Presbyterian Women-Circles

pw-4c-logo no bgForgiven 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, and to build an inclusive, caring community of women that strengthens the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and witnesses to the promise of God’s kingdom.


Circle One, Service
Co-Moderators: Clayton Fountain and Jerene Lee
Meets: second Monday, 6:30 p.m. at the home of members, clubs, restaurants
Format:Fellowship hour, dinner, devotion and business
Membership: 60- 70 Average attendance: 20 – 35
Focus: Providing assistance, time, materials, funding to projects throughout the year as they present themselves. Examples: Hospitality House, Hospice Meals of Love, Boy Scouts, Langdon House larder, Pastor’s Fund Christmas Auction, exam kits for college students, Good Shepherd, Angel Tree, others.
Other interests: Providing friendship, nurture, care and sisterhood to each other, and to members of the community when appropriate.Circle Two, Bible Study
Moderator: Dayna Pray
Bible Moderator: members take turns
Meets: second Monday, 7:00 p.m. at the home of members; May meeting is dinner at the Carolina Yacht Club
Format: Fellowship, business, Bible Study / discussion
Membership: 12 – 15 Average attendance: 10 – 12
Focus: Bible study, Curbside Café, Interfaith Hospitality, Salvation Army stockings, migrant worker kits, donations to Good Shepherd as needed, and other causes, as well.

Circle Three, Bible Study
Moderator: Anne Parker
Bible Moderator: Jean Hiott
Meeets second Monday, 10:30 a.m. at homes or the church
Format: Fellowship, Bible Study, business
Membership: 30 – 40 Average attendance: 18 – 20
Focus: Bible Study, Fellowship, Service

Circle Four, Bible Study
Moderator: Bunnie Turnbull
Bible Moderator: Betty Boney
Meets second Monday, 10:30 a.m. at church or member homes
Format: Fellowship, Bible study, business
Membership: 25 – 30 Average attendance: 15
Focus: study the Bible, support church missions with concentration on Good Shepherd, the Yahweh Center, and the Carousel Center.

Circle Five, Fellowship/Service
Moderators: Amy Shearin and Meade Van Pelt
Meets third Thursday, 7:00 p.m. in various members’ homes
Format: Fellowship, discussion, devotion, service
Membership: 20 Average attendance: 15-18
Focus: fellowship circle with devotion

Circle Six, Bible Study
Co – Moderators: Edie Werther and Dianne Hjelte
Bible Moderator: Beth Cherry, St. Andrews Covenant Presbyterian
Meets second Monday, 10:00 a.m. at Plantation Village, with St. Andrews
Format: Bible Study, Presbyterian Women meeting, friendship
Membership: 10 – 12 Average attendance: 8
Focus: Bible Study, fellowship, collection for Least Coin, donation for end-of-year giving (Pastor’s Fund, NC. Canine Training, migrant worker kits).
Other interests: One member knits baby blankets; Christmas stockings, Angel Tree
Other information to share: Our meetings are open to all Plantation Village people. We have five other ladies in Champion and Davis homes.

Circle Eight, Bible Study
Moderator: Cindy Markley
Bible Moderator: Sandy Codington
Meets second Tuesday after the first Monday, 10:00 a.m., Bride’s Room at the church
Format: half-hour social, meeting, Bible study
Membership: 12 – 16 Average attendance: 12
Focus: To provide a caring community of women that gives each woman opportunities for Bible study, prayer, friendship, and service. By circle participation, we seek to deepen our spiritual growth.
Other interests: We collect money and donate goods for the Good Shepherd House, food for the Salvation Army’s Food Bank; shampoos and toiletries for Hospitality House. We fill Christmas stockings for the Salvation Army. Our offering has gone to community charities, seminary students and the Pastor’s Fund.
Other information to share: The Fellowship of the Least Coin gives us spiritual bonds with world-wide Christians. Our December meeting is always followed by a Christmas luncheon at a local restaurant, and our May meeting is always at a member’s home, followed by a salad luncheon.

Circle Nine, Book Circle
Moderator: Ginger Taylor
Book Moderator: various members
Meets second Monday, 10:00 a.m., location varies
Format: Very light refreshments, fellowship, devotional, joys and concerns, prayer, and business. A volunteer then presents some information about the author of the book, and leads the discussion.
Membership: 18 – 20 Average attendance: 12
Focus: To identify and select important books by talented authors, and to share thoughts and opinions about them, especially from the perspective of Christian women.
Other interests: Circle members enthusiastically participate in the full life of PW by supporting all opportunities for service, study, and fellowship.
Other information to share: Members of Circle Nine are women who enjoy serious reading and who love the opportunity to delve into the issues presented in the books. No special qualifications are needed — just a love of books and open discussion. Varying viewpoints are encouraged, and this makes the gathering really interesting! Usually, the members are trying to discover the appropriate Christian response to the issues in the literature. Members develop the reading list and sign up for responsibilities like hosting and leading the book discussion, so no one takes a job she does not want. Participation in this group is stimulating and truly enjoyable.

Circle Ten, Fellowship / Service
Moderators: Jennifer Mackethan
Meets second Tuesday, 7:00 p.m., various restaurants
Format: Fellowship, discussion, devotion, service
Membership: 20 – 25 Average attendance: 10 – 15
Focus: We are a social / fellowship circle with light devotions. We gather to talk about current things going on in our lives, have a short devotion, and provide items for service projects. Circle Ten members are generally active in church activities focused on children: Advent Festival, Easter Egg Hunt, Vacation Bible School, etc. Other interests: We also support one another when someone has a need: death in the family, new babies, etc.