Mission Projects at the SOS PW Gathering Update
For those attending the Synod of the Sun PW Gathering in Ft. Worth in July, there was ample opportunity for hands-on mission work. When they found a few moments of “downtime,” women from all over the synod were invited to share their talents and time in cutting and tying knotted prayer blankets, packing backpacks with school supplies, filling gift bags for victims of human trafficking, gathering in a knitting circle to knit and fellowship, creating a large stained glass cross or shopping at the Book Swap with all monetary gifts going to the Presbyterian Border Region Outreach.
Thirty-six knotted prayer blankets were completed and given to First Presbyterian Church-Ft. Worth for the Presbyterian Women and Children’s Night Shelter in Ft. Worth. The women of Grace Presbytery supplied pieces of fleece for a total of 105 blankets. The remaining pieces of fleece will be completed and given in the months ahead. Jane Ingebritson from Trinity Presbyterian Church in Flower Mound helped to organize this project.
The school supplies and backpacks were brought to the gathering by the women in attendance. This effort was coordinated by Cheryl Pennington, who is the PW Churchwide Coordinating Team Representative for Synod of the Sun (SOS) and outgoing Mission Coordinator for SOS, and the PW Coordinating Team of Grace Presbytery. All of the school supplies (74 backpacks filled) plus an abundance of additional school supplies for teachers were given to Amanda and Omar of Presbyterian Border Region Outreach. Over 600 children are served along the Mexico border.
Sharon Curry, Mission Coordinator for Grace PW Coordinating Team, delivered 227 gift bags (plus an abundance of extra supplies) for victims of human trafficking to “Unbound” in Waco. Items were brought to the gathering by those attending.
Sharon said, “It was a great project and I was totally overwhelmed by the outpouring of love for women we don’t even know. I stood there looking at the pile of feminine hygiene products and it struck me, some women don’t even have those, and our women cared enough to make sure they have a few.”
Bettina Zvanut, a Cluster Leader on the Grace PW Coordinating Team, was at the knitting circle. Many women gathered throughout the three days to knit, visit and share ideas. Bettina taught several women to knit. Needles and yarn were available for the new knitters to take home with them so they could continue to practice. Knitting4peace flyers, which PW Churchwide is promoting this year, were available. This event provided a time of fellowship where there was lots of visiting and sharing of patterns and ideas for mission projects.
Barbara Heptig, a member of First Presbyterian Church in Fort Worth, brought supplies for women to gather and work on a stained glass cross. The finished cross was given to the Presbyterian Night Shelter for Women and Children in Ft. Worth.
The Book Swap was a huge success. Women were asked to bring their “already read” books to share with someone else. Monetary donations were accepted and given to the Presbyterian Border Region Outreach in El Paso. This provided a wonderful time for fellowship as books on display were discussed and recommended.
Anyone who brought items, assembled items, heard the noisy carts full of supplies being pushed down the hallways, or worked on these projects was simply amazed once again by the “radical generosity” of Presbyterian Women. Thank you, thank you to everyone who participated one way or the other!
“Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!”
Pam Dotson, Moderator
The Women of Grace Presbytery
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|Mo Ranch Women’s Conference|
|PC(USA) Women’s Ministries|
|Montreat Women’s Connection|
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