2013-03-14 / Worship

Cornelia Johnson Circle members meet March 5 at First Methodist

The Cornelia Johnson Circle met on Tuesday, March 5, at the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.

Hostesses for the evening were Polly Fievet and Randee Barry.

Judy Thompson, president, greeted everyone and after an opening prayer, led a short business meeting. She thanked Bunny Gunby who has so effectively and faithfully coordinated the sunshine committee with cards and prayer requests for several years.

Laura Toburen, chairman of the community team sponsoring the Babbie Mason Concert, gave a favorable report on ticket sales and noted the fundraising projects had also been very successful including the recent church-wide luncheon at FUMC which raised $1600. She thanked circle members for all their efforts and support.

Alice Lindsey reported on the recent field trip to the Methodist Children’s Home in Decatur when the circle delivered diapers and wipes to the young mothers and their babies. She told members how much the home appreciated the gifts from the church members. They met with the director, discussed several needs and ministries, and had a tour of the facilities. A future project idea the circle presented to them centered around child development issues such as teaching the young mothers the importance of reading to their babies, stimulating books and toys, and parent/child together activities. Marcia Delany and Lisa Isham will be looking into this as a future project of the circle.

Marcia Delany led a discussion of several FUMC Preschool needs and the circle voted to make a donation to this ministry.

Judy thanked all who had helped with the February Meals for Seniors and Shut-ins. Alice Lindsey will coordinate this outreach ministry in March.

Members agreed to financially support a ramp project being built for a member of the church.

Becky Stover presented two needs related to two state prisons. Whitworth Prison in Hartwell has been converted from a men’s to a women’s facility and they have needs for toiletries for the women inmates – the circle voted to provide some financial support to purchase toiletries such as shampoo, deodorant, etc. Walker State Prison’s Heartbound Ministries had expressed a need for their family days which encourages relationships among children and their dads. Members voted to send a donation for that initiative.

For the program Pauline Bell led a discussion on the annual Tour of Homes Luncheon scheduled for Saturday, April 6, at the church. All aspects of the luncheon that will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. were discussed. The menu will include turkey, ham, dressing, squash casserole, sweet potato soufflé, potato salad, green beans, salads and desserts, all made by women of the church, at a cost of $12 per plate. Anyone interested in purchasing a ticket in advance should call the church office.

Present for the March meeting were Lefreda Adair, Alice Lindsey, Pauline Bell, Laura Toburen, Bunny Gunby, Teresa Davis, Debbie Holes, Rachel Arnold, Linda Smith, Susan Branan, Beth Conard, Jennifer Hall, Shelley Warrenfells, Marcia Delany, Cacky Weber, Sharon Liggett, Kay Bray, Polly Fievet, Susan Seaward, Jo Randall, Lynn Connell, Becky Stover, Judy Thompson, and Carolyn Reynolds.

The next meeting will be on Tuesday, April 2, with Debbie Holes and Lefreda Adair serving as hostesses.

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