United Presbyterian Women's Circles
The United Presbyterian Women held their circle meetings in February. Five members of Circle I met at the church at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5. Esther Bordwell served refreshments. Co-leader Joyce Letts opened the meeting with a poem, “Ever Present.” She then made two announcements: the Presbyterian Women’s Birthday Luncheon on Feb. 6 and the Brownlee Health Center birthday party on March 20. Circle I will provide refreshments for the HC party. Members volunteered to bring cake, punch and napkins.
Because several members were ill, Joyce presented devotions and the study for the day. She read Psalm 62 and a selection about Argentina, “Living Water Spills Over.” She concluded devotions with a poem, “Smiles.”
Silent prayers were said for the Paiva family in Paraguay. A mission offering was received and also one for Operation Back Pack. Joyce led the study of Chapter Six of “The General Epistles.”
Circle III met at the church Tuesday, Feb. 12, with six members attending. Marilyn Johnson, leader, opened the meeting with prayer. Maridee Woods led the lesson with biblical references from lst Peter and 2nd John.
Phyllis VanGerpen presented devotions, referring to Luke 18:33. Phyllis also read from the Yearbook of Prayer with information about the Presbytery of Blanca, N.M., where there are l,900 members in 21 congregations. The Least Coin offering was received with prayer.
During her mission report, Phyllis told of three missionaries with connections to this congregation who will be in Iowa this summer. They will possibly be visiting the United Presbyterian Church.
Thelma Wagner explained the Operation Backpack program and received an offering to help support the program. Marilyn announced the World Day of Prayer at the Methodist Church on March 1. The next meeting of Circle III will be at 9: 30 a.m. (rather than 9 a.m.) on March 12.
Circle IV met on Feb 13 in the Campbell Room with nine attending and Davida Nicholson as hostess. Addy Sents opened the meeting with prayer. It was reported that 18members attended the Birthday Luncheon on Feb. 6. Circle IV was hostess and Karen Bartel, Moderator for the PW of the Presbytery of East Iowa, was the speaker. Circle IV will be providing cake, juice and napkins for the Brownlee birthday party on Feb. 20.
Davida read a letter from Tom Johnson who is now residing in Oskaloosa with his three daughters. The girls are adjusting to the cold, snow and ice of an Iowa winter as well as beginning classes in a public school instead of being homeschooled. Tom asks for prayers that his wife, Achitou, will be able to join the family sometime this summer. Dorothy Soucek had devotions and spoke of the significance and recognition of Ash Wednesday for the Christian world. Julia Gamon led the study of Lesson Five, The Tie That Binds. There was a lot of good discussion about the lesson which concerned roles of women at home and in the early church as opposed to the roles women play today at home, in the church, and in the world. The meeting closed with unison prayer.
Pat Johnson was hostess to six members of Circle V on Feb. 20 at 1:30 p.m. at the UP Church. Leader Jean Wells opened the meeting by reading “Wintertime.” Roll call was “Your favorite cold weather thing to do.” Pat volunteered to be leader for the Hymn/Sing at the Brownlee Health Center on March 5. Jean gave devotions including Psalm 51. Pat gave the Least Coin.
Maxine Martin reported that Dr. Bernard and Dr. Farsijana Pdeney-Risaketta, the circle's missionary contacts in Indonesia, are going to be in the United States before long. Maxine led the study. It continued sharing information about the submission of women to male authority and human relationships at the time of the Roman Empire. The meeting closed with a group prayer.
Pat served delicious refreshments.