Fondren's Presbyterian Women are part of the PCUSA's church-wide organization open to all women. They give strong support to the mission of the church and determine their own leadership, program, and budget.
The Purpose of Presbyterian Women:
* Used with permission, Presbyterian Church (USA)/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,
- 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.*
In order to meet the various schedules of all women, three circles meet monthly for Bible study and fellowship:
- Circle 1 meets the second Tuesday at 10:00 A.M. in homes or at the church.
- Circle 2 meets on the third Tuesday at 9:30 A.M. at the church.
- Circle 4 meets on the third Monday at 6:00 P.M in homes.
- A Bible study group for younger women meets one Wednesday night a month.
A circle called the Squares meets at 6:00 P.M. quarterly in homes. This circle meets for fellowship only and is open to men.
Presbyterian Women Mission Projects
Fondren's women make, decorate, and fill Christmas stockings and Easter baskets to be placed on dinner trays of children who are patients at Blair E. Batson Hospital at the University Medical Center. Baby gowns and hand-knitted blankets and caps for premature and newborn babies are sent to Church World Service headquarters for distribution to hospitals in Africa.
PW Special Offerings
Fondren Presbyterian Women contribute annually to the Birthday Offering, the Blanket Offering, and the Thank Offering. The Birthday Offering originated in 1922 to celebrate the "Birthday" of Presbyterian Women and is usually celebrated in the spring. The Blanket Offering is taken in January and supports disaster relief efforts of Church World Services. The Thank Offering, usually observed in the fall, awards grants to support mission projects at home and abroad. The PCUSA's Churchwide Creative Offerings Committee selects the recipients of the offerings.