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United Methodist Women is a group united by their common interest and support of missions throughout the world.

Their particular focus is mission with women and children. At Church of the Cross, we carry out our purpose through small groups called Circles. Circles meet monthly to study, worship, work and fellowship together. Once each quarter the entire unit meets for a special program. Times of the meetings vary to accommodate women at home and women employed outside the home. Any woman who is interested in the mission of the church is invited to join a circle.

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UMW Circle Schedule

Leah Circle - 1st Sun., 6:00 pm (location varies)
Working women with children of all ages.

Susanna Circle - 1st Tue., 6:30 pm (church parlor)
Accommodates working women with evening activities.

Sarah Circle - 1st Thur., 10:30 am (church parlor)
Friendly and varied-age group supporting local and global missions.

Ruth Circle - 2nd Wed., 10:30 am (church parlor)
A multi-age group that also enjoys Christian book reviews.

COMING SOON! A new Circle
Age 20s-30s who put faith into action.


R U 20ish?

Looking for fun, fellowship and a chance to put faith into action? Then the new UMW group is tailored just for you. Contact Sandy Frankovich at 937-427-3452 or at sjfrankovich@earthlink.net for more information.


(Left to right) Jane Wise, Karyn Sullivan, Sandy Frankovich (back), Adna Howard, Becky Grinstead, Joyce Callahan, Rev. Sylvain Ilunga (front), Terri Gerhardt, Becky Johnson, Karen Baldasare, Carolyn Petry, Sharon Morrison (front), Charlotte Spieth, Gloria Simmons.

(Left to right) Jane Wise, Karyn Sullivan, Sandy Frankovich (back), Adna Howard, Becky Grinstead, Joyce Callahan, Rev. Sylvain Ilunga (front), Terri Gerhardt, Becky Johnson, Karen Baldasare, Carolyn Petry, Sharon Morrison (front), Charlotte Spieth, Gloria Simmons.

2018 Officers:

President, Sandy Frankovich; Vice President, Becky Grinstead; Secretary, Terri Gerhardt; Treasurer, Charlotte Spieth; Program Resources, Becky Grinstead; Mission Coordinators: Education & Interpretation, Sharon Morrison; Membership, Sharon Salyers; Social Action, Becky Johnson; Spiritual Growth, Carolyn Petry; Church Women United Rep, Joyce Callahan; COTC Mission/UMW Rep, Sharon Morrison; Nominations Chair, Karen Baldasare; Communications Director, Karyn Sullivan; Photographer, Shirley Nicholson; Pastor (Ex-Officio), Rev. John Whitaker; Otterbein Aux Key Person, Gloria Simmons; At Large Member, Adna Howard.


Book Review

The Sacred Secular –How God is using the World to Shape the Church by Dottie Escobedo-Frank (an elder in the Desert Southwest Conference of the United Methodist Church) and Rob Rynders (a United Methodist pastor and consultant for nonprofits and small businesses)

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Dottie and Rob have taken turns writing the chapters of this book and wrote the Conclusion together. Dottie entitled her chapters First thoughts, Transcendence @ 105 degrees, TED is my favorite Preacher, and Crowdsourcing Spirituality. Rob entitled his chapters New Urbanism and the Church, Potlucks are cool again, Finding Jesus in a Bar, and The Gentrified Church.

This was not a comfortable book for me. I love coming to worship in our sanctuary. I love the traditional music, the Bible based sermons, Communion, Passing of the Peace and Prayer. Finding Jesus in a Bar is beyond my comprehension. But I am old and “set in my ways”. This book is worth reading even if you are too. And if you are ready to expand your horizon to new places and people for worship you may glean some great ideas!

~Reviewed by Sharon Morrison