“NC USFW is an organization / society for women who want to experience joy as they work together to meet the needs of others. Whether it’s sewing a quilt for FEMAP, cooking a meal for VBS, or giving money to support our missions, NC USFW provides a way to serve in faith and love.” – Janet Robbins, President
Who We Are
We are an enthusiastic group of Christian women who typically meet monthly in local churches/Quaker meetings/homes to build friendships, share lessons from a USFW International program study book called “Blueprints” and support local to global missions. We support USFW International which holds meetings every three years in Triennial Sessions where you have an opportunity to attend and hear even more about global Quaker mission work if you are interested.
We are an organization that has been in existence since 1881. Founded by a Quaker born in North Carolina, Elizabeth Clark Armstrong Cox, we strive to uplift one another as we work to help those who are less fortunate and in need.
We hold annual statewide meetings in the spring at Quaker Lake Camp and in the fall at one of our Friends churches/meetings. At these meetings, we listen to dynamic speakers share their local, national, and/or international experiences in Christian service. They enlighten and inspire us to give back to our communities and help serve mankind. Each meeting provides ample time for food and fellowship, as we enjoy each other’s company. In the spring, we learn about the exciting things happening at Quaker Lake and find out the names of our students who have received scholarships that are funded by the Eliza Armstrong Cox Scholarship fund. Students are selected based on acceptance by a college after successfully completing secondary education. The candidate shall also be a participating member of a meeting that actively participates in NC USFW.
(Applications are due by March 15 each year!)
In the fall, we install new officers for NC USFW and honor those who have been selected by the local societies for outstanding service as Eliza Armstrong Cox Fellowship members. At each meeting, books from the reading list, our Blueprints program booklet, and items made by FEMAP volunteers are available for purchase.
We invite you to join us! If you are 18 and older and are looking for a place to get connected/involved with other Christian women, please check us out.
The purpose of the NC USFW is to invite and unite all Friends women in Christian fellowship and service, to share in the mission of the church at home and abroad, to stimulate spiritual development , to cultivate Christian stewardship, to assist in the nurture of the missionary spirit among Friends, and to foster missionary education in the membership of the Meeting, including youth and children.
Each year our Greensheet Projects list is published in coordination with USFWI to support missions in the U.S. and other countries as well as mission work by Friends Disaster Service. We are very supportive of Quaker Lake Camp and Friends Emergency Materials Assistance Program (FEMAP) as well as other needs through special offerings. Scholarships are also awarded each year through the Eliza Armstrong Cox Fellowship Fund. Local groups/circles will respond to local needs as well.
God has gifted each of us with spiritual gifts and talents. When we use these gifts and volunteer our time, we impact the lives of others in a way that honors God and impacts eternity. At the local level, we may work with young children in Bible school or we may volunteer at a local food pantry. At the international level, we may give money to support our Friends missionaries or help with medical needs at Lugulu Hospital for the Adopt-a-Bed program. Our support has provided food for children in Belize; start-up money for women entrepreneurs in Africa; education for girls in Kenya and children in Ramallah and Belize; support for pastors in Jamaica, Belize and Kenya; funding for Native American Friends Centers in Oklahoma, Iowa, and Alabama; peace initiatives in Kenya and Cuba and a play center for refugee children in Palestine.
You may ask, “Why would I want to be a part of the NC USFW and USFWI?” If you enjoy fellowship and making a difference in someone else’s life, if you enjoy hearing about ways you can contribute to make our world a better place to live, then join us and you will be blessed more than you can imagine.
Blueprints - Each year, USFWI prints a program booklet with articles based on a selected theme. The programs include a prayer and information about the author of the article.
“Carolina Woman” is our NC quarterly newsletter and it provides details about past and upcoming events, fun stories about life, as well as news about USFW members.
The Advocate is a national USFW publication that gives us perspective on how women across America are working together to provide Christian education and resources to our Quaker mission locations. Whether working with children during Vacation Bible School in Jamaica or Alabama’s MOWA Choctaw American Indian reservation or helping provide pastoral leadership training in foreign countries, USFW women are actively involved in the development of the next generation’s Christian leaders. The Advocate is published bi-monthly and subscriptions can be purchased by following the instructions on the USFW International website.
Reading List: If you enjoy reading, our editorial team recommends these books for life enrichment. Proceeds support our scholarship program. Books are available for purchase at the spring and fall meetings.
NC USFW officers include a President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer, as well as Secretaries for the following groups:
Adult Missionary Education
Children and Youth Missionary Education
Literature, Christian Service
Peace and Christian Social Concerns
History and Records
Scholarship and Carolina Woman Editor.
Printable Deposit Form for mailing in contributions or
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If you would like to contribute financially to help support those in need, please
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100% of proceeds will go to mission programs. (Money sent to Friends United Meeting does require a 5% wiring fee.)
For more information, please call Janet Robbins.
President – Janet Robbins
Vice President – Sherry Hylton
Recording Secretary – Jessica Jarvis
Treasurer – Jean Christy
Adult and Missionary Service – Edith Shepherd
Children and Youth – Denise Barnes
Literature – Sarah Cox
Stewardship – Linda Anderson
Christian Service – Judy Craven
Peace and Social Concerns – Linda Kersey
Historian – Adis Beeson
Scholarship – Lee Van Hughes
Carolina Women Editor – Rausie Hobson
Advocate Subscription Manager – Etta Florence Wrenn Winslow
Reading List – Mary Anna McCullen
Treasurer – Rita Mintmier