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Women's Ministry

If you are a woman at Second, you are a member of Presbyterian Women.

This vibrant group hosts a number of weekly Bible studies and coordinates ongoing community service projects.

Presbyterian Women sponsor several gatherings each year featuring an inspirational speaker and an opportunity for wonderful fellowship.

The PW Fall Bazaar and Summer Sale raise more than $75,000 each year. This money goes to local, national and international mission programs.

InSpiring Speaker Series
Join us for faith, food and fellowship!

InSpiring Speaker Series

Several times each year the women of Second gather for a delicious meal, lively conversation and an inspiring program.

We have three outstanding speakers scheduled for October, December, and May. This is a great opportunity to enjoy a delicious lunch, be encouraged in your spiritual journey and meet other Second members and their guests. Everyone is welcome to attend (including gentlemen!)

Tickets are $15 each and are available online or in McFarland Hall three weeks prior to each event.

Childcare reservations can be made at SecondChurch.org/childcare at least one week prior to the event.

 


PW Local Mission
Assist in the Northside Food Pantry

Local Mission

Presbyterian Women

Assist in the Northside Food Pantry on the first and third Wednesdays of each month, from 3:30-6:30 p.m. 

Contact: Lisa Enright (317-843-1721) or Karen Johnson (317-566-0328)


Bazaar & Summer Sale

Bazaar & Summer Sale

More than 17,000 square feet of clothing, home and garden, housewares, china, toys, books and more!

Please bring your donated items to the northeast entrance of the church (under the awning).

 

PW's most significant activity is the annual Fall Bazaar and its sister event, the Summer Sale. These events raise tens of thousands of dollars, which support mission projects locally and abroad. We invite you to get involved with these fun and worthwhile events, whether you donate goods, organize a booth, volunteer on sale day, or just shop! It’s a great way to glorify God while getting to know other women in the church.

For more information, please contact Betty Ragle at bragle@secondchurch.org or (317)253-6461, ext. 372.

There are many opportunities through the week and during the sales to volunteer. So see how you can help, please view the opportunities and help us serve our community on Sign-up Genius.

The Fall Bazaar is in November. Summer Sale is in June.


Monday Mission Stitchers
Presbyterian Women 
Mondays 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. in Room 230

Presbyterian Women Monday Mission Stitchers

PW Monday Mission Stitchers make sleeping bags and patchwork quilts for the homeless, bright, cheerful pillow cases for children in the hospital, caps for cancer patients, as well as “Linus” blankets and puppy pillows for Riley Hospital.

If you would like to donate to our mission, we can use any of the following materials:

• Old drapes or shower curtains
• Any size fabric heavy enough for outside of sleeping bag
• Blankets for inside of bags
 
Please mark for “Monday Mission Sew-ers.”
 
Contact: Doris Stewart (844-8151), Iris Olinger (229-9332) or Libby Claycombe (251-5046)

Women's Prayer Group
Meets Monday Mornings

Women's Prayer Group

The Presbyterian Women’s Intercessory Prayer Group meets on Monday morning. If you are interested in joining this group, please contact Pat Shirey.

Your concerns are always kept in strict confidence. We welcome your prayer requests.


PW Monday Mission Sorters
Mondays 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in the Unfinished Room

PW Monday Mission Sorters

Sort clothing and other donations for PW Bazaar, PW Summer Sale, as well as other churchwide mission projects

Contact: Gretchen Hall (578-4046) or Amy Johnston (334-9636).


Bible & Book Studies
Study and fellowship classes for all ages and genders.


Rehm Guild
Presbyterian Women
Six times a year on the 4th Tuesday of September, October, November, March, April, and May

Rehm Guild

Rehm Guild meets six times a year on the 4th Tuesday of September, October, November, March, April, and May. All ages are welcome. Today, Rehm Guild members are 40 to 101!

Have you ever wondered... Who was Caroline Rehm, and why does she have a Guild?

A guild is defined as "an organization of persons ith related interests, goals, etc."

The Rehm Guild was established in 1845 as a Sewing Society. The church at that time was located downtown. Circle Six was another group who wanted to maintain their fellowship. Many ladies maintained a relationship in two circles. In 1966, the group restated their mission and purpose and became the Caroline Rehm Guild. Mrs. Rehm had been a long-time member of the church and the women wanted to continue in her memory.

Today, the Rehm Guild gathers six times a year for a light lunch and friendly fellowship and to hear a stimulating speaker. We learn about and provide support for our church and community.

You are invited!

Come to Rehm Guild to get to know some of the people you might see on Sunday and not have a chance to engage in conversation. You'll be inspired by our speakers, who share their stories about life in our city and beyond.

For more information contact Betty Ragle at (317) 253-6461.


Mission Work of Presbyterian Women
 

Mission Work 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, and to support the mission of the church worldwide.”
 
These are purposes of Presbyterian Women worldwide, and these words serve as our foundation and guide for mission and ministry at Second. Presbyterian Women (PW) is a vibrant and intergenerational group of women within our church community, which actively and historically supports mission with our time, our talents, and the funds we raise. Leadership and service are integral to this dynamic team.
 
The most well-known aspect of PW is our annual Bazaar and Summer Sale. For 68 years, these sales have raised our yearly giving funds. 65% percent of these funds are donated to Presbyterian concerns; 35% are available for needs outside our denomination. The total gifting over the past 68 years is estimated to be close to $900,000.
 
Within Second, ongoing financial support is provided to: Christmas Benevolence, CenterPoint Counseling, Youth Ministries, Northside Mission, and Boy Scout Troop 18. Throughout the years, PW has contributed to virtually every department and ministry within our church. A donation of $50,000 was given to the 175th Anniversary Fund from our Endowment fund.
 
In 2008, the Joan Malick Seminary Scholarship Fund was established as an endowment. Since 2009, yearly scholarships have been granted to female students attending McCormick Theological Seminary.
 
Within the city of Indianapolis, PW grants benefit shelters, outreach and education. Most recent and notable support has been provided to Westminster Neighborhood Services, Greenbriar Elementary and Broad Ripple Magnet High School. Globally, funds support universal access to health care and education including the IU-Moi University Partnership, Global Interfaith Partnership, Building Tomorrow, and Jubilee Village Project.
 
Grant funds are distributed twice yearly, in the Spring and Fall. Requests for funds should be submitted to the Chair of the PW Mission and Benevolence Committee, by the end of March and October. Grant requests should be in the form of a one page document including: organization making request, intended purpose of and amount of funds, brief background and pertinent contact information.
 
Financial giving is only one aspect of PW. Throughout the decades, individual Presbyterian Women have been at the heart and birth of ministries such as Christmas Benevolence, Northside Mission, Kenya Carnival, College Outreach Ministry, Monday Morning Prayer Group, Monday Mission Sewers and Monday Sorters. Leadership and service are integral to who we are. Seven small groups under the PW umbrella gather weekly to study scripture, pray, and grow in faith together. We serve as Deacons, Elders, and Indianapolis Great Banquet leaders. We sing in the choir, support the teachers of Greenbriar Elementary, chair Christmas Benevolence, teach Sunday School, decorate the sanctuary and serve as Care Corps volunteers.
 
Freed and forgiven by God in Jesus Christ, we commit ourselves to nurture our faith and support the missions of Second Presbyterian Church.