Women’s Ministry is a grace-filled community of women from all seasons and walks of life; sharing life’s joys and struggles in the context of how God is using every circumstance to mold us into Christ’s image. These women study God’s Word, pray, and serve the community together. By faith and God’s grace, in large and small ways, they are women of the Word reaching out to women in the world.
Presbyterian Women (PW), the national women's organization of the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA), is also a community of women from all seasons and walks of life, and every woman at FPC is automatically a member. Join a PW Circle for Bible study and fellowship with other women. For more information click on the link below.
Childcare is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 am – noon at a cost of $5 per mom, per week. Please make childcare reservations by calling Margaret Rodriguez, 713.620.6587.
Community & Special Interest
WoW — Women of the Word
Tuesdays | 10am – noon | LC 080 | Fellowship at 9:30am in Palm Court
Women of the Word (WoW) invites women of all ages who seek God’s Word for their lives and desire friendship with other women. The format consists of individual study, worship, small group time and lecture, with regular opportunities for service and outreach. Bring a friend and be inspired by the Word of God!
JoNell Gerland leads us as we study the names of God this fall so that we can better understand who He is and grow deeper in our relationship with Him. We will incorporate the “living stones” technique of dwelling on Scripture into our curriculum. Praying the Names of God, by Ann Spangler, is also available as supplemental curriculum. For more information or to register contact email@example.com.
Tuesdays | 10 – 11:45am | LC 181 | Fellowship at 9:30am in Palm Court
First Moms invites women in the throes of motherhood to come… just as you are! Gather with other mothers in an informal and casual setting to study and encourage each other in God’s grace. Come learn biblical truths for yourself and your families. Share joys and concerns with mentor moms who have been there. First Moms is a peer-taught class with a weekly lesson, small group discussion and a time for group prayers and praises. Childcare is available for infants up to elementary age for $5 per mom per week. Newborns are welcome to the classroom, if desired. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Christi Torano at email@example.com for more information.
Discipline for Life: Getting It Right with Children by Madelyn Swift
What do you want from discipline? Better behaved, more cooperative children? Certainly! This book gives you practical, helpful techniques for accomplishing this, but discipline can accomplish so much more. We also want emotionally healthy, respectful, responsible, self-disciplined children who know how to make sound decisions, communicate effectively, solve problems with skill, handle difficult situations with grace, and treat others with dignity. What we teach with our discipline at ages 2, 5, and 12, will return to help or haunt us during their adolescence and adulthood. The tips, traps, and stories found in this book help us discipline effectively today yet keep an eye toward the future.
Fourth Tuesday of each month | 7 – 8:30pm | Living Room (Fellowship begins at 6:30pm)
Join this amazing, diverse group of women with different points of view and encounter spirituality in everyday books. Contact Ada Fuller for information, 713-306-8267.
2012-2013 Book List
October 23: My Reading Life by Pat Conroy
November 27: The Lemon Tree by Sandy Tolan
January 22: David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
February 26: I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron
March 26: The Bright Side of Disaster by Katherine Center
April 23: The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings
Wednesdays | 6:30 - 8pm | Remaining Dates: April 24 and May 1, 8 & 15
Blessings is a group of women who gather every Wednesday evening to discuss Scripture and other spiritual study materials to share experiences living and working in the Kingdom of God. The goal each week is to provide practical tools to encourage the practice of our faith in the world. All women are invited. For more information, contact Barbara Montgomery at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lenten Study: God Is On the Cross: Reflections on Lent and Easter (40 days of devotionals) by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
The themes of prayerful reflection, self denial, temptation, suffering, and the meaning of the cross are highlighted in passages from Bonhoeffer's letters and sermons. A scripture passage for each day of the season, with these writings, provide special encouragement as readers prepare themselves spiritually for Holy Week and Easter.
Mondays | 6:30-8:15pm | FH 258 |
A Scripture-based health support group, First Place for Health offers the Bible Study, Confident Living, this fall. We will study how to live boldly for Christ and how we can have victory over temptation through God’s Word. We will be challenged to grow in our relationship with God and understand the power available to us to overcome our temptations and live a balanced life. Session costs for first-time participants is $120; each subsequent session is $20. Contact Teresa Koops at 713.776.2744 for more information or to sign up.
Two Sundays a Month | 10:45-11:45am | CE227
Spring Session continues: May 5 & 19
This group of mothers, whose children range in age from infants to elementary school, study Scripture and share the challenges of being working, professional women while being wives and mothers. Meets every other Sunday through May.
Working mothers are invited to study the book, Table Life, by Joanne Thompson to explore the role of the table in Jesus' life and learn how "our tables can become a place where children flourish, hearts grow in faith, and the community faith is strengthened in love. We experience this life by learning to treasure Christ's presence at the table." For more information or to register, please contact email@example.com or Pauline Ramos firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesdays | 8:30 – 9:30am | LC 086 (downstairs in Middle School Youth area)
Centering Prayer is a time of communion with God, incorporating Lectio Divina, when we give ourselves to God for a short time without the distractions of the everyday world.
Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience God’s presence within us. It is where we come to sit in silence before the Lord and offer Him ourselves. We “intend” to lay down our will and let Him have room to come in. In the stillness and quiet of our soul we open our whole heart and mind, our whole being to God. This method of prayer is a movement beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Him.
Lectio Divina literally means “divine reading” and is an ancient practice of praying the scriptures. During Lectio Divina, the practitioner listens to the text of the Bible with the “ear of the heart” as if one is in conversation with God, and God is suggesting the topics for discussion. The method of Lectio Divina includes moments of reading (lectio), reflecting on (meditatio), responding to (oratio) and resting in (contemplatio) the Word of God with the aim of nourishing and deepening one’s relationship with God
Thursdays | 9:30 - 11:30am | 5401 Fannin St (2 blocks east of FPC, across the street from St Paul's)
Join other FPC women EVERY Thursday (except Thanksgiving) as we make and distribute bologna sandwiches together for the EAC, an interfaith association of congregations committed to promoting self-sufficiency to low income families in Harris County by assisting them with basic needs such as food and clothing. It’s a great time for fellowship amongst friends while giving back to the community. To sign-up, please contact Laura Smith at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Garage Sale Items Needed
Bring your gently used or new infant or preschool clothing, toys, nursery supplies, strollers, high chairs, car seats, etc. to Palm Court on April 28 – 30 where First Moms will collect the items for sale in the giant LifeHouse Garage Sale in May to benefit that ministry. LifeHouse is a ministry of FPC which provides a home during pregnancy and for a time afterwards for women with unplanned pregnancies who wish to bring the child to term.
713.620.6507 or email@example.com