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Presbyterian Women

Women are a lively and essential part of life at First Presbyterian Church.Consistant with scripture, in both testaments, the Presbyterian Church (USA) believe God raise up faithful women to serve both in the world and in Jesus Christ's church. Women's leadership in the church include ordination to pastor (teaching elder), ruling elder and deacon. Women also find various ways to connect to other women.

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Recent News


First Presbyterian Church has supported Kids Against Hunger for several years.   We have donated money and have also had crews of folks who pack the meals.  This year was no exception.  Money from the Cookie Walk and Bazaar plus funds from Mission Council and a few private donations allowed us to buy enough ingredients for 16,000 meals.  That packing was accomplished the morning of January 17th  by two shifts – totaling 60 awesome workers - between the ages of 3 and 85. It was an amazing morning of:

                        …fun and fellowship with church family  

                        ....doing something worthwhile  

                        …helping feed hungry people.

Women Contribute to 1105 Project

Members of the Presbyterian Women Coordinating Team from the First Presbyterian Church decided instead of dividing their annual mission dollars and donating a smaller amount to many charities, they would donate the entire sum this year to the 1105 Project, a collaboration of the Free Lunch Program (FLP), Domestic Violence Intervention Project (DVIP), the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) - Johnson County, and the Crisis Center to share space at 1105 Gilbert Ct. in Iowa City. A check for $2400 was presented to Mary Palmberg, Director of the Free Lunch Program. Remodeling of the building is progressing, with a target date for opening set for December. Pictured are: Ann Robinson, Gloria Zajicek, Toni DeRyke, Nancy Ross, Lee Ann Koch, Mary Palmberg, and Liz Hall.


What Does it Mean to be a Presbyterian woman at FPC?

It means CHOICE.  It means JOY OF SHARING.  It means OPPORTUNITIES.  It means NURTURING YOUR FAITH. It means to SOAR.

You don’t have to officially join anything to use your gifts for the benefit of our church, community, and world.  Or, you can decide to become one of the 300,000 members of PW, the National Women’s Organization of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., or one of the Circles, or serve as a leader of a multitude of callings, or on the PW Coordinating Team.  Presbyterian women is an all–encompassing network.  It consists of every woman in the church who believes actions can make a difference; who is an enthusiastic worker for positive change by adopting achievable strategies that reinforce Christian Faith; who have a deep desire to improve her life and the lives of others.  Presbyterian woman are people with a purpose!

You are cordially invited to participate in enhancing the life of our congregation in any way you see fit or have time for or gifts to share.  We welcome you and treasure your prayers.

To find out more about possibilities for you contact:
Carol Kirsch 338-7163.

Other opportunities for involvement can be found here!

Below are some links to related organizations:

Church Women United -

Presbyterian Women USA  -

Presbytery of East Iowa -

Synod of Lakes and Prairies -

Women in Action

Annual Cookie Walk

Kids Against Hunger Packing event

1105 Project


“I am thrilled to be a member of this vibrant organization. There are so many levels on which I can actively contribute and use my gifts. My understanding of God’s promise increases steadily and the opportunity to nurture life-long friendships is a blessing.”

Jan Erickson –member since 2002

Presbyterian Church (USA)

First Presbyterian Church
2701 Rochester Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52245
(319) 351-2660