Presbyterian Women’s Fall Gathering

Please join us for the Presbyterian Women’s Fall Gathering

First Presbyterian Church of Mesquite
Saturday October 14, 2017

Keynote Mission Speaker: Janet Theus, PW Synod of the Sun, Participant for PW 2016 USA Mission Experience

Guest Pastor: Rev. Dr. Julie Adkins


Janet will share her experiences as she investigated the scope of Human Trafficking in the U.S. Janet was one of twelve women from synods throughout the U.S. who participated in the 2016 USA Mission Experience (USAME) in the San Francisco Bay Area. The participants came from WA, MI, NE, TN, NV, KS, NY, UT, FL, AZ, OK, PA, and CA. Janet was the Synod of the Sun representative. The USAME Churchwide Coordinating Team members and local planners brought the group total to twenty women.

Their goals for this trip were to:

  • Learn about victims of sexual trafficking, human slavery, domestic violence, the homeless, and immigration issues.
  • Develop skills to advocate for these victims.
  • Explore personal stories to examine the myths and realities associated with these victim’s experiences and
  • Identify resources to help eliminate these scourges against humanity.


Participants visited churches and mission centers to learn how the Bay Area is addressing the issues listed above. One of the places visited was the Emmaus House in Hollister, CA, a “safe house”, which was a recipient of a PW Thank You Offering grant that assisted during the early stages of the development of Emmaus House. In Oakland, they also visited the Bay Area Women Against Rape, “BAWAR”, which was formed in 1971 and is the nation’s first rape crisis center to provide 24-hour comprehensive services for survivors of sexual assault. (Information taken from Janet Theus’ notes from her trip.)

Read more about the 2016 USAME in the 2017 January/February issue of Horizons Magazine.

 You will not want to miss hearing the inspirational stories Janet will share about abused victims who experienced coming “out of the darkness, into the light!” Please save the date: Saturday, October 14.

The Rev. Dr. Julie Adkins will be the afternoon speaker. She was keynote speaker at our 2016 Fall Gathering at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church in Dallas.  Julie currently serves as interim pastor at FPC – Winnsboro. Julie will speak after lunch and will lead us as we celebrate communion.


Look for more details and a registration form in the 3rd quarter PW Innovator newsletter, which will be posted on this webpage September 1, 2017.