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Presbyterian Women

About Presbyterian Women (PW) at Stone Church
PW Purpose
PW in the Wider Church
PW Publication: Linkage
Stone Church Coordinating Team
Meeting Times

About Presbyterian Women (PW) at Stone Church

Through the years, PW has provided a warm fellowship for women who have studied together, shared closely in each others' lives, and applied themselves to many remarkable good works.

Several circles (circle is the traditional name for small fellowship and study groups usually meeting in members' homes) meet each month. In addition there is a Focus Group, a Lunch Bunch, 2 Book Groups, Soul Feast groups, a Prayer Shawl Ministry group and Gatherings of the whole women's community at least 3 times a year. Membership is open to all women of the church.

PW members' good works have further expanded because of a generous bequest from Ruby Hudspeth, who was active in PW and our church from 1953 to 1968. The Ruby Hudspeth Trust was set up in 1995 and gives grants to mission within Stone Church, to the larger Presbyterian Church, and to mission beyond the Presbyterian Church, as well as scholarship assistance to post-secondary students and to persons attending specific church-related events.

PW Purpose (used by PW groups all across the country)

Forgiven and freed by God in Jesus Christ, we commit ourselves:

  • To nurture our faith through prayer and Bible study
  • To support the mission of the church worldwide
  • To work for justice and peace
  • And to build an inclusive, caring community of women that strengthens the Presbyterian Church (USA) and witnesses to the promise of God's Kingdom.

PW in the wider Church

There is a PW organization on the Presbytery level of the church, Presbyterian Women in the Presbytery of San Jose. The coordinating team for 2015-2016 was moderated by Stone Church's Rosaleen Zisch and several Stone Church members participate on that Coordinating Team. The PWPSJ has a program of 4 Presbytery-wide Gatherings each year.

PW is also organized nationally, with offices in Louisville, KY at the Presbyterian Center. PW Churchwide publishes a top rated magazine, Horizons, a bi-monthly publication covering topics of timely interest to women. Each year there is a Horizons Bible Study publication, used by many PW circles as the basis of their monthly meetings. The study for 2015 - 2016 is called "The Living Waters", and is led by Alice Thorn and Claudia Hamm.

Information about PWPSJ or PW Churchwide is available from Rosaleen Zisch or Claudia Hamm.

The PW Publication Linkage

PW publishes a Presbytery-wide newsletter called the Linkage on an approximately quarterly basis. Links to recent issues are Here.

The Stone Church PW Coordinating Team 2016-2017

    Moderator - Joyce Summers
    1st Vice Moderator for Program - Claudia Hamm
    2nd Vice Moderator for Mission - Michelle Walters
    3rd Vice Moderator for Justice and Peace - Jean Raby
    Secretary - Sheri Cunningham
    Treasurer - Sally Magee
    Treasurer: Hudspeth Trust - Ida Raby
    Secretary: Hudspeth Trust - Jan Keifer
    Historian/Archivist - Virginia Holtz
    Search Committee -
         Joyce Summers, Sue Evans, Catherine Marlatt
    Communications - Joyce Summers
    Box Tops for Education - Sue Evans
    Focus Group - Jean Raby

    Amethyst Circle Leader - Jan Keifer
    Emerald Circle Leader - Gail Chaid
    Sapphire Circle Leader - Maureen Searing

    Soul Feast & Bible Study Circles - June Tablak
    Shawl Ministry Laiason - Janice Goertz


The PW Coordinating Team usually meets the 2nd Thursday of each month at 9:30 AM to 11 AM.


Circles meet once-a-month except during the summer. You are invited and welcome to visit or join! Circles are currently using the Horizons Bible study, "Come to the Waters." Preparation for the monthly Bible study is led by Claudia Hamm and Alice Thorn on the fourth Thursday of the month at 9:30 a.m. in the church library. You are welcome!

Amethyst - Meets the first Wednesday of the month at 1:00 PM in the library in Lincoln House. Jan Keifer is the leader.

Emerald - Meets the first Thursday of the month at 9:30 AM in members' homes. Gail Chaid is its leader.

Sapphire - Meets the second Monday of the month at 7:30 PM in members' homes. Maureen Searing is its leader.

Interest Groups

Book Group 1 meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 1:00 PM. Call Hazel James (coordinator) for details.

Book Group 2 meets on the third Monday of each month at 2:30 PM. Call Claudia Hamm (coordinator) for details.

Lunch Bunch meets on the second Tuesday of each month. Call Ida Raby (coordinator) for details.

Women's Focus Group meets the third Wednesday of each month. Justice and Peace issues for women and children are their focus. Jean Raby is the convener. Call her for details.

Prayer Shawl Ministry Group meets monthly. Contact Janice Goertz for details.

Soul Feast Support Groups: new groups form from time to time. Contact June Tablak if you want to become part of such a group.

Special programs are offered during the year: Valentine Tea, June Picnic, August Brunch, A Mission Gathering. Presbyterian Women at Stone Church also support Presbyterian Women in the Presbytery of San José and participate in the programs offered on that level.

For further information ... Please contact the church office or the membership directory for phone numbers.

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Some meanings to be found in the P.W. symbol (designed by Sally Abbotts of Beaverton, Michigan):

The freed posture of the central figure is a woman rising in symbolic praise following forgiveness.

The Bible is the Word, Jesus Christ, and the women coming out of it show we are freed by faith.

The outline of the central figure is that of a cross. When the outline is filled with color, it becomes a woman.We are Presbyterian women who have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer we who live, but Christ who lives in us.

The right figure is reading, studying, praying, or meditating. She is holding a book to guide her.

The left figure is reaching out to care for others. She is holding a loaf, yet also she can be seen as making an offering, sharing, nurturing, healing.

The church worldwide is represented by the circle. The broken chains represent severing of injustices. The postures of the three women indicate an existence in peace, not turmoil. The chain is made of individual links, none being the same size or exact shape. Just as all women are different, so is each link.

The tie to our denomination is shown by our name.

God's kingdom is where we all would hope to rise, like the central figure, in an attitude of praise!


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