United Methodist Women
Baker Memorial’s United Methodist Women’s organization provides a variety of exciting opportunities for fellowship, Bible studies, missions outreach and fundraising, Here, Near, and Far Away. The Leadership Team, our governing board, meets the first Wednesday of every month. Our six active circles, each comprised of 10-20 women or girls, are listed below. We welcome all women with open arms!
Our six circles have a mission of helping women and children, locally and throughout the world. Each circle and our unit, as a whole, have the opportunity to raise awareness of projects and issues involving women and children. We host different types of fundraisers throughout the year to support many different organizations that help women and children prosper.
Sarah/Ruth Circle – This is a lively circle of working and retired women. Meetings generally take place on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 1:30 p.m. (3rd Wednesday in November and December) in the church Parlor. This circle is co-chaired by Judy Schlarb and Jane Anderson.
Lydia Circle –This is a circle of working and semi-retired women. Meetings take place on the fourth Tuesday of the month in the evenings at the discretion of the member hosting the event. Pam Stare is the chair for this circle.
Priscilla Circle – Mothers of teens and tweens make up this circle that typically gathers at 7 p.m. on the 10th of the month at various locations in the area. This circle provides fellowship and friendship as well as service to the congregation and community. This group is led by Gina Armstrong.
Phoebe Circle – This circle is geared for mothers of college and teenage youth. Meetings take place at the church on the second Tuesday of the month from 9:00 to 11:00 am. Michele Claney is the leader of this circle.
Miriam Circle – This is a GIRLS’ CIRCLE made up of girls from grades 4-8. They are sponsored by Jennifer Swenson and Sarah Hardwick. Meetings typically are held on the third Sunday of the month at 12:30 to 2 p.m., with an optional sack lunch prior to the meeting, at 11:45 a.m. The girls focus on service projects, programs and fellowship.
Rebekah Circle – This high school circle of young women meets at 10:30 a.m. on the 2nd Sunday of the month, and focuses on study and mission projects. Their adult sponsors are Nancy Pearson and Ginny Swiatek.
2016-2017 Leadership Team
President*: Gina Armstrong
Vice-President*: Michele Claney
Treasurer*: Judy Schlarb
Secretary*: Chris Stumpf
Social Justice*: Betty Erickson
Spiritual Growth*: Diana Seymour
Membership: Ginny Kuzniar
Reading Program: Barb Traver
Hospitality: Char Van Hiel & Sylvia Wennlund
Devotions: Carol Harris
Sunshine: Ginny Temple
Sarah/Ruth Chair: Jane Anderson & Judy Sclarb
Lydia Chair: Pam Stare
Phoebe Chair: Michele Claney
Priscilla Chair: Gina Armstrong
Rebekah Chair: Nancy Pearson & Ginny Swiatek
Miriam Chairs: Jennifer Swenson & Sarah Hardwick
Funeral Luncheon Coordinators: Chris Stumpf & Betty Erickson
* — denotes member of Executive Board
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