South Elkhorn Christian Church’s Disciple Women have six Circles. They are the Martha Circle, Marys’ Circle, and Priscilla Circle, HOPE Group, Asher Group and Well Group. Each circle is unique. They meet on different days (see the information under each circle for meeting days and times). Hopefully, the choice of days and times provide any woman, who wishes to join a circle or group, with a convenient time to attend.
The Presidents of the SECC Disciple Women are Lizzy Brown and Angie Kerrick. They will serve as Co-Presidents until December 31, 2016. A full directory and guide to download here 2016-2017-directory-for-women.
The Circles engage in a number of service projects and some of these vary from year to year and depend on the interest of the women involved. Projects include:
- Supplying food staples for God’s Pantry
- Giving paper and cleaning products for Virginia Place residents
- Providing volunteers and magazines to the Shriners’ Hospital
- Providing personal items to the residents and a new commercial vacuum sweeper to the Hope Center for Women
- Sending boxes of snack foods and personal items to our Troops overseas
- Providing various services to Habitat for Humanity
- Sponsoring an African child through World Vision
- Collecting soup labels and box tops for the Hindman School
The Circles also provide support to South Elkhorn Christian Church. They provide items needed in the kitchen, have made monetary contributions to the Angel Fund for youth, and preformed other services as requested or needed.
Each year, the Circles support the work of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) through their giving. These offerings go to the Church Finance Council for the Disciples Mission Fund. These donations are in excess of $2000.00.
To provide opportunities for spiritual growth, enrichment, education, and creative ministries;
To enable women to develop a sense of personal responsibility for the whole mission of the Church of Jesus Christ.
Women’s groups in the church began with the mandate to share the good news of Christ with all the world, which includes a call to Christian unity and the participation of women in the life of the church and community. In keeping with this mandate and recognizing the above purpose, the following goals should be kept in mind:
- To enable broad participation of women of varying interests, ages, ethnic groups and lifestyles.
- To study and interpret the message of the gospel and respond to the issues of the day.
- To prepare women for full participation in the total life of the church and community.
- To assume responsibility for stewardship of time, personnel, and resources.
The Martha Circle meets at 7:00 PM on the first Monday of each month at the homes of the members. The Martha Circle begun studying the women of the Bible last year and will continue the study this year. The members choose various resources to obtain information concerning the women of the Bible. For more information contact Becky Burklow.
The Marys’ Circle meets at 10:00 AM on the first Tuesday of each month at the Church. If Fayette County schools are canceled because of weather conditions, the Circle does not meet. The Marys’ Circle is using the study topics generally chosen from the Just Women Magazine. Just Women (Embracing Life) is the official new resource and Bible Study for Disciples Women’s Ministries provided by International Disciples Women’s Ministries (IDWM) and the Office of Disciple Women. For more information contact Phyllis Rohlf or Agnes Sandford.
The Priscilla Circle meets at the Church at 11:30 AM on the first Wednesday of each month. The Priscilla Circle is using the study topics generally chosen from the Just Women Magazine. For more information contact Nancye Smith.
The HOPE Group meets at 10:00 AM each week on Thursdays. They are a book study group. The group chooses a book or two each semester and Rev. Holly Fuqua leads in helping the group study. The aim is to grow in grace and to increase one’s spiritual well-being. Anyone interested contact Holly Fuqua.
Asher Women’s Group was formed in 2011. The group meets monthly in the evening at a variety of loactions during the school year. Their primary function is to provide support for each other. They do community service projects and personal enrichment activities together. For more information, contact Laura Walsh.
The Well Group
The Well Group meets from 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM on the second and third Sunday in the evenings of each month. The Well Group found their name as they are a group to replenish and refresh. For more information, contact Angie Kerrick.