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The Women in Ministry at First Presbyterian works alongside the other ministries of our church to live out the church's vision. Women in Ministry at First aims to be a loving community committed to first growing deeper in Christ and then taking God’s truth to the rest of our church, our community and the world. We do this in several ways.

1. Bible Studies

Bible studies are weekly meetings centered around teaching. We pray and study together. 
“Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith.”  
Women in Ministry will be studying Hebrews in Spring 2018 and we would like to invite you to join us! Hebrews is an incredibly Christ-centered book that will challenge and encourage us in the race set before us. 
Elizabeth Parker will teach Hebrews Wednesdays at 2 pm and 6.30 pm beginning January 17 and Thursdays at 9.30 am. Jaime Carnaggio will teach Hebrews in a mom’s study Thursdays at 9.30 am. Contact Jaime at for more information. Elizabeth and Jaime’s Thursday morning studies will begin January 18 and will meet for 12 weeks. 
Lisa Head will teach through the Psalms in her Wednesday, 6.30 am Bible study. Lisa’s Bible study goes year round and has been working through the whole Bible! 
Lastly, there is an every other week Bible or book study which will also start back on January 18. Contact Barat Travis for more details (
Elizabeth Parker would be glad to answer any questions about our Bible study groups.

Wednesday 2 pm 
Contact Elizabeth for location
Taught by Elizabeth Parker
Wednesday 6.30 pm 
Contact Elizabeth Parker or Rachel Scott for address. 
Taught by Elizabeth Parker
Thursday 9.30 am 
FPC Education Building Room 202
Taught by Elizabeth Parker
Thursday 9.30 am 
Mothers of Little Ones Group (MoLo)
Education Building 3rd floor young adults room
Taught by Jaime Carnaggio
Thursday 9.30 am Study of Psalm 103
Accountability Group
Bride's Room next to Dunham Chapel
Taught by Michelle DeSimone and Barat Travis
For the Early Birds!
Lisa Head teaches every Wednesday at 6.30 am in the Education Building library. Join them as they are making their way through the entire Bible! 

2. Circles 

Circles meet monthly to study a book and enjoy rich fellowship. The book is chosen by Elizabeth Parker, Director of Women in Ministry, and teachers prepare and facilitate discussion of the book at each meeting. Circles begin meeting in September and wrap up in May. These groups are offered at a wide variety of times and places. The 2016/2017 book will be Discovering Jesus by our very own senior pastor, Gerrit Dawson. Discovering Jesus helps us understand how we are joined to Jesus, how he fills our loneliness, assuages our guilt, gives us the thrill of purpose and so much more.

CIRCLE 1   1st Tuesday @ 9.45 am
Chair: Sharon Dixon, 757.9820

CIRCLE 2   1st Tuesday @ 9.45 am
Chair: Ellen Fox, 769.0936

CIRCLE 3   1st Tuesday @ 10 am
Chair: Eugenie Burglass, 767.6407

CIRCLE 4   3rd Thursday @ 6.30 pm
Chair:  Bonnie Adams, 802.8499

CIRCLE 6   1st Tuesday @ 10 am
Chair: Judy McGimsey, 772.1919

CIRCLE 7   1st Friday @ 2 pm
Chair:  Peggy Anderson, 344.0127

CIRCLE 8   2nd Tuesday @ 6.30 pm
Chair: Elizabeth Rennhoff, 752.7215

CIRCLE 9   2nd Tuesday @ 6.30 pm
Chair: Ann Gregorie, 937.0488

CIRCLE 10   3rd Wednesday @ 5 pm
Chair: Pat Canfield, 295.0084

CIRCLE 11   1st Thursday @ Noon
Chair: Elizabeth Perry, 939.4265

CIRCLE 14   2nd Monday @ 9.30 am
Chair: Kristen Carney, 921.0030

CIRCLE 15   1st Monday @ 7 pm
Chair: Jess Concienne, 892.3212

3. Fellowship and Service

Several times a year we have luncheons designed to get the women together for fellowship. Sometimes there is teaching or a special program. Oftentimes there is a service component to the event where the director of a local ministry will speak about how they serve our community. There is an opportunity to sign up to be a volunteer, and perhaps donate money or resources as well.

It is our goal to have a retreat once a year, whether big or small, where the women can get “off campus” for a day or two.

We love for our Bible Studies, Circles and events to be intergenerational. We learn so much from the wisdom each stage of life brings.

Our Women in Ministry is a team approach. It is facilitated by the Director of Women in Ministry, Elizabeth Parker, and the Administrative Assistant to the Executive and Women in Ministry, Sherry McKinley.

If you have any questions or if we can help with anything please do not hesitate to contact Elizabeth, or 803.448.4911 and/or Sherry,

Book Suggestions for Devotional Life

The All-Sufficient God
by Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence—Devotions for Every Day of the Year
by Sarah Young

Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name
by Sally Lloyd-Jones

Morning and Evening
by Charles Haddon Spurgeon

The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith
by Tim Keller

The Return of the Prodigal Son
by Henri Nouwen

The Screwtape Letters
by C.S. Lewis

Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions
by Arthur G. Bennett (Editor)

Book Suggestions on Marriage and Family, Finance, and Sexuality

Desperate Marriages: Moving Toward Hope and Healing in Your Relationship
Hope for the Separated: Wounded Marriages Can Be Healed

by Gary Chapman

His Needs, Her Needs
by Willard F. Harley, Jr.

How to Manage Your Money: An In-Depth Bible Study On Personal Finances
by Larry Burkett

Our Greatest Gift: A Meditation on Dying and Caring
by Henri J.M. Nouwen

On the Threshold of Hope: Opening the Door to Healing for Survivors of Sexual Abuse
by Diane Mandt Langberg

Sacred Marriage: What if God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy?
by Gary Thomas

Sex and the Supremacy of Christ
by John Piper and Justin Taylor

The Silence of Adam: Becoming Men of Courage in a World of Chaos
by Larry Crabb

The Wounded Heart: Hope for Adult Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse
by Dan B. Allender

Book Suggestions for Further Study

According to the Plan: The Unfolding Revelation of God in the Bible
by Graeme Goldsworthy

Breaking the Idols of Your Heart: How to Navigate the Temptations of Life
by Dan B. Allender and Tremper Longman III

The Cross
Studies in the Sermon on the Mount

by D.M. Lloyd Jones

Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope that Matters
The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism

by Tim Keller

The End of the Beginning: Revelation 21-22 and the Old Testament
by William J. Dumbrell

The Four Loves
Mere Christianity

by C.S. Lewis

From Eden to the New Jerusalem: An Introduction to Biblical Theology
by T. Desmond Alexander

The God Who is There: Finding Your Place in God's Story
by DA Carson

Gospel Women: Studies of the Named Women in the Gospels
Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony

Richard Bauckham

Growing Your Faith: How to Mature in Christ
by Jerry Bridges

Keeping the Sabbath Wholly
by Marva Dawn

The Shadow of Christ in the Law of Moses
by Vern S. Poythress

Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense
by N.T. Wright

Spiritual Theology: A Systematic Study of the Christian Life
by Simon Chan

Surprised by Grace: God's Relentless Pursuit of Rebels
by Tullian Tchividjian

The Unfolding Mystery: Discovering Christ in the Old Testament
by Edmund P. Clowney

When the Darkness Will Not Lift: Doing What we Can While We Wait for God
by John Piper

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