The United Church Women met at the United Church of Crawfordsville on Tuesday, Feb. 11, with 13 members and one guest, Shirley Pfeifer present.
The meditation was given by Donna Fletcher, using the devotional booklet "Our Daily Bread." She read "True Love" a reading based on John 15:9-17 written by Jennifer Benson Schuldt. There is no truer faithful, selfless love for others than Christ's sacrificial love.
President Debbie Lowe called the meeting to order. Members read together the UCW opening creed.
President Lowe read correspondence. A thank-you note was read for a "goodie box" received. School nurse Jenny Kaufman thanked the UCW for the monetary donation to fill special needs for WACO Elementary School students. The money had been collected from the individual "blessing boxes" UCW members contribute to throughout the year.
A thank-you note was read from a memorial given. John Hays thanked the group for the donation to the Pure Water Foundation. The donation would equal the equivalent of helping 1,129 persons.
President Lowe read an invitation from the New London Christian Women announcing their Spring Conference on March 29, 2014. Registration cards will be available on the bulletin board, as pre-registration is necessary.
An invitation to the World Day of Prayer to be held at the United Church of Crawfordsville will be sent to the Ainsworth Community Church.
The Dorcas sewing group has completed seven quilts for the WACO elementary students to use while in the sick room. Two completed lap robe quilts will be given to the Fellowship Cup. The group also made demonstration dolls for Blank Hospital and the University Hospitals and Clinics. The finished sewing projects were given a special prayer blessing.
The Least Coin Offering was taken with members reading the Fellowship of the Least Coin together.
Discussion was held regarding what to do with small wooden Sunday school chairs that have been in the local churches for many years and have been replaced by newer models.
Guest speaker Shirley Pfeifer, UMW Shepherdess, reported on the United Methodist Women mission projects. She spoke of the Roma people and their place in the world. Human trafficking continues to be an alarming and concerning issue in American culture.
The next regular UCW meeting will be Friday, March 7, World Day of Prayer at the United Church of Crawfordsville at 1:30 p.m. All persons are invited. Guest speakers will be the WACO foreign exchange students.
Dorcas will meet Feb. 24, March 10, and March 24 at Wilma McAllister's home.
Members joined in the closing creed.
President Lowe closed the meeting with Scripture from James 1:2-4.
Refreshments with a valentine theme were served by the hostess Donna Fletcher.
As many in the local area are aware Craig Davey had a double lung transplant two weeks ago and is recovering nicely in St. Louis. Brenda is with him and he will be moving to a cottage soon as he continues to progress. He is able to walk several feet (1,000) at last report without oxygen and do some stairs. They will be down there for some time as he continues rehabilitation.
He would love to hear from everyone and their address is: Craig and Brenda Davey, 4988 Flyer Ave., St. Louis, MO 63139.