United Presbyterian Women
The four circles of United Presbyterian Women met during November. Six members of Circle I met on Tuesday, Nov. 5, in the church library at 1:30 p.m. Esther Bordwell served refreshments. Co-leader Pat Bagley opened the meeting with a reading, “When There Are No Words.”
Co-leader Joyce Letts announced the Holiday Tea to be held Dec. 4, at 12:30 p.m. at the church. Circle I is hostess and members agreed to bring cookies and table centerpieces.
The next meeting will be at 1 p.m. Dec. 3, at the U.P. Home. At 2:30 the group will go to the Health Center for hymn/sing.
Norma Beauchamp led devotions. She read a selection written by a woman from the Bahamas. It was based on the Bible story about Lydia. From the Yearbook of Prayer she quoted advice about Election Day. Members gave a mission offering and also one for work in Menaul. Esther gave a brief report on the Pavia family, missionaries in Paraguay.
Jeanette Miksch was study leader. She reviewed chapter 3 of the study book, “An Abiding Hope.”
Circle III met on Tuesday, Nov. 12, in the church lounge at 9:30 a.m. with seven attending. The meeting opened with the group reading a prayer. Prayers of joys and concerns were followed by the lighting of the Christ candle.
Phyllis VanGerpen led Lesson 3 with Scripture from Exodus. It was about the action God took to set the Hebrew people free.
Eleanor Waring led devotions with readings from “Thread of Paradise” and the mission yearbook.
Volunteers offered to supply refreshments for the Brownlee birthday party. They also agreed to be ushers and greeters for Thankoffering Sunday.
Leader Jane Fehr closed the meeting with prayer.
On Nov. 13, Addy Sents was hostess as eight members of Circle IV met in the second-flour lounge at the UP Home. Addy opened the meeting with prayer.
Davida Nicholson read a letter from Tom Johnson who has now returned to Niger. It is a time of waiting for him as he is not sure what his next ministry will be. He asks for prayers for the protection and safety of his family.
Betty Beenblossom gave information on the Menaul School, the special offering for November.
Karen Trotman will be the speaker at Thankoffering Sunday. The Christmas Tea on Dec. 4 will include the Least Coin Service.
The group made plans for giving to residents of Brownlee Health Center by drawing names from their Christmas tree.
Kay Hall began devotions with a prayer from the Book of Common Worship and shared a poem, “God's Holy People,” by Ann Weems. From the Mission Yearbooks she discussed the plight of today's Egyptians following the latest revolution. Christians and other minority groups have an uncertain future there and are leaving the country. They ask for prayers for protection and peace.
The study lesson was “Set Free by God.” Again a people are leaving Egypt, this time led by Moses, escaping the slavery of Pharaoh. Theirs is a story of the power of God as evidenced in the plagues He brought upon Pharaoh, his land and people. It is a story of the Passover meal that is still a significant ritual for the Jewish people.
The meeting closed with unison prayer.
Mary McCall was hostess to six members of Circle V at the church on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. Leader Jean Wells opened the meeting with a passage from “Daily Reading” followed by prayer. Roll call was “Thanksgiving Memories.”
Betty Colby presented devotions by reading Scripture. She emphasized thankfulness by reading a poem, “Count Your Blessings.” She also read President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address as the group followed along. Lincoln gave his address 150 years ago on Nov. 19.
Maxine Martin volunteered to be an usher and Jean Wells a greeter for Thankoffering Sunday. Circle V is responsible for the devotions and program for the Christmas Tea on Dec. 4. Betty will do both.
Circle V is responsible for refreshments at the Brownlee Birthday Party Dec. 18. Maxine Martin, Maxine Davisson and Mary will provide cakes. Wilma Wright will provide juice and Jean will provide napkins.
Jean led the lesson, beginning with prayer. Members read Scripture from Exodus 4-13. Moses asked the Pharoah of Egypt to let the Israelites go. Jean closed with prayer. Mary served Thanksgiving-oriented refreshments.