”M&Ms”

M&Ms, many of whom have adult children, meet several times a year. Events include dinners at members’ homes, church potlucks, outreach opportunities, and events in Chicago. The group is ever-changing, so all should consider themselves a potential member and always invited! Events are published through Gatherings. To learn more, contact Linda Conlin at lkconlin@hotmail.com.

”Midship”

Midship, is a loosely organized group of friendly and fun-loving folks (70-ish and older). The group is ever-changing and everyone in this approximate age range should consider themselves a potential member and always invited! Events are published in Gatherings. To learn more, contact Val and Kathryn Price, valandkathryn@msn.com.

”Primetime”

PrimeTime is a fellowship consisting of adults in the 50-65(ish) age range. Some of our regular events include a Fall Oktoberfest*, a Christmas party*, and a Winter Progressive Dinner.

Volunteers are always needed to help with planning and hosting and newcomers are always welcome! Events are published in Gatherings. In the meantime, if you have questions, contact Clare Kralovec: ckralovec@sbcglobal.net

”Pathfinders”

Pathfinders is a brand new fellowship group consisting of adults in the 45-55(ish) age range.

Volunteers are always needed to help with planning and hosting and newcomers are always welcome! Events are published in Gatherings or check the Upcoming Events link on the First Congo homepage. In the meantime, if you have questions, contact Jeannette Lloyd at Jeannette@wscongo.org.

”Congo_Connect”

Congo Connect is a fellowship group consisting of adults in the 35-45(ish) age range.

Volunteers are always needed to help with planning and hosting and newcomers are always welcome! Events are published in Gatherings or check the Upcoming Events link on the First Congo homepage. In the meantime, if you have questions, contact Stacey Wixted Stacey@wscongo.org.

”Dining_For_Women”

Dining for Women (DFW) is a global giving circle that funds grassroots projects working in developing countries to fight gender inequality. DFW celebrates the power of the individual to see an injustice and act to change it; to see need and act to fill it. We are deeply involved in the grantees we support and the problems we seek to address. Our education component is equally as important as our fundraising. We envision a world where the lives of women and girls have been transformed and extreme poverty has been reduced. Dining for Women connects people in creative, powerful ways that assure gender equality.

The chapter supported by First Congo meets on a monthly basis (the 2nd Tuesday of the month from September to May) and enjoys a meal together; it may be in someone’s home or at church. Members share camaraderie and learn about that month’s featured grantees through videos, educational documents, and presentations, as well as free and open discussion. The money raised each month goes to fund the featured and sustained grantees, as well as support the entire mission of Dining for Women.

If you are interested in additional information or attending a meeting, please contact Laurel Seidelman at lseidelman@comcast.net or (708) 246-9119.

”Woman’s_Society”

Woman’s Society is an inter-generational group of women that focuses on three things: fellowship, hospitality, and service. The group is open to all women of the church, as well as non-member friends of the church.

Woman’s Society has two opportunities each month to come together. On the first Thursday of the month, smaller groups (chapters) meet in a member’s home, often for lunch, but sometimes just for dessert and coffee. Most chapters meet mid-day, with chapters also meeting in the evening and on Friday morning to better accommodate different schedules.  All members gather in Plymouth Hall for lunch at 12:30pm and a special program from 1:30-2:30pm five times a year on the third Thursday of the month. Meetings are no more than two hours long and by no means mandatory. Come whenever your schedule permits.

If and when needed, Woman’s Society provides complimentary childcare in the church on all of its general meeting dates. To take advantage of the childcare, please make arrangements in advance through the chapter secretary.

There is an annual hostess/luncheon fee of $20, and two additional optional mission offerings throughout the year.


Service

Our semi-annual all-church Rummage Sales are Woman’s Society’s largest undertakings. Sales of the proportion to which these have grown wouldn’t be possible without the generous support and involvement of all of our church members. Over 250 people come together each October and April to help Woman’s Society.  Sale profits are then shared with non-profit agencies close to home and around the world as well as the First Congregational Church of Western Springs.


Hospitality

For years, Woman’s Society has had the honor and privilege of standing beside church members who are mourning the loss of a loved one, by serving coffee and cookies following memorial services. On such occasions, Woman’s Society members may be called upon to serve coffee or tea in our parlor and/or provide cookies for these receptions.

It has become a tradition in recent years for Woman’s Society to host a special coffee hour after our Congregation’s Annual Meeting in January. Members provide treats and create a warm and inviting space in Plymouth Hall. The refreshments and fellowship are greatly appreciated by young and old who attend the coffee hour.


Fellowship

We at First Congo are a church that loves the gifts of friendship and fellowship, and Woman’s Society is no different. When women of all ages come together to share a meal, lend a hand, or work toward a common goal, good things happen.


A Special Devotional

The Woman’s Society wishes to share the attached text of a devotion written by our Devotions Chair, Ellie Roberts. The devotion, centered on our Biblical call to protect the Earth, is powerful, thought-provoking, and timely. We encourage you to read it, share it with family and friends, and provide your feedback by e-mail directly to Ellie at emroberts1@aol.com

 

A Devotional by Ellie Roberts

 

WS Annual Report final 2018-2019

If you’re not quite ready yet and want to learn more about Woman’s Society, contact Jeannette Lloyd at Jeannette@wscongo.org.