At Covenant, we offer many opportunities for women to meet, study and serve with other women. Our various classes and activities enable women of all ages and backgrounds to get to know each other, experience often deep and lasting friendships, and grow in faith. Our diverse groups of women support one another through all of life’s adventures, while experiencing the love that Jesus Christ offers. For more information, contact the adult ministry team at firstname.lastname@example.org or (512) 454-5231.
- Presbyterian Women
- MoMs Group
- MoMs Lunch Group
- Honors and Awards
- Events and Missions
Covenant’s Presbyterian Women (PW) is part of a national group that offers opportunities for women to grow in their faith and in their friendships. PW offers learning, serving and fellowship opportunities through Bible study Circles, mission projects, and special events and trips. The PW honors a Covenant woman each year with a lifetime achievement award.
The PW Bible Study Circles meet monthly during the school year for Bible study, prayer, fellowship and mission. These circles of faith and friendship welcome new members while embracing long-time connections. We encourage women to find a circle that works best for their schedule, or start one of their own. For more information, contact Diane West at email@example.com or (512) 534-0110.
Who Is Jesus?
The 2016-2017 PW/Horizons Bible study, “Who Is Jesus? What a Difference a Lens Makes,” was written by Judy Yates Siker. Each of the study’s nine lessons explores the question “Who is Jesus?” through a particular context, perspective and theological lens. The author explores the answers to the question through the lenses of Mark, Matthew, Luke, John, Paul, Hebrews, the non-canonical gospels, the Abrahamic Faiths and contemporary cultural interpretations. Each of us who reads the New Testament is an interpreter of the text, and how we interpret it depends in part on our own identity.
Deborah meets at 12 p.m. in SA 103 on the 2nd Thursday of the month.
Chair: Breece Adams (512) 297-5613
Dorcas meets at 9:30 a.m. in the Parlor on the 2nd Tuesday of the month.
Chairs: Dorothy Elliott (512) 345-0367 and Helen Fletcher (512) 280-4124
Esther meets at 9:30 a.m. in FE 107 on the 2nd Tuesday of the month.
Chairs: Marty Castleberry (512) 343-8697 and Mary Margaret Willman (512) 345-1619.
Lydia meets at 7 p.m. in FE 104 on the 2nd Thursday of the month.
Chair: Bretna Hackert (512) 284-9010 and Kathleen Krause-Thompson firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sarah-Elizabeth meets at 9:15 a.m. in CO 208 on the 2nd Thursday of the month.
Chairs: Sally Rowe (512) 527-9073 and Julie Stillwell (512) 794-0444
Lamplighters’ mission is to study the Bible in a way that makes it fresh and relevant for today. Our participants support one another in study and encourage each other through prayer. Join women of all ages and stages of faith as we explore the Bible through lecture and small group discussion.
Lamplighters meet at various times to enable women to attend regardless of their situation. We welcome all to come on Monday evenings or Wednesday mornings from September to April, and we have Lamps On Location times as well. These groups vary in their locations (a few are out of state) and times. We offer a Wednesday lamps class, in which our children study the same Bible lesson. We also offer free childcare on Wednesdays. For more information, contact Shannon Knisely at email@example.com, Jan Skaggs at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the Lamplighters Website.
Covenant MoMs Group is for new, expecting and experienced moms. We meet on the first and third Monday of each month from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in SA 114 to experience informative and helpful presentations, share parenting ideas, and provide general support for each other.
We open all our meetings to Covenant members and non-members, and offer free childcare from our wonderful Covenant childcare staff; infants are welcome in our meetings. Please make childcare reservations at least 48 hours in advance by contacting email@example.com or (512) 334-3020. Come join us for coffee and a snack. We provide interesting topics, support from understanding moms and well-deserved breaks for busy, hard-working moms! For more information, contact Katie McFarlane at firstname.lastname@example.org or (847) 946-3567.
We offer a MoMs Lunch Group from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. three to four times per year in FE 107. We meet over lunch to give mothers (especially those who work in jobs outside the home) time to meet other moms, get practical advice, and enjoy lunch and fellowship. Lunch and childcare are provided free of charge with a reservation. Please make childcare reservations at least 48 hours in advance by contacting email@example.com or (512) 334-3020. Please make lunch reservations at least 48 hours in advance by contacting Amy Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, contact Amy Johnson at email@example.com or Gelsey Mahanes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nominate a Very Special Woman at Covenant!
Each year the Presbyterian Women of Covenant award an Honorary Life Membership to a special woman in recognition of faithful service to God and our church. Past recipients include:
- 2003 Jane Mack and Mary Jim McDonald
- 2004 June Johnson
- 2005 Gloria Moreno
- 2006 Betty Hall
- 2007 Mary Margaret Willman
- 2008 Sue Roberts
- 2009 Susan Gibson and Helen Smith
- 2010 Nola Ross and Jan Skaggs
- 2011 June Briney
- 2012 Julie Stillwell
- 2013 Paulette Kern and Sharyn Westmoreland
- 2014 Melissa Mathews and Helene Maham
- 2015 Alice Weatherby
Do you know someone whose name belongs on this list for 2015? Any woman who is a member of Covenant may be nominated. Be on the lookout throughout the year! Click here to download a nomination form or pick one up in the church office. Once the form is filled out, please place it in the box in the church office. This is a wonderful opportunity to honor an exceptional woman of faith in our midst. For more information, contact Alice Weatherby at email@example.com or (512) 345-2408.
Special Recognition Awards
Special Recognition Awards were given by Presbyterian Women of Mission Presbytery and Covenant Presbyterian on the occasion of Covenant’s 50thAnniversary Celebration on March 20, 2011. Honored in recognition of their outstanding service and leadership over the past 50 years were:
- Freddie Beckham
- Doris Beseda
- Maryanne Cochran
- Betty Covington
- Kathryn Cressman
- Avis Davis
- Peggy Dougal
- Dorice Jeffries
- Betty Ripperger
- Kaye Roth
- Dorothy Taylor
- Beverly Wight
Girl’s Night Out
One evening every fall, the ladies go out. This event takes place in Fellowship Hall. The women are treated to a gourmet dinner and some entertainment. October 27 at 6:15 p.m.
In early May, the women of Covenant celebrate the year with a lunch. It is at this time, that we honor a woman with Honorary Lifetime Membership.
The Presbyterian Coffee Project, a collaboration of the PC(USA) and Equal Exchange, enables congregations to share in protecting the environment and connecting with small farmers who produce food in a sustainable way. Presbyterian Women are selling various coffee blends in regular and decaf, whole bean and ground, for $10/12 oz. For more information, contact Mission Coordinator Christi Florey, (512) 241-2890 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Church Women United
Church Women United (CWU) was founded in 1941 with the motto: Agreed to Differ, Resolved to Love, United to Serve. The group is a racially, culturally and theologically inclusive Christian women’s movement, celebrating unity in diversity and working for peace and justice. CWU is recognized by the United Nations as a nongovernmental organization (NGO) acting on behalf of women and children throughout the world. Women from Covenant are active in the leadership and life of the Austin group.
The Austin chapter is focused on the 2012-2016 quadrennial priority of the national CWU, “Bringing God’s Shalom/Salaam to our World,” which is carried out by promoting:
- The health and well-being of all people
- Personal, communal and governmental decisions that express care for God’s creation
- Peace through understanding, education, confession, forgiveness, reconciliation and non-violence
- Dignity, safety and economic opportunities for all
CWU’s monthly programs work to educate women so they can support a world filled with justice and mercy for all humankind. Churches all over Austin take turns hosting meetings the first Friday of the month. Coffee starts 9:30 a.m. and the program begins at 10 a.m. The schedule for Fall 2016 is below. For questions, contact Covenant’s CWU Coordinator Lorrie Terrell at email@example.com or (512) 250-8072.
- Sept 2: Immanuel Lutheran Church, 500 Immanuel Rd, Pflugerville
- “Building Bridges: Austin’s Response to the Racial Divide” (panel discussion)
- Oct 7: Northwest Hills UMC, 7050 Village Center Dr, Austin
- “Experiencing Blessings at God’s Table” (Senior Pastor Charlie Baskin)
- Nov 4: Emmanual UMC, 200 Brushy St, Austin
- “Sharing Gifts at God’s Table” (Rev. Ella Luna)