Esther Circle


Six ladies met at Maike’s with Toni as hostess. Following lunch Toni treated with fruit pizza, delicious. Thanks Toni.
President called the meeting to order.
Secretary read the minutes of the last meeting. Minutes approved as read.
Roll call showed 11 cards sent and 13 calls or visits made.
Treasurer report showed balance of $1,176.67 with $355.00 and $330.00 from Aug. Retired School Personnel dinner.
Barb reported that she had sent an order to Treasurer’s Abounding for 44 boxes of cards costing $165.00 plus shipping of$11.50. Barb suggested that we raise price of cards to $5.00 a box as that would be still 42 cents per card. Jane made a motion seconded by Joan to raise price of cards to $5.00. Motion carried.
Barb reported that Katie from WISE Office asked if our circles & church would be interested in letting WISE put a bin in the church for diapers to be used by women staying at the WISE shelter in Big Rapids. Donna made motion seconded by Joan to do this and make it a church wide participation. Motion carried. It will be also be brought up at Night Circle at next meeting.
Barb read two letters from True North asking for contributions to the many programs they support and for the Annual Empty Bowl Soup Luncheons which are Oct.3 at True North Center and Oct.4 at Commission on Aging in White Cloud.
Barb asked Helen about the participation at our own Food Pantry. She reported that only 20% are continual participation and most families come in when in need.
Decision to have Secretary write True North and explain that we have our food pantry that serves all of Newaygo Co. and that our support is needed for that. A cart is placed in the Narthex and filled every Sunday plus one Sunday a month a monetary collection is taken. We feel this is our local mission. We support True North Children’s Christmas fund and other missions at Christmas.
A devotion chairperson is needed with Sandy gone. Suggestion to have hostess for the month give the devotions. Will discuss this next month and also if we decide to make Pigs-in-a-blanket we need to do it sooner.
No further business meeting adjourned.

Barbara Thatcher, Secretary