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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.

May Coffee

Wednesday, May 5 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Johnson Residence (128 West Brandon Drive, 78209)

Please join us for a May Coffee, honoring the Women of the Church’s past presidents and benefitting the FPC Children’s Center and KRL. All women are invited to the event held at the home and garden of Carolyn Johnson (128 West Brandon Drive, 78209). Valet parking available.

Contact Barbara Wood at 210.240.1893 or bebewood@att.net for questions or more information.

Women’s Dinner

A Celebration of Circles and All Women of FPC

Tuesday, May 11 | 6:30 p.m. | Paloma Blanca Mexican Cuisine (5800 Broadway #300, 78209)
Circles have been a part of FPC for over 125 years—they have evolved through the years—and will continue to do so! Come see why they have been a key part of FPC’s history and are important to its future! All women attending First Presbyterian, as Covenant Partners or friends, are welcome. Safety protocols are in place for dining. $25 Reservation (with cash bar) Reservation Deadline: Thursday, May 6.  Contact Betsy Zachry—210-262-1236 or betsyz@swbell.net, Janet Wernli—210- 414-8906 or janetw1966@hotmail.com, or Shelley Bass—210-861-6996. Contact Betsy Zachry for personal consideration of scholarships.

Women of the Church 175th Anniversary Cookbook Orders

Our final order of the WOC 175th Anniversary Cookbooks has arrived.

Purchase ($25 each) online below or in-person Sundays, April 25 at the table outside Ave. E. You may pick up your online Cookbook purchases by bringing your receipt email to the table on Sundays or coordinate with Judy Kruger at 210.857.0122 or judykruger@sbcglobal.net.

Preorder Cookbooks

Watch the Speaker from the Women of the Church Spring Luncheon 2021

Make a Donation to SA Hope Center

Enjoy our guest speaker, Megan Legacy, executive director of SA Hope Center.


Women of Faith Retreat

Church-wide Women’s Retreat coming this fall! The Women of Faith Retreat has been postponed until September 10-11, after much prayer and consideration regarding the pandemic.

Women of Faith Retreat | Friday – Saturday, September 10-11 | First Presbyterian Church
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. Registration to come this summer. Contact Rev. Becky Prichard at beckyp@fpcsat.org 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 Wednesday Bible Study
Wednesdays | 6:30 PM | Zoom

Matchless by Angie Smith: Who is Jesus? Why did He come to earth? How can I know Him?
We live in a world where there’s a lot of confusion about Jesus. Too often people want to shape Him and His message to fit their personal needs or agendas. So how can we know the truth?
Join Seamless author Angie Smith in this 8-session search for truth as she unfolds the story of our matchless Savior—His mission, miracles, and message. Through her signature wit and accessible style, Angie unpacks Scripture in a way that’s easy to understand, regardless of how long you’ve been studying the Bible (a great option for new believers!). This study will deepen your understanding of Jesus through biblical, historical, and cultural insight and help you see Him less as an iconic figure and more as an intimate friend. Contact Sheila Figueroa for more information at shefig@earthlink.net.

Women’s Tuesday Morning Bible Study
Tuesdays | 9:30 AM | Covenant Hall & Zoom

Contact: Catherine Miller, grcjmiller@sbcglobal.net, Morgan Fuller, mw.fuller4@comcast.net

We will be studying Jen Wilkin’s Better, a 10 session study of Hebrews. This will be a flex class and can be attended in person or on Zoom each week. Books are $16 and will be available in person at our first meeting or coordinate with Morgan Fuller to receive your copy.

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 Regular Meeting Info Additional Info – Dates & Times May Change Due to COVID Precautions
Circle 1/2 Bible Circle 3rd Monday | 10:30 AM | FPC Geneva Room

Monday, March 22. Circle chairs will be in contact with details.

Circle 5 Shawl Ministry 3rd Friday | 11:00 AM | FPC Room 228

Friday, March 19. Circle chairs will be in contact with details.

Circle 6 Bible Circle 3rd Tuesday | 1:30 PM | FPC Geneva Room

Tuesday, March 16. Circle chairs will be in contact with details.

Circle 7 Bible Circle 3rd Tuesday | 11:30 AM | Various Locations Tuesday, March 16 on Zoom. Will be meeting by Zoom until further notice.
Circle 8 Mom’s Group 1st Tuesday | 7:30 PM | Various Locations No formal meeting planned for March.
Circle 9 Bible Circle 3rd Tuesday| 10:00 AM | FPC Geneva Room Tuesday, March 16. Will be meeting by Zoom until further notice.
Circle 11 Bible Circle 4th Monday | 6:30 PM | Zoom Monday, March 29. Will be meeting by Zoom until further notice.
Circle 13 Literature Circle 2nd Tuesday | 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. March’s book review of “A Woman of No Importance,” by Sonia Purnell, will be available online beginning March 9.
Circle 14 Bible Circle 4th Monday | 12:00 PM | FPC St. Andrew’s Room Monday, March 29. Circle Chairs will be in contact with Circle members for meeting plans.
Circle 18 Circle of Concern Opportunities for Service throughout the Year No formal meeting planned for March.
Circle 20 Circle of Service Opportunities for Service throughout the Year No formal meeting planned for March.

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.