2018 Church-wide Gathering of Presbyterian Women

Betsy Craig, Sandy Guthrie, and Sandy Weil attended the Church-wide Gathering of Presbyterian Women in Louisville, Kentucky, August 2-5. It was a wonderful  time of fellowship with women from around the world.  We worshipped, sang, listened to inspiring speakers, marched for justice and equity, and celebrated the work PW is doing in this country and internationally.  The sunflower logo and Arise theme represented energy and hope, given so generously by God.  Those attending were encouraged to shine their lights individually and collectively as we seek and live out God’s will. We look forward to sharing our experiences with the women at First Pres Deland!  

PW of Central Florida Presbytery 2018 Bible Study Event

Eleven of our PW members attended the annual Bible Study event at Park Lake Presbyterian in Orlando on August 18th for an introduction to this year’s study, God’s Promise: I Am With You. This study by Amy Poling Sutherland will take us on a journey from Genesis through the Gospels looking at God’s most frequent promise. This promise still speaks to us today.   Lydia  Circle will be studying The Good and Beautiful Community: Following the Spirit, Extending Grace, Demonstrating Love by James Bryan Smith. Contact Alice Foerster for more information.  

PW Fall Gathering

Please join us at our Arise, Shine Brunch

Saturday, September 29th at 10:00 a.m. in Fellowship Hall

The program will be “Shining a Light on PW”.

We will be dedicating our Thank Offering

All women are invited!

Cost is $5.00

Please RSVP to your circle leader or Betsy Craig by September 21st.



  PW Circles Start a New Year! September signals the beginning of a new year for PW. It’s time for our circles  to resume meeting! If you are not already a member of a circle, we would love to have you join us.  Circles meet once a month and each has a local mission that it supports in addition to the many missions supported by PCUSA.   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.  


  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.  


  PW Honorary Life Membership Each year Presbyterian Women give this award to honor an individual’s faithful service to the women’s organization and the church. This year’s recipient is Lynn Blackmon who shares her time and talents lovingly and generously. Lynn was instrumental in organizing Lydia Circle. Her many church activities are include serving as a Stephen Minister, playing in the handbell choir, volunteering in the church office, and working with Family, Renew. This year Lynn and her husband, Fred, will celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary. They have 3 children and 7 grandchildren.  Congratulations, Lynn!