Circles, Retreats and Book Groups
Through the Presbyterian Women of the Church (PWOC), CCPC offers women opportunities for growing spiritually, developing joyous and caring friendships, and providing resources for our sisters and brothers around the world through mission projects. We look forward to our retreat each spring to refresh and renew our spirits while meeting new sisters in Christ. We have an annual luncheon for all the women of the church, when we celebrate the results of the election of a woman to Honorary Life Membership in Presbyterian Women, the national organization. Laurel Cox and Tracy Backus lead PWOC for 2012-2013.
Because women have different needs and interests, and are at different places in their faith journey and participation in mission, CCPC’s PWOC offers eight "circles" Circles are groups that provide a supportive community to respond to the needs of the women in our congregation. Programs are planned by members, and each circle offers a slightly different focus. Circles meet monthly with devotions, prayers, an offering for women around the world, and a lesson. Many circles use the Horizons Bible Study materials developed by the Presbyterian Church (USA).
So that all the women of the church have an opportunity to participate, some circles meet during the day and others meet in the evenings. “There’s always room for one more,” so contact the leader to learn more about a circle that you are interested in…or just show up for a meeting.
Charity Circle meets at 10:00 a.m. on the first Thursday of the month in the church parlor. Joy Bible leads this group of recently retired women in lively discussion, sharing, laughter, and study. “The welcome mat is always out.”
Covenant Circle, led by Jane Sumner, meets at 10:00 a.m. on the second Monday of the month in the CCPC parlor. These seniors have a strong network of caring relationships. They enjoy their time together, sharing and growing.
Discovery Circle meets on the second Sunday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the parlor. Lillian Cates leads this group of working women, many of whom have teens or young adult children. “We support each other unconditionally through life transitions, relationships, and challenges. We are always open to new members and ideas!”
Exploration Circle meets on the third Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m. and is hosted in various members' homes. Ashley Cox leads this group of young professional women who meet for dinner, fellowship, and a chance to explore God through scripture, book discussions, and more. Transitioning into the adult world is easier with friends.
Grace & Glory Circle meets on the fourth Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in members’ homes. Deb Hoppe leads this energetic group of women, young and young at heart, who enjoy the fellowship of their sisters in Christ and learning from one another. “It's not always just about the lesson in the book.”
Hope Circle, led by Marjorie Tanner, meets in members’ homes at 10:00 a.m. on the third Monday of the month. These active retirees have a monthly mission project, such as collecting socks for the Community Café. The study materials spark stimulating discussions. They welcome new members into their fellowship.
Joy Circle meets the second Wednesday of the month at 1:00 p.m. in members’ homes. Nancy Phillips leads this group of mostly retired women who have lots of fun learning, sharing and growing together. “Come join the fun!” (December meeting is on the first Wednesday.)
New Hope Circle, led by Peggy Oates, meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in members’ homes. This diverse group of women in various stages of life appreciates learning together and supporting each other through the both the joys and tribulations of life.
Women at CCPC look forward to the spring retreat as a time to grow in faith and community, often inviting family and friends to this weekend, inter-generational gathering. The most recent Women's Retreat, "Laughter for the Heart and Joy for the Soul," was held in March 2012 at Rhodes Grove Conference Center in Pennsylvania.