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Proverbs Study book resources

Prov 3-5

The theme verse for 2014 is Proverbs 3:5 and the two books recommended for Bible Study in Proverbs are A Proverbs Driven Life by Anthony Selvaggio and A Father’s Gift by Kenneth Wingate.

We have an outline for the Selvaggio book and an outline for the Wingate book as well as a a more detailed overview for Selvaggio and a detailed overvuew for Wingate in a presentation format that you may fine useful.

Two other resources recommended by the Women’s Ministries Board and Elizabeth Burns are Kathleen Buswell Nielson’s Proverbs study Proverbs: The Way of Wisdom, the  Journibles for Proverbs (a Scripture writing journal) you could use in conjunction with the study (check it out at Reformation Heritage Books), and Girls Gone Wise by Mary Kassian (which at first glance seems for young girls/women only, but is appropriate for any age woman).

Most of these books are available through the CEM Bookstore and can be found on this page.

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.

105th Annual Meeting

Huntersville ARP Church’s Women’s Ministries


The Women of First Presbyterial

of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church

to the

105th Annual Meeting of First Presbyterial


Saturday, October 20, 2012


10 O’Clock in the Morning

Theme Verse:

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  1 John 1:9

Special Guest Speaker:  Cammie Howard

Mission Devotional: Lori Lawing

Registration will begin at 9:00 A.M.

Coffee and light refreshments available

Lunch $6.00 per person

RSVP by Saturday October 6th to

or (704) 875-1704

Nursery provided for infants and toddlers. Please indicate number and ages of children when you respond. Please provide lunch for your child.

200 N Old Statesville Rd (Hwy 115), Huntersville, NC 28078

Take I-77 to exit 23

Travel east to 2nd light

Turn left (north) on 115 / Old Statesville

Church is on the right (across from the Baptist Church and Lydia’s Loft)

We will have some We do not have any special business for consideration and voting by Delegates from each church. Details will be available on the Presbyterial website,, and will be sent by email to anyone who registers with an email address prior to the annual meeting.

Each church may have up to four Delegates – the Women’s Ministries President (or Vice-President in the President’s absence), the Women’s Ministries Treasurer (or another Board member in the Treasurer’s absence), and two at-large (non-Board member) Delegates.


The list of deceased members should be sent to Cathy Houck by Sept. 25.  The date has been moved forward since our annual meeting will be held in October. You can contact Cathy at  119 Sailview Rd.  Mooresville, NC 28117

(704)896-9559  or

Click here for a print version of this invitation

Annual Meeting Update


The 104th Annual Meeting of the First Presbyterial Women’s Ministries met August 20th, 2011, at Pressly Memorial ARP Church in Statesville. Minutes available here.

First Presbyterial President Vicki Marsh presided over the meeting. Lisa Myers, VP of the Pressly Memorial WOC welcomed the women, and Dr. Stephen Myers gave the Invocation.

The Missionary Speaker was Judi Hodges, formerly a Jubilee Birthday Lady supported by the Women’s Ministries. Judi Hodges shared how we mimic and resemble the people we spend time with. She humorously told us how she looks in the mirror and sees her Mom, and how she hears her Mom come out of her very own mouth! People will say, “You’re just like your Mom.” God wants of to have this same family resemblance in His Family. He is calling us to be like His Son, to invite Him into every aspect of our lives. Judi prayed that our reflection will be that of Christ!

The Keynote Speaker was Valerie Shepard, wife of Walt Shepard and daughter of Jim and Elisabeth Elliot.

Valerie Shepard shared the need for prayer. She challenged us to begin prayer groups for our pastors and churches. She told us that God is most glorified when we are desperate for His help, because He’s in the business of helping His children. She said we, as women, are quick with our tongues. We tend to share our troubles with 5-10 friends! The problem is that they do not have the same heart as God. We should take our problems to the Lord, and leave them in His lap. Here is the prayer she shared:

Lord Jesus, pour out a spirit of grace and supplication upon me and upon Your body the Church!  Build us and transform us to become a house of prayer for all nations!  I long to be a dwelling place for Your Spirit as you shape me into a purpose-filled, Kingdom-advancing disciple.  May Your house be known for prayer that delights Your heart and moves Your hand!

Val also shared another favorite quote, from Janet Erskine Stuart:”When we get our own way, we nurse a hideous idol called self, but if we give up our own way, we GET GOD.!”

After special music from Lindsay Hunt and Cathy Lefsky from Coddle Creek ARP, we took a break for lunch. The meeting resumed to deal with the business for 2011. The vote on the meeting date was approved for the 3rd Saturday in October. The slate of officers provided by the nominating committee was approved. The new President of First Presbyterial, Lynn Robinson, rose to speak and close us in prayer. She reminded us that Jesus was the most dependent person on the earth. If he needed to be close to God in prayer, how much more do we. She challenged us to pray for her and the Board and for each other this year.

The meeting ended with the Treasurers session and the Showcase where the officers and committee chair men were available to review materials and pick up packets.

(joint authors Lynn Robinson and Laura Navarro)

Voting at the upcoming Presbyterial meeting

When we meet in August, the one item we will vote on is moving the annual Presbyterial meeting to closer match the new yearly schedule. With the current calendar running Sept – Aug, having the Presbyterial meeting in August was appropriate. The Presbyterial year starting in Sept of 2011 runs until the end of Dec in 2012 with the next year starting Jan 2013 as we get back on a calendar year schedule.

The proposal that we will vote on is to move the meeting to the 3rd Saturday in October. That would October 20, 2012 for next year’s meeting.

According to the Bylaws in article III on Representation:
The voting body of this organization shall consist of:

1.  All officers as listed in Article IV of the Constitution
(That is: Presbyterial President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Past President.  Presbyterial Ministry chairmen: Spiritual Life, Missions and Outreach, Family Care, Historian)
2.  Chairmen of Standing Committees
3.  Past Presidents of First Presbyterial
4.  ARP Women’s Ministries Board members who are members of First Presbyterial
5. The President of the local church women’s organization – Alternate: her Vice President
6. The Treasurer of the local church women’s organization – Alternate: a board member in her local church women’s organization.
7.  Two representatives from each local church women’s organization

Notice the last 3 items in the list apply to your local church. One item of business to address before coming to Presbyterial would be identifying anyone who will attend as a delegate to vote and perhaps discuss the topic to be voted on so the delegate is prepared.

Past Annual Meetings

This is a collection of notes about prior Annual Meetings.

2011 Annual Meeting speakers were Judi Hodges (missions) and Val Shepard (keynote), wife of Walt Shepard of church plant Christ Coastal ARP in Southport. The meeting began at 10am and ended around 2pm with a Treasurer’s workshop and Showcase. Outgoing Past President performed the installation of officers. It included 2 hymns and special music during the offering. Business included moving Annual Meeting to 3rd Saturday of October.

2010 Annual Meeting speakers were Karen Kimmons (missions), Shelia Osborne (missions), and Susan Hunt (keynote). The meeting began at 10am and ended shortly after 2pm with workshops for Treasurer, Susan Hunt, and study book overview, and the Showcase. Elizabeth Burns performed installation of officers. It included 2 hymns and special music during the offering. Business included adjusting Presbyterial year to match the calendar year beginning January, 2013.

2009 Annual Meeting speakers were Lynn Limon (missions) and Elizabeth Burns (keynote). The meeting began at 10am and ended with workshops for Treasurer and study books, and the Showcase. Special music by Hillside Praise Band at beginning of the meeting, plus 3 hymns. Kathy Barron performed installation of officers. No special business to be voted on.

2008 Annual Meeting speakers were Youth from Wales Mission Trip (missions) and Tracie Miles (keynote) of Proverbs 31 Ministries. The meeting began at 10am and ended with a Showcase. Elizabeth Burns performed installation of the officers. It included 1 hymn and special music during the offering. No special business to be voted on.

2007 Annual Meeting speakers were Laura Romer (missions, via DVD) and Rachel Turner (keynote). Ann Aheron performed installation of officers. Special music at the beginning by the Overcash Family and before the keynote speaker by the Dawson Family, and 3 humans and special music during offertory. The meeting began at 10am, with workshops at 11:30 am for each office plus topics such as How to handle stress, Girls stuff, Christianity in Turkey, and Blending Church and Family. No special business to vote on.

2006 Annual Meeting speakers were Ruth Bonilla (missions devotion), Dr. Peggy Gray (ARP WM), and Rev Joseph Alghrary (keynote). Special music was provided by the Korean Choir, with 3 hymns. Peggy Gray performed installation of the officers. The meeting began at 10am with workshops at 11:30 for the officers and special topics of The Face of Islam Today, Life Management for Busy Women, Reaching Youth Today, and Family Worship. No special business to vote on.

2005 Annual Meeting speakers were Patsy Ratchford (missions), Jeff Hathcock (testimony), andPatsy Ratchford (keynote). Special music by EMD, and 3 hymns. The meeting began at 10am with workshops at 11:45. Patsy Ratchford performed installation of the officers.

2004 Annual Meeting speakers were Greg and Chris Conover (missions) and Cyndi Jo Brady (keynote) of Solomon House. Mae Ferguson performed installation of officers. Special music by Cindy McNeel and 3 hymns. The meeting began at 10am with workshops at 11:45. Business was the vote on WSU rename and restructure to Women’s Ministries.

2011 Annual Meeting!

August 20 is the 104th Annual Meeting, held this year at Pressly Memorial.

Valerie Shepard, wife of Walt Shepard and daughter of Elisabeth Elliot, will be our keynote speaker, and Judi Hodges will be our missions devotional speaker!

Registration will start at 9am, with coffee and a light breakfast. The program will begin at 10am. Lunch will be provided. Then a chance for you to visit the Ministry Showcase and ending between 2 and 3pm.

In addition to the missions and keynote speakers, we will sing and also hear a special musical performance. Plus cover the business portion, including changes in officers and remembering members who have passed on this year.

Lunch: $6.25 per person

RSVP by Saturday, August 6th to or (704) 763-6629

This meeting is a great opportunity to visit with Sisters from other churches and see what is going on in the life and body of the church. We hope to see you there!

Invitation to Presbyterial 2011

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.

First Presbyterial 103rd Annual Meeting

Christ Community Church, Associated Reformed Presbyterian,

of Greensboro, North Carolina

invites the ladies of the First Presbytery of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church

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

on Saturday, the twenty-first of August, 2010

at ten o’clock in the morning.

The theme for 2010-2011 is taken from Hebrews 12:1b-2a,

“…let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith…”

The special guest speaker will be Mrs. Susan Hunt, the Women’s Ministry Consultant for Christian Education and Publications. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and Columbia Theological Seminary. She has authored numerous books and travels extensively speaking to various women’s groups. Her desire to help women have a heart for each other, for the church, and for the Reformed faith is unparalleled.

Registration begins at nine o’clock in the morning, and a light breakfast will be offered.

Customary lunch is offered at five dollars a person.

R.S.V.P. by the sixteenth of August to

or (336)288-2365

Nursery provided for infants and toddlers. Please indicate the age and number of children when you respond affirmatively.

Christ Community Church is located at 369 Air Harbor Road