This year’s Woman of the Year is, like those of the past, a woman of strong Christian character with a willingness to serve her church family and others in whatever ways God has called her.
More specifically, this year’s recipient serves more quietly than some, often serving in the background, yet with profound impact on those she serves.
She has lived, worked, and volunteered throughout our Rock Hill community for many years, while faithfully serving her family and her church family. In the past she, along with her husband have served on the Congregational Care Committee, calling and visiting homebound members of our church family. She is faithful to her Sunday School class, serving as secretary for many years. She has helped with Vacation Bible School.
She is always willing to provide food to members when called upon; to help in the kitchen when asked; to serve our bereaved members, to help decorate and set up for various events—whatever is needed.
Our recipient has actively served as a coordinator and supporter of the HARPS program and she has been a member of the Women’s Ministries Board in various capacities. In her Circle, she is always willing to send cards to college students and homebound members. Her handwritten notes are beautifully and meaningfully written gifts to their recipients. Most recently, she served for many years as the Prayer Chain Coordinator for Women’s Ministries, a position which serves our entire congregation through both those who seek or need our prayers, and those who are willing to be called upon to pray whenever needed. She always found the right Scripture to stimulate our prayers in that moment. She also encouraged those who requested prayer to provide follow-up reports—reports which encouraged all involved to praise God in all circumstances and to continue to pray.
Our lives are richer, indeed, for knowing and working alongside the Woman of the Year for 2021:Lois Barnes Kirkpatrick.