Presbyterian Women (PW)
Did you know that every woman of the Presbyterian Church at Shrewsbury (PCAS) is a member of Presbyterian Women (PW)? The organization consists of a Board of elected officers from the Congregation. The Board assists in organizing several fundraisers during the year including but not limited to the annual Christmas Bazaar in December and the Strawberry Festival in June. These fundraisers and other opportunities for giving during the year help provide funds for giving to local, national and international mission programs, as well as, supporting our own ministry at PCAS. Opportunities for sharing and fellowship are available through our Circles: Mission Belles and Dorcas, as well as the Craft Group that meets frequently during the year. We invite you to explore these opportunities and to participate in all as you are able. For more information contact the Church Office.
The Dorcas Circle was started around 1970 by Teddy Jansky who saw a need for a young women's group in the church. At that time the women met on the second Tuesday of the month in member's homes. They had a devotion, followed by sharing time and a brief business meeting. Then they put together a craft to be sold at the Christmas Bazaar followed by refreshments. Everything except for the craft making is still done today. A few years ago Dorcas decided to change the program content so that the content of each program depended on the members themselves. Each member alone or with another member signs up to present the program or activity for the month. The program may be learning a new talent, discussing a book, a presentation about a place, a craft, a Bible study, or whatever each member would like to share with the group.
We have numerous mission activities. We make the shortcakes for the Strawberry Festival and table decorations, soup and cookies for the Christmas Bazaar. Dorcas members are very active participants and contributors to the Festivals and other activities of the church. At Easter we make Easter Baskets for Family Promise and at Christmas we adopt a family to whom we give gifts. We also send cards to members of the congregation who may need special prayers. In the last few years Dorcas has been assisting Mission Belles with Funeral Receptions. Dorcas currently has more than 20 members who help in various capacities. At monthly meetings there are usually 6 to 15 members. All women of the church are welcome! Please contact Nancy Vodhanel at 732-530-7641 if you would like to join or to get emails about when and where we meet.
Dorcas members showing off their art work
The Mission Belles Circle has been a dedicated group of women in the church since 1952. They meet in the Terrace Room in the Church House at 9:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from September until the middle of June. Each meeting starts with fellowship which includes chatter, coffee and cake. At 10:00 a.m. the meeting is opened with devotions and then later closed with the Mizpah Benediction. There are 16 active members with generally 10-13 women at each meeting.
Being of service to the church is a major purpose of the Mission Belles. Providing receptions after funerals held in the church is a primary mission. In recent years the Dorcas Circle has been assisting. This group also offers help and support at the annual Strawberry Festival and Christmas Bazaar and hosts coffee hour after church twice a year. Cards are sent out by the Sunshine Lady to church friends who need caring thoughts and prayers.
Their other major purpose is being of service to the community. An ongoing mission since 2011 is the Manna Project. Food items donated by church members are collected and then delivered weekly to the Food Pantry at St. Anthony’s of Padua Church in Red Bank. In recent years the group has been busy doing such things as knitting and crocheting lap robes which are delivered to nursing homes; crocheting “soap sacs” for nursing homes, senior citizens housing, and food banks; collecting calendars for servicemen and women serving abroad; and sending monetary donations to local charities such as 180 Turning Lives Around and Make-a-Wish Foundation.
All women are most welcome to attend. For more information about this group, please contact the church office.
Mission Belles in the Terrace Room
Mens Group serving as waiters at PW's Service Auction