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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 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.

Women’s Events:


Wednesday, May 3 | 10:30 AM | Home of Lellen Lane

Join us as we celebrate and honor the past presidents of Women of the Church with a coffee at the beautiful home of Lellen Lane (address provided with RSVP). Delicious refreshments will be served, and donations will be accepted benefiting CAM and KRL. Valet parking will be available.

RSVP for May Coffee

Contact Jessica Young at 210-392-9202, jessica3@sbcglobal.net

Other Women’s Events

  • IF Groups (various times and locations)
  • Women’s Circles (see “Women of the Church” tab for the monthly schedule)
  • Women’s Faith Gatherings (various times & locations)
  • Women’s Retreat (usually once a year at FPC)
  • Ladies’ Nights Out (usually three yearly, various times & locations
  • Women of the Church Fall Legacy Luncheon (Fall in Westminster Hall)
  • Women of the Church Spring Luncheon (Spring in Westminster Hall)
  • May Coffee (various times & locations)
  • Christmas Parties for Assisted Living Facilities
  • Volunteering with Children’s Advent and Easter Programs
  • Staff Appreciation Lunches & Staff Christmas Eve Reception

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 Linda Delano at: ldelano@sbcglobal.net; (614) 208-3600.

Access the 2022 WOC Directory Online  (Password required)

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

NO MEETINGS APRIL OR MAY, will resume in the fall
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

Women of the Church Spring Luncheon 2023 Recap

We enjoyed hearing Jenna Lucado Bishop’s talk, “The One Thing,” on Mary and Martha during our WOC Spring Luncheon on February 27, 2023. So many enjoyed her talk, that she has given us permission to publish it here.

Spring Luncheon 2022

Fall Luncheon 2021

Spring Luncheon 2021

Fall Legacy Lunch 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.)

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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.