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!

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