The Book Club
The December meeting of The Book Club was hosted by Barbara Thomsen Dec. 2 at her home with 11 members present. President Donna Haag called the meeting to order with a reading titled “Every Good Gift.”
Roll call was taken, during which everyone shared their readings of the past month. Minutes were read and approved with the following corrections: October’s book report was given by Deb Richardson, the December meeting date in the November minutes should have been Dec. 2 rather than Dec. 3.
Under old business, Pat Pokorny volunteered to host the meeting Feb. 3 at her home. There was no new business.
The meeting closed with each member sharing a Christmas reading or memory.
Thomsen set a table at which members ate broccoli cheese and/or turkey wild rice soup, along with other goodies members brought to share. Dorothy McNaught assisted Thomsen with the preparations.
Elzevir Reading Circle
Elzevir Reading Circle met Dec. 13 at St. John’s parish hall with Mary Burg as hostess. A salad luncheon was eaten by those present at a table decorated with candles, snowmen and other holiday items.
President Terry Ammon called the meeting to order by reading “Christmas Wishes for a Friend” by Grace E. Easley. Roll call was answered by seven members and one honorary member with each telling of a favorite thing about Christmas.
The secretary’s report was read by Linda Topliff in the absence of Secretary Carol Brentnall. The minutes were approved as read. The treasurer’s report was given by Mary Burg. Correspondence was read from Sherry Taylor thanking the group for the moving gift given to her at the last meeting.
In unfinished business, scholarship information from the guidance counselor was read by Ammon.
Discussion was held regarding giving to the Christmas Basket and library. Beth Ferguson moved to give to both of these groups. The motion seconded by Angela Pullen.
The group thanked Mary Burg for hosting the meeting. The meeting closed with all repeating the Mary Stewart Collect.
Mary reviewed the book “On Strike for Christmas.”
Members exchanged gifts of books, either new or previously read.
The next meeting will be an anniversary dinner at Kay Ritter’s house.
Mary Circle of First Christian Church met Dec. 19 at the home of Margaret Wilkins with 14 present.
President Fils opend the meeting with the Disciple Women’s prayer and a favorite Christmas carol.
The secretary’s report was read and approved as read.
Wilkins gave the treasurer’s report which was also approved as read.
New business was discussed. It will be decided if the donated fabric will be used to sew dresses or shorts and send them to an orphanage.
Mary Circle is in charge of coffee fellowship Jan. 19.
Bulletin delivery is as follows:
• Jan. 10: Averil Lyman
• Jan. 17: Barb Lightner
• Jan. 24: Margaret Wilkins
Wilkins was in charge of the program and lesson was of Mary and the birth of Jesus.
The next meeting will be Jan. 16 at the church with Barb Lightner as hostess. Rhonda Vogel will have the lesson.
The hostess served refreshments with lots of holiday treats.
Super 8 Club
Super 8 Club met Dec. 18 at Regency Park with Lee Fresh as hostess.
Winners were first place Lottie Riley, second place Donna Swanson and third place Leta Larkin.
After the card game and while eating treats, there was discussion about holiday plans. It was decided Jean Green would be hostess at the next meting in January.
Creston UMW Circles
The circles of Creston United Methodist Women met Dec. 19.
Morning Circle met at 9:30 a.m. at the church with 12 members present. Ellen Rinner was hostess. Susan Weight, chairperson, opened the meeting by leading in the “Prayer for Today” and membership pledge. She also presided over the business meeting.
The collections for Penny a Day for Mission and World Thank Offering were taken.
The minutes of the November meeting and treasurer’s reports were reviewed and approved.
Plans for future events were discussed.
Rinner led the program with a story “Forever Rely on God,” the initials of which spell FROG. The main thought was “To the world you might be one person; but to one person you might be the world.” Rinner handed out a small handmade canvas and yarn frog to each member. Other members shared Christmas thoughts and memories.
The meeting adjourned with the unison reading of the December Bible verse.
Three members of Young Women’s Circle met at 5 p.m. at Kay Ritter’s home for a light supper.
It was decided the theme of April’s guest night will be “Fruits of the Spirit.” Ritter will report this at the January meeting.
Ritter read a meditation called “A Big God for Little People.”
Nine members of Evening Circle met at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Kay Ritter for a salad supper. Those attending helped furnish the meal.
Rosalie Denton, chairperson, presided over the meeting. She also gave the program “Thanking God for What We See,” which had been postponed from the November meeting. The topic was the World Thank Offering.
The next circle meetings will be Jan. 16.