The Women's Fellowship from First Congregational, United Church of Christ held their annual May dinner on May 21, and attendees were treated to food, fellowship, and a presentation on human trafficking.
The guest speaker, Joy Fopma, shared testimony of her work with the rescue organization Wings of Refuge This organization seeks to rescue and restore female victims of trafficking by offering them safe shelter and the opportunity to learn new life skills. Following her presentation the Women's Fellowship presented Joy Fopma and her co-worker Paula Nugent with $500 to benefit Wings of Refuge.
The churches Women's Fellowship continued to disburse gifts to various organizations: $1,000 to Our Churches Wider Mission; $250 to UDMO for swim passes; $300 to Beacon of Hope; $300 to A.C.E.; $300 to the Webster City Free Clinic; $500 to Youth and Family Services; $400 to Kids Against Hunger; $100 to Crime Stoppers; $200 to the Stepping Forward Ministries/Romanian Mission Trip; and $150 to the WC Summer Lunch program.
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Those present to receive their gift from the Women's Fellowship were?Back, from left, the Rev. Craig Blaufuss, $150 to Summer Lunch Program; Donna Ryherd and Joyce Gelhaus, $200 to Stepping Forward Ministries/Romainian Mission Trip; front, Tina Tedrick, $500 to Youth and Family Services; Paula Brownell, $300 to Webster City Free Clinic; Dalene Schlitter, $100 to Crimestoppers.
Gayle Olson, far left, and Karin Yungclas, far right, members of Women's Fellowship presented Joy Fopma and co-worker Paula Nugent with a $500 check to benefit Wings of Refuge.
A total of $3,000 was given by the group from their fundraising through the year. To raise the funds they host Thrift Sales in the fall and spring, and each circle contributes as they are able.
As the Women's Fellowship ends its program year for the summer, those interested in joining a circle are asked to contact the UCC church office at 832-2232.