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Presbyterian Women dedicate 2011 Birthday Offering
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Presbyterian Women, represented left to right by JoAnn Hiss, Ruthie Brown, and Kay Melton, recently gathered to dedicate an annual Birthday Offering, which will be used nationally this year for building projects aiding women and children.

At their summer Birthday Offering Coffee sixteen members of Presbyterian Women and one guest gathered to dedicate this year’s Birthday Offering. The Dedication of the Birthday Offering was led by Ruthie Brown
The goal of the National Presbyterian Women’s offering is $900,000. In 2011 the money will be used to fund building programs in two places in the United States and one in southern Sudan. In Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Presbyterian Menaul School, serving a racially and economically diverse student body, will reestablish a boarding program for grades 9-12 by refurbishing a dorm. In Anderson, South Carolina, an Interfaith Ministries program will renovate a facility for their Women and Children Succeeding program. In Jonglei, South Sudan, a program called Across, which works to end intertribal violence, will build a dormitory for teachers in training.
During a short business meeting a delicious frozen dessert was served by Naomi Circle members, Helen Curran, Pam Sweeney, Ruthie Brown, and Kay Melton.
Special guest, Parker Smith, great-granddaughter of member Mildred Harders, brought her “T-shirt” quilt which won a Champion’s purple ribbon at the 4-H Fair this year. With the help of Pastor Scott Solether and his guitar, a fun musical exchange of recyclable items led by Ruthie Brown provided a smile to end the morning.