Pullen Mission Women is a mosaic of retired, working, caring, busy women of all ages. We currently have 50 members gathering in small groups called circles to form lasting friendships. Through outreach, we demonstrate the influence that a few can have when fostering mutual concern for each other and for social justice issues.
In commitment to the mission of the Church and through the enabling of the Holy Spirit, the purpose of Pullen Mission Women shall be:
- to promote fellowship, spiritual growth, and personal development among our members;
- to learn about and raise awareness of local, national, and international missions;
- to respond with prayer, direct assistance, and financial aid to local, national, and international missions;
- to support the work of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, the American Baptist Churches, the Alliance of Baptists, and Church Women United.
Sharron Underwood, President
Cathy Tamsberg, Staff 919.828.0897, x-214
Whether you’re a member or friend of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church or a visitor, the invitation is always open to visit or join a Circle. Please contact any Circle leader for meeting specifics.
Each Circle arranges its own monthly program according to members’ interests. Circles meet monthly in homes or at the church. Members voluntarily rotate hostess and program duties. With plenty of social time, the relaxed atmosphere promotes friendship and generates support for missions. The calendar runs September through June.
Katharine Freeman Circle – I
First Thursday, 10:00 AM
Leader: Annette Epps
Circle goals are to teach, engage in, and support mission action; to undergird the work of the church; and to foster Christian growth and fellowship among members.
Katharine Freeman was a strong advocate of women’s education.She expressed concern for social reform through work with interracial groups and leadership in mission education at Pullen.We honor her through our programs and actions.
Mary Lee McMillan Circle – II
First Tuesday, 10:00 AM
Leader: Julia Williams
The Circle has varied programs designed to further our knowledge and appreciation of local, national, and international religious and social concerns.
Mary Lee Swann McMillan lived a long and abundant life, sharing her many talents with friends and strangers alike. She is best remembered for her all-encompassing benevolences. Hospital patients, young mothers, and homebound friends all knew her sympathetic kindness. Her many thoughtful deeds touched the hearts of all who knew her and continue her influence. We honor Mary Lee through gifts of flowers and food as well as supportive calls and visits to those in need.
Bea Anderson Circle – III
The Circle meets for the opportunity to learn about and give to worldwide community needs, to engage in local community service, and to share in Christian fellowship.
Beatrice Anderson brought to Raleigh and to Pullen a global interest and concern that opened doors to international students at NC State, organized Church Women United, and brought UNICEF and United Nations Day to the community. She and her husband made a home for many lonely foreign students. We honor Bea through gifts to foreign missions and help to the refugees and homeless in Raleigh.
PMW Projects & Other Outreach
Pullen Mission Women thoughtfully give monetary and in-kind gifts to local, state and worldwide needs. Contributions impact hundreds of individuals in need of basic necessities, educational opportunities, healthcare resources, and family support. Each year Pullen Mission Women give nearly $10,000 to its several projects. In-kind gifts included such items as pantry foods, clothing, toys, books, school supplies, yarn, eyeglasses, and blankets.
Eyeglasses – In the information room (off the east side of the sanctuary) there’s a box for collecting eyeglasses. Julia Williams initiated this program, sending them to a cousin of hers (Holland Kendall), who started Kendall Optometry Ministry and sends eyeglasses to Honduras, Nicaragua, and other countries.
Pullen Stitchers – Circle members and others meet on the last Tuesday of each month in Pullen’s parlor to knit or stitch infant caps, prayer shawls, and scarves and hats for adults. We provide these to people needing warmth and comfort. It’s a great social time and chance to share knitting tips. The group welcomes people with plenty or no knitting experience. Extension members who are unable to attend meetings are welcome to participate. Contact Julia Williams at 919-787-5961.
Food Pantry Drive – Every Sunday for 20+ years, Pullen Mission Women have collected items to stock the pantry at Urban Ministries. We are indebted to Pullen members who contribute pasta, tortillas, cereal, rice, canned goods, and other non-perishables. On Sundays at Pullen, grocery carts are located in the information room and at the back door.
American Baptist Churches (ABC) International Ministries – serves more than 2,500 short-term missionaries annually, bringing U.S. and Puerto Rican churches together with partners in 76 countries in ministries that tell the good news of Jesus Christ while meeting human needs. Some approaches to mission include: (1) leading people to faith and starting new churches; (2) training future church leaders; (3) creating economic opportunity and building futures; (4) abolishing human trafficking; (5) promoting health in an HIV/AIDS world; (6) opening the mind, empowering the heart; and (7) seeking peace and offering refuge. Learn more at www.internationalministries.org.
American Baptist Churches (ABC) Home Missions – engages more than 1,300 mission partners —who minister to those in need emotionally, physically, financially and spiritually — every day as chaplains and pastoral counselors, refugee sponsors, directors of Christian centers, volunteers and new church planters. Learn more at www.nationalministries.org.
Crisis Intervention Program (Urban Ministries) – Provides financial assistance, food, and prescription medicine to help meet basic needs and maintain a stable living situation. Job search assistance is also provided to unemployed clients.
Helen Wright Center for Women (Urban Ministries) – provides emergency transitional housing, meals, and support for 36 women who would otherwise be homeless; provides shelter to 500+ individuals in a year’s time.
FIGS (Filling in the Gaps-Urban Ministries) – prescription drug assistance program.
Baby Layettes (Wake County Human Services) – Provides layettes as rewards for women who attend regular prenatal care through WCHS Prenatal Clinic.
Baby Layettes for Nicaragua – Provides baby layettes as rewards for women attending prenatal classes through Drs. Laura & David Parajon’s health clinic.
Health Care for Nicaragua – enables Drs. Laura and David Parajon to establish clinics, make vaccines available, and train local health promoters in rural Nicaragua in a non-profit, community-based rural health program.
The Hope Center at Pullen – Connects young people aging out of foster care in Wake County with the resources and support they need for a successful transition to adulthood.
Mothers and their Children – provides resources to incarcerated mothers and their children to maintain and strengthen family relationships; provides parenting skills to mothers; enables ongoing visits with children.
The Women’s Center of Wake County –Provides supportive services, housing for single women and families, and has a partnership with CASA.
PMW Community Missions Fund – helps fund special projects within our church and community (e.g., toiletries for migrant workers, Christmas gifts for homeless men, bus tickets for Pullen’s Round Table Fellowship, after-school snacks and Wednesday night meals for students participating in the Wiley/Pullen Tutoring Partnership), as well as supporting preschool organizations such as Growing Together and Method Child Development Center. It also helps with emergency funds for those in need.