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October 11, 2013

Convention brings together six churches

The 84th annual Appanoose County Christian Women’s Convention was held Oct. 1 at the First Christian Church in Cincinnati at 1 p.m.

The welcome was by Elaine Logsdon followed by an opening prayer by the Rev. Sara Galindo. The song “Blest Be the Tie that Binds” first and second verse was sung. The volunteers for the Resolution Committee were Pat Brown, Jan Spurgeon and Sandra Mitchell. The Finance Committee volunteers were Becky Chaplin, Donna Dudley and Trisha Shepherd. The devotion was given by Evy McDonald.

Roll call was answered by six churches, with 21 people attending. They were Fairview Church of the Brethren, Moulton Christian, Drake Avenue Christian Church, Plano Christian, Brushy Community and First Christian Church of Cincinnati.

Members from each church gave their reports and specials. An offering was taken with the Finance Committee voting that the $52.15 collected will be given to the Lord’s Cupboard.

The historian’s report was given by Evy McDonald. A thank you note was read from Hope Pregnancy Center for last year’s donation. The resolutions were read. Plano Christian Church will host the convention next year.

The memorial service was conducted by Drake Avenue Christian Church by lighting candles and reading the names of women who passed away this past year from each church. The theme was a bowl of puzzle pieces and reminding us how all our lives fit together. The Rev. Galindo showed a picture of the puzzle pieces forming a cross and we ended with a shared response and the singing of “When the Saints Go Marching In.”

In closing we sang the third verse of “Blest Be the Tie that Binds.” Also, the Rev. Galindo told us about a new group called “Common Ground.” The purpose of it is to help anyone in need. The meeting is the first Thursday of the month at the Lutheran Church.

The meeting adjourned for refreshments in the basement of the church.

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