he United Church Women met at the United Church of Crawfordsville at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, 2013, with eleven members, Pastor Jason Collier and one guest, Grace Hiller present.
President Debbie Lowe opened the meeting. Members read together the UCW opening creed.
Clarissa Malmberg shared a devotion entitled, “He Took My Place.”
Guest Grace Hiller spoke to the group about her experiences at Crooked Creek Christian Camp this summer and thanked the ladies for helping with her expenses.
The secretary’s report was read and approved.
The treasurer’s report was accepted and will be filed for audit.
The Fellowship of the Least Coin and pledge offerings were taken.
Correspondence received were thank-you notes and a Hamakua Highlights newsletter shared by President Lowe.
Dorcas activities were reported by Wilma McAllister. School bags have been started for the Bishop’s Ingathering. T-shirt dresses were made for a Haiti mission trip. Each Dorcas member present had prayerfully applied stitches to two quilts. These prayer quilts were then presented to two women recently widowed.
Kitchen and church nursery projects were discussed.
Lowe announced upcoming events. There will not be an August UCW meeting. The August work committee is Ann Lewis and Donna Fletcher.
Lowe closed the meeting with readings from Philippians 2: 3 and Jeremiah 29: 11.
Refreshments were served by Clarissa Malmberg.
Dane, Kari and Grace Beichter of Chesapeake, Va., have concluded a week’s visit with his parents, Eldon and Lennis Beichter and grandmother, Julia Bletscher.
The United Church of Crawfordsville will join the Ainsworth Community Church for worship on Sunday, July 21 at 10:30 a.m. at Marr Park. Those attending might want to bring their own lawn chairs and “bug spray.” A potluck dinner will follow. Bring a dish to pass and your own table service. Ice tea, orange drink and water will be furnished, or if you prefer you may bring your own drink.
A canoe trip is being planned by the young adults (no children) on Saturday, July 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Skunk River. Those going should meet at Marr Park at 9:15 at the shop. Pam Holtz will be the guide. She will also do canoe training for those haven’t ever canoed. The training will follow the outdoor worship service at Marr Park on July 21. There are only 20 spaces, so anyone interested should signup soon or contact Pastor Jason.
There is a Walk to Emmaus that will be held for men, Oct. 2-6, and a women’s walk, Oct. 17-20. Those interested should contact Pastor Jason soon! These walks will both be held in Marshalltown.