The Board for Women’s Ministries
The purpose of the Board for Women’s Ministries is to provide the women of First-Plymouth Church opportunities to develop relationships with one another, and opportunities for spiritual growth and support; to educate about and to advocate for (when appropriate), the needs of women, children, and families; and to provide support and service to individuals and organizations which advance opportunities for women and/or serve women with needs. The Board also works with and supports, along with other Boards and communities, the ongoing projects and programs of First-Plymouth Church.
The Board for Women’s Ministries sponsors retreats throughout the year. Retreats are a good opportunity for the women of First-Plymouth Church and their friends to get together for spiritual enrichment, relax, and reconnection. Retreats typically take place in the fall and spring and vary from a one-day in-town retreat to an overnight out-of-town retreat.
Committees within the Board for Women’s Ministries plan events and financial support throughout the year to benefit programs geared towards serving women and children.
The Scholarship Committee will designate funds available to the Board. Each year around January the Board will publicize information detailing that year’s scholarship available for non-traditional students.
Loaves and Fishes
The Loaves and Fishes project pairs volunteers who will prepare meals to be frozen and delivered to individuals or families in need of a prepared meal due to illness, birth of a new child, death in the family, or other household crisis.
Advocacy and Education
Members of this committee work to inform the Board and the church of current legislative and/or legal issues effecting women, children, and families. The Board may then decide to take action such as writing letters, organizing publicity, etc.
Fellowship and Celebration of Women
These are opportunities throughout the year for women to get together in a relaxing, supportive, social environment. Events throughout the year include the Salad Supper, Soup Supper, and Notable Women. For more information on the Board for Women’s Ministries and its efforts, contact Rev. Nancy Erickson at 402-476-7565 ext. 244 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Soup Supper:Sunday, February 21st | 5:30pm-7:00pm | Pilgrim Hall
Spring Retreat: Saturday, April 30th | 9:00am-3:00pm | Pilgrim Hall
Salad Supper: TBA | 5:30pm-7:00pm | Pilgrim Hall
Fall Retreat: Friday, September 30th | 6:00pm | St. Benedict Center (1126 Rd I, Schuyler, Nebraska)
Good & Gracious Social, TBA | 5:30pm-7:00pm | Pilgrim Hall
Bible Studies and Discussion Groups
Women’s Circle 1 Bible Study
1st Wednesday (October-May) | 9:30am-11:00am | Various Locations | Led by Rev. Ralph Sturdy
Women’s Circle 3 Bible Study
2nd Wednesday (September-May | 9:30am-11:00am | Pilgrim Hall | Led by Rev. Barb Smisek
Can we really trust God with everything in our lives? What does Christ’s sacrifice mean for our relationships? Explore these questions and more using the Deepening Life Together series.
Women’s Sacred Circle
2nd Thursday | 7:00pm-8:30pm | Calvert Parlor | Led by Jen Davidson
Explore early Celtic Christianity through Celtic-inspired prayers and songs and discuss The Rebirthing of God by Phillip Newell.
Women’s Prayer and Meditation
1 st and 3rd Thursdays | 1:00pm-2:00pm | Calvert Parlor | Led by Rev. Nancy Erickson
Women’s Early Birds
1st and 3rd Fridays (September-May) | 7:00am-8:00am | Calvert Parlor
Discussion on faith and daily life. For more information, contact Jeanne Johnson at email@example.com.
2nd and 4th Fridays (September-May) | 12:00pm-1:00pm | Calvert Parlor | Led by Rev. Nancy Erickson
Discuss topics related to spirituality and our everyday lives.
Application for Scholarship
One goal of the Board for Women’s Ministries is to provide financial assistance to non-traditional students pursuing post-secondary (or post-high school) education in an effort to promote career growth and gain financial independence. Students will receive scholarships up to $1,000.00 each.
1. Applicant must be a non-traditional (not directly out of high school) female student.
2. Applicant must plan to attend a Nebraska educational institution.
3. Applicant’s course of study must be in an accredited degree/diploma program.
4. Applicant must be in need of financial aid.
5. Applicant is to be a person of good character..
Awarding the Scholarships
The recipients must furnish to the church office confirmation of enrollment in an acceptable Nebraska institution of learning and an invoice before the scholarship check will be mailed. The check will be sent directly to the institution. Acceptable institutions include university, college, community college, or trade school. If unsure whether your chosen institution qualifies, please inquire of the Board for Women’s Ministries Scholarship Committee.