FIRST PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN’S HONORARY LIFE MEMBERSHIP 2014
One of the highlights for PW at First each year is honoring a member who has exhibited outstanding services in the interest of the organization and in the church. This year’s recipient of the FPC Presbyterian Women’s Honorary Lifetime Membership is Mary Miller.
Mary’s mother was a Quaker and Mary recalls visiting the Quaker services with her. She grew up in the Methodist church but is now Presbyterian. Mary has been a member of First since 1970 and says she really loves the people and the fact that First is a “servant church in the city.” She served as a deacon (a long time ago when FPC had them) and a few years ago, as an elder. Mary taught Sunday School and served as chairperson of the Congregational Care Committee. She says that she really cherishes her “Circle” and all that PW does for FPC. “I was totally humbled and honored to receive a life membership to PW this past May.”
When Mary first came to Savannah, she held a position in the Associate Degree Nursing Program at Armstrong State University (formerly Armstrong Atlantic State University). Later she became the Acting Head for two years. She said, “Administration was not my forte so eventually I ended up back in the classroom for the Baccalaureate and Graduate nursing programs and was able to achieve the rank of Associate Professor.” Mary retired from Armstrong after 32 years of service. She also had part-time staff nurse positions in area hospitals and home health agencies. Mary’s husband, Larry, is a retired dentist. They have two grown daughters and six grandchildren! Mary has taken each grandchild on a trip upon reaching the age of ten. The latest trip was with a grandson to Hawaii sponsored by Road Scholar (formerly Elderhostel). Her grandson loved the water activities and Mary even got on a surfboard but says she did not make it to a standing position. She described the trip as “wonderful!”
At the presentation of PW Honorary Life Membership, Pearl Spaulding said:
The Jubilee Circle has gone through many changes. Mary has helped members in transition by assuming roles which many others would have preferred not to assume. Her car has wide seats and she is willing to swing by and provide transportation for other members as needed. Our honoree is truly a nice person working with others in a spirit of charity. Mary does spiritual work and takes on Circle tasks. She brings her signature dish—deviled eggs—for times of sorrow and celebration. “We bless thee former Quaker. We are blessed to call you friend!”
The 2013-2014 PW Moderator is Ellen Tate. The Vice Moderators are Carol Booker and Pam Daly. See pictures below.
- Jubilee Circle, 2014
Front Row: (L-R) Ann Glendenning, Dottie Weller, Rosie Donnelly, Helen Parker, LaVerne Glisson, Pearl Spaulding Back Row: (L_R) Doris Treptow, Mary Miller, Tricia Knight, Winnie Alley
See the following website for information about the 2013/2014 Horizons Bible Study http://horizons.pcusa.org/. Also see additional information about Presbyterian Women. Contact Tricia Knight at 358-0730, or Jackie Ricks, 238-9812, or any of the ladies to get dates of the meetings and more information. Also check the church bulletin for dates and locations.
See below for more pictures.
Some of the ladies at a Grace and Joy Circle meeting L-R: Susan Bolinger, Melissa Lee, Claire Williams, Jenell Griffith, Nina Massey, Ellen Tate, Gayle Putnal, Betty McArthur.
Go to http://horizons.pcusa.org/bible.htm#2012AboutAuthors to learn about the authors for the Bible Study material.
See http://horizons.pcusa.org/bible.htm , the book used for the Bible study. See the chair or co-chair to get a copy for $10.00.
Our Presbyterian Women (PW) Directory is now available. It is the latest listing of all women in our congregation with contact information and includes many other bits of useful information. Circle members can obtain their copy from their Circle Leader.
L-R: Kris Parrish, Lisa Bennett, Carter Eagle, Jordan Chase, Maggie Elliot, Carson Bacon, Ashley Moelk, Leslie Washburn, Eliza Brooks. Photo taken by Yvonne Jouffrault
L-R standing: Mira Kimball, Lauren Milmine, Merideth Huie, Carter Eagle, Jordan Chase, Lee Ann Somers, Lisa Bennett, Anne Hagerty. L-R kneeling: Eliza Brooks, Yvonne Jauffrault, Mary Eckwall. Not pictured, Pam Daly, Lisa Middleton, Sara Shelbourne, Lindsay Norman. (2013)
On May 4, 2013, Presbyterian Women (PW) of FPC braved blustery winds and rain to come together for the PW’s Annual Birthday Celebration Gathering and brunch in Stewart Hall. One of the highlights for PW each year is honoring a member who has exhibited outstanding services in the interest of the organization and in the church. This year’s recipient of the FPC Presbyterian Women’s Honorary Life Membership is Marianne Deaton.
A longtime member of FPC, Marianne was active in many aspects of the church. She was a member of the Evangelism and Congregational Care Committees, a church receptionist volunteer and nursing home devotional participant. As a faithful member of Presbyterian Women, she served as Vice-Coordinator, Circle Co-Chair, Circle Chair and Bible study leader. Marianne was a member of the Pairs and Spares Sunday school class, Chancel Choir, served three terms on the Session and was Chair of the Memorial Garden Committee.
“This gracious, very capable lady brightens a room with her beautiful smile and chuckle and is always willing to do whatever is asked of her,” said Rosie Donnelly. “Her life of service through her nursing profession, as the primary caregiver for her loved ones and her extraordinary devotion to her friends, church and community is an inspiration to all of us.”
Rosie Donnelly received the honorary life membership award at the Presbyterian Women’s Birthday Celebration. She is a ruling elder at FPC and served as chair of the Mission Committee for seven years developing strong ties with global missions. Rosie is an example of kindness—demonstrating patience, compassion and grace.
Each year Presbyterian Women (PW) meet and carry out a tradition of supporting new and innovative mission projects overseas and in the U.S. The tradition of a Birthday Offering began in 1922. It is a nationwide denominational annual offering. This year funds were raised for the following:
Living Waters for Girls www.circle-of-friends.org
New Opportunities for Romanian Orphaned Children www.noroc.org
Synod of the Sun www.solarunderthesun.org
PW celebrate the Good News lived out in community; the unity with diversity, enriching all; a partnership with God and other women by which each woman makes a difference and contributes to a world of justice and peace.