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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.


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Book Review

"Across Many Mountains - A Memoir"
by Yangzom Brauen

This is an amazing account of three generations of Tibetan women. Kunsang was born in rural Tibet in the 1920's and became a Buddist nun as a young woman. Under unusual circumstances she married a Buddist monk and had a daughter, Sonam. When the Chinese invaded Tibet in the 1950's the persecution and oppression forced the Dalai Lama to escape to India and the family soon followed.

Their journey on foot through the Himalaya's walking and living for years in relocation camps. Sonam meeting a Swiss charity worker and eventually marrying him, moving the family to Switzerland and bearing Yangzom and her brother Tashi, sounds more like a Hollywood movie than their reality. This is a story of bravery, determination, human rights, women's issues and complexities of Tibet-China relationships. An exciting and educational book.

~Reviewed by Sharon Morrison