Presbyterian Women of First Presbyterian Church of Ocala, FL

2015 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.


Officers:  Moderator – Fran Gilchrist 1/1/15 to 6/30/15, Nancy Winfree 7/1/15 to12/31/15; Vice- Moderator – None 1/1/15 to 6/30/15, Evelyn Weaver 7/1/15 to 12/31/15; Secretary – None 1/1/15 to 4/1/15; Bonnie Purdy 4/1/15 to 12/31/15; Treasurer: Anne Wilton1/1/15 to 12/31/15.   Coordinators: Together in Service Missions – 1/1/15 to 6/30/15 Bonnie Purdy, 7/1/15 to 12/31 15 Esther Arango-Palencia; Spiritual Life and Worship – 1/1/15 to 6/30/15 Esther Arango-Palencia, 7/2/25 to 12/31/15 Cathy Taylor; Bereavement – 1/1/15 to 6/30 15 Debbie Koch, 7/1/15 to 12/31 15 Mia DiGeronimo; Church Women United – Gera Fleming and Biddie Kirk


Circles:  The Circles meet from Sept thru June.  Bible Study: We used the PW Horizon’s program - Jan thru June we finished “A Contemporary Study of 2 Corinthians” study then in Sept we began “ Come to the Waters ”.   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 to do the lesson when one of the women was absent. Seven (7) Circles met monthly for study and fellowship but reduced to 6 circles effective 7/1/15;  85  Active Circle members as of 12/31/15


PW Sponsored Programs: Stress Free Book Club; Prayer Shawl Ministry; Prayer Partners; WeCare Sewing Ministry.  These groups meet all year long.


Missions: Missions we supported financially (averages slightly over $2,000.00) and/or with goods –  Church Women United, FPC Youth Mission Trip, Salvation Army Center of Hope, Interfaith, UNICEF, Homeless Children of Marion County, Church World Services, PW Healthy Women’s Project,  Kimberly’s Cottage, PACE Center for Girls, Grace Place, Interfaith,  Marion County Rape Crisis/Domestic Violence Center, Munroe Pediatrics and Emergency Services,  Military Operation Shoebox, Guardian Ad Litem, Fellowship of the Least Coin, Blankets +, PW Thank Offering, PW Birthday Offering among others.


Gatherings & Programs:

• March 15th Gifts of Women Celebration Sunday Service – All 3 services led by Pastor Joan Wells with all support done by women: Liturgist, Greeters, Ushers, Hand Bells, Choirs, Organ and Piano (Exception of men doing the sound system)

• May 2nd Spring Gathering& Business Meeting -   48   ladies heard a great presentation by our guest speaker The Reverend May Beth Harper, Director of The Retreat at Silver Springs and enjoyed a great lunch prepared by our chef Alan Wilson and served by our members.  The Birthday and Least Coin Offerings were dedicated; the Officer Election was presented by the Moderator; then a dedication service was held for the Officers and Coordinating Team persons to re-state their declaration to our members of their commitment to serve

• 2015 Fall Gathering – 46 members enjoyed lunch prepared by our chef and served by our members plus heard a great presentation from our guest speaker Rev. Cheryl Gans.  We received and dedicated our Pledges and Thank Offerings.

• December 8, 2015 Group Circle Christmas Meeting – 57 circle members and 5 guests enjoyed lunch prepared by our chef and served by members.  We had a combined meeting and the Bible study was presented by Dr. Tom Weaver.  Christmas carols were sung.


Respectfully Submitted by Nancy Winfree, Moderator



Circle     Time        Meeting Place                       Contact               Phone

Bible Study  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                   9:30 a.m.    Member's Home-3rd Monday             Cathy Taylor                  671-3730

4                   6:30 p.m.    Conference Room-2nd Tuesday           Bonnie Purdy              687-3655

7                   11:00 a.m.  Choir Room-2nd Tuesday                     Fran Gilchrist               454-3155

8                   2:00 p.m.    Member's Home-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         1:30 p.m.   Conference Room   Fran Gilchrist          454-3155

Prayer Shawl                        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

Cheryl Gans, Interim Associate Pastor

The Rev. Dr. Ray C. Ruark, Jr., Pastor Emeritus

Phone:  (352) 629-7561  Fax:  (352) 629-8066