A Letter from our Moderator: September 2020
Greetings PW Sisters and Friends,
In this time of great uncertainty surrounding our health, our homes, our churches and so much more, it is my hope that you all are finding ways to move forward with confident expectation that ‘this too shall pass’. In the meantime, please know that these current difficulties are only part of our earthly journey and that God’s faithfulness endures.
I’m excited that the Fall Gathering scheduled for October 10th will go on, not quite as originally planned but in a form very familiar to many of you by now. You are invited to a Zoom gathering at 10AM on Saturday, October 10 with Rebecca Jewel, PWP and PWS Secretary. She will present a program on disaster preparedness that is especially relevant in our current circumstances. This program has been in the works for quite a while, since well before COVID-19 and the current wildfires ravaging the west coast. Once again PW is at the forefront of addressing the acute and ongoing needs of our neighbors and friends! There will time for questions as well as sharing ‘seeds of hope’ with one another. What outreach has your church taken on during these times? What ‘seeds of hope’ are you planting or have seen others plant? We want to hear our stories! Everyone on the PWP email list will receive an invitation to the Zoom gathering prior to October 10th. If you are unable to attend but would like to share your ‘seeds of hope’ please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Spring Gathering for 2021 is still in the planning stages but will hopefully include a presentation by author Jane Kirkpatrick, our scheduled speaker for the Spring 2020 Gathering. When we cancelled last spring’s Gathering Jane assured me that she would do her best to re-schedule with us for Spring 2021.
Many of you most likely have begun this year’s Bible study by Lynn Miller, Into the Light: Finding Hope Through Prayers of Lament. There are many great resources here: https://www.presbyterianwomen.org/bible-study/into-the-light/ as well as Lynn’s blog here: https://www.presbyterianwomen.org/category/blog/
Many of our PW groups struggle to stay afloat, but with limited time, energy and people willing to volunteer sometimes the difficult decision to dissolve a group must be made. This is the current situation for PW at First, Vancouver. My hope is that these women will find a PW home elsewhere and that all of you know that whether you are a part of an ‘official’ group or not you are welcome to participate in all PW events and programs, As always, please let us know if the PWP Coordinating Team can be of any help.
Some of you may remember Harold and Polly Kurtz, former Presbyterian Mission workers in Ethiopia who settled in Oregon after they completed their service in 1977. Polly was not oly a world traveler and mother to five daughters, but also a great supporter of PW. Daughters Jane and Caroline were recently honored by the Presbyterian Writer’s Guild with two separate awards. Read about it here: https://www.presbyterianmission.org/story/sisters-win-presbyterian-writers-guilds-two-top-2020-awards/
For the latest about PW Churchwide, check out the newsletter: https://www.presbyterianwomen.org/downloads/quarterly-newsletter-third-quarter-2020/
I’m grateful that churches in some of the areas devastated by fire were spared – Mill City, Springwater, and Phoenix – and continue praying for those still in harm’s way – McKenzie Valley and Eagle Creek. The PWP Coordinating Team voted at our recent meeting to donate $1000 to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and that any donations received for the Fall Gathering will also go to PDA. For other donation opportunities through Cascades Presbytery specifically: https://www.cascadespresbytery.org/donate-for-those-affected-by-fires/
In closing, my own ‘seed of hope’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TNPp4dVYTM
Hope to see many of you on October 10th!
Lynne Martin, PWP Cascades Moderator