Women’s Bible Study will meet from 10:30 AM to 12 noon on the first and third Wednesdays of the month from September through May, in Classroom 1. Our study focus is the 2023-2024 Horizons Bible Study entitled “Sacred Encounters”: The Power and Presence of Jesus Christ in Luke-Acts.  The intention of this study is to inform, recognize, expand and extend our understanding of  the connection between the books of the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles (i.e., “one story in two parts”). Author Olive Mahabir states, “Read in sequence it becomes apparent that the Gospel anticipates Acts, and Acts reflects upon the Gospel.”

We are invited into reflection and interaction about the multiple themes, stories, characters, geographic locations, and audiences found in these texts.  The author captures another focal point stating “In recent years I have been drawn to the inclusive nature of Luke’s writings.” Let’s accept the author’s invitation to spend study time together considering Jesus, “the good shepherd”, who shared the Good News through sacred encounters with everyday people.

If you have not previously participated, or have not participated for a long time, now is a great time to start; bring your mindful thoughts, presence, and voice.  Discussion will be thought and hope provoking. Together, we will consider and wonder about an additional question from the author: “What are the potential implications for the church if we treat our interactions as sacred encounters that demonstrate the transformational love of Christ Jesus?”

“PW/Horizons Bible studies are prepared quite literally by and for Presbyterian women. Members of the Board of Directors Bible study committee invite and choose authors and themes. PW circles and groups field test and provide feedback on authors’ first drafts. Bible study authors are pastors, professors, and educators—faithful women who know PW.

The PW Purpose calls Presbyterian Women to nurture faith through prayer and Bible study. PW/Horizons studies are written from within the Reformed tradition and strengthen the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). All of our studies can be read and studied by individuals, but it is what the individuals discover together through group prayer and Bible study that nurtures Presbyterian Women.” PW Women Bible Study site