All four circles of United Presbyterian Women met during April. Five members of Circle I met at the United Presbyterian Home on Tuesday, April 1 at l p.m.
Co-leader Pat Bagley opened the meeting with a reading about prayer. Co-leader Joyce Letts announced the PW salad luncheon is to be held May 7 at 11:45 a.m. Women are to bring their own table service and a dish to share. It will be guest day. Bandana the Clown (aka Gary Murphy) will present the program “Clowning Around.”
Jeanette Miksch led devotions. From the Yearbook of Prayer she read about the Presbytery of North Umberland, Pa. Members of one of their churches made over 100 girls' dresses to send to Thailand and Burma. From the Circle of Prayer she read a selection, “Waiting for God,” based on Psalm 27:14. Jeanette closed with prayer. Members gave an offering for missions. Members are to take paper products for Lending Hands to the church. Pat reviewed Chapter Eight of the mission study book.
Circle members joined residents of the Brownlee Health Center for a hymn/sing. Julia Gamon played the piano, and John Thorne led the singing.
Circle III met on Tuesday, April 8, with seven members attending. Leader Jane Fehr opened the meeting. The group read the Purpose of Presbyterian Women and Jane led prayers of joys and concerns.
Thelma Wagner led Lesson Seven concerning God's Law (commandments). Phyllis VanGerpen presented devotions telling of the Washington, Pa., Presbytery and their work in Ethiopia planting apple orchards and working with children. She reported that contact with the Callisons, missionaries in Iran, is limited because of terrorist activity. They would appreciate prayers.
Jane announced upcoming events: Spring Workshop in Iowa City, April 26; Brownlee Hymn/Sing, May 6; Salad Luncheon, May 7; and May 13, next circle meeting. Jane closed the meeting with prayer.
Circle IV met April 9, at 9:15 a.m. in the Campbell Room at the UP Home. Eleven members and guest Suzanne Toussaint Riley, Dorothy Soucek's daughter, attended. Julia Gamon served as hostess. Addy Sents opened the meeting with prayer. Members signed up for next year's study books.
Circle IV will be hostess for the salad luncheon on May 7. Members are encouraged to bring a guest.
Davida Nicholson read Tom Johnson's letter from Niambi, Niger. They are in the hot season with temperatures of 110 degress and above. They are thankful for their air conditioning and generator. He is praying to get the government paperwork done so they can drive their new vehicle.
Julia invited each one to tell of a Lenten or Easter memory and all enjoyed the many memories shared.
Addy gave the lesson on “Covenant Living.” Members read various Scripture verses from Exodus and Deuteronomy that clearly stated the laws God gave to the Israelites and cautioned them against disobedience. The meeting closed with unison prayer.
Mary McCall was hostess to nine members of Circle V at the church on April 15, at 7 p.m. Leader Jean Wells opened the meeting with a reading and prayer including Scripture. Members brought paper products for Lending Hands and Betty Colby will transport them.
Pat Johnson gave the Least Coin reading and prayer. Roll call was “An Easter Thought or Memory."
Mary offered devotions. She talked of sharing the Gospels and information concerning Jesus. June Asper led the study concerning edicts and covenants God made with the Israelites through Moses. She added a number of interesting and informational thoughts to the study. The group shared the closing prayer.