Ruth Circle was originally called Circle III until May of 1996 when it was decided that due to the disbanding of Circle I the remaining Circles would take on the names of women of the Bible and we chose Ruth. Evelyn Carloss and Jacque Wilkes are the two remaining charter members of the original Circle III, now known as Ruth Circle. Of course, there are several other members who have been in the circle for many years as well as several new members in recent years.
Ruth Circle meets at 7 PM on the 3rd Monday of each month, except for June, July and August. During those summer months the circle tries to have a couple special outings such as lunch together at a local restaurant or a picnic. Monthly meetings are usually hosted in our members homes and the programs are presented by members, either a specific topic of their choice or having someone from the community present a informational program us on a service group or program of interest.
In the spring Ruth Circle recognizes high school graduates with a gift to the Methodist Children’s Home in their honor. Ruth also has a card ministry, sending cards to hospitalized or sick church members or sending cards for special occasions or remembrances. Each year Ruth adopts a family to help throughout the year in a variety of ways. Clothing for children, groceries, electric bills or whatever is needed. For approx. 10 years Ruth Circle has been responsible for the Beary Christmas bear collection when the congregation brings new teddy bears on a Sunday before Christmas and then the circle sees that they get distributed to the EMTs, Law Enforcement Depts. and most recently have found that the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) also has a need for our bears.
Ruth frequently supports several other missions and ministries as the needs arise, some of them being the Red Bird Mission Group, Mexico Missions Trips, the Food Bank, The Back to School program which the Elizabeth Circle heads up and has now become a general UMW project for all the circles to help with, Soup labels, Ink Cartridges, Our Daily Bread, The Nurses Homeless Clinic, Peace Place Thrift Store (helping to sort and organize donated items), Hope Resources and the Relay for Life.
Ruth Circle welcomes anyone looking for a circle to come and meet with us and share our fellowship.