Deborah Circle Welcomes the Association of Religious Communities

April 28, 2021, 10:00-11:00am Zoom Mtg

All Women of Jesse Lee Church are WELCOME

Have you heard about the Lenten Study support of ARC Welcome Baskets? Each formerly homeless individual or family moving into permanent housing is given a laundry basket filled with basic supplies to help them get started. This gift is an expression of love and support.
Did you know that Jesse Lee Church Outreach Commission has supported the Association of Religious Communities (ARC) for many years?
Please join Deborah Circle on April 28th at 10:00am via Zoom when they host Jo Gabriele, ARC Community Liaison and Program Assistant and ARC case worker, Elizabeth Finney, MSW.
Jo and Elizabeth will share case histories of ARC initiatives that show how small acts of kindness make all the difference to people trying to get on their feet.
They will also offer information about how to get involved in helping with programs ARC runs to help people in the Greater Danbury area including:
  • Food Pantry
  • Welcome Baskets: helping formerly homeless people get set up in their new homes
  • Peace Camp: supporting 8–11-year-olds from Title 1 schools
  • KIDS: reading support of elementary school children attending Title 1 Danbury Schools
The Zoom invitation will be provided to all who sign up using this SIGNUP Genius link. 
Questions? Contact Ronda Lanzi at deborahcircle@jesseleechurch.com


Deborah Circle

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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