Women@Second (PW)

Affiliated with the national Presbyterian Women organization, Women@Second hosts events, studies, service opportunities, and more! We welcome anyone in the Second community to participate. Join us!

The Presbyterian Women (PW) Purpose: 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, 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.

Anyone who supports the Purpose in any way is participating in PW. So even if you’re just learning about PW, there’s a good chance you’re already supporting PW—in spirit or in action!

Won’t you consider joining us in person?

Presbyterian Women are aligned nationally under a shared Purpose, but the gifts of the Spirit allow us to live into the Purpose in our own, unique ways. Some individuals or groups find themselves particularly drawn to one or two points of the Purpose.

Other groups or individuals consciously work toward fulfilling all points. There are many faithful ways to live out the PW Purpose!  For details, please visit our national website.

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    Time and Talent Auction

    Let’s share our gifts with one another while raising money for mission grants!

    "In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well." Romans 12:6


    This summer the women of Second are focusing our fundraising efforts on time and talent, rather than treasures. The Time and Talent Auction offers a new way to get engaged with your faith community AND raise funds for grants to local and international nonprofit organizations. Simply submit your “donation” online, then join the fun from August 22 through 29 by bidding on services offered by our members.

    You might ask what a donation might be?  Well, the donations will be based on what you have to offer as a special talent or time you would like to give someone who is in need. We have a few great donations already, including Rev. Chris Henry offering the opportunity to suggest a text or topic for a Sunday sermon!

    Here are some other suggestions:

    • Home-cooked meals for a busy family
    • Landscaping and gardening help
    • Handyman services
    • Dinner Party for 8
    • Live music for an outdoor gathering
    • Raking leaves in the Fall
    • Singing lessons – introduction or 3 sessions 
    • Technical computer assistance
    • Organize closet, basement, pantry, or workshop
    • Photography – family portrait
    • Petsitting or dog walking
    • Tutoring services

    The possibilities are endless! What can you give this summer? The deadline for Time and Talent Auction submissions is August 15.

    All proceeds from the auction go to fund mission grants to organizations such as Northside Food Pantry, SAWs Ramps, Umoja Partnership, and more! The Women@Second give more than $80,000 each year to support our mission partners.

    Would you like to donate directly to fund Women@Second mission grants? Click here to go to Second's e-giving page and select "Women@Second Auction" in the drop-down menu.

    We invite you to take your treasures to a worthy collection site (such as Mustard Seed, Thrifty Threads, Wheeler Mission, or Goodwill). We are not accepting donations of clothing or household goods at this time.


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    Bible Studies

    Women's groups continue to gather via Zoom for study, fellowship, and inspiration! You are welcome to join any of these groups -- just email Phyllis McDonald for Zoom details!

    • Monday Morning: Wisdom Seekers, 10-11:30 a.m. weekly, resuming September 13 (Contact Carol Paik for more information.) Fall study is What My Grandmothers Taught Me: Learning from the Women in Matthew's Geneaology (PW Horizons Bible Study).
    • Wednesday Morning Bible Study, 10-11:30 a.m., March 3, March 17. April 7, April 21 (Contact Terri Means for more information.)
    • Thursday Evening Bible Study, 6:30-8 p.m., ongoing (Contact Ann VanMeter for more information.) This group is currently discussing the scripture and sermon from the previous Sunday.
    • Friday Noon Study Group, 12-1 p.m. on Zoom, April 23-May 21 (Contact Ann VanMeter for more information). This spring the group will be discussing Dr. John Franke's Pentecost series.
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    Presbyterian Women supports the mission of the church worldwide through gifts to benefit local, national, and global recipients. These recipients include programs and projects within Second Presbyterian Church, scholarships to seminary and healthcare students, worldwide relief efforts, and wide-ranging faith and community-based non-profit organizations seeking to embody God’s love in service to the world. 


    Grant requests must be submitted by the requesting entity, and submission is preferred on the PW Grant Proposal Form which includes the following information:

    - Name of organization
    - Contact information
    - 501(c)3 tax ID number
    - Mission statement
    - Funding proposal
    - Who is served by your organization
    - How will this grant help them
    - Funding amount

    You can fill out the online form or download it here and mail it to:

    Presbyterian Women Grants
    Second Presbyterian Church
    7700 N. Meridian Street
    Indianapolis, IN 46260

    The form need not be longer than three pages.

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    Honorary Life Nomination

    Each year the women of Second recognize Honorary Life Members, who have shown exemplary service and leadership in our church and community. The nomination form is available 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.


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    Honorary Life Members

    Emily Blasingham*
    Priscilla Downey*
    Shirley Harmon*

    None Given

    Mayme Boggs*
    Marj Griffith*

    Mary Alice Garrison
    Pat Slichenmyer
    Margaret Watson +
    Bina Wells*

    None Given

    Maxine Lee*
    Edna Pritchard*

    Betty Burton*
    Ernestine Rose*
    Harriet Smith*

    Jane Myers
    Dorothy Siegman*
    Marian Small*

    Mary Jean Alig
    Martha Bickell*
    Betty Eldridge*
    Libby Martin*

    Betty Edwards*
    Lynn Hammond Bowles
    Carolyn Lang*
    Beattie St. Angelo*

    Becky Hagarty
    Rosemary Stoffer
    Betty Walsman*
    Ruth Weller*

    Sally McFarland*
    Monday Crafter
    Sarah Vaughn*

    Bobbie Horan*
    Marguerite Kingston*
    Audrey Pelham

    Sue Fosler
    Ellis Gery
    Doris Stewart

    Marg Herder
    Dorothy Mengering*
    Ruth Ridgway
    Dorothea White*

    Connie Bash*
    Lucy Bowden*
    Nadine Hill +
    Joyce Hunn

    Carolyn Cook
    Link Krimendahl
    Patty Ragan

    Kerry Miller*
    Sue Miller
    Betty Olsen
    Helen Schroeder

    Joan Malick
    Marjorie Meyer
    Cynthia Wilkens

    Deb Leithauser
    Pat Meurer
    Carol Rice

    Lucy Brock*
    Libby Claycombe +
    Mary Newill*
    Mary Woolling

    Sally Anderson
    Pat Foster
    R. Alberta (Bernie) Wells*

    Thelma Leander*
    Anita Rook*
    Kris Sturtz

    Diane Elliott
    Edith Enright
    Pat Fansler
    Linda Rinker

    Nancy Duck
    Marilyn East*
    Amy Johnston
    Carole Steffel

    Fran Kindred
    Rhonda Kittle
    Emily Matthews
    Ruth Twenty

    Robin Chaddock
    Ginnie Crumley
    Lisa Keenan
    Ruth Rogers

    Sally Bratton
    Gretchen Brown
    Gretchen Hall
    Julie Osborne

    Mary Sue Higgins
    Carolyn Kelsey
    Marion Kortepeter
    Ann Van Meter

    Katie Baker
    Marti Browne
    Yolanda Schmidt
    Phyllis Tolin

    Marilyn Bain
    Jody Gilkey
    Leslie Morgan
    Cindi Odle

    Kathy Clark
    Mary Lou Hurst
    Wilma Sukapdjo
    Lynne Swinford

    Lesley Conrad
    Karen Lang
    Mary Saville
    Nancy Treadwell

    Shirley Calhoun
    Julie Richardson
    Carole Schramm

    Sue Guyton
    Iris Olinger
    Karyn Smitson

    Connie Price
    Sharon Rutan
    Sue Thatcher

    Catherine Donaldson
    Barb Stewart

    Ellen Gullett
    Jan Millholland

    Carol Paik
    Ina Van Duyn

    Beth Bedwell
    Lisa Enright

    Laura Lucas
    Barb Mohr

    + Received the award while attending elsewhere


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    Malick Scholarship

    Joan B. Malick Scholarship Fund

    In 2008, Presbyterian Women established an endowment fund to honor retiring Associate Pastor and PW liaison, the Rev. Dr. Joan B. Malick. This fund provides a scholarship to female seminary students wither under the care and concern of Second or a female seminary student enrolled at McCormick Theological Seminary, Dr. Malick’s alma mater.

    If you would like to make a donation, please submit your donation with a note indicating “Malick Scholarship Fund.”

    To learn more about the Malick Scholarship,

    Phyllis McDonald
    Ministry Assistant
    (317) 253-6461, ext. 372