Willow River Parish
Thursday, October 28, 2021
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United Methodist Women

The organized unit of the United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.  May this be our goal and our prayer in all we do!  AMEN
     The Clear Lake United Methodist Women have two groups. The afternoon circle meets the second Wednesday of each month at 2 p.m. at the Ridgeview Apts. The evening circle meets when schedules allow.
     We're very active. Some crochet prayer shawls. Others find people who need them. 
     We prepare baskets for benefit auctions for particular local needs. We prepare and serve many church meals. Before COVID-19, we visited our transportation-challenged friends and each year, we had sing-a-longs at the two local nursing homes.
     We also raise money through cookie sales, thrift sales, and our gallon penny jar.
     We participate in the community Vacation Bible School, in Christmas for Children, in our Picnic, Praise & Song (a monthly picnic & entertainment event during the summer). We have at least one retreat each year. In December, we prepare and deliver fruit baskets for the elderly members of our church.
The Clear Lake United Methodist Evening Circle is a mission based group partaking in a variety of projects. We meet when our schedules allow and invite all to join us.  We are always pleasantly surprised with our creativity when assembling the pillow cases and small blankets we sew with the abundance of material that has been donated. These items are then donated to homeless shelters.
We devise our “Sunshine Baskets” with generously donated items. These baskets are given to church members and friends throughout the community in need of some cheering up.
We organize along with our United Methodist Women’s group our annual Christmas Cookie sale along with our well known Stuffed Baked Potato meal. With the proceeds we are able to contribute to a variety of local charities.
We organize a yearly retreat where we venture out for the weekend to refresh ourselves spiritually, bond with others, de-stress and rest.
Our group enjoys working together to provide for those in need and spreading God’s love however able.
Making Pillowcases The Evening Circle will be making pillowcases on Monday afternoon, from 1:00- 4:00 pm. Anyone who likes to match fabrics, iron, sew or have a good visit, please feel free to join us. It is a fun project to help many at Grace Place Shelter in New Richmond or the new Serenity House for Polk/Barron County. Grace Place has requested pillows so we will be sending pillows as soon as they arrive. We will also make pillowcases and have pillows to send to the new residence. Please join us if you are able.
United Methodist Women October Retreat!!
In October the United Methodist Women had their annual Retreat at Luther Point Bible Camp in Chetek, Wisconsin. The retreat was lead by Marsha Hudson with special guest, Tonya Dix, Massage Therapist. The ladies did a lot of singing, praying, walking, communing with nature, interacting with each other and eating great food!! Consider joining them next time. Their motto is "Whatever Happens at the Retreat - Stays at the Retreat!"
First Row: Carol Hougdahl, Andrea Jilek, Deb Ahrens
Second Row: Tonya Dix, Jennie Keller, Kay Brook, Diane Blanchard, Heidi Swetlick
Third Row: Jan Benson, Linda Jurisch, Ruth Severson, Marsha Hudson
     (not pictured Ann Minor)