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Upcoming Presbyterian Women Teleclasses!



A joint project of The eMinistry Network and Presbyterian Women (PW), the national women’s organization of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)  


The Churchwide Coordinating Team of PW voted in March 2007 to enter into a pilot project with eMinistry to offer live, low-cost training to Presbyterian Women around the country.  Don't like computers?  No problem!  eMinistry is low-tech--classes are conducted over the phone.  It's low-cost—most classes are between $12 and $15 an hour.  It's personal--the class size is limited to 10-12 people, which allows everyone a chance to speak and ask questions.  And it’s convenient—no travel, no need to get dressed up!


Ten teleclasses will be developed beginning in the fall of 2007, led by Presbyterian women authors and ministry leaders from across the country.  The classes are intended to support the faith and ministry of women in Presbyterian congregations.  They will provide quality presentations and guided discussion on a variety of topics aligned with the PW Purpose:   


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.

The project's goals are to:

Provide affordable and accessible educational opportunities

Demonstrate a new model for reaching, connecting and supporting Presbyterian women in their faith and mission

Increase the ability of local Presbyterian leaders to be a resource for the whole Church



Stay tuned to this page for class descriptions and registration information as PW teleclasses are developed!   Members of other denominations are welcome to register for PW teleclasses.




Writing A Personal Prayer Book                         



Leader:      Kathy Bostrom


Date:          Last held on Wednesday, November 5, 2008


Time:          7:00 pm Eastern  (one-hour teleclass) --   6:00 Central, 5:00 Mountain, 4:00 Pacific


    Please be sure to reflect the above time zone differences when you put this on your calendar!


Cost:           $12.00       Please read eMinistry's registration policies before you register


Class size:   Limited to 12


Class #:       PW106


Don't let the title discourage you!  This class is for women of all ages and stages of life who need a new way to energize their prayer life. The techniques discussed will provide the information you need to get started writing your book of prayers; and will be simple enough to use throughout a lifetime.
I will show you how to use writing prompts, prayers from spiritual guides throughout history, and simple forms of prayer to provide you with inspiration for your prayer life.    You need not be a regular writer: the writing part is easy. I'll share tips I've learned over the years to jump-start our creativity.
The format of the class is relaxed, encouraging, and joyful. There will be opportunities for participants to share their ideas so we can all learn from one another.
Have a journal and pen ready - or even just a few sheets of paper for notes. I'll share some ideas for creating a prayer book for those who want to add this step to the process.





Kathleen Bostrom has been an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) since 1983. She and her husband, Greg, have served as Co-Pastors of the Wildwood Presbyterian Church, Wildwood, Illinois, since 1991.

Kathy has won awards for preaching and is often requested to speak for groups and at local schools. She has published numerous articles in various journals and newspapers and is the author of over a dozen books for children. Who is Jesus? was a finalist for the 2000 Gold Medallion Award, given to the outstanding books in Christian publishing, and What About Heaven? was nominated for the People’s Choice Award. She is included in a current edition of Something About the Author (volume 139, 2003) and Contemporary Authors (volume 210, 2003) two of the premiere reference sources for information on children’s authors.

Since 1998, Kathy has served on the Board of the Presbyterian Writers Guild, and finished her term as President of the Guild in 2004.She is also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and The Society of Midland Authors.

Kathy earned a Master of Arts in Christian Education and a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey; and a Doctor of Ministry in Preaching degree from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago.

Kathy and Greg have three children: Christopher, Amy, and David.




Mentoras y enlaces -- eslabones vitales en el ministerio de la mujer Presbiteriana   




Leader:      Florence Vargas


Date:          To be rescheduled for 2009


Time:         7:00 pm Eastern  (one-hour teleclass) --   6:00 Central, 5:00 Mountain, 4:00 Pacific

Please be sure to reflect the above time zone differences when you put this on your calendar!

Cost:         $12.00       Please read eMinistry's registration policies before you register    

Please note:  This class will be taught in Spanish.

Class size:  Limited to 12


Class #:      PW105


Hemos de explorar el concepto de mentoras. ¿Que es una mentora? Cómo se es una buena mentora, Cuales son las carácteristicas de una mentora. ¿Cual es su contribución en el ministerio, especialmente en el liderato de la mujer Presbiteriana?


En el nuevo diseño de Mujeres Presbiterianas las Enlaces son vitales para mantener la red de MP activa. Las Enlaces proveen comunicación y adiestramiento dentro de la Red. Tambien hemos de explorar este ministerio, su efecto y su contribución.


Esta clase se enseñará en español.



Mentors and Cluster Leaders – Vital Links in Presbyterian Women’s Ministries


We are to explore the concept of mentors. What is a mentor? How to be a good mentor.   What are the characteristics of a mentor. How do mentors contribute to ministry, especially in terms of leadership in Presbyterian Women?


Cluster leaders are vital in the PW Network. Their role is to provide communication and training within this Network. We will also explore this ministry, its effect and contribution to PW.


Please note:  This class will be taught in Spanish.




Florence Vargas was born in Puerto Rico but grew up in Brooklyn, New York; where she attended public schools and graduated from Bushwick High School.


Both her BA (English major, and minors in Christian Education and Secondary Education) and her MA (English as a Second Language and Supervision and Administration) are from Inter American University in San German and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Florence taught English in high school and went on to train and supervise the English teachers in San Sebastian School District for 24 years. She retired from the Department of Education after 30 years of service, 14 years ago.


She has been involved in PW in all levels. She has been PWP Moderator and is presently PWS Moderator. She was Hispanic/Latin Member at Large on the CCT.  She has chaired two gathering committees: Nurture and Great Room. At present she is Vice Moderator of Hispanic/Latin Presbyterian Women. Florence has taught workshops at the five Encuentros.


Florence is an elder in The Presbyterian Church in San Sebastian, where she teaches adult Sunday School and the New Members Class. She was Presbytery Moderator two years ago. She is on Presbytery and Synod Council. Florence has been a General Assembly Commissioner (in Charlotte, North Carolina).







How to Attract Younger Women to Your PW      



Leader:      Kathy Randall


Date:          Last offered Tuesday, September 16, 2008


Time:          8:00 pm Eastern  (one-hour teleclass) --   7:00 Central, 6:00 Mountain, 5:00 Pacific


    Please be sure to reflect the above time zone differences when you put this on your calendar!


Cost:           $12.00       Please read eMinistry's registration policies before you register


Class size:   Limited to 12


Class #:       PW100



This class will help answer the question, "How do we get younger women involved in PW?”    We'll look at how one congregation -- Kathy Randall's congregation of St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church in New Orleans -- has been successful in attracting young women to their PW programs.   We'll explore practical steps that you can take, in your congregation, to strengthen the presence and participation of young women in your PW programs.   


Join other Presbyterian Women from around the country for a lively hour of presentation and discussion with Kathy!




   KATHY RANDALL is  an elder with years of active experience in small and large congregations.  A past Moderator of Presbyterian Women at St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church, a large congregation in New Orleans, she also started a PW Circle for young women in a small congregation. 


Kathy has developed and led numerous workshops for synods and conferences, including the 2003 Gathering of Presbyterian Women.  She has served as chair of the Community Ministry, Congregational Care, and Christian Education committees for the St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church session.  From 2003 to 2006 she served on four committees as the Synod of the Sun representative to CCT.  She is very active in community ministries and organizations in New Orleans.  


She has twenty years of experience in merchandising and marketing communications with a national company, The Merchandising Group/DUPONT. 


In her spare time(!), she writes, “Genealogy is my hobby, and I like to share my “findings” with my family as holiday and celebration gifts."  I discovered reading as a hobby and thoroughly enjoy its refreshing recharge to my mind’s eye.  I especially read Southern female authors.”  








"Your Faith Will Make You Whole" -- Eating Right, Living Well, Loving God


Leaders:    Carol Showalter and Maggie Davis




Carol Showalter, a Presbyterian minister's wife and Maggie Davis, Nutrition and Weight Management expert, have developed a comprehensive 12 week program entitled "Your Whole Life: The 3D Plan for Eating Right, Living Well, and Loving God."


Walking the path of a whole, healthy life involves eating right,  living well, and loving God. These issues are often thought of as  separate compartments of a woman's life.  They are viewed as private,  personal challenges, and yet the safeness and trustworthiness of small  groups of women in the church setting can allow women to address the  deep wounds that can prevent them from leading whole and healthy lives.


Although churches are often the venue for weight loss support groups  or exercise classes, health and wellness cannot be achieved just by giving women another "diet" or a new exercise routine.  Spirituality,  when linked with the intellectual, physical and emotional issues facing women, provides the balance which is necessary for making  changes in lifestyle habits.  Conversely, tackling these challenges can strengthen spiritual growth.


In these 4 class sessions we will present the principles and tools of the 3D plan to educate, inspire and support individual small groups in  your congregation.



Time:          8:00 pm Eastern  (one-hour teleclass) --   7:00 Central, 6:00 Mountain, 5:00 Pacific

    Please be sure to reflect the above time zone differences when you put this on your calendar!


Date:           Last offered in 2008


Cost:           $15.00  per individual class session  


Class size:   Limited to 12


Class #:       PW104




  Carol Showalter, the founder of 3D, has been featured in numerous newspapers and magazines including Ladies Home Journal, Outside, Prevention, and Woman's Day. Carol and her husband, Bill, a Presbyterian minister, have been involved in Christian ministry for over 45 years. They live on Cape Cod and have four children and five grandchildren.

"3D is about transformation from the inside out, and feeling good about yourself from the outside in. There is no time to waste in looking back and counting our failures and wishing that we could have done things differently. Now is the time to stand in the present and look forward." -Carol Showalter



Maggie Davis, MS, RD, LDN, FADA, CDE is the founder and director of Live Nutrition, ( on Cape Cod. She is a frequent speaker at professional conferences, including the American Dietetic Association Annual Meeting. Maggie is known to her friends and colleagues as a gourmet cook, and she and her husband, Steve, are avid gardeners. Maggie loves to canoe, kayak, cross-country ski, and snowshoe in Vermont.


"Over the years I have seen that those who are successful in eating right and managing their weight are the ones who bring mind, body, and spirit into their work. My patients and clients have included individuals from nearly every ethnic and religious background. They have included people of faith as well as people who do not practice religion, but one thing they have in common is that they have experienced spiritual battles that involve food. They have collectively taught me that it takes a whole person to make a whole life." - Maggie Davis





Jubilee:  Luke's Gospel for the Poor                             


 Click here to go on a waiting list -- we'll contact you if we're able to schedule another session.



Leader:      Dale Lindsay Morgan


Date:          Last offered Tuesday, September 2, 2008


Time:          7:00 pm Eastern  (one-hour teleclass) --   6:00 Central, 5:00 Mountain, 4:00 Pacific

    Please be sure to reflect the above time zone differences when you put this on your calendar!


Cost:           $15.00       Please read eMinistry's registration policies before you register


Class size:   Limited to 14


Class #:       PW103



Join Dale Lindsay Morgan and others across the Church in a teleclass discussion of "Jubilee" -- the overarching theme of the gospel of Luke.  We'll focus on the content, the theological perspective, and the historical setting of the gospel.  We will discover what Luke learned about Jesus from the sources he read and the stories he heard-- and what he wanted the church and surrounding Roman community to know and understand. 


This material has been introduced in the 2008-2009 Horizons Bible Study, Jubilee! Luke’s Gospel for the Poor, and will be helpful to those reading or teaching from that resource  (click here to order from Horizons).    But anyone may participate who simply wishes to learn more about Luke. 




  Dale Lindsay Morgan was author of the Horizons 2004–2005 Bible study, What She Said: Quotable Women in Scripture and the companion piece, What She (Could Have) Said.  As Bible study leader for the 1994 and 2006 Churchwide Gatherings of Presbyterian Women, Dale created the character, the Gathering Woman, to present original biblical monologues from “archaeological discoveries” dating to biblical times.


Dale holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Universities of Michigan and Minnesota in communications; she holds master of divinity and doctor of ministry degrees from the Claremont School of Theology in biblical studies, with a concentration in early church history. She served as pastor of congregations in Claremont and Santa Barbara, California, for more than thirty years and has been an elected member of the General Assembly Council of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the board of trustees of San Francisco Theological Seminary.



Spinning the Sacred Yarn  



Leader:      Eugenia Gamble


Date:         last offered Monday, April 28, 2008


Time:         7:00 pm Eastern  (one-hour teleclass) --   6:00 Central, 5:00 Mountain, 4:00 Pacific

Please be sure to reflect the above time zone differences when you put this on your calendar!


Cost:         $14.00       Please read eMinistry's registration policies before you register


Class size:  Limited to 12


Class #:      PW102



In this one-hour class we’ll explore the importance of “story” for the Christian faith and for our personal spiritual growth.  Using the stories of the Bible and the tool of personal narrative, participants will learn to identify the major themes of Biblical faith in the stories of their own lives.  

We will also look at how to use “story” to encourage a deeper sense of community in our groups and our congregations. We’ll explore ways to share other people’s stories – as well as our own stories -- with respect and a regard for confidentiality.   Downloadable resources will include story starters for use with groups.



Eugenia Gamble is Director of Spiritual Development, First Presbyterian Church, San Luis Obispo, CA.  From 1996 to 2005 she served as pastor of the  historic First Presbyterian Church in downtown Birmingham, Alabama.  A highly gifted and accomplished pastor, educator, writer, speaker, and visionary, she has been keynote speaker at numerous conferences, retreats, churches, television broadcasts, both nationally and abroad.  For over 17 years she wrote a regular column in Horizons Magazine, as well as publishing numerous essays, poems, and Bible studies.  She won the  Associated Church Press Award of Excellence for her Bible study called: Glimpses of Home: Biblical Images of the Realm of God. 

She lists, as her greatest sense of personal  satisfaction, “providing leadership in the  development and implementation of the vision of First Light, Inc., a center for homeless women and children.




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