Get Involved — PW Ongoing Groups for All Ages
“Alive Now” Bible Study: This dedicated group, facilitated by Judy Cooper, meets Wednesdays at 7:30 a.m. and is open to women of all ages. Various theological and biblical related subjects with application to life’s daily journey are studied. Contact: Jennifer Kieltyka, 913.522.4028 or e-mail.
Amazing Graces: A fellowship of women who meet during the day and evening for Bible studies, book club discussions, dinner groups, speakers, yoga classes and field trips.
All are welcome to join us for our Amazing Graces Bible Study! Here are the details:
Amazing Graces Bible Study
Wednesdays (1st, 3rd, & 5th)
Contact: Lisa Schellhorn @ 913.236.6837 or e-mail
For more information about Amazing Graces, contact Lois Hunt, Lois Hunt at 913.831.1820 or e-mail.
Circles: Thought-provoking Bible studies meet on the second Tuesday of each month beginning in September, and are open to women of all ages. For more information about circles, click on the PW Circles link at the bottom of this page or contact contact Christine Maurer at 913.831.4907 or e-mail.
Horizons Bible Study
Horizons Bible Study
Dispatches to God’s Household
The General Epistles
Brothers and Sisters in Harmony
Scripture: 1 John 2-4; Jude 17-25
Key Idea: In God’s household, sisters and brothers in Christ must embrace one another in truth and love in order to overcome the pressures of living in a hostile world.
Although we do not live in a place where Christians are a small minority and we do not live with the threat of persecution always in the background, these passages are a powerful reminder of how Christians are called to respond to the environment where we live. “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear…” (1 John 4:18). Is there a more powerful message for the United States of America in May of 2013?
When we began this study, one question was “Where is the hope in these epistles?” Another was “Whose better interest is being served?” As we reach the end, one possible conclusion is that humanity as a whole will be better served if we as Christians model love, and that hope is in this love.
Nancy Benson-Nicol tells us that one bit of wisdom says that the opposite of fear is love (p.73). Another bit of wisdom is that the opposite of love is not hate, but indifference or apathy. Like obedience in lesson 7, this love is not passive; this love is to be put into action. Attitude adjustment is only the beginning.
Christianity has spread from its first century roots in a small group of 7500 or so scattered in households around the Roman Empire to a faith encompassing large numbers of people everywhere on planet Earth. As the numbers of Christians have increased exponentially, so has the diversity of understandings. We are called to embrace one another in truth and love, as sisters and brothers in Christ, for we cannot model love to those outside Christianity if we do not love those inside, and, without love, we have no good news.
Through the power of the Holy Spirit,
We center our hearts in your love, O God.
As we look forward
to the mercy of Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life,
help us to have mercy on all who are wavering,
to save others who are in great peril and spiritual distress,
and to extend mercy to others in spite of our fears.
That you rescued your children from the clutches of death
gives us the courage to bear one another’s burdens,
that all your children might taste and see the goodness of your mercy
forever and ever.
PW Bible Study Leaders
Mission sewing will be working all summer. You can drop off any home projects any time. We are working in the sewing room every Tuesday but items can be left at the reception desk, properly marked with your name and number of hours you have worked. If you would like to cut at home, we will give you the fabric and patterns and we always need knitted items, even in the summer. For more information, please call Edie Hultman @ 913 432 3515.
Page Turners: Page Turners will meet on April 23, Room 133 at 9:30 a.m. All are welcome, and having read the book is not a prerequisite to enjoying the discussion.
Page Turners will meet through the summer months, but will not have chosen the books in time for publication. Anyone interested may email or call me after our April 23 meeting ~ firstname.lastname@example.org or 913.385.2280. Our book for discussion at the May 28 meeting is The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack of quotidian minutiae is a letter addressed to Harold in a shaky scrawl from a woman he hasn’t seen or heard from in twenty years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye.
Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then, as happens in the very best works of fiction, Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person. And thus begins the unlikely pilgrimage at the heart of Rachel Joyce’s remarkable debut. Harold Fry is determined to walk six hundred miles from Kingsbridge to the hospice in Berwick-upon-Tweed because, he believes, as long as he walks, Queenie Hennessey will live.
Still in his yachting shoes and light coat, Harold embarks on his urgent quest across the countryside. Along the way he meets one fascinating character after another, each of whom unlocks his long-dormant spirit and sense of promise. Memories of his first dance with Maureen, his wedding day, his joy in fatherhood, come rushing back to him—allowing him to also reconcile the losses and the regrets. As for Maureen, she finds herself missing Harold for the first time in years.
And then there is the unfinished business with Queenie Hennessy.
A novel of unsentimental charm, humor, and profound insight into the thoughts and feelings we all bury deep within our hearts, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry introduces Rachel Joyce as a wise—and utterly irresistible—storyteller.
Dear Operation Breakthrough Volunteers!
We were all so thrilled to have such a great turn out for our final session and to see the children so happy with their art projects. The children loved having a project with their own picture. What fun!
I’m finding it difficult to express just how grateful we are to you for making this all possible. We can plan till the cows come home, but without you and all the special attention you give the children, this program could not happen.
We appreciate each of you for your dedication and hope that you give to the children each week. We look forward to working with the new team leadership and are excited to think about the possibilities of fresh ideas for Operation Breakthrough.
Again, thank you for making our job easy.
Barb Chonko, Julie Foster, Mary Ann Jermann, Sheree Murphy, Carla Rauth, and LeAne Story
Operation Breakthrough has created some beautiful greeting cards using art from the children. They are available online or by phone and will be delivered to Village Church for you if you wish. They also have gift bags and tags. 100% of the funds go directly to Operation Breakthrough. By using the cards, you make someone smile as well as helping them think about this wonderful organization. They also make a wonderful gift. To order contact Jennifer Heinemann 816.365.5059 or e-mail.
Women of Wisdom: A fellowship of women who meet in the afternoon and evening for lunch and dinner groups, game groups and various field trips. Yoga classes are available - see information at the bottom of this page. For more information, contact: Ann Shaw, 913.677.2144 or e-mail.
Women with Spirit:
What is Women With Spirit, also know as WWS?
We are a fun-loving group of women who gather monthly for dinner, themed brunches, community service and fun outings. Child care is available for all events, with advance reservation.
To be included on the Women With Spirit email list for future events, please email Elizabeth Wallace @ email@example.com. Questions? firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Are you interested in receiving communications regarding future Women With Spirit Events? Please contact Sandy Perry at the church to be added to our roster!
Women With Spirit May Park Day
Mark your calendar's for WWS's family-friendly Park Day on Sunday, May 19 from 3-5 p.m. Enjoy fellowship and fun made easy. Just bring your family and your own snacks/drinks. Location and details coming soon. RSVP & Questions to Katherine Caputo @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gentle Yoga at Village Church! These classes are officially sponsored by the Amazing Graces but all are welcome! Instructor Katie Hurcomb from ineedmyoga.com provides 2 yoga classes a week! First visit is FREE. $40 a month for 4 classes. Come and see for yourself how healing and beneficial yoga can be for you.
Wednesdays: 1:30 p.m., Gentle Yoga at Village Presbyterian Church in room 233 on the 2nd floor, South side of bldg. Instructor collects monthly fee on the first Wednesday of each month. $40/mo. Please bring your own yoga mat to class. All other props will be provided. This yoga is appropriate for beginners, those with knee and back troubles, anyone wanting a light practice and pregnant mothers-to-be! This yoga will ease pain throughout the body as well as strengthen while stretching. Breathing techniques and the alignment of the skeletal system will be introduced and practiced. Call instructor for any questions at 913-244-5623 Katie Hurcomb.
Thursdays: 6:15 p.m., Hatha I/II at Village Presbyterian Church in the Youth Room on the 3rd floor, South side of bldg. Instructor collects monthly fee on the first Thursday of each month. $40/mo. Please bring your own yoga mat to class. All other props will be provided. This yoga is appropriate for beginners to intermediate students. Strength, flexibility, breathing technique and alignment of the skeletal system to enhance balance and decrease of pain will be the focus. Students should be able to get up and down from the floor with basic ease. Call instructor with any questions; 913.244.5623 Katie Hurcomb.
Please note that all groups welcome women of any age (even though the groups are divided into suggested ages).
Child care is available for most events with advance registration by calling Pam, 913.671.2352.