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Women's Ministries

Women's Ministries is committed to gathering women together to grow closer to our Lord through Scripture study, service, and fellowship. As we draw near to God, He draws near to us; prompting us to reach beyond our comfort zones and invite others into a life-changing and ever-growing relationship with Jesus Christ. 

Get Involved

We have numerous opportunities for you to get involved in Women's Ministries at Memorial Park Church! Our programs are divided into four branches: Service, Caring, Discipleship (studies & classes), and Fellowship. Whether you're looking for a way to volunteer or searching for a class to enhance your spiritual journey, we have something for you! View opportunities below or check out our latest Women's Ministries brochure.

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We are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Could God be calling you to serve the needs of our community? Women's Ministries organizes collections each month for organizations like Living in Liberty, Women's Choice Network, and Light of Life. For more information about our current collections, contact Michele Holmes, Director of Women's Ministries.
We believe that God has called us together as a family, and we are always on the lookout for how we can love each other through simple gestures such as meal delivery, cards, or just spending quality time together. We'd love for you to join us in caring for eachother! 

Freeze It Forward
We understand how difficult it can be as a single mom, which is why we have a team here at Memorial Park who takes the time to make meals for our Single Mom Freezer Shelf! Single mothers are encouraged to come by and pick up a meal when they are short on time. If you'd like to join our team and make freezer meals, sign up here.

Love Notes Team
Receiving a card in the mail at just the right time is such a blessing. Would you like to be a part of our team and adopt a month to be the card coordinator? Contact the Women's Ministries office to sign up!
We understand more of who God is and who we are in Him when we dig into the truth of scripture. Join a Bible study so we can grow closer to Christ together! For more information on any of our Bible studies, or to sign up, contact the Women's Ministries office. Our classes generally run in the fall from September through December, and in the winter from January through April. We also have several summer study opportunities. Our current classes are listed below. 
 
Women to Women
Begins January 15
Meets weekly
9:30-11:30 a.m.
Westminster Hall
Our Wednesday morning studies are a great place to get to know other ladies in our church family, and to be encouraged and challenged by God’s word. We begin with 30 minutes of “Connections Time” with light breakfast and prayer, and then we split into study groups at 10:00. Childcare is available for free, but you must register online so we are able to plan accordingly.
 
Class Offerings:
Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter & Geri Scazzero
Instructor: Pastor Betsy Rumer
Westminster Hall (Stage-end)
Most traditional approaches to growing in Christ focus on providing helpful classes, engaging in small groups, and ample opportunities to serve. But the level of change in people tends to be minimal. In contrast, Emotionally Healthy Spirituality is designed to help people experience beneath-the-surface transformation, spiritually and emotionally. Why? Because deeply changed people have a more powerful and more sustainable impact in the world. Changed people change the world.

A Long Obedience in the Same Direction by Eugene Peterson
Instructor: Sonja Kassouf & Chris O'Rourke
Geneva Room
Book Cost: $18
As a society, we are still obsessed with the immediate; new technologies have only intensified our quest for the quick fix. But Peterson's time-tested prescription for discipleship remains the same―a long obedience in the same direction. Following Jesus in this way requires a deepening life of prayer, and throughout history Christians have learned to pray from the Psalms. Peterson finds encouragement for today's pilgrims in the Songs of Ascents (Psalms 120-134), sung by travelers on their way to worship in Jerusalem. With his prophetic and pastoral wisdom, Peterson shows how the psalms teach us to grow in worship, service, joy, work, happiness, humility, community, and blessing.

Gideon by Priscilla Shirer
Instructors: Joleen Clouse, Jen Lowry, Michele Holmes
Edinburg Room
Book Cost: $16
When we hear the name Gideon, most of us think about his 300 soldiers or the fleece he laid out under the evening sky. But Gideon’s story is so much bigger than that—bigger than any one man and his mark on Israel’s history. Like everything else in the Bible, this is a story about God and His people. His love for them, as well as His strength operating in spite of their weakness—even through their weakness. And because God’s people includes you and me, Gideon’s story is also about us—our lives, our doubts, our struggles, and our possibilities as believers. This study will encourage you to recognize your weakness as the key that the Lord gives you to unlock the full experience of His strength in your life.

Loving My Actual Life by Alexandra Kuykendall
(meets every other week)
Instructors: Adrienne Boslau
Mountains (in the Children's Wing)
Book Cost: $10
In a world of comparison and discontent, it can feel impossible to be happy with life as we know it. Other people seem to have it all together, to be finding success, to be having more fun. But we weren't meant for a life characterized by dissatisfaction. With humor, poignancy, and plenty of personal stories, Kuykendall weaves together spiritual themes and practical application into a holy self-awareness, showing women how a few small changes in their routines can improve their enjoyment of this crazy-busy life.
 
Working Women: Gideon by Priscilla Shirer
Begins January 29
Meets weekly
7:00-8:30 p.m.
Edinburgh Room
Instructor: Laura Roy & Michele Holmes
When we hear the name Gideon, most of us think about his 300 soldiers or the fleece he laid out under the evening sky. But Gideon’s story is so much bigger than that—bigger than any one man and his mark on Israel’s history. Like everything else in the Bible, this is a story about God and His people. His love for them, as well as His strength operating in spite of their weakness—even through their weakness. And because God’s people includes you and me, Gideon’s story is also about us—our lives, our doubts, our struggles, and our possibilities as believers. This study will encourage you to recognize your weakness as the key that the Lord gives you to unlock the full experience of His strength in your life.
 
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Mug & Muffin: Unshakable Hope by Max Lucado
Begins January 11
Meets every other week
9:30-11:30 a.m.
Rec Room
In Unshakable Hope, Max Lucado unpacks 12 of the Bible’s most significant promises, equipping you to overcome difficult circumstances by keeping your focus on the hope found in the promises of Scripture rather than dwelling on the problems in front of you. For every problem in life, God has given you a promise. What is your life built on—the circumstances of life or the promises of God? The answer to that question changes everything.
 
Our Fellowship Branch provides opportunities for women to gather and grow in the Lord together. From Girls' Nights Out, our own Bookends Book Club, Movie Nights, and more, these are wonderful ways to gather and have fun together.

Girls' Night Out/In
Throughout the year, we plan an evening out for ladies to gather together in fellowship. Activities range from dinner, movies, cooking nights, and even evenings where we volunteer.  For more details about our Girls' Night Out/In please contact the Women's Ministries Office.

Bookends Book Club
Women of all ages are welcome to come and share their thoughts and ideas on our exciting reads! The group meets every other month on a Thursday at 7:00 PM at the church. No need to RSVP, come as you are! Our schedule for this year is as follows:

January 9, 2020Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
March 12, 2020: A Gentleman From Moscow by Amor Towles
May 14, 2020Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult  
July 9, 2020Next Year In Havana by Chanel Cleeton
September 10, 2020:  My First White Friend by Patricia Raybon

Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS)
If you're a mother of a preschooler, you know that raising children is an adventure! It's likely there are also times when you feel alone. MOPS offers a community of friends and mentors who are eager to help you grow as a Christian mother. Join us for great food, fellowship, engaging speakers, and meaningful discussion about topics that are relevant to you as a mom.
 
This group meets every other Tuesday from 9:15-11:30 AM beginning in September. Childcare is provided on a registration-only basis, and spots are limited. For more information, contact Tara Hetrick or Karen Dadeboe. You can register for MOPS online HERE!

 
Christmas Spree, Coffee & Tea
Join us the first Friday and Saturday in November for our annual crafter and vendor fair! Each year, we have over 100 artisans and vendors join us for a weekend of holiday shopping. For information on our Christmas Spree, Coffee & Tea, contact the Women's Ministries Office.


Women's Spring Retreat
Our annual Women's Retreat is a time for women to gather together to recharge. Through devotions, Bible study, presentations from guest speakers, and time in fellowship, we take time to worship and grow our relationships with eachother and the Lord.

 
Mother's of Preschoolers, better known as MOPS, provides a place for young moms to find friendship and community while they enjoy engaging speakers and meaningful discussions. We have spots for moms with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and (new this year!) elementary schoolers. Childcare is provided. 

MOPS meetings will begin September 10 and will meet twice a month on Tuesdays from 9:15-11:30 a.m. The cost is $100/person for the year, and our meetings take place in the Clayton Center. Find out more about MOPS by visiting the national MOPS website here or by contacting the Women's Ministries office by e-mail.

Sign Up for MOPS

Coming Up in Women's Ministries

Queen Esther Women's Getaway
March 21-22
Lancaster
$275
Register by January 31
What makes a perfect girls weekend away? How about a getaway that includes shopping, dinner with friends, an evening show, and chocolate? The Queen Esther Getaway includes them all! Join us as we travel to Lancaster to see the brand new production of Queen Esther at the Sight & Sound Theater. We'll enjoy a bit of shopping and dinner at Lancaster way, plus a visit to Hershey Chocolate World. We'll spend the night at Best Western Village Inn & suites before heading back to Pittsburgh. Transportation, tickets, and accomodations are included in the cost per person.

Reserve Your Spot

2020 Annual Women's Retreat
February 28-29
Westminster Hall
$50 (early bird registration by February 7) / $60 (latecomer registration by February 19)
“You are what you love, but you may not love what you think.” So says a best-selling book by the same name by K.A. Smith. Our 2020 annual Women’s Retreat will explore and take concrete steps towards the development of the habit of meditating on God’s Word as we practice with Psalm 1. 

Be sure to bring a full-color print of your most inspiring picture of a tree planted by streams of water and come dressed in your pajamas for a comfy Friday night!

MPC Mission partner Lisa Anderson-Umaña will be leading our retreat this year! Lisa grew up in MPC and as one of our mission partners, has served in Latin America in the ministry of camping for the last 36 years. She is on furlough here in Pittsburgh with her husband Alfredo. Their two children, Valerie (sophomore) and Victor (freshman) are studying at Duquesne University. Lisa loves experiential education and hopes to make this retreat as “campy” as possible, while also promoting deep spiritual growth.

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