Women's Fellowship

Candle Tea, annual fall retreat

Rooted, Reset, Renewed at this year’s Women’s Retreat

After two years of virtual retreats, we are excited to return to an in-person weekend at Laurel Ridge with Lynn Rhoades (pastor, counselor, and co-founder of Authoring Action) leading the program.

  • When: September 23-25, 2022
  • Where: Higgins Lodge
  • What: explore stories of faith and challenge through biblical women and the wisdom of all who will gather. Together we will play, fellowship, laugh, study, reflect, meditate and worship to glean insights for the journey ahead.
  • Cost: $168 (double), $268 (single). Includes room, six meals (Friday dinner through Sunday lunch)

Registration is now open. Click here to download the registration form and here for the Covid release form (forms also available in the church office).

If you have any questions, please contact Katrina Bodford.

The Provincial Women's Board presents:
A Spiritual Life Retreat
Friday September 16 – Sunday September 18, 2022
Retreat Facilitator: Sister Traci Fisher
 Laurel Ridge Camp and Conference Center
Higgins Lodge
124 Pendry Dr. Laurel Springs, NC 28644
For further information please contact:
The Provincial Women's Board
 336.722.4911             pwbmcsp@gmail.com

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News from Women’s Fellowship


Fall Walk Series

Let’s enjoy a few miles together! Our fall walk series will begin on Saturday, September 10 at 8:30 am at Jamison Park on the Muddy Creek Greenway; we’ll walk a bit and then enjoy some parking lot tailgating afterward, so bring your chair! Doughnuts will be provided.

Our other walks will be:

October 8: Long Branch Trail (meet at church, end at ByGood Coffee)

November 19: the Parcourse on Silas Creek Parkway (tailgating)

December 17: Reynolda Gardens (end at Dough Joe’s)


If you’re ready to sign up, click here. If you have questions, please email or call Laura Watson (sidesofla@aol.com).


Soup Group

Do you like to make soup? Have a great soup recipe you’d love to share?

Do you like to gather with friends in the kitchen? 

Would you like to provide a delicious meal to people who need a little TLC?

Join your sisters in a soup making day once a month in the church kitchen. We will gather to make soup and have wonderful fellowship while chopping and stirring!

The soups could be frozen and be ready to be delivered to church members in need of a little TLC.

Sound like something you would love to join???

Contact Lucy Strawsburg (lucystraws@gmail.com) or Debbie Drake (debbtide75@gmail.com

**We will plan an initial meeting to work out details over the summer with plans to begin cooking later this year when the CE building renovations are complete and kitchen is open.**


Save the Date for Praying in Color

  • Do you ever want to pray but can’t find the words?
  • Feel antsy and can’t sit still?
  • Want to spend time with God but don’t know how?
  • Need a visual, concrete way to pray?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, mark your calendar for our Advent Praying in Color series.

Created by Sybil MacBeth, Praying in Color is “the intersection of prayer and doodling, a visual, active, meditative, and playful way to pray.” No artistic skill or prayer expertise required!

Led by Elizabeth Sides and Laura Watson, Praying in Color will be offered as a three-week series; you can join either group:

Sundays, November 27, December 4 and 11: 8:30 am-9:45 am

Thursdays, December 1, 8 and 15: 12-1 pm

More information and a sign up will be available soon. If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Sides.


Leadership Team Update

28 women gathered for the Women’s Fellowship breakfast on Sunday, June 26; we enjoyed delicious food, fellowship, and a devotion, as well as the presentation of the proposed 2022-2023 Women’s Fellowship budget, and updates from both Harriet Wood, president of Women’s Fellowship, and Kae Roberts, Candle Tea Committee Chair.

The budget was made available to all women of Home Church via email on Monday, June 27 and voting was open through July 10. The budget was unanimously approved (69 votes cast).

Katherine Vogler, treasurer, shared the following points of interest about the new Women’s Fellowship budget:

  • We've reorganized our budget to reflect the guiding principles of Women's Fellowship including Circles, Service Projects, Community Events, and Interest Projects. 
  • In 2021-2022, in combination with reduced spending from limited gatherings due to Covid, we reduced spending significantly. If you remember from our meeting in the Fall, we began the year with just shy of $1000 in our budget. Due to everyone's generosity and support, we received over $5000 in donations and pledges, and we've expanded that goal for 2022-2023 to $7000. 100% of our income is reliant on donations. 
  • Our greatest expenditure in 2021-2022 was the $3,000 contribution to the Provincial Women’s Board. We have reduced this contribution to $2,000, which represents 29% of the total budget.
  • We are increasing our focus on supporting fellowship across the board. We've maintained budget for Fellowship, meetings, decorating/ hospitality, and our Women's Retreat, and are happy to show increased spending on Service Projects and Interest Group Activities. 
  • As a breakdown, we are showing 41% of the budget allocated to Fellowship (includes service projects, the women’s retreat, decorating/hospitality, etc.), 4% to Operating Expenses, 46% to Women's Events/ Organizations (PWB contribution, Day of Prayer, Church Women United, etc.), and 9% to Other Support Organizations (ex. pastor appreciation), which we feel strongly aligns with our guiding principles and mission.

If you would like a copy of the 2022-2023 budget or have any questions about the finances of Women’s Fellowship, please contact Katherine Vogler.

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The mission of Women's Fellowship is to deepen relationships with God and one another through Christian fellowship and service to all. The Fellowship is open to all women over the age of 18. 

 Women's Fellowship fulfills its mission through four areas: interest groups, community events, service projects, and Circles. To learn more about each area, you can read the Fellowship's Guiding Principles. If you have an idea for an interest group, community event, or service project, and are not sure where to begin, be sure to read this document that explains how to get started turning your idea into reality. 

Getting together for the first time with your circle? Click here for more information on how to get started.

Have an idea for a Women’s Fellowship Interest Group, Service Project or Community Event? Click here for more information on what to do!


In January 2021, a Women’s Fellowship Task Force completed a year-long process that resulted in some changes in the Women’s Fellowship’s governance, organization and operations. Watch a video and download a document of the Task Force report.

The group’s major annual undertaking is the Candle Tea held early in the Advent season – guided tours of the historic Single Brothers’ House with music, candle-making, coffee and Moravian sugar cake, a visit to the putz – a hand-crafted miniature model of Old Salem and a Nativity scene – and the Christmas story. Proceeds of the event go to benevolent causes.

The Women's Fellowship also holds a fall retreat each September at Laurel Ridge. It's a time of learning, fellowship, rejuvenation and fun, open to all Home Church women and their guests.  

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