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.


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 for more information.

UMW Unit Otterbein Lifestyle Community Tour and Picnic

Wednesday, June 13th

Sue Bryan has invited all of UMW at COTC to attend a picnic and tour of Otterbein Lifestyle Community on Wed., June 13th. Carpooling from COTC at 8:30a and returning to COTC by 3:00p.

Sign up on the UMW bulletin board. If questions, contact Sandy Frankovich..


Mission U at Ohio Northern, Ada, Ohio, July 5 - 8

Mission U: Learning Together for the Transformation of the World

Mission U is a diverse community of people learning to put their faith into practical action in the current world context. Mission U reflects the theology of The United Methodist Church and the practice of joining personal holiness with social holiness. Through worship, in-depth study, music, prayer, sharing and exploring, we invite you to grow with us in understanding of the mission of the church. If questions, contact Sandy Frankovich.

UMW July Diaper Drive

During the month of July, a bin will be in the lobby for donations of baby wipes and all sizes of diapers including adult sizes. These items benefit several local food pantries who ALWAYS need these items. Thank you COTC Family in advance for your support!

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Book Review

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana, by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Most of you know my hobby is sewing. So - the title alone drew me to this book. This is a true story of an Afghan woman living under the Taliban rules and restrictions. The story begins with Kamila Jan receiving her certificate from Sayad Jamaluddin Teacher Training Institute in September 1996. The Mujahideen (“holy warriors”) had recently limited women’s public space and appearance but the Taliban was near Kabul.

Her life and choices would be quickly and oppressively changed. She planned to be a teacher of languages in a school –perhaps even a university. She instead used all her creativity to become a dressmaker and form strategies to develop an underground clothing business. A hundred women were eventually employed. Fascinating ways were created to distribute their work under the noses of the Taliban. For many families this was a lifesaving enterprise.

The introduction is also exciting since the author relates her risks in gathering the facts for the story.  Honoring brave and resourceful women makes this one of my favorite books 

~Reviewed by Sharon Morrison