The Ecumenical Women’s Breakfast group met at the First Presbyterian Church in Louisiana on Monday, Nov. 11, with 33 present from 12 area churches.
The program was given by Lori Helkey, of the new YMCA mentoring program for youth ages 6 – 17 called “Reach and Rise.”
She explained to those present about the qualifications for being a mentor and how to go about receiving training for the program. Persons aged 23 or older are eligible to become a mentor and they are asked to commit one hour per week for at least one year. She encouraged them to give their gift of time and experience to help a child.
The YMCA was the only one in the state of Missouri to receive this grant, based on the needs of the area which also includes Pike County, Ill. Plans are to have speakers, artisans, enrichment activities, and trips to bring about experiences that the students might not otherwise be exposed to, but mostly it will be the presence of a caring adult in that child’s life that will make the biggest impact.
In the absence of chairperson Judy Allely, Marilyn Johnson presided at a brief business meeting. It was voted to give cash donations to the Community Food Pantry to help with their added expenses during the upcoming holidays. The same officers who are currently serving were asked to serve another year.
They are Judy Allely, chairperson; Marilyn Johnson, vice-chair; Julie Stephens, treasurer; and Linda Beer, secretary and public relations.
The ladies of Elmwood Presbyterian Church and Calvary Episcopal Churches served as co-hostesses for the breakfast.
The schedule for next year’s meetings was determined: March 10 at Centenary United Methodist Church with Calumet Presbyterian as co-hostesses; June 9 at First Christian Church with Bethel AME as co-hostesses; Sept. 8 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with ladies of Mary Queen of Peace in Clarksville as co-hostesses; and Nov. 10 at First Presbyterian Church with Calvary Episcopal and Elmwood Presbyterian as co-hostesses.
All women of faith are invited to attend these informative and enjoyable breakfast meetings and continue with the goal of working ecumenically.
There is no membership involved and dues are not collected, but a small donation helps fund local missions.