George Eliot Club

Members of the George Eliot Club met on Sept. 16 at Lochland Country Club, hosted by Stephanie Adam.

Carol Kleppinger gave a review of “A Prairie Populist,” written by Luna Kellie and edited by Jane Taylor Nelson. The book detailed the memoirs of homesteading in Adams County in the late 1800s.

The next meeting on Oct. 7 will be hosted by Colleen Adam. Stephanie Adam will present the book review.

First Congregational UCC Women’s Fellowship

First Congregational United Church of Christ Women’s Fellowship met Sept. 15 at the church. Kathy Gruba was hostess.

Minutes of the May meeting were read.

The group purchased blinds this summer to divide the kitchen from Grabill Hall. They also purchased a vacuum and served the Eckblade funeral this summer.

Judy Bronson and Cathy Cafferty will be Church Women United sponsors from the group. CROP Walk is coming up Oct. 10.

The search committee is looking at profiles of prospective ministers.

The ice maker in the kitchen no longer works. Coffee fellowship time has been changed to 9:30 a.m. through September.

After refreshments provided by Gruba the meeting adjourned.

The next meeting is 1 p.m. Oct. 20. The topic will be planning the soup supper on Nov. 14.

Church Women United

Church Women United Hastings/Juniata met for the unit meeting Sept. 3.

Kathy Uldrich from the host church, Juniata United Methodist, welcomed all in attendance. Twelve unit representatives and four guests were present. Guests were Pastor Catalina Galindo from “Nueva Jerusalan” church, Bertha Garcia, Marie Rubalcave and Jenny Howard.

Uldrich gave the devotions and a program emphasizing Jesus is always with you with grace, forgiveness and love. Each day we should thank God for his blessings.

Blessings were shared by all present.

Uldrich called the meeting to order.

Minutes of the Aug. 6 meeting were reviewed and corrected. Judy Reimer handed out the treasurer’s report. It was moved and seconded to send a portion of the offering from the May Friendship Tea for Hurricane Ida relief. Motion carried. The treasurer’s report was approved with changes.

The CROP Walk is Oct. 10. Members voted to 25% of the dollars raised to the Food 4 Thought backpack programs in Hastings and the Adams Central areas. Susie Graham will complete the paperwork for Church World Service. Each church will need to contact Graham to pick up their advertising materials. Sharon Selley reports she has been in contact with the city of Hastings and CWS to complete the permit for the walk. Refreshments after the walk will be bottled water and cookies.

Meals on Wheels favors for October are the responsibility of Juniata United Methodist Church; November, the Salvation Army.

Judy Reimer reported there will be an 80th birthday party in December for Church Woman United.

The next meeting is 10 a.m. Oct. 1 at First St Paul’s Lutheran Church Youth Center. Anyone interested in joining the group is welcome to attend.

Reciting the Mizpah benediction adjourned the meeting.

Grace United Methodist Women

Grace United Methodist Women met Sept. 13. Thirteen members were in attendance.

Phyllis Lloyd gave the opening devotion.

President Sharon Selley called the meeting to order.

Birthdays for September were acknowledged and cards have been sent.

Lloyd shared an article from Response magazine about the Good Neighbor Center in Utica, N.Y.

Dee Runcie shared from the Prayer Calendar about missions in Buenos Aires and in Key West, Florida. There were three birthdays highlighted for September.

Minutes of the June meeting were read and approved. Treasurer report as of Aug. 31 was given by Glenice Larsen.

Selley read the Least Coin prayer.

Selley asked for suggestions for a fundraiser for the CROP Walk Oct. 10 2-3 p.m. at Heartwell Park. A collection jar will be placed in Fellowship Hall to collect donations.

Mission coordinator reports were given. Dee Runcie, Journey in Learning, encouraged reading of Response magazine to learn of local, national and international missions.

Karen Baker, Journey in Action, reported 1,258 Best Choice Labels have been collected this year.

Lloyd, Journey in Faith, shared women were fighting for equal rights in the Old Testament and are still doing so today.

Judy Hall presented the program “Faith and Persistence.” Scripture was from Matthew 15:21-28.

Fall District Meeting will be Oct. 9 from 10 a.m. to noon via Zoom.

Epworth Village “Heart of the Matter” benefit and auction will be held with an on-line auction from Oct. 8-15 and a live auction will be held at 7 p.m. on Oct. 15 at First UMC in York.

Joys and concerns were shared.

Selley adjourned the meeting with prayer. The next meeting will be Oct. 11 at 1:30 pm.

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