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This is a great way to become familiar with
Women’s Ministries of FHPC
We support a variety of gatherings, missions, Bible studies
and interest groups, for all women of our church family to
meet for fellowship and the sharing of common
interests in a Christian setting.
All ladies are always welcome!

Mary & Martha Ministry

Fellowship, inspiration, and mission

Serving Him

Faithful to my Lord’s commands,
I still would choose the better part;


Serve with careful Martha’s hands
And loving Mary’s heart.
                                                                          Charles Wesley


Fall and Spring Gatherings

Large group events, each with a different program


Women’s Sunday

Women of the church, led by Mary & Martha Ministry,
present a Sunday Worship Service in January

Mission Focus

Local, Devereux Treatment Center & School
A church-wide mission to provide Easter baskets
to children age 11-17
International, FeedtheKids Food Ministry, Haiti
Supports the food ministry at a satellite school



Women’s Monthly Bible Study Circles

Fellowship & Bible Study

Morning Circle
2018 Study, Christ in the Psalms, Stonecroft
Second Thursday, 9:00am, Adult Center
Contact: Monique Reynolds


Afternoon Circle
2018 Study, Christ in the Psalms, Stonecroft
First Tuesday, 1:00pm Fountain View Village
Contact: Jane Allen


Evening Circle
2018 Study, Cloud of Witnesses, Horizons
Third Monday, 7:00pm, Home of Maria Berry
Contact: Judy Irvin


Interest Groups


Hooked on Books

Fellowship and book discussions

Third Wednesday, members’ homes, 9:30am
Contact: Carol Fuls 480-836-2346 or
Elsie Hoffarber 480-837-4518

Out ‘n About

Fellowship and good food

Third Wednesday, local restaurants, 12 Noon

Contact: Nancy Wulfmeier

Ladies Drop In

Fellowship, board games, cards

and conversation


Tuesdays, 10:00am – Noon, Fireside Room

Contact: Maria Berry, berry8@cox.net
Linda Warren, lwarren4@hotmail.com

Presbyterian Women’s Reading List

The criteria for the selection of the books were: to enlighten our minds, to nourish
our spirits, to challenge our consciences, to entertain us. As you choose which
ones you will read, we hope we have met these goals, not all of them in one
book, but in the whole of them.


Still Life    Louise Penny. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surete du
Quebec and his investigators are called to the scene of a murder in Three Pines,
a mystical rural village south of Montreal. People of many diverse personalities
populate Three Pines. They live in serenity while at the same time help in
various degrees to solve murders. Still Life and the books that follow are
delightful, refreshing, and inspiring.

 The Personal History of Rachel DuPree    Ann Weisgarber tells the

little-known history of African American homesteaders in the Badlands of

South Dakota. Rachel, while working in a boarding house in Chicago, falls in

love with the owner’s son. He promises to marry her if she will claim the

160 acres from the Homestead Act and give it to him to double

their share. As homesteads begin to fail Rachel’s husband demands

great sacrifice from her.

Flight of the Sparrow     Ann Belding Brown. Based on the true
story of Mary Rowlandson, the novel takes place in early America. With her
home destroyed and her children lost, Mary is sold into slavery to a  woman
tribal leader. Mary had sometimes found herself in conflict with her rigid Puritan community. Living and suffering with the tribes, she finds a way of life that is
more loving and joyful than her former life.
Small Great Things    Jodi Picoult. Ruth Jefferson, an experienced labor and
delivery nurse, begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few
minutes later that she’s been reassigned to another infant. The parents of the baby
are white supremacist who don’ want a black woman to touch their baby.
The hospital complies with their orders. When the baby goes into cardiac
arrest Ruth is blamed.
Before We Were Yours     Lisa Wingate. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four
younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shanty
boat. When their father must rush their mother to the hospital one story night, Rill
is left in charge. Before long officials arrive and take them to a Tennessee
Children’s Home Society orphanage. The facility’s director is cruel and dishonest
so Rill has to fight to keep her sisters and brother together. The novel is based
on one of America’ most notorious real-life scandals.
The Practice House    Laura McNeal. Nineteen-year-old Aldine McKenna lives
with her sister and aunt in a Scottish village in 1929 when two Mormon
missionaries ring the doorbell. Aldine’s sister marries one of them and moves to America. Aldine follows, hoping to find the life she’s meant to lead and the
person she’s meant to love. In New York, Aldine answers an ad soliciting a
teacher for a one room school house in a place she cannot possible
imagine in drought-stricken Kansas. With no money and too much pride to
turn back, she lives uneasily with the family Ansel Price, the
charming, optimistic man who placed the ad.


The Knitting Circle      Ann Hood   After the sudden loss of her only child,
Mary Baxter joins a knitting circle as a way to fill the empty hours and lonely days.
The women welcome her, each teaching Mary a new knitting technique and,
as they do, revealing their own personal stories of loss, love, and
hope. Eventually Mary is able to tell her own story of grief
and in so doing reclaims her love for her husband.





The Nazi Officer’s Wife      Edith Hahn Beer. Edith was a young
Jewish woman in Vienna when the Gestapo forced her into a ghetto and then into
a slave labor camp. After her release she went into hiding where she met and
married a Nazi officer. Despite the risk it posed to her life, Edith created a
remarkable record of survival saving every document and the photographs
she took inside labor camps. These documents are now part of the permanent collection at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C..
Several of them are included in this book.
Five Presidents      Clint Hill. Secret Service agent Clint ill brings history to life
as he reflects on his seventeen years protecting five presidents of the United
States. Hill sheds new light on the character and personality of these five
presidents, revealing their humanity in the face of grave decisions.
Sipping from the Nile     Jean Naggar.  Naggar describes her life as a
privileged, protected child in 1950’s Egypt. The nationalizing of the Suez Canal
changed her life forever. Her family is quickly scattered far and wide. Naggar
traces her personal journey through lost worlds and difficult transitions.
I Was Told to Come Alone     Souad Mekhennet. For her whole life Souad, born
and educated in Germany, had to balance the two sides of her upbringing – Muslim
and Western. We accompany her, a reporter for the Washing Post, as she journeys behind the lines of jihad. In her travels across the Middle East and North Africa, she documents her chilling run-ins with various intelligence services.
Dream Land    Sam Quinones.   The author weaves together the stories of young
men from Mexico, who sell black tar heroin in America and the story of Purdue
Pharma, a company determined to corner the market on pain with its new and expensive miracle drug, Oxycontin. Embroiled alongside the suppliers and buyers
are DEA agents, local, small-town sheriffs, and the US attorney from eastern
Virginia who brought the case against Purdue Pharma and Oxycontin.
Clementine    Sonia Purnell.  “Clementine” tells the fascinating story of a
complex woman struggling to maintain her own identity while serving as the conscience and principal adviser to one of the most important figures in history. 
By Winston Churchill’s own admission, victory in the Second World War would
have been impossible without her.  Born into impecunious aristocracy, the young Clementine was the target of cruel snobbery.  Many wondered why Winston
married her, but their marriage proved to be an exceptional partnership.

Mozart’s Starling     Lyanda Lynn Haupt.  On May 27, 1784, as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart walked past a pet store he heard a bird singing the melody from

his  Piano Concerto Number 17 in G.  He bought the starling who became

a member of the Mozart family for three years.  In 2013, Haupt rescued

her own starling, Carmen.  In this book Haupt explores the unlikely bond

between one of history’s most controversial characters and one of

history’s most notoriously disliked birds.