Thank Offering On Monday, October 30th PW dedicated their 2017 Thank Offering at the Book-It Brunch. The Thank Offering is one of two monetary offerings of Presbyterian Women. These offerings are in addition to the Presbyterian Women’s Mission Pledge annual fund support. In 1888, Eliza Clokey of Springfield, Ohio urged each woman to give one dollar over and above her usual contribution to the Women’s Missionary Society of the United Presbyterian Church as a “thank offering” to our Lord. Women responded, and the Thank Offering was born. The gifts represented much soul-searching and self-sacrificing on the part of many women. It has been said that women’s giving saved the worldwide missionary movement of that time. The thrust of how and where the money was used has changed over the years, but a “thank offering to our Lord” has continued to be an important part of giving for women in the Presbyterian Church. Since 1988, when the United Presbyterian Women and Women of the Church joined to become Presbyterian Women, the Thank Offering has give more than $25,000,000 to more than 2,000 programs and ministries that assist those struggling with illness, marginalization, and lack to education, services and resources. Ninety-two groups submitted applications for grants from the 2016 Thank Offering. Fifteen of the projects were chosen for grants totaling $382,500. Ten of the projects are ministries that serve people in need in the United States; five are international. More than half of the funded projects are health ministries. It will be exciting to see what God will do through the 2017 Thank Offering. Dorcas Circle meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 9:30 a.m. in the Activity Center at John Knox Village. Contact Nancy Kinsley. Lydia Circle meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:15 p.m. at various locations for a pot luck dinner and study. Contact Alice Foerster. Mary Elizabeth Circle meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 10:00 a.m. at Bonnie Bailey’s home. Contact Bonnie. Miriam Circle meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 10:00 a.m. at the church. Contact Janet Rabin. Rachel Circle meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 11:30 a.m. at the church. Members bring a bag lunch. Contact Lucille Jackson. Susanna Circle meets on the third Monday of the month at 6:00 p.m. at various locations for dinner and study. Contact Trish Tutt. First Presbyterian DeLand was well represented at the PW Bible Study event in Maitland on August 12th by 18 of our circle members. It was a day of worship, study and delightful fellowship. Meet your new coordinating team! Pictured, from left, are Susan Allison, outreach coordinator; Trish Tutt, treasurer; Betsy Craig, moderator; Sandy Guthrie, vice-moderator, and Nancy Kinsley, secretary. Those going off CT were Martha Holler and Sandy Weil. CT meetings include reports from each circle; serving in those capacities are Lucille Jackson, Rachel; Nancy Kinsley, Dorcas; Lynn Blackmon, Alice Foerster, Barbara Merriam or Gwynn Williams, Lydia; Susan Allison, Susanna; and Carol Pennebacker or Janet Rabin, Miriam. These PW circles constitute five of the small groups of our church, and together average 45-50 women who gather each month. Keep reading in this section over the summer to learn more about our forthcoming Bible studies.