Loving Christ. Loving One Another. Loving The City.




Women’s Ministries

We are not meant to be isolated; we were made for connection. Don’t miss out on the many avenues available to get to know other women and share life with them! No matter your age, background, or personality, you can find connection with other women at FPC.

Gift of Christmas

Gift of Christmas matches FPC covenant partners with needy families in San Antonio who are screened by House of Neighborly Services and Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services. Please prayerfully consider, either with a group or individually, “adopting,” and sharing the joy of Christmas with, one of these less fortunate families. Information and Family Request Forms will be available at the Ave. E. porte-cochere entrance every Sunday in November, or contact Cassiehager39@gmail.com for more information.

Completed forms are requested by December 2.

Download Gift of Christmas Full Packet (Letter, Guidelines, & Family Request Form)

Download Gift of Christmas Family Request Form

Fill Out Gift of Christmas Family Request Form Online

Women’s Faith Gathering Retreat

February 26 – 27, 2021 | First Presbyterian Church

Churchwide Women’s Retreat: Join women of all ages for a time of connection, fun, and worship as together we look at our identity as beloved daughters of God and what it means to live our lives in response to God’s love for us. Rev. Kristin Huffman will be our speaker. Contact Rev. Becky Prichard at beckyp@fpcsat.org for more information.

Widows Might

On Pause During COVID

Widows Might is a group of Christian widows who get together for fellowship.  Contact Janet Wernli or Becca Price (210) 827-1440 for more information.

Other Upcoming Women’s Events

  • Women’s Faith Gatherings (Various Times & Locations)
  • Potluck Fellowships (Various Times & Locations)
  • IF Groups and Women’s Circles (Various Times and Locations)

Women’s Studies & Groups:

Women’s IF Groups
IF groups are intergenerational groups of women who meet regularly to share life together over a meal. If you haven’t been a part of one before but are interested, this is a great time to join one! Currently the leadership of IF Groups is placing people into groups for the fall. We will be adding people to current groups and forming new ones. If you would like to be in a group please contact Carrie Everson at carriee@fpcsat.org; (210) 226-0215 X267.

Women’s Circles
Each Circle is unique – some meet for Bible study, some for discussing a book, and some for service! For more information see the Women of the Church Ministry page.

Women of the Church

We look forward to an exciting new year as we seek to love Jesus Christ, love one another, and love our city. We encourage you to join us!

Women of the Church provide a number of Women’s Circles and also hold luncheons and Ladies’ Night Out events. Dates are listed here. If you are interested in attending a Circle or have questions about these events, please contact Betsy Zachry at: betsyz@swbell.net; (210) 262-1236.

Access the 2020 WOC Directory Online (password required.)

WOC (Women of the Church) Meetings:

(Contact FPC for contact information for each group at 210-226-0215)

All Circles at First Presbyterian Church welcome visitors and new members. If one of these circles interests you, please come! In November the Circles will be meeting at the regular time either by Zoom or in person. Circle chairs will be in contact with details.
**Please contact Circle Chairs for details on meetings during COVID.

Circle Number Circle Theme Meeting Info Additional Info
Circle 1/2 Bible Circle 3rd Monday | 10:30 AM | FPC Geneva Room November 16
Circle 5 Shawl Ministry 3rd Friday | 11:00 AM | FPC Room 228 November 20
Circle 6 Bible Circle 3rd Tuesday | 1:30 PM | FPC Geneva Room November 17
Circle 7 Bible Circle 3rd Tuesday | 11:30 AM | Various Locations Will be meeting by Zoom until further notice. November 17 on Zoom
Circle 8 Mom’s Group 1st Tuesday | 7:30 PM | Various Locations Circle chairs will be in contact with details.
Circle 9 Bible Circle 3rd Tuesday| 10:00 AM | FPC Geneva Room November 17 on Zoom.
Circle 11 Bible Circle 4th Monday | 6:30 PM | Zoom Will be meeting by Zoom until further notice. November 23 on Zoom
Circle 13 Literature Circle 2nd Tuesday | 1:00 PM | Online Open to women & men; September – May. A recording of each book review will be available online at fpcsanantonio.org/lit-circle after the 2nd Tuesday of each month. November’s book review of “The Dutch House,” by Ann Patchett, will available online on November 10.
Circle 14 Bible Circle 4th Monday | 12:00 PM | FPC St. Andrew’s Room Circle Chairs will be in contact with Circle members for meeting plans.
Circle 18 Circle of Concern Opportunities for Service throughout the Year
Circle 20 Circle of Service Opportunities for Service throughout the Year

WOC Legacy Lunch

Recorded Monday, September 28, 2020

Count your blessings at the 7th Annual Women of the Church “Ties that Bind” Fall Legacy Luncheon. Hear from our wonderful guest speakers, Doug and Barbie Beach and their work with NAMI (National Association on Mental Illness.)

Donations this year will be directed to National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) San Antonio – go to https://nami-sat.org/donate_now

Meet the Speakers

Doug and Barbie Beach

Doug and Barbie have spent much of the past ten years engaged in mental health ministry and outreach.  They helped begin a mental health ministry at First Presbyterian Church almost ten years ago by sharing their personal family story, launching NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Family to Family classes at FPC, establishing a faith-based family support group (which still meets twice a month), holding the first community wide ecumenical worship service for families and individuals impacted by a mental health diagnosis, formingTeam Brick at FPC to raise funds for NAMI San Antonio, hosting monthly meetings at FPC of the Bexar County Mental Health Coalition, authoring FPC newsletter articles with short messages about local mental health champions, helping create a safe place to talk about mental illness, and welcoming anyone to FPC that needed a home.

In 2016, they worked with the FPC Local Missions Committee to help launch Pathways to Hope, a community wide conference on mental health intended to engage faith communities to become part of the continuum of care for people affected by mental illness.  The just completed fifth year of the Pathways to Hope Conference moved from the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts to becoming a virtual event seen by several thousand people in San Antonio, Bexar County, throughout Texas, across the U.S., and in 45 countries across the world.  The community wide impact of the conference goes on throughout the year by reaching out to faith communities to help provide mental health education, resources for faith-based groups, and the opportunity to be part of a supportive and inclusive community.  They regularly visit with people from faith communities across the U.S. on how to begin mental health ministry.

Doug also currently serves as the Board President of NAMI San Antonio, the Chair of the Community Advisory Committee for the Bexar County Center for Health Care Services, the Chair of the Texas Dept. of HHSC Behavioral Health Advisory Committee, the Chair for NAMI’s national FaithNet Advisory Group (NAMI national’s outreach to faith communities across the U.S.), and Board Vice President of Pathways to Promise (a national interfaith mental health ministry).

Barbie and Doug have been blessed with the opportunity to use their own experiences to provide support, comfort, and care for hundreds of others who have had to deal with mental health issues.  Their own family challenges have become a way to help create more understanding, acceptance and appreciation for the gifts of everyone, even when, and especially when, someone is dealing with mental health challenges.  Recovery is not only, possible, it can be a way forward to a productive and fulfilling life.

Doug and Barbie have three adult sons and one grandson.  Each of their sons have found a place in the world with work they love, relationships with people that affirm them, and ways to give back to their family, friends, and community.