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  - 2018

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 the nomination form.

The due date for nominations is November 30, 2017. 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 Mary Jo Littlewood, 8311 Hempshire Place, Unit 103  Raleigh, NC 27613 ( For any questions, you can contact Mary Jo Littlewood at 919-872-6555, or any member of the HLM Committee: Emmalyne Catching, Beulah Minor, Mary Lawson Mowbray, or Lane Whatley.


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).

Collection dates: November 26 – December 15, 2017

Collection bins and donation lists in Edge Lobby
Everyone is invited to participate by donating to one of the following.

Pride for Parents Christmas Store
Ages 1-18
New, unwrapped toys, books, winter clothing, clothes (new or “like new”)
Older children
Gaming systems or electronics (new or “like new”)

Saint Savior’s Diaper Train
Diapers size 4, 5 and 6
Diaper wipes
Books (ages 1-8)

If you have any questions, call Terri Becom.

PW Coordinating Team

Officers, 2017-2018

Office Current Officeholder
Moderator Margaret Peacock
Moderator-Elect Susan Johnson
Vice Moderator
Recording Secretary Anna Jackson
Assistant Recording Secretary Kathyrn Hardee
Treasurer Susan Edens Hammer
PW History Committee Moderator Toccoa Mayhew
Spiritual Enrichment Communicator Rebecca Hall
Local Missions Communicator Teri Becom
Together in Service Communicator Marion Wray
Search Committee Moderator

2018-2020 Circle Leaders and Co-leaders

  • Circle 2:   Jane Crenshaw, Patricia Stevick
  • Circle 4:   Susan Johnson, Connie Grant
  • Circle 6:   Sue Cammann, Brenda Johnson
  • Circle 8:   Jane Anderson, Linda Armstrong
  • Circle 9:   Carl and Alice Moore
  • Circle 11:  Julene McPhaul

Horizons Bible Study -- Cloud of Witnesses, The Community of Christ in
by Melissa Bane Seiver

Standing Committees, 2017-2018

Committee Current Moderator & Members
Advisory Karen Johnson, Susan Edens Hammer, Margaret Gayle
Constitution & By-Laws Julene McPhaul, Margaret Gayle, Karen Johnson
Decorating Elaine Goodwin, Susan Johnson, Carolyn Shull, Marion Wray
Finance Judy Rogers, Connie Grant, Susan Edens Hammer, Karen Johnson, Susan Johnson
Honorary Life & Memorials Mary Jo Littlewood, Emmalyne Catching, Beulah Minor, Mary Lawson Mowbray, Lane Whatley
Host Circle Volunteer Coordinator Alice Moore
Library Kay Yarborough
Music Barbara Williams, Bradley Kraemer
Parliamentarian Julian McPhaul
Policies and Procedures Susan Edens Hammer, Margaret Peacock, Karen Johnson,  Julene McPhaul

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

Barbecue Fundraising  Susan Edens Hammer, Karen Johnson, Susan Johnson, Margaret Peacock

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 -  Rebecca Hall, Becky Glendy, Kathryn Hardee, Marion Wray

Ex-Officio Circle Members, 2017 - 2018

Karen Johnson- Moderator
Margaret Peacock, Vice-Moderator


Moffett Churn

Events and Activities (2017-18)

Click here to access the full schedule of PW meetings and activities, including circle meeting info.


Circle Descriptions

Circle 2 is a wonderful group who meet at 10:30 a.m. the second Monday of the month in members' homes or at 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 6 is a diverse and congenial group of individuals mostly from Southwest Raleigh and Cary, many of them residents of the Glenaire Community. We meet at 6:00 p.m. on the second Monday of each month in Glenaire’s beautiful 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 a talented 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 combined with challenging, thought-provoking Bible teaching, come join  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 the homes 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 who range in age from young 30s to young 70s. Our Sunday evening meeting time is convenient for those who work during the day and/or have children who are involved in FPC’s Sunday Night Youth and Children Programs. We meet on the second Sunday evening of the month from 5:30-7:00 in the Lisa Ham Gathering Space at First Presbyterian Church during the months of September -April. In May we meet for dinner out at a local restaurant for a special evening of Christian fellowship. Our meetings include a light dinner, a short business meeting, support of missions and service projects, and an inspirational Bible Study. Please come and be a part of our family!

Circle 10 is a Couples Circle that was started in 2003. We meet monthly in members’ homes from September through 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 focus on 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 schedules are full to overflowing and who cannot be part of a group that meets physically. 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 circle members 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 W 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 21 st 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 Mary Beth Wortham in the church 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 Susan Johnson, PW Moderator-elect, at 828-8125 or

Note: Circles 1, 3 and 7 have 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