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Purpose of Presbyterian Women

Forgiven and freed by God in Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, 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,
  • to build an inclusive, caring, community of women, that strengthens the Presbyterian Church (USA) and witnesses to the promise of God's kingdom.

Next Coordinating Team Meeting: August 2nd, 9:30-10:30am

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2021-22 Coordinating Team (Left to Right) Judy Beacon, Communications; Dorritt Briere, Secretary; Jeanie Ralston, Sunshine; Joanne Bishop, Moderator; Diane Boram, Historian; Jean Sturm, Vice Moderator; Carol Hammond, Treasurer; Rev. Linda Bailey, Pastoral Advisor (not shown)

2021 / 2022 PW Coordinating Team Leaders

This PW lead team was installed for 2021-22.

Your PW Coordinating team adds all circle leaders to the lead team and will be identified in the fall.

PW welcomes new members to all circles so please consider joining for the upcoming fall Bible study focused on "What My Grandmothers Taught Me". Please contact Joanne Bishop if you would like to join and be added to the new yearbook or you can contact any of the circle leaders.


Moderator's Message

Presbyterian Women’s in-person 2021 Churchwide Gathering, which was to be held in St. Louis, has been cancelled and replaced by an online Churchwide Gathering event. This online event, Zoom/livestream is scheduled on Thursday, August 5 from 1:00 to 3:00 in the Fellowship Hall.

All arrangements have been made so YOU do not have to personally connect. Dan Chaney will set up the laptop, large screen, and taking care of broadcasting the event for us. We will have round tables set up so you can visit. No reservations are needed. There will be three speakers, the author of this year’s Bible study, and the authors of the next two years’ Bible studies. There will be a worship service and Communion. Music will be provided by Austin College. How wonderful to experience this event at Desert Palms!

Our Bible Study books have arrived and will be sold in Fellowship Hall starting in August at the PW table following church service. Checks are preferred,  payable to “DPPC PW” (with “study book” in the Memo line). Cost is $11.00. Large print books are $16.00 and must be ordered.

Looking ahead to our 2021-2022 Presbyterian Women’s year, we are planning what we call “normal” and will have in-person Circle meetings and programs.  

The 2021-2022 PW Yearbooks will be available in August at the PW table in Fellowship Hall following the church service. Circle leaders are asked to get them.

Are you giving the Bible Study lesson at your Circle in September? Pastor Linda will give a Bible Study briefing on Tuesday September 7 at 8:30 a.m. in Room B.  

Remember to “Save the Date” for Pastor Linda’s overview of the new Study Book on 9:30 a.m. Tuesday September 28 in the Sanctuary.

As always, DPPC PW welcomes members to join one of our eight Circles by contacting Joanne Bishop, Jean Sturm, the PW table in Fellowship Hall, or any of the Circle co-leaders.

Joanne Bishop- PW Moderator

 

 


Upcoming Activities

Save The Date!

Presbyterian Women …. SAVE THE DATE !

Thursday, August 5 from 1:00 to 3:00 in the Fellowship Hall

Presbyterian Women’s in-person 2021 Churchwide Gathering, which was to be held in St. Louis, has been cancelled and replaced by an online Churchwide Gathering event. This online event, Zoom/livestream is scheduled on Thursday, August 5 from 1:00 to 3:00 in the Fellowship Hall.

All arrangements have been made so YOU do not have to personally connect. Dan Chaney will set up the laptop, large screen, and taking care of broadcasting the event for us. We will have round tables set up so you can visit. No reservations are needed. There will be three speakers, the author of this year’s Bible study, and the authors of the next two years’ Bible studies. There will be a worship service and Communion. Music will be provided by Austin College. How wonderful to experience this event at Desert Palms!

 

Check back later for other important dates to keep on your calendar!

New  2021 - 2022 PW Horizons Bible Study Books Are Here!

Presbyterian Women's Bible Study books for Circle gatherings next fall have arrived and will be sold in Fellowship Hall starting with the first face-to-face church meetings (whenever that is planned and a PW Table is allowed in Fellowship Hall on that Sunday).

Checks are preferred to avoid handling cash and are to be made out to: DPPC PW (with study book in the Memo line). Regular print is $11; Large print is $16 (Limited supply).

 


Justice and Peace Calendar

Click here to get a downloadable Justice and Peace Calendar

 


Latest News

Click here to view the latest Quarterly News

The link above take you to: PW NewsBytesformerly the?PW Quarterly Mailing


Grand Canyon Presbyterian Women Reading List

All books from the reading list are in our church library. The criteria for the selection of the books are: to enlighten our minds, to nourish our spirits, to challenge our consciences, to entertain us. As you choose which books you will read, we will hope we have met these goals, not all of them in one book, but in the whole of them.


Bible Study Resources

Monthly Bible Study Overview. Lessons will begin in September and will be listed below. Check back here in September for Lesson one for the study; What My Grandmothers Taught Me: Learning from the Women in Matthew’s Genealogy of Jesus


Meet Our Nine Circles

Presbyterian Women includes all women who are members or friends of Desert Palms Church.  All women are welcome to attend any PW activity by visiting our sign up table in Fellowship Hall on Sundays. 

We are honored to currently have nine PW Circles, of over 200 women, that meet monthly to study, support, and provide service together.  All circles welcome new members so you may click on any of the links below learn more about any circles or contact PW Moderator, Dodie Weiland at 816-210-3646.

Below are the normal PW Circle meeting information. However, due to the pandemic crisis, the meeting times and locations have likely changed. Please contact the circle leaders for specific monthly meeting information.

Elizabeth and Mary Circle meets the 2nd Thursday of the month May 13th at 9:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall Room A. Contact person: Carol Goff.

Esther Circle no meeting for May. Contact person: Nancy Zaitlen.

Lydia Circle meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month May 19th at 10:00 a.m. at Beardsley Park. Contact Person: Dorrie Briere.

Martha Circle meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month May 12th at 12:30 p.m in Fellowship Hall Room A. Bring your own chair. Contact person:Jean Sturm.

Naomi Circle meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month May 12th at 9:30 a.m. via Zoom and in-person in Fellowship Hall Room B. Contact person: Diane Boram (contact Diane if you wish to meet by Zoom).

Phoebe Circle meets the 2nd Thursday of the month May 13th at 7:00 p.m. Barbara McKendall's home. Contact person: Sandy Warmuth.

Rebecca Circle meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month May 12th at 9:00 a.m. in Fellowship Hall Room A. Contact person: Carole Jean Soine.

Sarah Circle no meeting for May. Contact person: TBD.

Any women can attend any circle in a given month by contacting the person listed. With Covid issues we want everyone to attend the type of meeting that best meets their needs of in-person, zoom, or outside locations!  Study Books are available for $11 by contacting Carol Hammond.


Elizabeth Circle - Close Up

Meet Elizabeth Circle! We meet the 2nd Thursday of the month at 9:30 a.m. in Room A from September through May.

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Elizabeth Circle is currently our largest circle but always has room for more members so please come visit us if you are interested in joining a circle that meets during our time. We were created in 2018 and have many members of the choir in our circle but also other members who find this time convenient. Our co-leaders are Mary Mathiason (623-556-9246) and Judy Milligan (623-440-6692). We talke turns moderating the current Hoizon Bible Study display in this picture one of our exercizes from the study. It is a great, fun group so please give Mary or Judy a call if you are interested.


Esther Circle - Close Up

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Ester and Priscilla Circles Combine to be the New Ester Circle

Esther Circle was founded by Betty Lou South in the mid 90's to create an alternative meeting time on Mondays, since at that time the other circles met on Wednesdays. We take turns moderating the monthly Bible study and hosting light refreshments. Our members feel very comfortable sharing their ideas and personal experiences that relate to the Bible Study discussions.

In addition to helping support the activities of the church’s Presbyterian Women’s Organization, Esther Circle supports the D.O.V.E.S. program, which is part of the Area Agency on Aging in the Phoenix area. This program helps elderly victims of domestic abuse and violence.

Esther Circle meets on the second Monday of the month, at 8:30 a.m. in Room A in Fellowship Hall. We welcome new members to journey with us as we nurture our faith and expand our friendships. If you are interested in visiting or joining, please contact one of our co-leaders Nancy Zaitlen or Judith Hoye


Lydia Circle - Close Up

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Martha Circle - Close Up

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The Martha circle was started around 1993. One of the long-term members was Joyce Turner. We missed her when she moved and started a circle at Grandview Terrace. The Martha circle was struggling in the late 1990’s, but with the support of its members, new members joined.As of the present time, it is a thriving group. We mourn the loss of two of our members, who passed away last year. They are Sandy Green and Robin McFarland. Jan Lansberry took over as leader of our circle after Robin passed away.

We presently have 25 members, averaging 20 at our meetings. We meet monthly in members’ homes the second Wednesday of the month, September through May, noon - 3 p.m.  We bring our own lunch and eat together. The co-hostess brings dessert to share with everyone. When dessert is finished, we have a meeting, followed by a Bible study.  All of the circles arestudying Hebrews through the study book Cloud of Witnesses.

Our activities include sitting at the Presbyterian Women's table between services, which we did the month of November, hostessing the Mission luncheon January 23, 2018, and we help with the spring tea in March. We have prayed together in the Chapel for ill members or members’ children.  We have provided meals for members in need. Martha circle is a wonderfully supportive group of ladies who care about each other and our church.

Anyone who would care to visit or join us is very welcome. Please call the hostess to let her know that you are coming.


Mary Circle - Close Up

Mary Circle is our newest circle that began meeting together in September of 2019. We meet the 2nd Thursday of the month at 9:00 a.m. by Zoom.

We are a small intimate circle who find this time convenient and enjoy sharing our life experiences and discussing the most current bible study. We did not take a picture of the whole circle prior to disruption of our meetings due to Covid-19 but we have included a picture of our Tea Table from March 14, 2020. Not all our members chose to attend the tea so we invited members from Phoebe Circle to join us.

We would love to have new PW members join us. Please contact Carol Goff (630-788-7330) or Dodie Weiland (816-210-3646) if you would like to visit or join our circle.

God Bless You All!


Naomi Circle - Close Up

Naomi circle was one of the earliest circles in our church. An interesting fact is that one of the early members of the circle was actually named Naomi.

Naomi circle meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 9:30 a.m. in room B in Fellowship Hall. After coffee, snacks and a short business meeting, Naomi circle studies the Horizons Bible Study that is shared by Presbyterian Women all over the world.  The 2017 - 2018 Horizons Bible Study was entitled "Cloud of Witnesses, The Community of Christ in Hebrews" by Melissa Bane Sevier. Next year for the 2018-2019 PW season the study will be "God's Promise: I am with you" by Amy Poling Sutherlun.  An overview of next year's study is being held at our church on April 14, from 8–11 a.m.  Coffee and light refreshments will be served.

Naomi circle is a small but close knit group whose names are listed with this picture, which was taken on Valentines Day. Naomi Circle welcomes new members to come and join them by contacting Marty Kixmiller or Patsy Blinn.

Be sure to say "hello" to them as they join Ruth circle in hosting the Tuesday, April 24, 2018, PW Women's Annual Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall, where we will install new members of the PW Coordinating Team.


Phoebe Circle - Close Up

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The Desert Palm's Presbyterian Women's organization hopes all women of the church will consider joining one of the many circles that meet monthly to share friendship, support and focus on the Bible study that all circles around the world are sharing. To help you better understand our circles we will provide a "Close Up" on different circles each month in the Palms.

Please stop by the PW Table to learn more about the varying circles to find the one that best meets your interests and availability.

Phoebe circle is the newest of all the circles that began in 2015 when it was obvious that another evening circle was desirable with the growing number of working and very busy women in our area. Phoebe meets at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month in member homes with a snack provided by the hostess. 

These are a very energetic and active group of women who, in addition to the monthly bible study and PW business activities, find themselves also championing many special causes that reach out to involve the entire congregation.   

Phoebe has assisted in special projects associated with  the Desert Palms Women's Retreats, organizing the "Women of Faith" Cancer Walk team from our church, as well as volunteering to assist in many outreach and mission projects. They co-chaired the PW Christmas Communion in 2016 and will do so again this year. 

Phoebe proves that small groups working together to support each other builds strong personal bonds and can accomplish wonders with God's help. They welcome any new member to join them and hope you will stop by the PW Table in Fellowship Hall any Sunday in September to greet them. There you can then learn more about all circles, other PW activities and sign up for the upcoming luncheon on September 26. 

See you there!


Rebecca Circle - Close Up

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Our final PW Circle Close Up this season features Rebecca Circle. They started in September, 2004, by Jean Montgomery and Natalie Herrick, who are the only original members still attending.

Rebecca Circle co-leaders are Natalie Herrick and Lucille Schultz and they welcome new members and visitors. Our meetings are on the second Wednesday of the month at 9 a.m. and we take turns hosting them at our members homes.

Rebecca Circle is unique because they meet the second Wednesday of each month YEAR ROUND!  While the ladies are meeting at various homes from September through May, the husbands also meet the same morning for breakfast at the Golden Corral in Surprise, Arizona.  In the summer months of June through August, Rebecca Circle continues to meet on the same second Wednesday mornings, this time joining with their husbands for breakfast at the Golden Corral or at other  restaurants.  What a great opportunity to continue in fellowship, faith and friendship beyond the normal PW season!


Sarah Circle - Close Up

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Sarah Circle meets in member homes on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 9:30 a.m., September - May, to share active support and caring for each other.  They take turns leading the bible study discussion, devotions, and hosting. Many of the members have been with Sarah Circle for years but they always have open arms to new members and have found the three new members this year fit into the group as if they have always been there.

Sarah Circle is very excited about their project in 2017 to sponsor a young girl, Vanessa, in Uganda, Africa through Prepare The Way Ministry. Dodie Weiland joined Sarah Circle at their December meeting to provide pictures and videos of Vanessa and the King's Kids Learning Center where she attends school.

In the picture below, you see Vanessa with a special "Jesus" necklace and touching letter from her "Grandmothers in Sarah Circle", that was sent with Dodie when she visited Vanessa in Africa in October. Sarah Circle also sent a package to Vanessa at Christmas and continues to pray for and support Vanessa's Christian education, personal safety and full potential.

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If you are interested in visiting or joining Sarah Circle you are encouraged to contact either of their co-leaders, Ruth Friesenborg or Francis Palsma.  Or say "hello" to them at the PW Tea, Saturday, March 10th, where they are usually the only circle to decorate two coordinated tables!

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