Darnestown Presbyterian Women's Association (DPW)

The DPW organization bases its structure on Presbyterian Women of the PCUSA, whose statement of purpose sets out our shared goals:

Forgiven and freed by God in Jesus Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves — to nurture our faith through prayer and Bible study, to support the mission of the church worldwide, to work for justice and peace, and to build an inclusive, caring community of women that strengthens the Presbyterian Church and witnesses to the promise of God’s kingdom.

All women of Darnestown Presbyterian Church are automatically members of DPW.  We encourage you to join in all the DPW activities.  If you would like the group to sponsor a speaker, launch a circle, start a study, consider a hands-on mission or any other new activity, please let us know — all ideas are welcome.  We hope women of all ages will feel welcome to this fellowship. Circles are up and running.

2019 Officers

  • Moderator — Judith Wenig
  • 1st Vice Moderator — Kathy Agate
  • 2nd Vice Moderator — Tina Petzold
  • Secretary — Tammie Ashmal
  • Treasurer — Cheryl Dottermusch
  • Mission — Jan Summers
  • Mary Lydia — Alice Frenck & Betty Petrola
  • Purl & Pray — Ellen Terry

Board meets once a month on the evening of the 2nd Tuesday.


DPW forms circles of women who are shaped around heartfelt needs that will achieve the purpose of Presbyterian Women. 

A circle is:

  • where faith is nurtured and growth take place through worship, study, friendship and outreach
  • where women are challenged to stretch beyond their limits
  • where women move beyond the safe places of life and reach out to others, and
  • where Christian leadership is born, nurtured and sent forth into ministry

Mary Lydia Circle

Study Leader - Ruth Sweet

We are currently a group of about 15 women, meeting at 10 a.m. on the first Thursday of the month in the Church Parlor and occasionally in member's homes. Basic to circle life is the Horizons Bible study. Some circles may have a dual study of both the Bible and a particular mission. Sometimes we may study current issues, such as peace, hunger, racism or another topic from a Christian perspective. The members of the Circle decide on the study course they want to undertake.  New participants are welcome at any time! 

Study for 2017-18: Cloud of Witnesses, for info go to https://www.pwpcusahorizons.com/bible-study

Please contact  Alice Frenck or Betty Petrola for more information.

Purl and Pray

This Circle meets after the worship service on the third Sunday of the month. They contribute many hours of knitting and crocheted items to those who are convalescing, baptisms, and bazaar sales. These ladies are amazing in their teaching skills and welcome anyone at any level of expertise. Totally wanting to learn, come join this circle.

Contact Heather Neri or Sally Belcher

Missions Supported by DPW

DPW partners with the DPC to support many local mission efforts.  A list of those can be found here indicated by an asterisk*.

Also, DPW also provides support to the following additional local missions:

DPW also partners with the DPC to support National and International Missions.  DPW adds to that support by providing help to the following additional missions:

Mercy Hospital Ships


DPW provides support to a number of funds sponsored by the National Capital Presbytery, PCUSA and National Presbyterian Women:

Presbyterian Disaster Relief

Presbyterian Medical Benevolence Fund

Least Coin Offering

Thank Offering

Birthday Offering

Local Presbytery PW Support - DPW support for National Capital Presbytery Presbyterian Women on a per capita basis.

In addition to these organizations and missions, the funds raised by DPW also go to financially support areas of spiritual development in our own church community:

Christian Education Support

Community Service/DPC Family

Hands-on Mission Opportunities

Mary Lydia Circle Mission Support

Youth Group Retreat/Support

DPC Summer Work Camp Missions

Drift Scholarship Fund

DPC Library

DPC Kitchen Supplies and Upkeep