2014 Women’s Fellowship (WF) Annual Report

The purpose of this fellowship shall be to enlist the women of the church in a fellowship of worship, education, service, and giving to support the program of the Community Congregational Church as it serves the cause of Christ in the community and throughout the world. Throughout the year WF lends a hand in many activities. We serve (and occasionally prepare) the Monday meals for Kiwanis. Many families donate food for receptions held in Fellowship Hall. We lovingly serve food and arrange for clean up duty for these receptions.

Quilters met once or twice a month to create beautiful quilts. One quilt was gifted to each of the families our church adopted from WSC. A fifth quilt was designated as a gift for the caretaker of the new Westside CARES (WSC) facility. Nancy Lindley selected four quilts for the WSC Christmas baskets. She took the remaining comforters to the Manitou Springs Volunteer Fire Department for them to add to their Christmas baskets. Marie Gene Hampton knitted a prayer shawl which was sent to Rev. Michael Kirchoff in Craig, Colorado.

At WSC there is a children’s area to engage little ones while their parents are being interviewed. We donated $500 toward the children’s area. WF also pledged to provide a welcoming packet for the children. In the packets are crayons, coloring book, juice, snack, and a napkin in a baggie. Sue Jones ordered 250 business sized photos of Phil Barnett’s night picture of our church. These were glued to magnets and one was given to every family in the church to say thank you from WF for all their support.

1)Thanks and a check were received from Grant Deming for the reception following his son’s services. 2)The Paglow Family sent a check with their thanks for Dick’s Memorial reception. 3)The Church Treasurer, Rich Baker, reminded WF to submit our pledge for the WSC Capital Campaign. He submitted a bill of $92 for service to the refrigerator. A new 60 cup coffee pot and a new microwave were purchased for the kitchen.
We had a garage sale last summer (July 11-13). The proceeds were used to support WSC and the other projects that WF supports. The annual Christmas Bazaar was well supported by the congregation who donated Christmas items and who shopped till they dropped. The Bazaar was held November 7-9.

Leslie Lewis from the Chamber of Commerce gave a very nice presentation about the history of the Chamber, upcoming events, and the businesses coming to Manitou.
During 2014, Women’s Fellowship contributed $3,460.00 to the following agencies or organizations: Westside CARES, Church’s General Fund, Westside CARES Capital Campaign, UCC Conference (Christmas Fund, Neighbors in Need, One Great Hour of Sharing, and Our Church’s Wider Mission), La Puente Homeless Shelter, La Puente Community Outreach, La Puente General Fund, and Manitou Springs Fire Department.

We feel very blessed to be able to help in all these areas.

Respectfully Submitted,
Cathy Karr
President Women’s Fellowship