Presbyterian Women

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Presbyterian Women, the oldest and largest mission partner of the PC(USA), is 230 years old. 2018 marks 30 years since the former women’s organizations united to form Presbyterian Women.

We gather to nurture our faith, support missions, work for justice, and build community. We encourage you to join the warm embrace of intentional relationship in whatever terms your life story permits. We welcome all by supporting each other and learning to rest in the promise of God’s presence. This is the heart of WRPC PW, a desire to journey together in Christian love.

  • Circles– Each of the four Circles meets on the second Monday of the month. Three Circles follow the Horizons Bible Study, one discusses contemporary literature, and all provide fellowship and mission opportunities.
  • General Gatherings- Several general gatherings are held during the year to which all women of the congregation are invited. They include a light meal or refreshments and a program.
  • Flower Duty- The sanctuary flowers are given each week except during Lent by individuals or families in honor or memory of loved ones.  Presbyterian Women administer the sign up of donors.  If the donors do not wish to keep the flowers, circle members deliver them to shut-ins.
  • Hostess Duty- Circle members serve coffee and lemonade during a time of fellowship following each 11:00 AM Sunday service.
  • Care- Whenever there is a death of a member of the congregation, Presbyterian Women show their love and concern for the family by providing a meal or reception at the time of the funeral or memorial service.
  • Helen Wright Center Meals- Meals for this homeless shelter for women are provided by a Circle three times a year.
  • Together in Servicelocally- Mission opportunities include Wake Relief Food Pantry, Urban Ministries, WRPC Feeding Ministry, Backpack Buddies, Loaves and Fishes, Meals on Wheels, Children’s Hope Alliance, and the Helen Wright Center.
  • Together in Service Globally – Hearts with Haiti and WRPC Missionaries in Madagascar
  • Together in Service Ecumenically – Fellowship of the Least Coin and Church Women United

Presbyterian Women Circles meet second Monday, every month.  Join us!

Pearce/Hunt Circle

This circle meets in the parlor at church and uses the PW Horizons Bible Study. Lesson leadership is rotated within the members. This is quite a diversified group of women with varied interests. Additional participants always are welcome. As women interested in the building up of our church, they have much to offer newcomers.

Meetings: 2nd Mondays at 2:00 in the Parlor Moderator: Jane Stuart

Eunice King Contemporary Literary Circle

Since the 1960s, members of this Circle have read and discussed an eclectic range of books from the perspective of concerned, involved Christian women. They also support the church and each other, building strong bonds of love and service. The Circle includes both longtime West Raleigh members and newcomers. Their booklist is posted on the PW Bulletin Board 1st floor hall on left. Visitors are welcome!

Meetings: 2nd Mondays at 4:00 in the Parlor Moderator: Rosalyn Snyder

Clara Gilbert Circle

This circle enjoys fellowship and Bible study. They meet in members’ homes, share a dessert, and then turn their attention to the member leading the lesson from the PW Horizons Bible Study. Each year they select a service project in the Raleigh area. Visitors are welcome to enjoy the loving fellowship of this group of women.

Meetings: 2nd Mondays at 7:30 in homes Moderator: Catherine Meynardie

Mary Lee Barnhardt Circle

This circle uses the PW Horizons Bible Study to launchintolivelydiscussions. Leadership of the study is rotated among members. Delicious teas and snacks are always an important part of the gathering. Come be led and lead with us.

Meetings: 2nd Mondays at 7:00 in room 202 Moderator: Carol House and Judy Colby

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Being In A Circle Is A Gift You Give Yourself!

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Installation and Gatherings
Monday, May 6, 2019 Spring General Gathering, Birthday Offering, Dinner, Honorary Life Member Award
Upcoming Circle Meetings - 2nd Monday
Monday, April 8, 2019
Monday, May 13, 2019
Coordinating Team Meetings - 1st Tuesday at 1 PM in Parlor
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Church Women United Meetings
Saturday, May 4, 2019 May Friendship Day at Pullen
Saturday, September 21, 2019 Human Rights Day at Western Boulevard Presbyterian
Saturday, November 2, 2019 World Community Day at Wilson Temple UMC
New Hope Presbytery Gatherings
Saturday, April 13, 2019 Spring Hill Presbyterian Church in Lucama, NC
Synod Summer Gathering
June 2019 Massanetta Springs in Harrisonburg, VA

It was a truly meaningful day on March 9, 2019 when WRPC PW worked together with the WRPC Mission, Peace, and Justice Committee to host the all-church March Mission Madness! Over 70 people actively participated in this day of service benefitting West Raleigh Presbyterian Church and other local non-profits, in addition to all who sustained the event through prayer.


Serving from home or on another day:

  • Beautiful prayer cards were created listing specific ministries and people, undergirding the entire event.
  • A few folks who were away for this event made the effort to serve on an alternative day.


Serving in support of others who were serving:

  • Childcare ministry – Several people provided loving care for the wee-ones, while others concentrated on cleaning and organizing the nursery.
  • Food ministry – We started the day together in Christian fellowship and prayer with delicious Breakfast nibbles. Johnny Flowe honored his mother, Polly, who was active in PW, by hosting and preparing a sumptuous meal for lunch. The fellowship time together at the table after sharing tasks was definitely a highlight of the day. 

Serving our community and neighborhood:

  • A Place at the Table: Several people worked as support staff for this pay-as-you-can restaurant.
  • Habitat for Humanity: Two members of WRPC worked on a home in Raleigh.
  • Family Promise: Several people worked in teams to clean one of the apartments on-site.
  • Warmth for Wake: One of our members was the lead person on-site.
  • Bee-loved garden: The garden was abuzz as many people worked to create paths and install multiple plants.

Serving our church:

  • Card ministry: Multiple people created beautiful handmade cards for later use by the WRPC card ministry team.
  • Building and Grounds: Church members served in a variety of ways, working on electrical projects, hanging blinds, cleaning pews, installing stepping stones, cleaning the basement, weeding the yard and many other assorted projects. Additionally, this event has spurred spin-off efforts moving forward.

Our Christmas Tea Winter Gathering took place early in Advent. It was a delightful, gentle time of fellowship. Mary Lee Barnhardt Circle prepared tantalizingly festive foods. We had a brief general gathering business meeting, followed by special presentations to our wonderful WRPC staff members. Harmony Chorus returned to bring us a holiday concert full of hope, peace, joy, and love. Most of all, we cherished being be together, sharing the season.

IMG 6899On Monday October 1, the women of WRPC and Davie Street PC enjoyed a gala evening together, with a sumptuous dinner provided by the Clara Gilbert Circle and other excellent chefs from our congregation.

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