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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 and Summer Sales raise more than $75,000 each year. This money goes to local, national and international mission programs.


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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)


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.

PW Honorary Life Membership
Nominations

PW Honorary Life Membership

The nomination forms for the Presbyterian Women's Honorary Life Memberships will be available October 1 through November 1 in the Atrium and PW Room 230. You can also submit a form online.
 
An Honorary Life Membership in Presbyterian Women is conferred upon a woman in recognition of faithful service in the work, activities and leadership of PW and of the church. An Honorary Life pin and personalized certificate are given to the honorees at the PW Annual Praise Gathering. 

 

List of past PW Honorary Life Members

 


Joan B. Malick Scholarship
2017 Award goes to Annica Gage

Joan B. Malick Scholarship

The Joan B. Malick Scholarship was established in 2008 to honor Dr. Joan for her twenty-year ministry to Second.  It provides scholarships to Presbyterian women pursuing their Master of Divinity degree at McCormick Theological Seminary, or to women under the care and concern of Second, who may be seeking degrees elsewhere. These women must exhibit “Joan-like” qualities such as being: intelligent, compassionate, energetic, creative, questioning. And, of course, they must love the Lord and His people. They should be excellent scholars with a thirst for truth, and their actions should demonstrate their love for the Lord by caring for others and helping others to learn of God’s grace. Over the past eight years we have awarded $68,000 in scholarships! Additional contributions to this fund are always welcome.

After careful deliberation and prayer, we selected Annica Gage to be our 2017 scholar and receive a $5,000 scholarship. Annica lives in Oregon and will begin her studies at McCormick this fall. Annica says, “This is a huge honor. I greatly appreciate the faith the Presbyterian Women of Second Presbyterian Church have in my capacity for ministry, and I will do my very best to honor that through my work and study at McCormick.”

Annica graduated in 2013 from George Fox University, a Christian university of liberal arts and sciences and professional studies located in Newberg, Oregon.  She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a major in English and a minor in Religion and spent a semester abroad at the LCC International University in Lithuania. She is married to Jordan Gage, who recently earned his Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy Counseling.  She is a member of Tualatin Presbyterian Church, has assisted with the adult Sunday School program and even preached a guest sermon. Annica was a Presbyterian Peace Fellowship intern for the General Assembly and has expressed her desire to build bridges, instead of building walls.  

We are fortunate to be joining her on the beginning of her years at McCormick and her wonderful journey ahead.  

Gretchen Brown, Catherine Donaldson and Cindy Baird, Malick Scholarship Committee