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Women

NEW BRAUNFELS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

Living out
faith in the
midst of a
caring
community of
women.

Presbyterian Women
(PW) offers women in
the church meaningful
ways to live out their
faith in the midst of a
caring community of
women. For more than
200 years PW groups
have strengthened the
Presbyterian Church
and played a major role
in sharing the good
news of Jesus Christ
and witnessing to the
promise of God’s
kingdom. We are an
inclusive, caring
community of women
rooted in faith and join
together regularly for
prayer, study, service
and fellowship. You are
invited to participate in
this wonderful ministry
at New Braunfels
Presbyterian Church.

Visit us online:

www.nbpcpw.weebly.com

Small groups are the
heart of PW. Several
options exist for you to
walk with sisters in
Christ. Every group is
open to all and
welcomes you.
Esther, Ruth, and
Mary Circles study
God’s word this year
with Come to the
Waters by Judy Record
Fletcher. Monthly
Bible Studies meet
September through
May.
Dorcas Circle is a
service group that has a
full year of exciting
projects planned. These
hard working women
cook, knit, sew, glue,
package, assemble, and
support one another as
they offer support for
our congregation and
neighbors.

Up-to-date information about
Presbyterian Women at New
Braunfels Presbyterian Church
including: calendar, events, maps,

Events throughout the
calendar year are open
to those who
participate in small
groups AND those who
come when they can.
PW hosts an annual
Fall Celebration and
Springtime Birthday
Party where we enjoy
programs, speakers,
fellowship, good food,
and join together in
mission outreach
offerings.
NBPC is excited to host
the Fall Cluster where
we renew friendships
with our PW sisters
within the San Antonio
area of Mission
Presbytery. Women also
attend the annual
Mission Presbytery
Spring Gathering and
women’s conferences at
Mo Ranch.

discussion topics blog, links,
photos, Facebook group, contact
info ... you name it, it’s there!

NBPC PW Projected 2015-2016 Budget

I. Beginning Balance- General Fund
$601.29
Joy Scheel- Scholarship Fund
$400.00
II. Projected Income
A. Circle Offerings

$850.00
B. Memorials
$125.00
TOTAL PROJECTED INCOME
$975.00
III Projected Expenditures
A. Outreach
1. Presb. Homes and Services
$100.00
2. Presb. Pan American School $100.00
B. Presbyterian Women
1. Special Projects
a. Cluster Meeting
$75.00
b. Birthday Party Celebration $50.00
b. Fall Celebration
$75.00
2. PW Honorary Life Membership $95.00
3. Miscellaneous
$80.00
C. Mission Presbytery Pledge
$400.00
TOTAL
PROJECTED EXPENDITURES
$975.00

The Birthday Offering Collected at the Birthday
Party and sent in immediately. Since 1922 the
Birthday Offering has helped fund and find real
solutions for projects related to health, education,
economic development and the needs of women and
children domestically and internationally.
The Thank Offering Collected at the Fall
Celebration and sent in before November. 40% of this
national offering is used to support hospitals and
community health programs helping those most in
need. 60% is used for new creative ideas for mission,
undesignated in advance.
The Least Coin Offering Collected at each circle
meeting during the year and held by the circle
chairman until the May circle meeting. It is turned in
to the treasurer to be sent to Mission Presbytery
immediately.
Joy Scheel Scholarship Fund Encourages and
supports women of our congregation to attend
Presbyterian Women functions.

PW

PW

GATHERINGS
AUG 29

Host SA
ClusterMeeting

SEPT 12

Fall Celebration

APR 1-3

Mo Ranch
Spring
Gathering

GATHERINGS
Events throughout the calendar year are open
to those who participate in small groups AND
those who come when they can. Your presence
would be a blessing. Contact PW Moderator
Jerri Petmecky for more information at
jernel707@yahoo.com

MAY

PW Birthday
Party
Women’s
Conferences at
Mo Ranch:
Conference 1
May 31- June 2
Conference 2
June 3-5

2015-2016 Horizons Bible Study
Come to the Waters

In this study, we consider the waters of chaos in Genesis, and the
River of Life in the last chapter of Revelation, where chaos is no
more. Water plays a central role in the stories of creation, the
delivery of God’s people (through the parting of the Red Sea and
the crossing of the Jordan River), judgment of a people weak in
faith, and the adoption of the people of God through baptism.
Sometimes there is too much water (think Noah) and sometimes
there is too little water (think drought in the desert).
Together, we will explore some of the Bible’s 800 references to
water. Each of the study’s nine lessons includes one or more Bible
passages and a primary theological theme or issue. The titles and
themes are: 1. Birthing Waters—Creation; 2. Life– giving Water—
Baptism; 3. Absence of Water—Thirst and Longing; 4. Dangerous
Waters—God’s Deliverance; 5. Stormy Water—Faith; 6. Waters of
Justice and Righteousness—Justice; 7. Streams of Mercy—
Forgiveness; 8. The Hospitality of Living Water—Compassion; 9.
River of Life—Hope.
For more information about Horizons, The Magazine for
Presbyterian Women: http://horizons.pcusa.org/
Follow the author’s blog monthly to learn more about each lesson:
www.pwpcusa.typepad.com/water/

The Fellowship of the Least Coin
Since 1956, Christian women on all continents have
responded to the call of the Founding of the Fellowship of
the Least Coin, to pray for reconciliation in the home, the
community, the nation, and the world, and to work for
peace with justice. We are called to make a covenant to
share in this fellowship of prayer and to set aside a penny
as we pray as a visible symbol of this partnership. The
treasurer sends this as a separately designated offering to
PW, Mission Presbytery. An international committee
approves grants for programs benefiting women
throughout the world. www.flc.net.ph

PW Small Groups

ESTHER CIRCLE

Circle Chair: Faye Ulbrich 629-4409
Meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 10:00
a.m. in the Conference Room for Bible study.
September 8        Birthing Water --Creation
October 13      Life-giving Water --Baptism
November 10 Absence of Water --Thirst and Longing
December 8    Dangerous Waters --God's Deliverance
January 12        Stormy Water --Faith  
February 9 Waters of Justice & Righteousness --Justice
March 8      Streams of Mercy --Forgiveness
April 12 The Hospitality of Living Water --Compassion
May 10        River of Life --- Hope

RUTH CIRCLE
Circle Chair: Pauline Reynolds 625-9353
Meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 10:00
a.m. in the Conference Room for Bible study.
September 8        Birthing Water --Creation
October 13      Life-giving Water --Baptism
November 10 Absence of Water --Thirst and Longing
December 8    Dangerous Waters --God's Deliverance
January 12        Stormy Water --Faith  
February 9 Waters of Justice & Righteousness --Justice
March 8      Streams of Mercy --Forgiveness
April 12 The Hospitality of Living Water --Compassion
May 10        River of Life --- Hope

MARY CIRCLE
Circle Chair: Nancy Stewart 627-2341
Co-Chair: Ann Carpenter 643-0119
Meets 2nd Thursday of the month at 2:00 in the
Ivy Room for Bible Study
September 10        Birthing Water --Creation
October 8      Life-giving Water --Baptism
November 12 Absence of Water --Thirst and Longing
December 10    Dangerous Waters --God's Deliverance
January 14        Stormy Water --Faith  
February 11 Waters of Justice & Righteousness --Justice
March 10      Streams of Mercy --Forgiveness
April 14 The Hospitality of Living Water --Compassion
May 12        River of Life --- Hope

WHAT IS A CIRCLE?
A PW circle is:
• Where faith is nurtured and growth take
place through worship, study, friendship
and outreach.
• Where women are challenged to stretch
beyond their limits.
• Where women move beyond the safe
places of life and reach out to others.
• Where Christian leadership is born,
nurtured and sent forth into ministry.

PW Small Groups

DORCAS CIRCLE

Circle Chair: Aline Schoch 620-6350
Meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 1:30
pm in the Conference Room for a planned
service project.
September 22     Children at Karnes Center 
October 27          Thanksgiving Cards for
Meals on Wheels
                            Family Promise meals
November 24      Huggs Blankets
January 26          Romanian sewing project
                            Family Promise meals
February 23         Freedom Friends sewing project
March 22            Easter cards for
Meals on Wheels
April 26               Crisis Center and
Senior Blankets
                            Family Promise meals
May 24                Huggs Blankets
July                      Family Promise meals

UN-CIRCLES
Is there something you would like to do? Have
you been a part of an exciting ministry elsewhere
you would like to get off the ground at New
Braunfels Pres? PW is here to help nurture all
women to grow in Christ.
Un-Circle Chair: Sherry Hardwick
830-708-5992 cell

LYDIA UN-CIRCLE
sherryhardwick@gmail.com
Lydia was a New Testament woman who ran a
business, a family, and still made time for her
spiritual life. In today’s hectic world we all need a
break. The Lydia Un-Circle is a group of women
trying to balance it all. We gather when we can
for study, support, or social time. We’re a group
of women ... busy women of the world ... we
invite you to join us.

2014-2015 PW Coordinating Team
CT Meetings are the 1st Tuesday of each month at 10:00 a.m.
(No meeting in December or July.)

Moderator - Jerri Petmecky
jernel707@yahoo.com
632-6600
Vice-Moderator - Jean Jones
629-9128
Secretary - Faye Ulbrich
629-4409
Treasurer - Ann Rider
606-7335
Historian - Aline Schoch
620-6350
Leadership/Resource - Judy Presley
214-0719
Birthday Party - Nita Peace
837-8599
Sunshine/Food - Pat Olson
627-0746
Missions - Fran Hargrove
620-0080
Communications- Sherry Hardwick
sherryhardwick@gmail.com
(830)708-5992

Circle Chairs:
Esther- Faye Ulbrich
Ruth- Pauline Reynolds
Mary- Nancy Stewart
Dorcas- Aline Schoch

629-4409
625-9353
627-2341
620-6350

San Antonio Cluster Leader- Anne Little
anne.little@sbcglobal.net
210-316-1188
PW Websites:

www.pcusa.org
www.presbyterianwomen.org
www.nbpcpw.weebly.com
www.nbpres.org
New Braunfels Presbyterian Church
phone 830-625-5141, fax 830-625-5161

History of PW at New Braunfels Presbyterian
and Past PW Presidents

THE WOMEN OF THE CHURCH
of New Braunfels Presbyterian
Church organized on August 2,
1955, with 11 members
attending. In 1965 there were 2
circles- morning and eveningconsisting of 51 members. In
1973 a third circle known as the
sewing circle was organized.
Forty members were listed in
these three circles. Records in
1975 list Circle #1 as a Bible
study group meeting in the
morning, Circle #2 as a
Friendship and Projects group
also meeting on another morning
and Circle #3 as a Training
Circle meet- ing in the evening.
Sixty members were listed.
The following year the circles
were listed as Morning,
Afternoon, Evening, and
Friendship, plus a Bible study
group. Our first yearbook was
printed in 1986, and the circles
were named, Esther, Ruth, Sarah
and Martha. The Women of the
Church (WOC) became
Presbyterian Women (PW) in
January, 1987. Mary Circle was
added in 1987 and in 1993,
Rebekah Circle was begun. In
1994 an evening circle was

begun again using the name
Sarah. The Dorcas Circle was
formed in the summer of 2006 as
an evening, multi-generational,
service circle replacing the Sarah
Circle. In 2012, the Lydia UnCircle in the evening was born.
Most recently the PW Board was
renamed PW Coordinating
Team.
1955-56 Margie Marsh
1957 Helen Cores
1960-61 Joy Scheel
1961 Margaret Thompson
1962 Louise Woodward
1964-65 Penny Jones
1966 Emily Riding
1967 Jeanette Lea
1968 Margaret Thompson
1969 Kay Kennady
1970 Nell Luckett
Margaret Stahl
1971 Dottie Mallard
1972 Ann Forbis
1975-76 Colleen Willard
1976 Ann Forbis
1978 Elia Casteneda
1979 Carnille Baggerly
1979 Betty Hausler
1980 Joyce Taylor

1981 Norma Herman
1982 Virginia Caffee
1983 Beth Bateman
1984 Suzy Wilkinson
1985 Linda Bedford
1986 Marie Offerman
1987-89 Betty Drawe
1991-93 Betty Worl
1993-95 Jane Hensley
1995 Ann Rogers
1996 Mary Thompson
1997-99 Pat Simmons
1999-01 Bette Spain
2001-03 Jeanine Teltschik
2004-05 Pauline Reynolds
2005-07 Scott Payne
2007-08 Andrea Garrett
2008-10 Phyllis Walther
2010-12 Susan Bell
2012-14 Susan Gesin
Sherry Hardwick
2014-2016 Jerri Petmecky

Presbyterian Women Lifetime Members
The Lifetime Member symbol represents
the qualities of persons deserving the honor
and recognition of an Honorary Life
Membership. The following are some
meanings found in the symbol:
• The caring, supportive hands represent
women who seek to build an inclusive
community of Presbyterian Women.
• The leaf represents growth of our
personal and corporate response to Jesus
Christ as we nurture our faith.
• The dove indicates our work for peace in
our own lives and throughout the world,
shown in the globe.
• At the center of the design is the cross, by
which our sins are forgiven and we are
freed to live in Christ who is at the center
of our lives.
• The overall design is of a butterfly, a
symbol of newness in Christ and the
emergence of a new creation —
Presbyterian Women.

MIZPAH
“May the Lord
watch between you
and me while we are
absent one from the
other.”
-Genesis 31-43

New Braunfels Presbyterian Church
Lifetime Member Recipients are:
2013 Louise Woodward
2012 Rev. Lynda Dinsdale
2011 Peg Pool
2010 Suzanne White
2009 Kathy Schoch
2008 Scott Payne
2007 Jeanine Teltschik
2006 Pauline Reynolds
2005 Em Riding
2004 Betty Worl
2003 Rev. Kenneth Peters
2003 Margaret Ragsdale
2002 Susan Ivy
2002 Darvin Altenhoff
2001 Pat Simmons
2000 Betty Drawe
1999 Jane Hensley
1998 Marie Offerman
1997 Doris Amacher

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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.

PRESBYTERIAN Women
NEW BRAUNFELS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
373 Howard Street
New Braunfels, TX 78130

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