The Duncan Banner

May 7, 2012

Group promotes female fellowship

Christian Women United hold Friendship Day

Rebeka Rutledge
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — According to the angel Clarence in the film “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “no man is a failure who has friends.” That sentiment is one that a local group of women take to heart.

Christian Women United held their annual May Friendship Day Friday morning at The Well. This organization said it strives to bring together women of all denominations to become better acquainted with each other and with God.

This year’s theme for the event was “Sights and Sounds of Harmony: Listening to My Sisters.” It was designed to encourage the women to support one another, despite being from different churches and backgrounds.

“I see that several churches are represented and I’m thankful for that,” said Honor Vaughn, an officer for CWU.

During the program, in between songs and scripture, Sharon Herndon and Iris Cope portrayed the biblical story of Ruth and Naomi. Ruth was Naomi’s daughter-in-law and decided after both their husbands died to stay at Naomi’s side wherever she went.

Sharing this story was to demonstrate one woman’s dedication to hold up another and challenge the women to do the same for those sitting next to them, the presenters said.

Several of those in attendance elected to share where their ancestors came from and how they came to be here. Several women shared their history and mentioned how glad they are to be here now.

“I’ve enjoyed the fellowship of Christian women here,” said June Southard. “There are women all over the world doing what we’re doing this morning.”

Two different offerings were given during the gathering. First, there was the Fellowship of the Least Coin, where the women give pennies as tokens of love. These coins are dedicated to the work of love and reconciliation around the world.

A second offering was taken for May Friendship Day and the funds from this offering is divided equally between the local Christian Women United unit and the state unit. It is used to enable each unit to carry out its mission and work.

Estella Bowman, the Christian Women United leader for May Friendship Day, said that although attendance for the event was slightly low, she was pleased with how it went.

“It went real well and I’m so happy,” she said. “I wish there were more women, but we hope next year to get the word out better so we can become better acquainted with everyone.”