Elizabeth Circle is a group of about 40 women who meet once a month on the fourth Tuesday at 1:30 in Room 302 of St. Matthew’s. Typically, each meeting features a speaker; topics vary from month to month. Our circle has supported a variety of missions through the years including fundraising through card making; Support for weyanoke school and ESOL, Provide lunch at the craft fair and making improvements to the church kitchen. We also have some fun activities during the year, which have included a progressive dinner and a Christmas get-together. We warmly welcome all ladies to come and visit our meetings. Contact Nancy Van Deursen (ncyvan@cox.net) or Nancy Di Bella (nrdibella@verizon.net)

 

Esther Circle meets the third Thursday of every month at 10 a.m. in room 302 at St. Matthew’s. We are a group of about 20 women dedicated to seeking fellow­ ship and service in a supportive Christian relationship. Our members take turns providing interesting and stimulating programs. The topics range from patents and contracts, a bell ringing lesson, and mission trips to Haiti and Cuba. Esther Circle supports major UMW projects such as making birthing kits, health kits and school kits. We share responsibility for the Craft Show by having a bake sale, which the UMW contributes profits to Missions. A caring and supportive group of women, we remember our sick and shut-ins when they are not able to be present with us. We welcome new members and encourage you to contact Judy Zeiler (gogramz2@verizon.net).

 

Lydia Circle is a newly formed circle of women who are in their forties and fifties. We meet at 7:00 on the first Thursday of each month. Our goal is to meet monthly for programs, mission projects and social fun. We are a welcoming group, valuing the many perspectives and spiritual beliefs that enrich our fellowship.  Contact  Leigh Banducci (mlband123@verizon.net) or Lynne Studeman (lstudeman@gmail.com).

 

Mary Circle meets monthly; time and day varies to accommodate everyone’s schedule.  Many of us have children in school. We are a group of women who seek fellowship through Christ and enjoy each other’s company and our support of one another.  We have a variety of programs through the year including work on our Mission project, speakers, social outings, and other activities to support St. Matthew’s. Contact Mary Rose Burke (maryroseburke@gmail.com).

 

Priscilla Circle We meet the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30PM but this can vary depending on activities planned. Many in our group work outside the home and our children are young adults. Members take turns coordinating meetings and mission activities. Some of our recurring activities are the creation of personal care baskets for residents at Bethany House, assembly of kits for UMCOR, and creation of centerpieces for the fall Craft Show. We also try to care for others in our congregation and beyond who are homebound, ill, or grieving by providing dinners, sending our cards of caring, sponsoring a family for Christmas, etc. For pure fun and fellow ship, we have special events such as our annual Christmas dinner and paint your own pottery outing. We meet the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30PM but this varies. Contact Karen Cogan (karen.cogan@verizon.net) or any Priscilla member if you are interested in joining.