Presbyterian Women of First Presbyterian Church of Ocala, FL
2016 Annual Report
Note: Our Fiscal Year runs from 7/1 to 6/30 so at that time positions can change, we finish one Bible study and start another plus it makes the accuracy of our financial support difficult for a calendar year report. This report covers 1/1/16 to 12/31/16.
Officers: Moderator – Nancy Winfree, Vice-Moderator – Evelyn Weaver 1/1/16 – 6/30/16; Moderator - Liz Diener-Dickmann , Vice – Moderator – Evelyn Weaver 7/1/16 to 12/31/16; Secretary – Bonnie Purdy 1/1/16 to 6/30/16, Vicki Roberts 7/1/16 to 12/31/16; Treasurer – Anne Wilton 1/1/16 to 6/30/16, Kristen Crawford 7/1/16 to 12/31/16; Coordinators: Bereavement – Mia DiGeronimo 1/1/16 to 6/30/16, Debbie Koch 7/1/16 to 12/31/16; Together in Service – Esther Arango-Palencia 1/1/16 – 12/31/16; Church Women United – Gera Fleming, Biddie Kirk – 1/1/16 – 12/31/16; Spiritual Life and Worship – Cathy Taylor 1/16/16 to 6/30/16, Pat Greaves 7/1/16 – 12/31/16.
Circles: The Circles meet from September through May. PW Horizon’s program was used. January through May we finished our study “Come to the Waters” and September through December we have been studying “Who is Jesus? What a Difference a Lens Makes”. Tom Weaver led Bible Moderator Mentoring classes each month for those who led the Bible Study discussions in their Circles and he also filled in when one of the women was absent. He led the study in December for our combined Circle meeting and luncheon with 52 members in attendance.
Six Circles met monthly for study and fellowship. We had 77 active Circle members, 10 shut-ins, and 3 affiliates as of 12/31/16.
PW Sponsored Programs: Stress Free Book Club; Prayer Shawl Ministry, and WeCare Sewing Ministry. These groups meet all year long and in addition to fellowship through books and shawls given to church members, WeCare supports the following with handmade items:
Guardian Ad Litem, Munroe Emergency Center, Munroe Pediatrics, Children’s Express Emergency, Rape Crisis/Domestic Violence Center, Kimberly’s Cottage, Operation Shoebox, Ocala Regional ER, Sheriff’s Dept., Heart of Florida and Thornwell Home for Children.
Missions: Missions we supported financially – Columbia Friendship Circle, Kay Beckman CE Scholarship, Montgomery Conference Center, Montreat Archives, Mission Haven, First Presbyterian Church, Duval Home, Grace Place, Kimberly Cottage, Marion County Homeless Children, Pace for Girls, Salvation Army, Thornwell Children’s Home, Youth Mission Scholarship, Interfaith, UNICEF, Church World Services, PW Healthy Women’s Project, Least Coin, Blankets +, PW Thank Offering, PW Birthday Offering, Meals on Wheels, Food for Kids.
Gatherings & Programs:
April 14, 2016 Spring Gathering & Business Meeting – 37 women heard an interesting and informed presentation by Deputy Paul Bloom on safety issues and scams and enjoyed a delicious dinner prepared by our chef Alan Wilson and served by our members. The Birthday and Least coin offerings were dedicated; the slate of officers was presented by the Vice-Moderator and were duly elected; then a dedication service was held for the Officers and the Coordinating Team persons to state their declaration to our members to serve.
October 29, 2016 Fall Gathering – 44 Circle members attended – we followed the theme from the 2016 Thank Offering (In the Shadow of your Wings). Our guest speaker was Captain Chip Wildy, Director of Marion County Emergency Management and we all enjoyed another delicious lunch prepared by Alan Wilson. The Thank Offering was dedicated with an explanation given by Esther Arango-Palencia. The 2016 Honorary Life Member recipient, Renie Clark, was announced. She was presented a plaque and PW pin by last year’s recipient, Fran Gilchrist.
Respectfully submitted by
Nancy Winfree (1/1/16 to 6/30/16
Liz Diener-Dickmann, Moderator 7/1/16 to 12/31/16
Evelyn Weaver, Co-Moderator
Circle Time Meeting Place Contact Phone
Mentoring 5:30 p.m. Room 1-1st Tuesday Tom Weaver 622-6028
1 2:00 p.m. Conference Room-2nd Tuesday Esther Arango-Palencia 732-6626
3 10:30 a.m. Member's Home-3rd Monday Pat Greaves 236-0716
4 6:30 p.m. Conference Room-2nd Tuesday MaryBeth Rivers 625-3372
7 11:00 a.m. Choir Room-2nd Tuesday Fran Gilchrist 454-3155
8 11:00 a.m. Room1-2nd Tuesday Lois Clardy 622-3053
9 7:00 p.m. Member's Home-2nd Monday Kristen Crawford 694-2355
Program Time Location Contact Phone
Stress Free Book Club (4th Tues) 1:30 p.m. Conference Room Fran Gilchrist 454-3155
Prayer Shawl (4th Thurs) 1:30 p.m. Conference Room Liz Dickmann 732-6368
We Care Sewing Ministry 9:30a.m. Room 1 Fran Gilchrist 454-3155
Please call the church office 352-629-7561 for information.
511 S.E. Third Street, Ocala, FL 34471
The Rev. Dr. D. Ronald Watson, Jr., Pastor
The Rev. Ruth Elswood, Parish Associate
The Rev. Dr. Ray C. Ruark, Jr., Pastor Emeritus
Phone: (352) 629-7561 . Fax: (352) 629-8066