Historical material documenting the medical mission work of “Bari Doctor Miss Sahiba” – the great lady doctor – will grace the worship bulletin cover for this year’s celebration of Presbyterian Heritage Sunday.

Dr. Adelaide Woodard was a Presbyterian missionary to India in 1915. Her patients and her colleagues gave her the title of the great lady doctor after a decade of service there.

Presbyterian Heritage Sunday is an annual date set aside by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to celebrate, reflect upon, and learn more about the long and rich history of the Presbyterian movement in America. It is observed near the date of the opening of the first General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America on May 21, 1789.

This year’s celebration will be May 29, 2011.

Each year, the Presbyterian Historical Society highlights a piece of the denomination’s rich history by preparing original worship aids for use by congregations across the PC(USA).

For more information about Heritage Sunday and to download a copy of the 2011 bulletin cover that features Dr. Woodard, visit the society’s website.

The society also keeps an online archive of original bulletin covers from years past, including undated covers that can be used for any event.

Located in Philadelphia, the Presbyterian Historical Society maintains the national archives of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and is a leading research institution on American Presbyterianism. Founded in 1852, the mission of PHS is to collect, preserve, and share the story of the American Presbyterian experience.

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