2017-09-14 / Personalities

Cornelia Johnson Circle plans for annual pancake supper

The Cornelia Johnson Circle of First United Methodist Church met Tuesday, September 5, in the fellowship Hall.

After an opening prayer by Alice Lindsey, Judy Thompson, president, gave a brief devotional taken from Judges 3:31 which challenged members to willingly sharpen whatever gifts and resources each one has in hand and expect to reach extraordinary possibilities for God.

Following delicious refreshments served by hostesses, Beth Conard and Jennifer Lynn Cragle, and utilizing a “Lady Bug” theme from the hostesses, Mrs. Thompson led the group in the business meeting which included reports from all major officers and committees.

The Book Bag project which is supported financially by the circle was highlighted. Lisa Isham, project coordinator, noted that 50 book bags were organized and distributed to Wilkes County school children prior to the opening of school and how excited both children and families were to receive these items.

Pauline Bell and Beth Conard provided a very positive report from the church’s pre-school program indicating a strong enrollment and exciting instruction from dedicated teachers. They thanked the circle for its past support and invited members to be volunteer readers for the children. They also mentioned that the Pre-School Chili Supper Fundraiser will be Friday, November 3.

Laura Toburen, organizer for the September Food for Friends ministry, circulated a list for food preparation and delivery for the meals for over 45 community friends. She noted that this was the ninth year for the Food for Friends outreach from the circle to the community. Patsy Partridge volunteered to provide the devotional that accompanies the meals.

Debbie Holes announced that once again the local McDonald’s would be the setting for the circle’s annual Pancake Supper fundraiser to be held Monday, September 25, from 5-7 p.m. Circle members agreed to sell tickets and work as servers on that evening. Owners David and Janie Cravens were thanked for their generosity in making their restaurant available for this activity.

Janie Cravens also reported on some of the services to families being offered by Augusta’s Ronald McDonald House of which she is a board member. She invited members of the circle to come and tour the facility and the group decided to make this their meeting activity for January.

The circle voted to support the student tuition for one Haitian child through the Bethlehem Ministries Outreach initiative. Members of FUMC church have been active participates in this outreach to the people of Haiti for the last several years. Lisa Isham agreed to make the contact and to ask if the circle could be made aware of some details about the recipient of the scholarship. It was decided to make this donation to Bethlehem Ministries in honor and memory of our recently-deceased former member, Marjorie Morrow.

Circle members voted to support the recent Hurricane Harvey victims through the UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) with donations of large box fans and heavy duty extension cords.

Mrs. Thompson led discussion related to the “Love Washington” initiative and volunteers were encouraged to be part of the many efforts of outreach going on in our community during the weekend of September 15-16. The circle committed to purchasing 200 bottles of water and she also mentioned that flashlights would be given out as one expression of love to the community and secured volunteers to assist in packaging those lights.

Sunshine committee leader Jennifer Lynn Cragle told of the large number of recipients of cards of love and encouragement sent over the summer months from her committee.

Various other topics and projects were discussed and committees identified for the year’s activities including the annual fundraising luncheon to be held on Sunday, February 11, along with other future programs and meeting hostesses.

Present for the meeting were Alice Lindsey, Pauline Bell, Linda Smith, Kay Bray, Debbie Holes, Beth Conard, Jennifer Lynn Cragle, Shelley Warrenfells, Janet Burgess, Cheri Turney, Diane Jordan, Marcia Delany, Laura Toburen, Janie Cravens, Judy Thompson, Carolyn Reynolds.

The next circle meeting will be Tuesday, October 3, at 7 p.m. in the church fellowship hall.

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