United Presbyterian Women
Three circles of the United Presbyterian Women met in December. Again, Circle V’s meeting was canceled because of bad weather.
Seven members of Circle I met at the United Presbyterian Home on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 12:30 p.m. Co-leader Joyce Letts served delicious Christmas refreshments. Co-leader Pat Bagley opened the meeting with a poem, “Baby Jesus.” Norma Beauchamp was study leader. She reviewed Chapter 4 of the study book, “The General Epistles.”
Esther Bordwell led devotions. She asked for silent prayers for Wendy Paiva and family, missionaries in Paraguay. Then she quoted some information from the Yearbook of Prayer about Flint Presbytery, Ga. A church there launched a mission to create a space where people of all ages could gather together. They built a building called ”The Bare Bulb Coffee House.” It provided help for the homeless, backpacks for needy children, a place for Bible study, and an area for games, talk and exercise. From the Circle of Prayer booklet she read “Receiving Deliverance Through Humility,” written by a lady from Togo, Africa. Esther closed with prayer.
A mission offering was received and also a special offering for a Christmas gift for someone in the Brownlee Health Center. After adjournment Circle members gathered again at the Health Center to enjoy singing Christmas carols with the residents. Two guests helped do this. Julia Gamon played the piano and Ted Stewart led the singing.
Circle III met on Dec. 11 at the church with six members attending. Marilyn Johnston led the meeting, which opened with prayers of joys and concerns. Thelma Wagner presented Lesson 4 with Scripture from Peter.
Marilyn presented devotions with emphasis on poverty in some Asian countries, particularly Laos where the Lamp Health Mission provides services for those in need.
Phyllis VanGerpen gave a mission report. Greg and Chris Callison, who do mission work in Iraq with the Kurds, will be in Iowa in June and July and available to speak and preach.
Marilyn led some motion exercises and Bernice Fehr added the mirth. The group determined Christmas remembrances for a Brownlee resident and an associate member. The meeting closed with prayer.
On Dec. 12, Addy Sents was hostess as nine members of Circle IV met for their Christmas meeting in the Campbell Room at the United Presbyterian Home. She served a delightful variety of holiday treats. Addy opened the meeting with prayer. Davida Nicholson read the latest letter from missionary Tom Johnson.
The special giving this month was to provide gifts for persons whose names will be chosen from the Brownlee Christmas tree. Jane Cuddeback will be Santa shopper this year.
Those attending the Dec. 5 Christmas Tea enjoyed a delicious assortment of holiday cookies and wonderful music provided by Anam Cara (Butch Zwicki, Jean and Bob Wollenberg).
Julia Gamon offered devotions, telling of work by Peace River Presbytery of S.E. Florida that provides short-term care for those families suffering from unemployment and homelessness. She read the story of the birth of Jesus from the books of Luke and Matthew. Members then joined in the spirit of the season through sharing memories of Christmases past, music, poems and books. The meeting closed with prayer.