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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.

Women’s Studies & Groups:

Women’s Bible Study (Session 1)

Dates: January 10 – March 17
Time: 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: Covenant Hall

Contact: Catherine Miller, 210-394-2045, grcjmiller@sbcglobal.net

Description: Join us in Courtney Doctor’s study, In View of God’s Mercies: The Gift of God’s Gospel in Romans this winter. We will walk through Paul’s letter to the Romans to discover that salvation doesn’t just change our eternal future; it changes our present reality. Because of God’s salvation–hope, peace, life, faith, trust, and endurance are ours. Childcare available upon request.

Women’s Bible Study (Session 2)

Dates: March 21 – May 2
Time: 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: Covenant Hall
Contact: Catherine Miller, 210-394-2045, grcjmiller@sbcglobal.net

Description: Join us in Priscilla Shirer’s study, Elijah: Faith and Fire, as we journey through the life and times of the prophet Elijah to discover how the fire on Mount Carmel was forged in the valley of famine. We will also learn how the emboldened, fiery faith we desire is being fashioned by God in our life right now. Childcare available upon request.

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.


WOC Spring Luncheon: Featuring Jenna Lucado Bishop

Monday, February 27 | 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM | Westminster Hall
(Reservation Deadline February 19)


All are invited to join us for a delicious lunch at our annual Women of the Church Spring Luncheon. Our speaker will be author Jenna Lucado Bishop, the daughter of Max Lucado. You won’t want to miss this! Bring a friend! A $25 reservation is required to attend. We can help if the cost is a little too much for your budget. Contact Susan DeKoch for details. Hope to see you there! Contact: Susan DeKoch, 210-508-7127, susandekoch@gmail.com

Spring Ladies Night Out

Tuesday, March 28 | 6:30 PM | Home of Wendy Garcia
Contact Ellen Meadows, 210-232-3738, 

Staff Appreciation Luncheon

Wednesday, March 22 | 11:30 AM | St. Andrew’s Room
Contact Virgina Beeler, 210-884-0308, virginabeeler@gmail.com

May Coffee

Wednesday, May 3 | 10:30 AM | Home of Lellen Lane
Contact Jessica Young 210-392-9202, jessica3@sbcglobal.net

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 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 2021 WOC Directory Online  (Password required)

See Our Upcoming WOC Events & Registrations on the Women’s Event Tab Above

WOC (Women of the Church) Meetings:

Contact Lynn Thompson with Circle questions, 210-771-7619, lynn@thompsondata.com

Women of the Church (WOC) Circles at First Presbyterian Church welcome visitors and new members!

WOC has a variety of women’s circles which meet each month. Some circles meet in homes, others at church, and many of them have lunch as part of their meeting. Some are Bible study circles, one circle knits and crochets prayer shawls, one circle doesn’t have regular meetings, but provides meals for families with new babies or those recovering from surgery, and another is just for young moms. The Circle of Concern organizes and serves memorial receptions held at the church. Many women are members of more than one circle. Visitors are always welcome!

Circle Number Circle Theme Regular Meeting Info Additional Info

Circle 1/2

Bible Circle

3rd Monday | 11:30 AM | FPC Geneva Room

Suzanne Thomas, Chair (210-846-3240); meal option

Circle 5

Shawl Ministry

3rd Wednesday | 1:00 PM | FPC Room 228

Kay Weber, Co-Chair (210-288-5290) ; Mary Fruge-Medford, Co-Chair (210-823-7054)

Circle 6

Bible Circle

3rd Tuesday | 1:30 PM | FPC McCullough Room

Jean Parsons, Chair (210-240-7483)

Circle 7

Bible Circle

3rd Tuesday | 11:30 AM | Member’s Homes

Mary Ellen Mauze, Chair (210-844-5549), byo lunch

Circle 8

Mom’s Group

4th Friday | 11:45 AM | FPC St. Andrews Room

Nancy Turnbull, Chair (210-606-5420); byo lunch or purchase at KEYS

Circle 9

Bible Circle

3rd Tuesday| 10:00 AM | FPC Breakfast Room

Grace Clouse, Co-Chair (734-718-7057) ; Janice Wilson, Co-Chair (210-492-0333/210-260-4157)

Circle 11

Bible Circle

4th Monday | 12:30 PM | Member’s Homes

Jean Swanson, Chair (210-826-0766), lunch included

Circle 13

Literature Circle

2nd Tuesday | 1:00 PM |  McCullough Room | Online Later

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. The reading list is also available on their webpage; Grace Clouse, Chair (734-718-7057)

Circle 14

Bible Circle

3rd Monday | 12:00 PM | FPC St. Andrew’s Room

Karen Carawan, Chair (210-213-4589); meal option

Circle 18

Circle of Concern

Opportunities for Service throughout the Year

Char-An Witten, Chair (210-341-1856); Pat Brodeen, Email Contact (pat@brodeen.com); No formal meetings – Small home baked cookies always needed for receptions; Volunteers for help with receptions needed

Circle 20

Circle of Service

Opportunities for Service throughout the Year

Muffin Camp, Chair (210-789-1808); No formal meetings – Volunteers to make/take meals when needed

Spring 2023

Spring Luncheon 2022

Fall Luncheon 2021

Spring Luncheon 2021

Recorded Monday, May 22, 2021

Make a Donation to SA Hope CenterEnjoy our guest speaker, Megan Legacy, executive director of SA Hope Center.

Fall Legacy Lunch 2020

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

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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.