Presbyterian Women's Organization
At FPC-Commerce there is a very active Presbyterian Women's group. The Circle meets for fellowship and Bible study on the 2nd Monday of each month at 10:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Horizons Bible Study materials are the basis for each year’s study. Guests are always welcome.
In addition to Bible study, the Presbyterian Women’s organization promotes fellowship among the women of the congregation by hosting a fall luncheon, usually in September, and an additional luncheon in May each year. Other special events are also planned. Recent ones include “Progressive Dinners,” a trip to the Dallas Museum of Art, a “Book-Share” evening, and a field trip to explore the nearby town of Paris, Texas. Plans for excursions to other area towns are already being discussed. Guests are always welcome at any of these events.
Members of our PW are active in service to our church and to our community. Many volunteer at the Bargain Box, a resale venue located on the downtown Commerce square. All proceeds from sales are used for improvements at our local hospital. Some ladies also volunteer at the hospital assisting by answering the phone at the reception desk. Others volunteer at the Northeast Texas Children’s Museum located on the campus of TAMU-Commerce and at the Commerce Food Pantry which is housed at FPC-Commerce. PW members also sew fleece baby caps for the nursery at the Hunt Memorial Medical Center in Greenville. Approximately 100 babies are born there each month and each one receives a special cap.
Supporting mission projects through Grace Presbytery PW is also important to our local group. These include the Itasca Children’s Home, through donations to Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services, the Beth-El Farmworker Ministry in Florida, the Roma Development Project to help provide early educational opportunities for Romani children in the Ukraine, and donations to support a mission worker from Grace Presbytery who is currently serving in South Sudan.
The local PW organization is also active in presbytery-wide events and recently hosted an area spring meeting at FPC-Commerce. Attending Grace Presbytery PW events to connect with other Presbyterian Women has been and continues to be a norm for our group.
This creed is our guide: Forgiven and freed by God in Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves to nurture our faith through prayer and Bible study, to support the mission of the church worldwide, to work for justice and peace, and to build an inclusive, caring community of women that strengthens the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and witnesses to the promise of God’s kingdom.
Sunday School Information and Class Descriptions
Coffee and breakfast pastries are available each Sunday in the Fellowship Hall prior to Sunday School.
Pre-school and Elementary Class
Our young children’s class focuses on the studies of the Bible using creative concepts and materials to inform and enhance their learning experiences about God, Jesus Christ and our church seasons such as Christmas (Advent), Easter (Lent) and Pentecost.
Middle School Class
The Middle School Class is taught by Bettina Zvanut. Ages 8 – 14 are welcome. (Actually, we’ll take any age!) In September, 2013, we began a year’s overview of the Bible and are concentrating on the first five books of the Old Testament for the first few Sundays. In addition to Bible study, our class enjoys experimenting with art forms such as stained glass mosaics, African thumb pianos and ceramics. We are also active in mission-giving and have recently raised funds to help schools in Haiti. We have volunteered locally this year by creating and tending flower beds at Oak Manor Nursing Home in Commerce. Our class meets in the church library.
The University Class
The University Class was formed in the early 1970’s primarily by church members associated with the University in some way. Today, individuals from their 40’s to early seventies are in the class and most are not associated with the University. However, individuals of all ages are welcome.
The class focuses on Bible Study as set forth in The Present Word Bible Study Service. Class discussion centers on the Holy Scriptures and the guidance they provide in our daily, contemporary lives. Class members are heavily involved in other church organizations and activities
Under the leadership of retired history professor Mr. Joe Fred Cox, the Co-Workers Class follows the guided study from The Present Word. The class meets in the Parlor and welcomes any and all visitors to join them.