United Presbyterian Women
Four circles of United Presbyterian Women held their meetings during April.
Six members of Circle I met Tuesday, April 2, at the United Presbyterian Home in the Stewart Hall second-floor lounge. Co-leader Pat Bailey opened the meeting with a poem “Springtime.” Co-leader Joyce Letts conducted the business meeting. She announced that Circle I has kitchen and dining room duties for the salad luncheon to be held at 11:45 on May 1.
Esther Bordwell read a letter from Wendy Paiva, the circle’s mission correspondent in Paraguay. She asked for prayers for Wendy’s family and their work. A mission offering was received and also one for Lending Hands.
Pat led devotions. From the Yearbook of Prayer, she told about the Presbytery of Yukon, Alaska. It is an area that includes four different language and cultural groups. They have started a project YES, which is a youth leadership program. She closed with a prayer written by someone from the United Kingdom.
Norma Beauchamp led the study of Chapter 7 in the study book, The General Epistles.
Circle II met on Tuesday, April 9, in the church parlor with six members attending. Jane Fehr opened the meeting by reading a poem. Then all read “The Purpose of Presbyterian Women. “
Marilyn Johnston led Lesson 8 with Scripture from 1 John, 2 Peter and Jude. Jane offered devotions.
Phyllis VanGerpen corresponds with Greg and Chris Callison, missionaries in Iraq. She expects them to be in Washington in mid-July.
Members shared information about the spring workshop on April 13 and the PW Gathering June 12-15 (scholarships are available). Jane closed the meeting with prayer.
Julia Gamon was hostess to 10 members of Circle IV in her home on April 10. Addy Sents opened the meeting with prayer. Davida Nicholson read the recent letter from Tom Johnson. He is finally finishing up with his research papers and taking finals in theology studies. Addy, Janice Twinam and Kay Hall made plans to attend the spring workshop in Columbus Junction on April 13.
Circle IV is responsible for the program and devotions on May 1 at the salad luncheon. On Tuesday, May 7, Circle IV will be leading the Brownlee Hymn Sing.
Esther Hess gave devotions from the Mission Yearbook of Prayer. She reported on the history and today’s challenges for the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Equatorial Guinea.
Kay led Lesson 7, “The Children,” from 1 John. The author repeatedly refers to believers as children and teaches how a child of God is expected to live his/her life. The meeting closed with prayer.
Jean Wells was hostess to eight members at the church on Tuesday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m. She opened the meeting with a reading, 1 Corinthians 16:14 and prayer. Roll call was “The Favorite Thing I Like about Spring.”
Mary McCall gave devotions, reading James 1:4 and a story about a little girl thanking God for her blessings. Prayer followed.
Pat Johnson presented the Least Coin. She read about things in Australia and closed with prayer.
Wilma Wright led the study of children. She told about the difference between how Jesus and his love of children compared to how children were observed by the Roman government. The group offered in unison the hymn “Love Divine, All Love Excelling” and prayer.
Everyone enjoyed the colorful refreshments that Jean served.