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Learn more about Missions

World Witness has a new Short-Term Missions Coordinator, and she’s also the WW Liaison to Women’s Ministries! Shelia Osborne is available to visit your Women’s Ministries meeting, retreat, or event to give an update on all the missionaries and provide a packet of materials to help promote missions in your church.

Her presentation gives an overview of all the missionaries around the world and the four countries that short-term missionary trips can reach. The short-term missions website includes details of some of the trips made to these countries recently. It’s exciting to see what other groups have done.

The packet includes prayer cards for the current missionaries, addresses and birthdays of all the missionaries, suggestions for how to help missionaries and pray for them, and information about the Jubilee Birthday Ladies.

Shelia also encouraged us to Register on the World Witness website to access the missionary letters with updates and prayer requests. This information needs to be protected, so an ID/password is required to view it. This information is a great resource when encouraging people in your church to pray for and reach out to the missionaries.

Change to Presbyterial Year starting Jan, 2013

This motion passed at the 103rd Annual Meeting. That means officers installed in September, 2011, will serve in that position until December 2012 and the budget for that year will also run September through December, 2012.

The next board and budget year will run for the calendar year of 2013, beginning in January and going through December.

It is the desire of the board that the local WM organizations go to the calendar year as well, and this will give them time to consider and implement this change locally.

2009-2010 Presbyterial Officers

Nancy Myers
1201 Odell School Rd.
Concord, NC 28027

Vicki Marsh
2626 Birchwood Dr
Gastonia, NC 28052

Cathy Houck
119 Sailview Rd.
Mooresville, NC 28117

Dot McCoy
809 Stockton St.
Statesville, NC 28677

Ann Thrower
119 Oak Village Parkway
Mooresville, NC 28117

Laura Navarro
10310 Squires Way
Cornelius, NC 28031

Barbara Sherrill
P.O. Box 182
Flat Rock, NC 28731

Sarah Wallace
623 Hillcrest Avenue
Gastonia, NC 24297

Judy Moore
143 Countrybrook Lane
Mooresville, NC 28115

Linda Hardin
5090 South NC 9 Hwy.
Tryon, NC 28782

Jubilee Birthday Lady change coming

Upon the retirement of Judi Hodges as a World Witness Missionary, Nanette Howard will be named an ARP Women’s Ministries’ Jubilee Birthday Lady.

It is expected that Judi Hodges will remain our Jubilee Birthday Lady until the end of 2010.

Report of the 103rd Annual Meeting of the First Presbyterial Women’s Ministries

Registration began at 9:00 am. The women of Christ Community Church did a wonderful job with organizing registration (including identifying delegates for the voting), handing out church packets and goody bags, and having a dozen different kinds of muffins plus juice and coffee.

At 10:00 am the Prelude began and lured us all to our seats as First Presbyterial President Nancy Myers called the meeting to order. Patty Marsh, the Senior Pastor’s Wife, CCC, gave a warm welcome to all of us and the Reverend Bill Marsh called us to worship.

Karen Kimmons spoke on the need to lean on Christ when events and troubles threaten to overwhelm us. She pointed us to 2 Corinthians 1:8-9

“…For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.”

Karen and Rob Kimmons are missionaries with Pioneers Ministries and are serving in Chad. Rob grew up in Greensboro and CCC is his church home. His grandmother, Nancy Kimmons, is a former board member of First Presbyterial.

Shelia Osborne, the Liaison to W.M. for World Witness gave a presentation on the World Witness missionaries around the world, including short stories of activities they are doing and prayer requests. Shelia and her husband Jeff served as missionaries with World Witness to Mexico between 2002-2009, where they adopted their daughter Sarahi. Currently she serves as Coordinator of Short-Term Ministry and Liaison to Women’s Ministry for World Witness.

After a hymn, Mandy Crotts, CCC W. M. Co-leader introduced the Keynote Speaker, Mrs. Susan Hunt. She is the wife of Gene Hunt, a PCA Pastor, retired, and the mother of 3 adult children and 12 grandchildren. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and holds a Christian Education degree from Columbia Theological Seminary. She is an international speaker and author of numerous books and Sunday school curricula. Her passion is to teach women a biblical apologetic of womanhood and of women’s ministry in the church so that they can glorify God by fulfilling His design and mission.

Mrs. Hunt spoke on Biblical Womanhood, Generation to Generation. She provided an overview of Ephesians and then Genesis. She included this quote from Wayne Grudem, Evangelical Feminism & Biblical Truth, p. 45ff

“The equality and differences between men and women reflect the equality and differences in the Trinity….Here we are talking about the nature of God Himself.”

She also talked about the meaning and uses of the word for Helper, the problem of The Fall, and the solution found in The Gospel. She then discussed our call as women to be life-givers in all our relationships. The Life-Giver defends, sees and cares for the oppressed, supports, shields, protects, delivers from distress, rescues the poor, weak and needy, and comforts. She provided examples from the Old Testament (the midwives in Egypt) and the New Testament (the women who followed and provided support to Jesus, even after his burial) of women who were life-givers.

After another hymn and the offering, we turned to find that the women of CCC had quietly set out lunch on the tables. After a time of food and fellowship, around 12:30 we returned to the business of the meeting. Delegates from each church and the Presbyterial Board sat on one side as Nancy Myers called us back to order. Two items were provided for a vote. Both items passed.

Tom Patterson then provided a report from Church Extension and reminded the women of the need the mission churches have to be encouraged and helped by the established churches. He referred the women to the WM Partnership with Church Extension and the list of Church to Mission Church partnerships.

Historian Sarah Wallace brought our attention to the Memorial Service section of the bulletin and commented that the Pinecrest list covered two years. She also made special reference to Dorothy Dagenhart of New Amity.

ARP WM Coordinator Elizabeth Burns presided over the Installation of the Officers for 2010-2011. Pressly Memorial extended the Invitation to the 2011 Meeting scheduled for Aug 20, 2011. Out-going President Nancy Myers passed the gavel to President Vicki Marsh who closed with prayer.

An afternoon snack was provided and women had the opportunity to hear Mrs. Susan Hunt speak again, on Titus 2 discussing discipleship and women’s ministry. Other options included a workshop for Treasurers, an overview of this year’s study book provided by Coordinator Elizabeth Burns, and a Showcase featuring information for each of the Presbyterial offices and a demo of this website.

The Annual Meeting is always a good time to see friends and meet new sisters in Christ and share the work of the women and the Lord in First Presbyterial. We look forward to seeing you next year!

Voting at 2010 Presbyterial Annual Meeting

We will be voting on the following recommendation from the First Presbyterial board:

The board recommends that the Presbyterial year begin in January and go through December of the calendar year. It is recommended that this change begin with the officers installed in September 2011, enabling that board to serve from September 2011 until December 2012. The following board would serve from January 2013 through December 2013. It is the desire of the board that the local WM organizations go to the calendar year as well, and this will give them time to consider and implement this change locally.

We will also be voting on the proposed changes to the WM Constitution. These changes were approved and passed at the WM annual meeting on July 26, 2010, but needs to be passed by the Presbyterials as well. The old and new proposed WM Constitution is attached here.

Memorial tribute for Miss Dorothy Dagenhart

The Women’s Ministries of New Amity ARP would like to direct to this memorial tribute for Miss Dorothy Dagenhart to our  fellow ARP churches in First Presbytery or elsewhere.

Miss Dorothy Dagenhart
A Proverbs 31 Missionary – Nurse

Honors like the Award of Service from the Pakistani President Ghulam Ishaq Khan and the Honorary Doctor’s Degree from Erskine College proclaim and express the admiration that was due to Miss Dorothy Dagenhart.

A Christian Woman guided by the vision and values of God through prayer. Her life was a living sermon expressing faith in God with a heart of love and loyalty to his church. She stretched out her hands to the stranger, the poor, to the needy at home and abroad.

Dorothy received her nursing training at H. F. Long Hospital School of Nursing, in Statesville, Children’s Hospital, in Washington, DC, and the Mercy Hospital in Charlotte. Her working knowledge in both obstetrics and general anesthesia, aided and assisted her with the delivery of over 5000 children at the Nancy Fulwood Hospital in Sahiwal, Pakistan during her appointed missionary-nurse career.

We thank God for Dorothy Dagenhart’s years of service in Pakistan; helping with her missionary work with Dr. and Mrs. B. L. Hamilton. Promoting foreign missions with a dedicated commitment for 41 years, all the while walking with Christ. Shared with her was the love and support of family, friends, and other church families.

Her faith in Jesus Christ make it possible for her to have the assurance that at death; her soul was at rest with Jesus. She lived and died a child of God, secure in our Saviour. This was the faith of Dorothy Dagenhart.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His Love … Psalm 103:1
Submitted as a tribute in the year of our Lord 2010, by the Women’s Ministries
of New Amity ARP Church, P.O. Box 127, Scotts, North Carolina.

We are also using this tribute in honor of Dorothy in the Spiritual Life In The ARP Women’s Ministries at New Amity Church newsletter. Have also shared a copy of this with the Women’s Ministries upcoming meeting at Christ Community in Greensboro.


Welcome to the website for First Presbyterial of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. We are the women’s ministry arm of the First Presbytery. This website is designed to provide information and resources to all women in the First Presbytery, in their roles on a local women’s ministries board or looking for more information about what the Presbyterial does.

Use the pages across the top to find information specific to each Board position. Check the Events category for upcoming meetings and retreats. Reach out to the officers of Presbyterial, we are here to help.

We would love to include information about your local church, events, or plans. You can send information to me, Laura Navarro, and I’ll post it on the website.

How the Women’s Work All Began

(Note: I am not sure of the origin of this history, but it has been in my church’s WOC handbook and I found it interesting. Laura Navarro)

Early in the history of the ARP church, little groups of women had come together for mission service.  In 1818, Old Steele Creek Church near Charlotte, NC had such a group.  Others also existed in this area. Late in the turbulent years of Reconstruction, other women organized for the same purpose.  In a day of small things, offerings came from such things as the sale of the Sabbath eggs and other products of the farm household.  Never to be underestimated is the spiritual power generated by the single-minded devotion and strong faith of these women.

In 1898, Synod formally recognized the woman’s work by appointing a general superintendent and including her reports in the Minutes of Synod, but the local organizations continued to exist independently of each other. In 1907, cooperation for common goals became possible for the women of Second Presbytery.  At Louisville, Georgia a group met and formed the Second Presbyterial Union.  Soon presbyterials were formed in all of the presbyteries.

In 1915, these presbyterial unions joined together in the Woman’s Synodical Missionary Union.  Later, in 1949, the name was changed to the Woman’s Synodical Union (WSU) to reflect broader participation in all phases of the work of the denomination.

Second Presbyterial had made another vital contribution with the publication of the “Monthly Bulletin”.  First for communicating within the Presbyterial, it became the official organ of WSU in 1918 and continued to be published until 1975, first under the name “Journal of Missions” and later as the “ARP Synodical Journal”.  WSU combined their publication with the church magazine, “The ARP”, when it became a monthly publication of the Synod.

The heart of the woman’s work has always been to know Christ and to make Him known.  It is not surprising that the cause dearest to the women has always been foreign missions.  Over half of our total giving goes to support educational, evangelistic, and medical work primarily in Pakistan and Mexico as well as in other areas.  A special Jubilee Birthday Offering (begun in 1925 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of our first foreign missionary) provides full salaries for two women missionaries.

An early home mission project of the WSU involved support of Hillcrest School in Appalachia and the sale of used clothing in the area.  With improvements in the economy and in the schools, this project was phased out. Planting of new churches has been aided with a “Sites Fund” designated for the purchase of property for mission churches. From 1920 to 1960, WSU provided the program of Christian Education for the children of the church.  Since 1960, the Youth Department has assisted the program, which is directed by Synod’s Board of Christian Education.

A unique ministry developed in recent years is Camp Joy for campers with special needs.  Three sessions are held at Bonclarken each summer and have brought great blessings to all involved.  For many years Dunlap Orphanage received loyal support from the women.  After it was closed in 1978, the Family Living Department has encouraged aid to Bethany Christian Services and other crisis pregnancy centers as well as other projects to strengthen the family.

As the arm of the denomination in higher education, Erskine College and Seminary have received loyal support from the women.

Our denomination has been blessed with Bonclarken, the beautiful assembly grounds at Flat Rock, NC. Focal points for the women at Bonclarken are the Synodical Hall, built in the 1960’s by WSU, and the Bonclarken Gift Shop.  Needlework, crafts, and food items from all over the denomination are donated to the Gift Shop.  The proceeds from the sale go to Bonclarken.