Small Group Connections

God invites you into a life-long journey with Jesus. The best place for that journey to grow and flourish is in the intentional, spiritual relationships found in a Small Group of other Christians. First English has Small Groups meeting throughout the week, during the day, during the evening, at the church building and in peoples' homes. Call the church office at 419-522-0662 to be connected to a Small Group.

Women of First English Lutheran Church
As a community of women, created in the image of God, called by discipleship in Jesus Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves to grow in faith, affirm our gifts, support one another in our callings, engage in ministry and action and promote healing and wholeness in the church, the society and the world.  We are comprised of several circle groups and several service oriented groups.

Our circles are:  Eve Circle, which meets on the first Tuesday evening of each month, September through May, 7:00 PM in member's homes.  We choose not to convene during June, July, and August. We focus on Prayer Shawl Ministry in this group, and we welcome any woman who enjoys knitting or crocheting.  Karen Ellis and Jan Fisher lead this group.

Lydia Circle, which meets at 1:00 PM on the second Monday of each month in the Emmaus Room at the church. Various programs and speakers are offered at these meetings. Myra Cordrey and Pat Heichel are the leaders.

Sarah Circle, which meets at 1:00 PM on the first Monday of each month in the Emmaus Room at the church. Generally they hold a Bible Study.  Jeanne Hillman is the leader of this group and Marianne Sweat is the hostess.

Women’s Small Group, which meets from 6:30 to 8:00 PM on the second and fourth Mondays of the month.  They meet in the Emmaus Room for Bible Study.  Chris Cichanowicz is their leader.

Workday Ladies Quilting Group meets the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 1:30 PM on the third floor of Luther Hall.  Activities include cutting squares for quilts, sewing quilt tops together, stretching and knotting the quilts.  Most quilts are sent to Lutheran World Relief for distribution. We also make lap robes which are distributed to local nursing homes.  Each June we give a lovely quilt to each of our graduating High School Seniors.  Pat Reed is the leader of the group.

Each year we collect Lutheran World Relief School Kits, Personal Care Kits, Sewing Kits, and Layettes which are sent via the October ingathering.  Jan Fisher is coordinator.

Christmas Cookie Packing for Shut-ins is done each year in early December and is organized by Myra Cordrey.  The cookies are baked by many church members and packed for the shut-ins of our church by Lydia Circle.  They are then delivered by our Communion Deacons and our shut-in visitors.

Parenting Project for Young Children is coordinated by Jeanne Hillman.  Educational material is mailed out to the parents of newborns to three year olds.

Stamps and Labels Project is coordinated by Jeanne Hillman. Postage stamps are collected, packaged and mailed to New York where they are used as a tool for occupational therapy to improve the welfare of handicapped persons throughout the world.  Betty Crocker box top labels are collected and given to our Christian Day School to be used as premiums.

Daily Bread Meals are provided for those persons who have just been released from the hospital.  Myra Cordrey coordinates this service.

Funeral Dinners are also coordinated by Myra Cordrey.  Throughout the year we have squad leaders who handle funeral meals for grieving families after a funeral. Many women of the church donate salads, casseroles, and desserts for these meals.

Prayer Chain is coordinated by Pat Shenberger.  She receives a call from a person in need of prayer.  She then sets the prayer chain in motion.

Every other year we update and publish a “Women of First English Lutheran Church” directory for the purpose of explaining our groups, our mission, and our ministry.

Some events that we sponsor:

In February, Lydia Circle sends out Valentine cards and gifts to our college students.

During Lent each year we sponsor a Lenten Breakfast on a Saturday morning.  This is open to everyone, men and women, and guests are very welcome.  We begin at 9:00 AM with worship and communion in the chapel, followed by a lovely brunch and an interesting program.

In May we celebrate a special Mother's Day focus/donation, in honor or memory of mothers, daughters, sisters, friends. 

In September or October we annually observe a Thankoffering Sunday whereby women of the church serve as ushers and layreaders.  The special offering taken that day will be announced at a later date.





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