At Lewinsville, Presbyterian Women provides opportunities for women to grow together in their faith in Jesus Christ through Bible study, prayer, mission, and fellowship. These opportunities are created for all women in the church, that they may be encouraged and nurtured in their daily life.
The following is the purpose of Presbyterian Women throughout the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.): Forgiven and freed by God in Jesus Christ, we commit ourselves:
- To nurture our faith through prayer and Bible Study,
- To support the mission of the church worldwide,
- To work for justice and peace, and
- To build an inclusive, caring community of women that strengthens the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and witnesses to the promises of God’s kingdom.”
Presbyterian Women (PW) reaches out in Christ’s love to serve our community and the world.
Locally, PW contributes funds and service to The Falls Church/McLean Day Care Center, Lewinsville Retirement Residence, Ingleside at Rock Creek, Church Women United, and the Salvation Army Christmas Stocking program. In the broader community, PW sends money to buy birthday cakes for the youth at the Presbyterian Children’s Home of the Highlands and contributes to the ministry of The Rev. Joe Powlas in the mountains near Booneville, KY.
In the world, PW supports Wycliffe Bible Translators and mission and outreach programs of PW on the Presbytery, Synod and Assembly levels. PW also takes part in the Fellowship of the Least Coin. The “least coin” is collected at gatherings of women in many nations. The offerings support programs of literacy, health, disaster assistance, and justice for women and families around the world.
Every female member of Lewinsville is considered a member of this organization. Circles meet regularly to foster continued Bible study, mission work, and to provide opportunities for fellowship, support and service within the church and community.
July 31, 2016: All-Church Picnic, sponsored by Presbyterian Women. Fellowship Hall immediately following worship
December 5, 2016: Advent Reflection and Dessert – 7:00 pm.
Spring 2017: Presbyterian Women’s Spring Retreat
“Circles” are small groups of women of all ages who meet together once each month to grow in faith and friendship. Over 85 women at Lewinsville are active in a circle! They welcome new Circle members at any time of year. If you have never been a part of a Circle before, we invite you to join one this year. Various meeting times, dates, and locations are available in the monthly Newsletter and below. For more information, please call any of the Circle leaders.
The 2016-2017 Horizons Bible Study is Who is Jesus? What a Difference a Lens Makes, by Judy Yates Siker. Each of the study’s nine lessons explores the question “Who is Jesus” through a particular theological lens. The author explores the answers to the question through the lenses of Mark, Matthew, Luke, John, Paul, Hebrews, the non-canonical gospels, the Abrahamic Faiths, and contemporary cultural interpretations. The author notes that each of us who reads the New Testament is an interpreter of the text, and how we interpret depends in part on who we are.
Join the hundreds of thousands of thoughtful Christians who will be sharing this study together in the coming months.
Circle 1 – Second Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. Made up primarily of young working women, Circle 1 meets in the Bethany Room (behind the Sanctuary) for Bible study and fellowship. Leader: Megan Leslie 703-723-8282
Circle 3 – Third Mondays at 1:30 p.m. Circle 3 is a daytime Circle that began 30 over years ago as a gathering of working women eager to welcome visitors and new members. Meetings are held in the Chapel, include socializing over coffee and dessert, Bible study and prayer, which are let by members of the group. Bible Study and prayer are led by members of the group. Leader: Betty Yurkewitch 703-790-9586.
Circle 6 – Second & Fourth Mondays at 2:00 p.m. Circle 6 includes residents of Lewinsville Retirement Residence and meets in the East Building Community Room at LRR. Join together and engage in Bible Study and fellowship with friends and neighbors. Leader: Mary Ann Philipp 703 938-2651
Circle 7 – Second Fridays at 10:00 a.m. Circle 7 includes members of all ages. The circle meets in the Lewinsville Library and child care will be provided for anyone who is interested (please let us know in advance). Join us for breakfast, Bible Study, and sharing of joys and struggles. Co-Leaders: Kay Ancell 703-356-4978 and Betty Jean Shihda-Kloster 703-821-1325.
Circle 8 – Third Mondays at 7:00 p.m. This enthusiastic group meets in members’ homes to join in Bible Study and fellowship. Circle 8 seeks to include those for whom the evening hour is most convenient. Mary Ann Philipp leads the Bible study. Co-Leaders: Jan Jacewicz 703-231-4973 and Mary Ann Philipp 703-938-2651.
PW COORDINATING TEAM
The Coordinating Team meets the first Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the Lewinsville Library.
- Co-Moderators: Jody Ransom and Betty Yurkewitch
- Secretary: Megan Leslie
- Treasurer: Laury Bender
- Coordinator for Spiritual Life: Caroll Bastian
- Coordinator for Mission: Betty Jean Shihda-Kloster
- Nominating: Vacant
- Coordinator for Membership: Ruth Thomas
- Circle Leaders (listed above)