Wednesday, August 11, 2010


It is the heart which experiences God, and not the reason. This, then, is faith: God felt by the heart, not by the reason. Blaise Pascal


July Minutes

CIRCLE OF HOPE MINUTES – July 30, 2010 – 7pm – Shelley Bumm’s house

Wow, what a great time we had!! We had lots of food, fun, and laughs. Twenty of us came together at Shelley’s house to celebrate the summer with a wonderful BBQ cooked by John Wilson and coordinated by Donna Wilson. (I believe it was one of the biggest meetings we have had yet.) Homemade dishes rounded out the yummy steak and potatoes. (We sure have great cooks among us.) All we know is that not only does John have a beautiful singing voice, he can sure grill also. Thank you so much to the Wilson’s (and to Beth Caangay…you know why!) and all of those who helped to make the evening truly special. It felt really good to laugh!!

But we sure missed those few who were not able to make the meeting. We also had one returning Circle member (Jean Riley) and welcomed a new member (Sandy Lane). We are happy to have both of you in our group!!!

In spite of being totally stuff and laughing and talking constantly, we accomplished a lot. We decided our final summer outing would be on Friday, August 27, 2010 at 6:30ish at Olive Garden. An R.S.V.P. is required by August 15th so that we can reserve space. This is our last meeting of the summer and is just a social event. Please join us!!!

Our September meeting will be held on Friday, September 24th, 7pm at Shelley’s. We will “attempt” to discuss Ch 5 in our Book “Bad Girls of the Bible” as well as ideas for the Rummage Sale. Susan, Kim, Louise, and Lynn S will be handling the food.

Our October meeting will be held on Friday, October 22nd, 7pm at Beth Caangay’s. We will be discussing Ch 6 in our book and any other items that come about. Tina, Jean, Lisa and Sandy will be planning the meal for this month.

We even planned our November meeting for Friday, November 19th, 7pm at Whitney Bryant’s. We will enjoy Ch 7 of our book while fellowshipping on a meal provided by Lynn L, Sarah, and Donna W.

Our 4th Annual Christmas Brunch will be held on Saturday, December 4th, time TBA at LouAnne’s. This will include our Chinese auction with Tina and Lisa providing the auctioneering services. After a lively bidding session, the proceeds will go towards the church’s Compassion Fund. Everyone is asked to bring a brunch dish to share. Come taste some yummy dishes.

IMPORTANT REQUEST! Due to the size of our group and our members providing the meals, we are asking that everyone please RSVP as much as possible. You can do it by email to me or can call me on my cell at; you can tell Shelley, Tina, Susan or myself at church, or you can call the church office at 239/936-2200. As you know, it is really difficult to plan meals when you are not sure of how many friends to expect. The more friends, the merrier, but we would like to make sure there is enough food for everyone. Thank you so much for your consideration with this request.

Whitney reminded everyone that OUR CiRCLE has its own blog. (Thanks, Whit)Check it out! We have a video of our Circle performance in church a few months ago. Believe it or not, we have been asked to sing again. We will be updating the blog on a more regular basis now so mark it as one of your favorites and visit often!!

Hey, did you know the church has a website also? It is: . Check it out, save as a favorite, and pass it along. We are using this avenue for reaching others instead of the newspaper ad.

As you can see, not only did we accomplish a lot, we shared laughs, joys, concerns and tears. Many of our Circle Friends are going through difficult times and prayers were said (and felt) for them. Many of our friends are experiencing joys in their lives and we rejoiced with them. This is what a Circle is all about. You are never alone! The joys, blessings, pains, hurts, and disappointments are lessened by having a Circle of friends around you (especially a Circle of Hope!). Please mark your calendars and join us for food, fun and fellowship in the months to come.

With God’s Blessing,

Lynn Lee