United Presbyterian Women
Four circles of United Presbyterian Women (PW) met during September.
Circle I met on Sept. 3, in the church library with five members in attendance. They opened the meeting by reading responsively the “Purpose of Presbyterian Women.” Pat Bagley, hostess, furnished delicious refreshments after which leader Joyce Letts reviewed the circle’s duties for the year. Mildred Houseal of the Search Committee was happy to report the appointment of Betty Colby as vice moderator and Jean Wells to the Membership Committee.
Joyce led devotions from the Mission Yearbook . She told of youth in the Presbytery of Boston and New Hampshire’s Camp Wilmot. She mentioned environmental issues as well as other mission projects for other areas. From the Circle of Prayer she chose “Healing Each Other” and the history of Ruth and Naomi written by Esther Kilaghbian, a pastor’s wife in Lebanon.
Jeanette led a survey of the new study book "An Abiding Hope," noting the arrangement of the teaching helps. They are the key idea in preparation for the study of the Exodus, which means “way out.” Migration, its causes and results and the presence of God when called upon, is a fascinating tale. The group studied Lesson I and concluded with prayer.
Joyce ended the meeting with an interesting challenge: God does not call on the perfect, but the faithful.
Circle III met at the church at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 10, with eight attending. The meeting opened with the reading of the “Purpose of Presbyterian Women.” Jane Fehr offered prayer.
Jane led the lesson from Exodus 1 and 2 and the introduction from Horizons magazine. Bernice Fehr presented devotions, reading about the Presbytery of Hudson River and its cross-cultural ministry. She also read about Naomi and Ruth, noting that people cannot go anywhere but what God can reach them.
Phyllis VanGerpen gave the missionary report, telling of the Callisons' return to Kurdistan after a summer in the United States that included speaking at the church.
Following the business meeting, the group closed with a reading titled “Garden of Life,” and prayer.
Dorothy Soucek was hostess to seven members of Circle IV as they gathered in the Campbell Room on Sept. 11, to begin the new study year.
Addy Sents opened the meeting with prayer. Kay Hall read the minutes and gave the treasurer’s report. Members gave an offering for the Enrichment Foundation, this month’s special mission for PW.
The circle hosted missionary Tom Johnson from Niger at the United Presbyterian Home this summer with a full house in the Campbell Room to hear him speak. Davida Nicholson, missionary correspondent, used an interesting format to introduce him.
Jane Cuddeback talked about the recent adult mission trip and some of the work accomplished in Little Rock, Ark. She led the hymn sing at Brownlee Health Center on Oct. l. Circle members provided cake and punch for the Brownlee birthday party on Sept. 18.
Oct. 5 is the Fall Gathering for PW in Bettendorf at the Presbyterian Church. Reservations are due to Kay.
Eather Hess gave devotions by reading the 23rd Psalm and additional corresponding Scripture. Julia Gamon led the study of the Israelites in Egypt, Moses’ early life, and five courageous women. Following the reading of Scripture, the group enjoyed a Biblical game of Jeopardy with Julia giving answers and members coming up with the questions. There was a time of sharing personal migration stories before closing with a unison prayer.