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Presbyterian Women are women of all ages, interests, backgrounds and talents who have one thing in common: the desire to make a difference here at Arlington Presbyterian Church, in our community, and the world.

Our Purpose

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,
  • Support the mission of the church worldwide,
  • Work for justice and peace, and Build an inclusive, caring community of women that strengthens the Presbyterian Church (USA) and witnesses to the promise of God’s kingdom.

The sharing we do helps us care about and support each other in special ways. We have three areas of emphasis: Faith, Mission, and Fellowship.

  • Faith – Our faith is the backbone of our organization and we actively seek to develop it through discussion and Bible study.
  • Mission – Our commitment to mission is shown by our participation in projects to help our own church, the community, and the church worldwide.
  • Fellowship – The monthly Circle meetings and our other gatherings provide ideal settings for Christian Fellowship.

 

Our Work

Presbyterian Women demonstrate their commitment to be an inclusive caring community of women ministering to others by:

  • Meeting monthly for Bible study and fellowship.
  • Serving as a communication network to notify Circle and other APC members and friends about congregational emergencies
  • Providing assistance, such as food and transportation, to APC families during illness or in the event of death.
  • Assisting the Pastoral Care Ministry Team in coordinating receptions after memorial services and other special events
  • Coordinating the Blanket Sunday Offering to provide warm blankets to those who need them around the world and here in our area.

 

How To Join

Our PW circle meets the fourth Sunday of every month at 11:00 a.m.; this is the same Sunday where we worship in the late afternoon--faith@five.  If you are interested in more information about PW or their meeting time, please be in touch with the church office.

Arlington Presbyterian Church (APC) is located in the heart of a vibrant and changing community. Our range of activities includes, each described in detail below:

  • Arlington Interfaith Council
  • CROP Hunger Walks
  • Local Mission and Outreach
  • Overseas Mission Support

Arlington Interfaith Council

APC is a proud member of the Arlington Interfaith Council (AIC). This group of local religious congregations works together to meet urgent and ongoing human needs in our community.

Crop Hunger Walks

APC members regularly participate in the Arlington CROP Hunger Walks, which are designed to take a stand against hunger in our world and raise awareness and funds for international and local hunger-fighting. Members also grow or bake items for our summertime CROP Table. For more information, contact the church office.

Local Mission and Outreach

As residents of Arlington, Northern Virginia, & the Washington Metropolitan area, we are acutely aware that many people in our area have special needs. APC provides financial support to local organizations working with those in our community who face homelessness, hunger, alcoholism or drug abuse, the need for medical care, illiteracy, and domestic violence. Examples of these organizations include:

    • Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless (AACH)
    • Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC)
    • Arlington Free Clinic
    • Arlingtonians Ministering to Emergency Needs (AMEN)
    • Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH)
    • Arlington Street People's Assistance Network (ASPAN)
    • Community Residences
    • Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia Northern Virginia AIDS Ministry (NOVAM)
    • Offender Aid and Restoration of Arlington County (OAR)
    • Volunteers of America (VOA) Shelter

Overseas Mission Support

APC is also developing a close relationship with the ministry efforts of Reverend Samuel Bissé of the Eseka Presbytery in Cameroon. Reverend Bissé oversees serveral prayer ministries, as well as heads an orphanage and agricultural training school within the Presbytery. Fifteen children under Reverend Bissé’s care were able to attend school for one year because of the financial assistance provided by APC in 2007.

 

How do I know God loves me?

The Bible tells the story of God’s love for the world. It begins with a specific group of the people called the Israelites. Through that group of people, God promises that the whole world will be blessed. The New Testament, through the Gospels—Matthew, Mark, Luke and John—begins a new chapter in God’s ongoing relationship with the world. These four books tell the story of Jesus, God’s Son. In John’s gospel, we are told: “God so love the world, that God sent His only Son.” (3:16). Jesus’ earthly ministry showed God’s love for all people. Jesus’ death and resurrection continues to show the great love God has for the world and for each one of us.

How do I know God is active in my life?

Some will say it’s the unexpected thought that offers clarity. Others will point to prayers answered. Still others will say the sense of peace that permeates heartbroken places. And then there are the people who call at just the right time or drop you a note saying they are thinking about you. God is present and active in our lives through the presence of others and in the reflection of our hearts and souls. The challenging part of us is to be open to it.

What is God calling me to do?

God has given each of us numerous gifts to serve God in the world. Some of these gifts you may already be aware of. Others you might discover along the way. Questions you might ask yourself to identity and claim your gifts are: What do I enjoy doing? What am I passionate about? Are there people/places/plights I feel drawn to? Also, having conversations with those who know you may reveal gifts waiting to be used. These gifts are guideposts for the ways God is calling us to be active in God’s world and these ways are not the same for everyone. Frederick Buechner says: “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” (Wishful Thinking, p. 95)

Rev. Nancy Neal, Stated Supply Pastor

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Nancy serves Arlington Presbyterian Church in a temporary capacity while the congregation searches for an interim pastor. She was ordained in 2012 to a specialized ministry at Bread for the World where she continues to serve as interim director of the Church Relations Department. Nancy was born in Virginia, raised in Charleston, SC, and graduated from Clemson University. After graduation, she spent a year in Cleveland as a Young Adult Volunteer in Mission before moving to New York City. There she graduated from Union Theological Seminary and did a lot of growing up. She moved to DC in 2011 and has lived in every quadrant of the district so far. Her favorite is Southwest. When she's not working, Nancy can be found in the kitchen, the gym, or watching silly tv shows on hulu. 
 

Patrick J. Summers, Minister of Music


patrick summersPatrick J. Summers has been an active church musician for 47+ years in both the Washington, D.C., and New Orleans areas, and he has performed in the U.S., Venice, Florence, and Rome. He is a member of the D.C. Chapter, American Guild of Organists, for which he volunteered as the Treasurer for six years. An active member of the Association of Anglican Musicians, he served as Treasurer for a national conference. He has directed programs at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Burke, Va., First Congregational United Church of Christ D.C., and Our Savior Lutheran Church and Arlington Presbyterian Church in Arlington, Va.; in addition, he served as the Chapel Organist for Headquarters Battalion of the U.S. Marine Corps at the Pentagon.

At the 1500 member Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church he directed the fifty-voice SATB Adult Choir and served as a member of Worship Committee and Silver Jubilee Committee. While there he executed a strategic development program that grew choir membership by over 100%, and he expanded the ensemble's choral literature to encompass all periods of music (Renaissance to Contemporary). On a regular basis Mr. Summers coordinated and directed ensembles of professional instrumentalists to enhance major celebrations.

At First Congregational UCC he directed the twenty-voice SATB Choir and during his tenure formed "Friends of Music" to provide additional musical programming and resources for enhanced worship and other programs. In addition, he recommended, guided and oversaw restoration of 41-rank 1958 Casavant pipe organ, and he advised the site transition team regarding music program facility needs in new $18+ million worship and administrative space.

As part of his undergraduate work Mr. Summers studied organ with Richard J. Heschke. He was a member of the A Cappella Choir, the University Chorus, the Opera Chorus, Phi Mu Alpha (professional fraternity for men in music) and chaired the University's Performing Arts Committee.

His full-time work: Mr. Summers is Principal of Summers & Associates, LLC, and Turbyfill, Summers, & Wall, LCC, both Washington, D.C.-based accounting firms serving a variety of clients' audit and tax preparation needs. Most recently he has been working with churches and other nonprofit organizations assisting them in their conversions to GAAP-based fund accounting and reporting.

Prior to his forming these companies he completed eight years as Chief Financial Officer and Controller for AIMS Worldwide, Inc., a five-subsidiary publicly-traded marketing and media corporation where he was responsible for design and execution of all financial and accounting functions, including timely, accurate reporting to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Internal Revenue Service.

He has also been Controller and Business Manager for several nonprofit organizations as both employee and volunteer. In addition, he was C.F.O. and Controller for News USA, Inc., a national public relations/publicity firm where he began as Production Manager and subsequently designed and implemented operations systems for the company's growing product line. As a member of the executive management team, he originated the C.F.O./Controller position and was later promoted to Executive Vice President.

As a consultant Mr. Summers has had a wide variety of experiences including contract accountant/controller work, individual tax preparation, and nonprofit audit. He serves on the Finance Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington (D.C.).


Rev. Derrick Weston - Neighborhood Organizer

Derrick Lanscape

Rev. Derrick Weston is a native of southwestern Pennsylvania. He studied film at the University of Pittsburgh before attending San Francisco Theological Seminary. Rev. Weston has served small churches and non-profits in Pittsburgh, Ohio, and Baltimore. He served on the presbytery council of the Miami Valley Presbytery and served on the special committe studying marriage for the General Assembly in 2010-2011. He serves on the board of UNConference, a gathering of progressive church leaders committed to supportive community and innovative ministry. Derrick is an avid gardener, beginning homebrewer, and frequent blogger (derricklweston.com). He co-hosts the podcast God Complex Radio along with his friend, Rev. Carol Howard Merritt. He is the father of Thomas (7) and Sophia (5).

Life on Columbia Pike has changed since Arlington Presbyterian Church (APC) was chartered on April 21, 1908. People no longer ride in horse-drawn buggies and the busy thoroughfare that runs in front of the church is a far cry from farm lanes and dirt roads of yesteryear.

Several events worth noting include:

    • Our church surviving the destruction of the building on December 20, 1924 due to fire.
    • The laying of a new cornerstone on December 1, 1930.
    • The ordination of the first woman as elder in 1941.
    • The creation of the Ronda Gilliam Clothing Bank in 1960.
    • The adoption of the “Covenant of Dissent” in response to the “Fidelity and Chastity” amendment in the Book of Order in 1997.
    • Becoming a covenant congregation with CUPS (an organization that provides relief to those affected by the hurricanes in 2005).
    • Celebrating our centennial anniversary during 2008 with a year full of special events.
    • Joining V.O.I.C.E--an ecumenical, non-partisan group of faith-filled communities wanting to make changes on social justice issues affecting the lives of low- and middle income residents in 4 Northern Virginia jurisdictions: Prince William, Fairfax, Arlington, and Alexandria.

Throughout the years and events, the faithful witness of this congregation has not changed. Come join us as we begin our next 100 years.