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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.


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 for more information.

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Leah Circle at Ronald McDonald House

The women of Leah Circle will be preparing a hot meal onsite at Ronald McDonald House on Saturday, October 14th. The ladies can meet at COTC and ride together where the meal is prepared or meet there. Generally, it takes about an hour or so to make the meal.

Watch for emails from Becky Grinstead to sign up for items to bring.

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!

Sunday, October 29th - 2:00p - 5:00p - Rollers Only - Sandy Frankovich's Home

Monday, October 30th - 9:00a to Completion - Dippers Only - COTC Parlor

Contact Sandy Frankovich if you have any questions at 937-427-3452

Our Next Big Event: UMW Holiday Bazaar
Saturday, November 4th,  9:00a - 3:00p
Lunch 11:00-1:00

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 4th.

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 15th 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 29th. Contact Faye Duncan if you have any questions at 427-5273.


Book Review

“An Invisible Thread”

By Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski. 

This book tells the true story of Laura, a 35 year old Manhattan sales executive, and Maurice. Their initial meeting was on a busy street corner as she was out for a walk. Maurice was 11 at the time and panhandling for food money. She walked on by but a strong, unseen connection drew her back to him. She called it an invisible thread.

Instead of giving him money she went with him into McDonald’s and they shared a meal and conversation. This began a unique relationship between them that has lasted over 30 years. She became a mentor and nurturing adult figure in his poverty and drug influenced life. He became her touch with the reality many poor children face. They had years of great growth and trust and some of misunderstandings and disappointments. This book will open your eyes and heart to those who grow up in families that may be very different from yours – or possibly very similar.

“A portion of the royalties for AN INVISIBLE THREAD will be donated to NO Kid Hungry Share our Strength.” You can learn more about their innovative hunger solutions at  

~Reviewed by Sharon Morrison

Diabetes Dayton

This is the third in a series of articles on missions that our Church of the Cross UMW supports. 

Summer is waning fast but this is something to keep in mind for next year in case you know of children with diabetes.

Diabetes Dayton offers two summer camps for children with diabetes, both held at YMCA Camp Wilson Outdoor Recreation Center, located just outside of Bellefontaine.

Camp Ko-Man-She is for children with type 1 diabetes and Camp Tiponi is for children with type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, prediabetes or metabolic disorders. Both offer an opportunity to enjoy a fun outdoor experience with other children like themselves in a safe, medically supervised setting. The emphasis is on making friends, having fun and becoming more confident.

Diabetes Dayton partners with Dayton Children's Medical Center to bring together an exceptional team of doctors, nurses and registered dieticians who, in addition to their counselors, provide quality care 24-7 for the campers. Almost all the counselors are young adults who attended camp themselves as children, so they understand what it’s like growing up with this disease as well as the value of camp. 

If you would like any more information about Diabetes Dayton, their website is or click the button below. Their address is 2555 South Dixie Drive, suite 112 and their phone number is 937-220-6611. Click here for more information on Diabetes Dayton.