Presbyterian Women          

Presbyterian Women’s Council held their first meeting of this new year on September 12, 2017. Council members are as follows:

Moderator – Sandy Cranfill
Vice Moderator – Barbara Remmelts
Secretary – Julie Etland
Treasurer – Emily Garland
Mission & Community Concerns (Co-Chairs) – Lorraine Hicks & Evelyn Tobey
Nurture – Jananne Lankard
Baptisms – Ann Trapani

Circle Leaders – Mary Antill (Lydia) & Barbara Remmelts (Grace) Council meetings are held at 10 AM on the first Tuesday of each month, from September through May. The group meets in the church library and all women are invited to attend. The purposes of PW are Missions, Bible Study (through the two Circles), and Fellowship. This year, both Circles are studying the book of Hebrews. Lydia Circle meets at 7 PM on the first Tuesday of each month. Grace Circle meets at 9:30 AM on the second Tuesday of each month. Both groups meet in the church library. The following are programs sponsored by PW:

Mission                                               Fellowship
Thanksgiving Food Baskets                 Fellowship dinners after the choir concerts at Christmas Angels                                         Christmas & Palm Sunday 
Heifer Offering                                      Bi-monthly Game Days (10 AM, the 1st & 3rd School Supplies for A. Birney                       Thursday of each month) 
PW Birthday Offering                            Christmas Cookie Exchange
The Least Coin                            
The Council voted to initiate two new programs this year. College “Care Packages” will be assembled and mailed prior to exams in December & May.  These will be sent to students who are active members of John Calvin. Secondly, a program called, “Just Checking”will be initiated. Interested adults will sign up to buddy with another member. They will agree to checking in with one another, daily, to make sure all is well or to call for help, if that is needed. Many of our members live alone and could benefit from someone “checking in” on them. This is not a time for lengthy conversations, but rather just a short check. Please see Sandy Cranfill if you are interested in participating.
PW has been working to repair and replace Chrismons for the Sanctuary Christmas tree. I am grateful for all of the hard work which has gone in to this project. My thanks goes out to all the talented women who have participated!
Sandy Cranfill




The role of the Presbyterian Women Organization is to determine the leadership of Presbyterian Women at every level of the church; discover and utilize the gifts of members of Presbyterian Women; plan and implement the program of mission and prayer for their group; review, evaluate, and reshape the program of Presbyterian  Women as appropriate each year and set goals and objectives for the  coming year; maintain Presbyterian Women’s ongoing activities, (e.g.  Bible Study, Circles, Celebration giving, and mission interpretation; support the mission of the PC (USA) through prayer, giving, education, global awareness, and personal involvement.  Determine the budget of PW and to receive and disburse Presbyterian Women’s funds; maintain connections with Presbyterian Women at all governing body levels; prepare an annual written report and relate to the appropriate governing body; maintain relationships with Church Women United and other ecumenical groups, community networks, and advocacy  networks as appropriate.

CT = Coordinating Team

PW= Presbyterian Women

PWSCT = Presbyterian Women Synod of the Sun Coordinating Team

  JOHN CALVIN PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN The Presbyterian Women’s organization of John Calvin includes a Coordinating Team of seventeen women who meet once a month to finalize prior business, plan future events, and share information and concerns about our church family and the larger community. Mission projects are the number one focus of Presbyterian Women.  Through our Community Concerns Committee, we donate school supplies to needy children; prepare Thanksgiving Baskets for community distribution; and participate in the Salvation Army Christmas stocking and Angel gift programs.  The White Cross Committee gives bi-monthly birthday parties for the residents of Raintree Children Services and donates “housekeeping items” to the Jefferson Parish Shelter for Women and Children.  The Missions Committee collects medical supplies for the Mantanza Presbytery in Cuba.  Sheets, receiving blankets, and health related items are collected for hospitals in Africa.  At John Calvin, the Presbyterian Women also oversee the food pantry that is maintained for those who come to the church seeking help.  As John Calvin endeavors to become a Missional Church, all members and friends are encouraged to participate in these projects.