Founded in 1953 as the Tenth Circle at Central UCC, this women’s circle soon became known by the name of its founder, Elenor Vieth. Initially formed of a group of women who enjoyed cooking and serving meals together, they still perform this service for the church today.
The mission of the Elenor Circle IS missions. Their stated purposes are:
- to develop understanding of the entire church,
- to deepen spiritual life,
- to stimulate sacrificial giving, and
- to promote Christian service in the home, the local church, the denomination, the community, the nation, and the world.
The captain’s wheel signifies God’s Word guiding us through life. The spokes are inscribed with service projects done over our history.
Current mission and service projects include:
- provide handmade prayer shawls and baby blankets to members and newborns of the church
- act as host and serve meals for other groups within the church
- visit homebound members on a regular basis
- email newsletters to the servicemen/women of the church
- procure the altar roses announcing the newborns of the church
- monetarily support local charitable organizations and causes
- serve Meals on Wheels as scheduled
- provide lap robes and walker totes to nursing home residents
- provide school bags filled with school supplies to needy children through Festival of Sharing
- collect educational box tops for local schools, Best Choice labels for the Women’s Fellowship, and postal stamps for Germany mission
The local charitable organizations and missions the Elenor Circle supports include Shannondale, Salvation Army, Neighborhood Houses, ECH, RACS, The Samaritan Center, CASA, Church World United Jeff City, and Council of Clubs Jeff City. In addition, they participate in and support the missions and service projects of other groups at Central UCC.
If there is a need at church or in the community, the Elenor Circle strives to fill that need. However, they still enjoy cooking and serving meals for various church functions and group meetings, and host an annual luncheon for retired Missouri Highway Patrol members and the annual Thanksgiving meal for the Prime Time Club. Most importantly, they enjoy meeting together for worship and fellowship, as they have done throughout their history