United Presbyterian Women Circles
The United Presbyterian Women's Salad Luncheon and Guest Day was held in May as well as the meetings of the four circles. Forty-two people attended the luncheon in the fellowship hall of the United Presbyterian Church at 11:45 a.m. on May 7. Jane Fehr, moderator, welcomed all and led the opening prayer. Guests attended from Mount Pleasant, Cotter, and Salem Presbyterian churches and from other churches in Washington.
Gary Murphy, assisted by his wife, Karen, presented the program, “Clowning Around with Gary.” He gave some history of circuses and clowns as entertainers. Some types of clowns are: character, mimes, rodeo, caring, ministry, goose and tramps. Clowns may be happy or sad-faced. Their job in shows is to distract attention from actors' problems.
Bandana, the happy tramp clown, appeared as Gary applied makeup and clown clothing. All enjoyed his tricks and stories. Circle III had arranged for the program. Circle IV served as hostesses. They decorated the tables with a circus theme of balloons, peanuts and boxes of caramel corn.
Six members of Circle I met at the church on Tuesday afternoon, May 6. Co-leader Pat Bagley opened the meeting with a poem, “Rules for Daily Life.” Co-leader Joyce Letts continued the meeting by announcing the salad luncheon on May 7 and a coffee on June 4. The UPW coffee is the annual gathering at 9:30 a.m. at the church. It will include installation of officers. The Coordinating Team will host. Pastor Bob Wollenberg will present the program by telling how he got into puppetry.
Esther Bordwell read a letter from Wendy Paiva, missionary in Paraguay. An offering went to mission and also to HACAP.
Pat led devotions. From the Circle of Prayer, she read a story written by a woman from Lebanon. From the Yearbook of Prayer she told about work Christian youth are doing in South Sudan working for peace. Betty Zwicki reviewed Chapter 9 in the study book.
Circle III met Tuesday morning, May 13, at the church with seven members attending. Leader Jane Fehr opened the meeting with prayer followed by prayers of joys and concerns.
Marilyn Johnston presented Lesson 7 with Scriptures from Exodus and Deuteronomy.
Jane led devotions telling of a group called “Youth Singers of the Congo” making arduous trips to present their music. She also told of Tommy Henderson, who was raised in Iowa and went to Haiti with a group called “Mission Starfish.” He adopted a boy in Haiti and brought him back to Iowa for education. The young man returned to Haiti to teach. Henderson spoke at the Spring Workshop in Iowa City attended by six members of Washington's UPW.
The next meeting of Circle III will be June 10 at Jane's home.
Eight members of Circle IV met at the UP Home on May 14, with Julia Gamon as hostess. Each one shared a graduation memory, which caused members to search back more than a few years. New study books were given out and a sign-up sheet was passed for next year's meetings.
Members made plans for the Brownlee birthday party on May 21, and the hymn sing on June 3.
Janice Twinam read a letter from Tom Johnson in Niger. He shared the bad news that the permit for their vehicle has been denied, and they are being fined over $26,000 for late paperwork. He is seeing Niger politics in action and asks for prayers that their appeal will be successful.
Julia shared devotions and read about the work in Zimbabwe of reaching out to young people in southern Africa. Prostitution and drugs are a problem for some.
Kay Hall led Lesson 8 about the temptations faced by the Israelities once God brought them out of Egypt. They were in danger of putting idols before God and the wonder of God's grace. The meeting closed with unison prayer.
Maxine Davisson was hostess to eight members of Circle V at the church on May 20 at 7 p.m. Leader Jean Wells opened the meeting with an interesting reading from Titus 2:10, and prayer. Roll call was “Memorial Day memories or plans.”
Pat Johnson offered a reading connected to The Least Coin and offered prayer. June Asper gave devotions. She read from the Mission Yearbook and added readings and prayer. Members learned that 42 percent of the people of Mozambique can read and that the yearly income is up to $1,100. Many use prayer as a source of hope for the future. They have hope for compassion rather than revenge.
Vivian Griffith led the study and began with prayer. Even though God promised to deliver the people from Egypt to a land of milk and honey as their home, the people lost faith in Him to provide food and water in the wilderness. They built a golden calf as their god. God and Moses were angry but ended up allowing the Israelites to enter the promised land. Vivian led the closing prayer.
All enjoyed the delicious dessert Maxine served.