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.

Want to Join a UMW Circle?

Do you want to cultivate new friendships while doing something worthwhile benefiting those in need locally and internationally, then look to your church’s United Methodist Women’s group. UMW extends a warm invitation to every woman of any age. See times and locations above.

UMW Holiday Bazaar
Saturday, November 3rd
9:00a - 3:00p

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Some items you may find at the Bazaar are as follows:

Attic Treasures, Christmas Items, Baked Goods, Buckeyes, Holiday Crafts, Small Kitchen Appliances, Vintage Jewelry, Unique quilted wall hangings and more!!

Do you have a hobby to share?

Are you considered "crafty" by your friends? Do you have any handmade items you would like to contribute to a good cause? The UMW invite men and women to contribute their handmade crafts for our annual Holiday Bazaar on November 3rd. Contact Karen Baldasare at 937-438-3239 with questions.

Regift your jewelry!

Are you tired of wearing the same old necklace, earrings, pins? Do you have nice jewelry you are finally ready to donate to a worthy cause? UMW are looking for donations for the Jewelry Table at our Holiday Bazaar this November. Terri Gerhardt can accept donations until October 14th when we begin to sort and price. Please put your name inside a bag/box with the items you drop off at the church office or call Terri Gerhardt at 937-542-9454.

Attic Treasures

Donations of nice, gently-used Christmas decorations or any items appropriate for Christmas gifts are welcome. (No clothing or large items, please.) Items may be brought to Room LL1 next to the Social Room beginning Sunday, October 28th. Contact Karen Baldasare or Adna Howard with questions.

For general questions regarding the Holiday Bazaar please contact the church office or Sue Pummell at (937)890-0133.

Buckeye Making Two-Day Process

In an effort to minimize down time, the Buckeye making process has been changed to two days. On Sunday, the rollers are needed to roll the dough and then on Monday, the dippers are needed to dip the dough in the chocolate. Please come on the day you prefer!


Rollers Only - Sunday, October 28th
2:00p - 5:00p @ Sandy Frankovich's Home

Dippers Only - Monday, October 29th
9:00a to Completion @ COTC Parlor

For general questions regarding the Buckeye making process, please contact the church office or Sandy Frankovich at (937)427-3452.

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Book Review

Finding God in a Bag of Groceries

by Laura Lapins Willis

 This is a true story of the author’s work at a food pantry in rural Tennessee. Most of the clients need mental and spiritual help as well as the health and nutritional needs offered in a bag of groceries. Their stories will touch you as they did Laura. In the process the author realizes that her dream of becoming an Episcopal priest might be fulfilled in the future but in the present she is called to be the hands and ears and heart of Jesus to her “flock”. 

A thought provoking quote from Laura – “Losing your false self means losing who you thought you were. It means believing that God is working in you to make you better – to make you wholly you, wholly like Christ.” Offering her neighbors love, a listening ear, and a bag of groceries has been Laura’s priesthood. What is mine? What is yours?

~Reviewed by Sharon Morrison