the PW Church wide Creative Ministries Offering Committee to help meet a crucial need. Forty percent of this offering is used to support hospitals and community health programs that place priority in helping the neediest members of God's community. The remaining 60% is used for new creative ideas for mission, undesignated in advance. Chosen recipients find real solutions for projects related to health, education, economic development, and needs of women and children.
  • PC (USA) Christmas Joy Offering: A gift to the Christmas Joy Offering helps provide financial assistance to current and former PC(USA) church workers and their families in need and also provides for scholarship funding for deserving students to attend PC(USA) racial ethnic schools and colleges.
  • PW Birthday Offering: Since 1922, the PW Birthday Offering has provided and continues to provide much-needed financial assistance to numerous worthwhile programs not included in ongoing PC(USA)General Assembly mission support. Each year, as many as five new projects - domestic and international - are carefully and prayerfully selected by the PW Churchwide Creative Ministries Offering Committee to help meet a crucial need for persons who are hurting or are disadvantaged.

Circle Projects Each year, circles select one or two special projects in addition to the PW special projects already mentioned. The following list shows the range of programs that have been supported by our circles:

FPC Bolivian Mission FPC Friendship Fund
FPC McCorkle Ministries FPC Miriam’s Basket
FPC Pennies For Hunger FPC Prayer Shawl Ministry
FPC Presbyterian Missionaries – The Turk Family FPC Our Hope for Years to Come Fund
FPC New Baby Visitation Ministry Blankets to support Bolivian & Uganda Missions
FPC Prison Ministries Habitat for Humanity
JobStart Interfaith Food Shuttle
The Green Chair Project Loaves & Fishes
The Healing Place for Women, Wake County Interfaith Prison Ministries
SAFEchild Shepherd's Table Soup Kitchen
St. Savior’s Center Healthy Baby Program – Diaper Train UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
Wake Interfaith Hospitality Network Women's Center of Wake County
Patient & Family Resource Center