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Highlights of the 105th Annual Meeting

The 105th Annual Meeting of First Presbyterial Women’s Ministries was held October 20th, 2012, at Huntersville ARP Church in Huntersville. Minutes will be available here. We had 109 attendees, representing 24 churches from First Presbytery.

First Presbyterial President Lynn Robinson presided over the meeting. Patti Snyder, President of the HARP WM welcomed the women, and Pastor Lee Shelnutt gave the Invocation.

The Missionary Speaker was Lori Lawing, of Christ Church in Denver, a church plant started by Coddle Creek ARP. Lori started with a great reminder of the benefits of having a mother church for a church plant, and through her talk she exposed some of the experiences and needs of a church plant and a church plant pastor and wife. She spoke on lessons from a book their women had studied earlier in the year, When Grace Transforms by Terry L. Johnson.  The subtitle is The Character of Christ’s Disciples Put Forward in the Beatitudes. Lori focused on the first three, those who are poor in spirit, who mourn, and who are meek.

Some high lights that President Lynn Robinson noted were Lori’s honest comment that she had asked “God, couldn’t you have sanctified me more before I became a mom?” “But,” she said, “God wanted my children to see the gospel working in me.” She also spoke of her prayer for her children that they might know the gospel and have a repentant heart.

The Keynote speaker was Cammie Howard, a resident of Huntersville. She spoke on thieves that steel our joy and peace. We should have lives overflowing with joy, peace, and hope. As she spoke on the thieves of unmet expectations, comparison, business, and distractions she provided ways to combat each one. The slides she used are available here, and the audio will be available soon as well.

Some notes taken by Lynn include these comments. Cammie pointed out that often we are too busy to be prayerful about our schedule. Then she said, we are as busy as we allow ourselves to be. She quoted Eldridge: “We are swept away by the momentum of life created by the decisions we make.” Cammie challenged us by pointing out that Jesus made time for holy interruptions. Do we?  She closed saying, God’s Word says slow down, be intentional, spend time with the Father. Jesus can help us not to live a distracted life.

The offering music and special music was provided by women from the HARP choir. Then we had lunch and resumed the meeting for business. There was no business to vote on this year, just the nominations for the Presbyterial board positions. The Constitution says that “the election shall proceed by written ballot if there is more than one nominee for an office, otherwise by acclamation.” We missed the step to receive them by acclamation, but they were presented, listed by name, and installed by Linda Hardin.

We heard Tom Patterson share some information on Church Extension, progress with some church plants, and a reminder that we also have four retirements homes in the ARP.

Linda Hardin performed the Installation of the officers, after a request for nominations from the floor for the position of Historian. Lynn passed the gavel to new President Laura Navarro who provided closing remarks and prayer. The women were then invited to the Showcase, an introduction to the 2013 Bible Study books by Lynn Robinson, and the Treasurer’s Workshop.

The women of Huntersville ARP thank all of you who attended. Next year’s meeting will be at Boyce Memorial at King’s Mountain on October 19th, 2013.

PDF of the Official Minutes available here.

From the 2012 President

It has been a joy to serve as Presbyterial President this year.   Our vision statement says that we exist to “encourage and equip the community of ARP women to minister together for God’s glory and purpose.” This purpose involves discipleship and growing together in Christ. Not all of us have traditional women’s ministries; but if you have women who meet together, you do have a women’s ministry.

If we invest the time to get to know each other and develop relationships, it will change the face of our ministry.  We invite your ideas as to how we can get to know each other better. Please write to me, Laura, and our board. We want to hear what is going on at your church; we want to listen to what you need.

Our board has discussed adding a position to reach out to non-English speaking churches, but that will not be voted on today. It is still under discussion; so I present it not as business, but information. Veronica Unda, will help us reach out to these churches this coming year, as we further consider how we can best connect with them. From our ARPWM board meeting last weekend, I have several things to share:  The board has proposed changes in the bylaws, which will be voted on at the 2013 Annual Meeting: 1. That the advisor appointed by Synod, (and that this role currently falls to the Director of Central Services)  be added to our bylaws. This codifies Synod’s action. 2. As an outreach of encouragement to the church plants, the Board approved sending Seminar invitations (Woman to Woman) to the wives of those pastors and offering to waive the fees for up to three women in their church plant who would like to attend, one of which hopefully would be the pastor’s wife.  Invitations will go out during the registration period for any given Seminar date. Two further notes: most Presbyterial presidents had as their greatest passion developing relationships. Next, a report on giving: it is down. Please take note of this. In our own Presbyterial, about 15 of our 80+ churches have given financial support this year–($2 per woman in your church per year).

Please use available resources to stay connected: our websites— and The ARP magazine, which always has helpful information, will be our focus for 2013, following our current focus, Bonclarken . Our suggested study books on the epistles of John are listed in the bulletin. There are excellent study guides available on the website, which you can download on your computer. I have several sets that I have brought for you to see at the Bible study workshop.

One more request: please complete the contact sheet that was at the registration table. Also, help us correct errors in current contacts. Don’t forget our upcoming retreat, Nov. 2-3 at Bonclarken.  You can still register.     Lynn Robinson

“Reaching Out” for Past Presidents

Since our Presbyterial will be focusing on the ARP magazine in 2013, try to come up with some ideas that could be easily implemented at your church.  Perhaps your circles can help to plan some activities which will feature the ARP.  If your church does not already do so, see if maybe your church would consider giving a free one year subscription to families who join in 2013.  Also, don’t forget that there are good ideas in the ARP which families and churches can use.

Also, as Past President, your job is to see that the bylaws for your women’s ministry are current or if they need some adaptations or deletions.  A committee of three would be a good group to work on this.

We have tried to encourage reaching out to nearby ARP churches, ARP Hispanic and ARP Korean churches.  We have tried some area meetings.  A member of one of our Hispanic churches has agreed to work with our board to reach out and encourage our Hispanic ladies to interact with us more often.  Hopefully, we will find a member of one of our Korean churches who would also be willing to work with us in reaching out to women’s ministries with Korean memberships.  If you have a large church and are having a special event and or special speaker, consider inviting nearby churches to the event.

Lastly, try to help to publicize and encourage attendance at your meetings, our Presbyterial annual meeting, and retreats.  Don’t forget that our next Presbyterial retreat will be held at Bonclarken November 2-3, 2012.  There will be seminars for a wide variety of interests, good speakers, music, fellowship, and a time to refresh your spirit.  Hurry, if you have not registered, contact Barbara Sherrill at for more information.  You don’t want to miss this!

It has been a pleasure and an honor to serve on our board.  Please let me encourage YOU to consider serving—trust me, God will help you to serve!!   May God bless each of you!

Vicki C. Marsh

Past President

First Presbyterial Board

2011-2012 Officers

Officers for the current year listed on this page.

Lynn Robinson (2011-2012)
1714 W. Front St.
Burlington, NC 27215
Burlington First ARP
City Church (ARP) of Greensboro

Laura Navarro (2011-2012)
10310 Squires Way
Cornelius, NC 28031
Huntersville ARP

Dot Hutelmyer (2011-2012)
812 Kimberly Rd
Burlington, NC 27215
Burlington First ARP

Dot McCoy (2010-2012)
809 Stockton St.
Statesville, NC 28677
Covenant ARP

Susan Jenkins (2011-2013)
1052 Oates Rd
Bessemer City, NC 28016
Pisgah ARP

Margie Persons (2011-2013)
166 Perrin Dr
Mooresville, NC 28117
Lakeside Fellowship ARP

Rachel Spencer (2011-2013)
436 Summit Ave
Statesville, NC 28677
Covenant ARP
Cathy Houck (2010-2012)
119 Sailview Rd.
Mooresville, NC 28117
Coddle Creek ARP

Judy Moore (2010-2012)
143 Countrybrook Lane
Mooresville, NC 28115
Coddle Creek ARP

Vicki Marsh (2011-2012)
2626 Birchwood Dr
Gastonia, NC 28052
Gastonia First ARP


Changes to Presbyterial Year (described here) mean officers serving in 2012 serve through Dec, 2012.

President = 1 year term; then a term as Past President

Vice President = 1 year term; then a term as President

Past President = 1 year term

Secretary = 1 year term

Treasurer = 2 year term starting odd-numbered years (as of Jan 2013)

Historian = 2 year term starting odd-numbered years (as of Jan 2013)

Family Care Chair = 2 year term starting odd-numbered years (as of Jan 2013)

Local Church Contact = 2 year term starting even-numbered years (as of Jan 2014)

Missions & Outreach Chair = 2 year term starting even-numbered years (as of Jan 2014)

Spiritual Life Chair = 2 year term starting even-numbered years (as of Jan 2014)