Open Circle comes from a tradition that is as old as Woodland. In our Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), women’s groups were first called Missionary Societies. Their focus was on helping those in the mission field by studying about the places served and supporting them with finances and other things. That organization then became Christian Women’s Fellowship (CWF) and existed in most Disciples of Christ churches. The focus broadened to include local needs and their own congregations.
In the middle of the last century, Woodland had 13 groups with various names but all called “Circle”, such as Prewitt Circle, Worthwhile Circle, Ball Circle, Kemper Circle, and so on. At Woodland there was even a couples group which met as a CWF Circle. All the Circles met regularly for study of scripture, helping with needs for social justice, and for fellowship. They gave to many causes, sponsored fundraisers for Woodland Christian Church, provided needed supplies for the church and had a lot of fun doing it.
Our culture has changed and so have Circles. The organization is now called Disciple Women’s Ministries (DWM). We currently have one group, Open Circle, at Woodland that meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 2:00 pm. Members take turns planning the study with materials from various sources. Right now the group is using the DWM publication, Just Women”, which has a format of Bible study focused on one theme each year.
The money Open Circle members raise is used to support outreach. These funds come from the sale of brooms and member donations. For many years the Circles all sold brooms and dish cloths. The group now sells only brooms on a limited schedule. They still have a goal of doing service for others and along with that good fellowship and sharing. At first the new single Circle was called Complete Circle since it was the combination of all the circles that had gone before but is now called Open Circle. The name was chosen because the Circle is open to all!
Join us on the first Wednesday of each month at 2:00 pm in the Committee Room at church. We look forward to your fellowship!
OUR NEXT MEETING:
Our next meeting will be in March. Come and join us . . . All Are Welcome!