Carol Graff
Moderator Carol Graff

I am Carol Graff, the new moderator of Presbyterian Women (PW) in the Presbytery of St. Augustine. I belong to Trinity Presbyterian Church in Palm Coast. I have held many offices at the church level and still sit on the Congregation Life Committee and on the PW Board. 

Our Annual Gathering was held at Palms Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville Beach on January 30, with 208 in attendance. Associate Pastor Laurie Furr-Vancini preached the sermon as a part of the inspiring worship service.  In our business meeting that followed the service, we honored our new Honorary Life members. We also acknowledged the six regions by coordinator and the number attending from each region. The amendments to our by-laws were voted on and approved. It was announced that the next Gathering (January 2017) will be at First Presbyterian in Gainesville. The new board was duly installed by past Moderator Jane Ramsdell. I then gave my theme for the year, which is One Small Step for the Lord. The meeting was adjourned, and after lunch, there were workshops for everyone to attend. 

My goals for the year are to fill the existing vacancies, and with the help of my board, increase the number of women attending PW functions. I will also be checking the churches to see how their “one small steps” are doing. We will have a Bible study event in August to present the new study and energize those who attend to go back to their churches and do the Lord’s service.

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Display table at the Annual Gathering
Amy Hunt (Memorial) with Laurie Furr-Vancini (Palms), who preached the message at worship
Amy Hunt (Memorial) with Laurie Furr-Vancini (Palms), who preached the message at worship
The Lord's Table was beautifully decorated with flowers and a flowing fountain
The Lord’s Table was beautifully decorated with flowers
and a flowing fountain

 

 
The worship service
The worship service
 
The annual gathering was well attended
The Annual Gathering was hosted by Palms Presbyterian Church
 
Breakfast and fellowship
Breakfast and fellowship