(say that three times fast!)

Deborah Circle will be enjoying the pumpkin season making PRETTY PUMPKIN PLANTERS. We will meet Wednesday, October 27, starting at 9:30 am at the Carriage House.

The ladies will be guided in making a PRETTY PUMPKIN PLANTER. Real pumpkins from our Jesse Lee Pumpkin Patch will be furnished along with other supplies for a small fee. The project is easy and more fun than saying PRETTY PUMPKIN PLANTERS three times fast!

Plan to come and share some Autumn fun making a PRETTY PUMPKIN PLANTER. All ladies of Jesse Lee are invited to come, share in refreshments then enjoy making PRETTY PUMPKIN PLANTERS!

Please direct all questions to Jean Cole at jecinct63@comcast.net or 203-244-5578.

Please contact Deborahcircle@jesseleechurch.com or 203-834-9597, or Jean jecinct63@comcast.net or 203-244-578
for any questions.

We welcome new members and are looking forward to getting together for both mission outreach work and fun and fellowship.

Questions? Contact Ronda Lanzi at deborahcircle@jesseleechurch.com

Our Story

Deborah Circle is a welcoming group of women dedicated to both mission outreach and cultivating strong bonds of friendship with one another. It’s best described by members as, “fellowship with a purpose.”

Its roots go back to the 1880’s when Methodist women founded “The Women’s Home Mission Society.” Today, it has evolved into “United Methodist Women,” (unitedmethodistwomen.org) whose 800,000 members make it the world’s largest denominational mission service organization for women.  

Sue Gillaugh and Charm McLemore started a Jesse Lee Church Deborah Circle chapter under the UMW umbrella in 1977. The group is named for the Old Testament prophet, Deborah, and it celebrates strong women dedicated to spiritual growth, fellowship and advocacy for women and children around the world.

Faith, hope and love are the primary drivers for all the mission outreach work the women of Deborah Circle do.

COVID has increased the needs of so many women and children so Deborah Circle is inviting all the women of Jesse Lee, as well as women in Ridgefield and surrounding towns, to consider joining their efforts to alleviate suffering wherever possible.

With history as a guide, we’re confident you’ll have fun, make new friends and fortify existing relationships in the process of serving women, youth and children in need.

Contact Ronda Lanzi at deborahcircle@jesseleechurch.com to learn more.

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The ladies of Deborah Circle gave PASTOR THOMAS a warm welcome at their first Fall meeting.

Pastor Thomas shared some of his background, his faith journey, and his new role here at Jesse Lee. 

It was a lovely opportunity to get together, in a relaxed setting, and learn more about Thomas as our new associate pastor, and also as a new member to the Jesse Lee Church family. 



Deborah Circle had its annual Spring Luncheon-IN PERSON at the home of Ronda Lanzi at 250 Linden Tree Road in Wilton, CT.

There was a full house of women who came to enjoy being together again after a long time apart due to COVID. The event was also a surprise baby shower for Pastor Katarina which was a joyful celebration. (Katarina had a baby girl in July!)


Deborah Circle Hosts the Association of Religious Communities


In April, Deborah Circle hosted ARC to share information about the services they offer to the community. It was a great opportunity to learn more about how the women of Deborah Circle can help ARC inspire help and facilitate healing in Danbury and surrounding communities.


Deborah Circle
Deborah Circle Helping Others

Learning about the COVID-19 Vaccine


In March, Deborah Circle invited special guests, to learn about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Deborah Circle Women on a Mission


In February, Deborah Circle invited special guests, United Methodist Women’s District leaders Joan Murray and Kristi Colburn, to the group’s February 24th Zoom meeting to discuss the myriad mission opportunities the group leads around the world. To learn more about Untied Methodist women, click the button below.

Sharing the Love on Valentine’s Day


Carole Stathis and Jean Cole getting ready to deliver Valentine’s Day goodie bags to members who have been isolated at home during the pandemic.

Valentine's Gift

Deborah Circle and the

Jackie Robinson Story


In January, Deborah Circle discussed the movie “42,” an inspirational film about Jackie Robinson breaking sports records and racial barriers when he signed to play with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Baseball player swing