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FPC Women's Ministry Vision

The mission of First Presbyterian Church Women’s Ministry is to nurture women as they grow deeper in Christ and further into the world through studying God’s Word, partnering in prayer, cultivating meaningful relationships and gathering in intentional life-on-life fellowship. Our prayer is that every woman feels poured into, supported and has a place and a purpose in our church body as we encourage each other as ambassadors of the gospel. 

 

Draw Near Fall Stay-Treat

Saturday, October 23
 
What was the role of the high priest under the Old Covenant and what did this priestly work accomplish? How did Jesus perfectly fulfill the role of our Great High Priest during his earthly ministry and what did his work accomplish? In what ways does Jesus continue to intercede on our behalf in his heavenly ministry and how does that impact our prayer life today?
 
Join us for our Women’s Ministry Fall Stay-Treat, where we will take an in-depth look at the significance of the priesthood of Christ through which we draw near to the Father with a better hope.
 
Saturday, October 23
First Presbyterian Church Reception Room
8.30 am – 1 pm
Register online ($20)
Contact Jaime Carnaggio if childcare is required (jaime@fpcbr.org)
 
 
 

Bible Studies 

Fall Bible Study: Esther
September 8-November 18 (Dates shown reflect postponing the start of the study by one week because of Hurricane Ida)
 
The book of Esther tells how an exiled Jewish girl became the queen of Persia and, with the help of her cousin Mordecai, rescued God’s people from those that sought to destroy them.There were no signs and wonders, no special revelations, no miracles. This  teaches us that God’s plan is often achieved through his divine providence working through ordinary events. Even the actions of those that oppose God are woven into the purposes determined by him.
 
Esther’s story also teaches us that God’s sovereignty does not negate human responsibility. He has set us apart, to live in this world with courage and integrity, to carry out the responsibilities before us and to trust him to protect and provide for us even when we cannot feel or see him. In fact, God is never mentioned in the book, revealing that even when he is most conspicuously absent, he is all-powerfully present. He providentially watches over us and no power leveled against us will ultimately prevail.
 
Our Esther fall study begins the week of September 1 and concludes November 11. 
 
There are two ways to participate: 
Wednesdays @ 6.30 pm via Zoom (link and password below)
Thursdays @ 9.30 am, FPC Room 202. Childcare available by contacting Jaime Carnaggio.
 
 
Do you desire to teach Bible study? Contact Jaime Carnaggio to learn more about becoming equipped and trained to teach God's Word and serve within the church community.

 

Circles 

The Women’s Ministry Circle book for 2021-22 is The Envy of Eve: Finding Contentment in A Covetous World, by Melissa Kruger.
 
If only I were . . .
My life would be so much easier if . . .
I would be happier if I had . . . 
Why are my circumstances so much harder than . . .
I just wish my life looked more like . . .
 
Have you ever said these words aloud or had thoughts along these lines? Have you ever felt slighted, discouraged or even angry about your life circumstances as compared to those of another? If we answer these questions honestly, we have to admit that even as Christians, we all fall into the trap of covetousness, a sin of which we are often either shamefully tolerant or guiltily hide from others.
 
The Envy of Eve exposes the reality of our covetousness, examines its ugly roots and explores the depth of this common sin in our lives. Through the illustrations of biblical figures such as Judas, David and Joseph, we see how discontentment, unbelief and a failure to trust God rob us of a life fully satisfied in Christ. And we begin to see that it is not our circumstances, relationships, or our abilities that need transformation . . . it is our hearts!
 
Although this self-examination and acknowledgment of sin is not easy, there is good news on the other side of true repentance and a humble recognition of our need. Through the truths of Scripture, as applied by the Spirit, we are pointed again and again to the sufficiency of the Lord Jesus Christ, who sets us free from a life of desiring anything but him.
 
Join us this year as we discover how to replace covetousness with contentment and are drawn toward true joy in a life of gratitude and service that more fully honors and glorifies our Heavenly Father, who has given each of us a cup that truly runs over, if only we have the eyes to see.
 
Women’s Circles meet monthly for study, prayer, and fellowship from September through May.
 
Contact Jaime Carnaggio if you are interested in either joining or leading a Circle.
 

Events

Women’s Ministry holds four events each year that are geared toward intergenerational fellowship, food and devotion. We have a Spring Picnic, Summer Luncheon, Fall Retreat and Advent Brunch. 
 
Save the date! Our Fall Retreat: “Draw Near: The Priesthood of Christ” will be on Saturday, Oct 23 from 9 am-1 pm. More details to come!
 
Also, each month, Women’s Ministry organizes fun socials for women in specific decades. These socials serve as casual, fun-filled opportunities to gather together outside of the church walls with other women in your age range.
 
If you are interested in serving on the committee for one of our annual events or hosting a social, please contact Stacey Moore or Barbara Anne Eaton.
 

Women's Ministry Advisory Council

The purpose of the Women’s Ministry Advisory Council is to come alongside the Director of Women’s Ministry, helping to serve our collective and individual needs. The council members partner with the director in the areas of fellowship, discipleship, prayer and Bible study.
 
The 2021-22 Council Partners are: Mitzi Barber, Paula Begnaud, Paige Davis, Sharon Dixon, Barbara Anne Eaton, Judy McGimsey, Stacey Moore, Katie Schellack, Suzie Thompson and Kaci Treadaway.
 
Director of Women's Ministry
Jaime Carnaggio
jaime@fpcbr.org
 
Director, Program Support
Sherry McKinley
sherry@fpcbr.org
 
Women's Ministry Elders
Judy McGimsey
Suzie Thompson
 
 

 

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