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By Billie Jo Rose, Crawfordsville News | Nov 27, 2017

The United Church Women met in the Fellowship Hall Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 2 p.m. with 12 women present.

Clarissa Malmberg offered the meditation “Overjoyed,” followed by prayer.

President Debbie opened the meeting and the Opening Creed was read in unison.

The minutes of the Oct. 10 meeting were read by Secretary Billie Jo Rose. They were approved as read. The treasurer’s report was given by treasurer Pat Miller and will be filed for audit. Blessing Boxes were turned in, as well as the group sharing some of their blessings.

In committee reports, the Harvest Sale was reported on.

Dorcas reported eight women were present for their sewing day on Monday, Nov. 13, and much work was completed. The usual cards had been sent.

Study & Devotions/Mission Outreach: Clarissa gave the message with the focus on Indonesia. The Regular Offering and the Least Coin Offering were taken and the Fellowship of the Least Coin was read together. It was reported the 2018 program books and the work committees are almost complete.

Helen Lease reported a grand total of 218 Thanksgiving Kits were taken to the Ingathering on Nov. 4.

Old Business: there was a request for the church to supply stuffing for the community Thanksgiving Dinner at Wayland. The women agreed to pay for the ingredients and the Wayland committee will prepare it.

The Mission of the Good Shepherd website is available and more can be found there about the mission in Belize. They are praying for five specific children there.

New Business: the treasury was accessed and amounts for 2017 approved.

There were no upcoming events for either UMW or UPW.

On Thursday, Nov. 16, at 9:30 a.m. women met meet to prepare holiday boxes for friends of the church. They prepared approximately 20 boxes.

The next regular meeting will be a Christmas luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 12, at 11:30 a.m., the Applewood Bistro in Washington. Members may share rides by meeting at the church at 11 a.m. Contact Deb to let her know if you’ll be going. Deb Lowe will be hostess and have the meditation.

Dorcas will meet Nov. 27 and Dec. 11.

Work Committees: November: Rachel Koehler and Carol Steele; and December: Ann Lewis and Cathy Williams.

Following a motion to adjourn, the Closing Creed was read in unison.

Deb thanked Clarissa for being hostess and closed with a reading from Philippians 4:19 and Philippians: 1:6.

The Crawfordsville Wednesday Study Club met at the Hills Bank in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 2 p.m. Eleven members were present, along with guest, Shirley Pfeifer of Washington.

President Pauline Richardson opened the business meeting by having the group give the flag salute and recite the Club Collect. Several book briefs were given. The minutes of the last meetings occurring on Sept. 20, and Oct. 18, were read by the secretary/treasurer. The treasurer’s report was given. No other business was discussed.

The next meeting will be a brunch at the United Church of Crawfordsville at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 6. Donations will be brought for Lending Hands. The program will be a group activity with the theme “Holiday.”

The meeting was adjourned and turned over to program leader Cathy Williams, who introduced the guest speaker, Shirley Pfeifer, who gave an interesting program about cranberries. Shirley is a master gardener. She had attended a regional meeting in Warrens, Wisconsin, the center of the cranberry industry. Sixty percent of the cranberries in this country are raised there in the bogs. Her presentation included a nice display of the Wetherby Cranberry Co.’s site, information about the growth, harvesting, and health benefits of cranberries and different food items, either fresh or dried. Cranberries are one of two native fruits of this country. She also had two cookbooks for the group to peruse. Members brought a variety of cranberry recipes to share.

Following the program, Pauline thanked the hostesses, Janice Twinam and Ruth Erwin, for their delicious refreshments which included cranberry bread, cranberry dessert and cranberry ice.

The Crawfordsville Lions Club is sponsoring a Blood Drive in the Fellowship Hall of the United Church of Crawfordsville from 1:30.- 6:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 4.

You may contact Larry Fletcher, Loree Stogdill, Mindy Wilson or Billie Jo Rose.

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