Monday, November 3
John 13 After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.
Carl Geories, minister for decades in the Presbyterian Churches of Mission at the Eastward in Maine commented, “Presbyterian Women are the backbone of mission.” He knew from his persistent work at making the world a better place that women’s mission and ministries have long been the backbone of the Presbyterian Church’s mission. The Elwood Club (and it’s transformation into the Elwood Presbyterian Women), in addition to being a social group, undertook regular mission projects reaching across our country and around the world. Thanks be to God for the mission and ministry of the women of the Presbyterian Church, for their insight, dedication and ministry.
Questions for reflection
What memories do you have of the mission and ministries of the Presbyterian women at the First Presbyterian Church?