Dear Presbyterian Women, now is the time in our Gathering journey to swerve.
“Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the uncertainty of vaccination distribution, the current state of the virus (including new variants that are more contagious), the Administration Committee, on behalf of the Board of Directors of Presbyterian Women in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Inc., regrettably, has canceled the Churchwide Gathering of Presbyterian Women, which was to be held in St. Louis, Missouri, in August 2021.“
So what’s next? First, let us give thanks to God, confident that we can . . .
Rejoice in Hope!
The 2021 Churchwide Gathering theme illuminates our way forward as we continue to navigate difficult days. “Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers” (Rom. 12:12–13).
Let us look forward to new plans!
Setting course for 2024
Because of the scheduling patterns for events held by Presbyterian Women in the Synods and Presbyterian Women in the Presbyteries, the next Churchwide Gathering of Presbyterian Women will be held in 2024 at a location and during dates that are yet to be determined. (In other words, stay tuned!)
Adjust course for 2021
Although we cannot meet in person in August 2021, the 2021 Gathering Planning Team is at work, preparing an online national program and worship service. Details about this service are forthcoming, so check this email series, which will continue, and other sources of PW information, including Horizons magazine, PW social media channels and http://www.presbyterianwomen.org.
The triennial Business Meeting will be held online August 4 and 5, 2021. During these sessions Presbyterian Women, Inc. voting representatives will vote on leaders, business and a budget for the national organization. The schedule will accommodate all voting representative time zones. PW in the Presbytery (PWP) and Synod (PWS) moderators received a communication about the meeting this week. If you are a PWP or PWS moderator and did not receive the communication, please contact Patricia Longfellow, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why, of course!
You and your planning team have saved for the 2021 Churchwide Gathering. Why not stay the course for 2024? Consider your saving strategy so that you can sponsor additional participants for 2024 or lend support to PW’s Annual Fund (the Mission Pledge) with an extra gift to help offset expenses for this new course for the 2021 Gathering and Business Meeting.
Presbyterian Women’s Annual Fund (the Mission Pledge) makes possible every mission, program and resource of PW, including the Churchwide Gathering. Give now to support Presbyterian Women’s witness in the world.