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View the Winter 2020-2021 WELCA Newsletter



Women’s Circles

Shalom Circle meets the second (2nd) Thursday of each month at 1:30 p.m. at Mary Crest conference room.
Our Circles’ ongoing mission work is the gathering and assembly of items for the Baby Care Kits sent to
Lutheran World Relief. This year we distributed our monthly offering in the following manner:
-To purchase fabric to make diapers, blankets and sweaters for Baby Care Kits. This year we completed
 55 Baby Care Kits!!
-to give $60 to ELCA Good Gifts to purchase a Goat.

Mary Circle is scheduled to meet the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month in the Shalom Room. The Gather
magazine provides our monthly Bible study. Our offering at each meeting is given to the TLCW for local
mission donations and we forward another portion of our monthly offering to the Pioneer Club to assist the
general fund at Sugar Creek Bible Camp where many of us attend retreats.
Summer and holiday months our meetings are subject to change (announced via emails). Sometimes we meet
at individual member homes for informal gatherings.
Our 2019 Christmas party was a potluck where we caught up with each person's December
highlights. We brought a monetary offering for "ELCA-Good Gifts" to complete our celebration of good fellowship.
Mary Circle continues to host coffee hour once a month.
Mary Circle helped celebrate birthdays during the coffee hour party this past fall recognizing those 90 and
older in 2019.

Joy Circle usually meet the second Thursday of each month in the morning for Bible study,
fellowship, and stewardship in the Shalom Room. In some months we meet at different times because of
members’ needs. This year our study is again from the ELCA women’s magazine, Gather. One of our yearly projects is

the Sparta Jail Ministry, when we deliver approximately 170 plates of cookies with a Christian tract to the prisoners at Easter and
Christmas times. Cookies are donated by ourselves and the congregation. We shopped for the clothing drive for the Synod and spent $154 on items for men, women and children. We donate to Sparta Schools’ summer lunch program, to ELCA Disaster Relief and to Family
Promise. We help each year with Trinity’s Lenten Soup Suppers and the Sunday Coffee Times.

Everyone is welcome to join us


If you would like more information on joining a women's circle, please contact one of these women and they will gladly assist you:


Mary Circle - Deb Bassett - 487-0960

Joy Circle - Jean Hayes - 269-6121

Shalom Circle - Kathleen Sumrall - 487-2799


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