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Breakfast meetings feed women's faith

January 15, 2007|by JANET HEIM

The breakfast buffet menu offers scrambled eggs, bacon, muffins, fresh fruit and the coffee flows freely, but it's more than food that attracts a large group of women from the Tri-State area.

Instead, the women gather for spiritual nourishment, as well as fellowship.

The Hagerstown Christian Women's Club has been meeting for monthly breakfast meetings, called Breakfasts for Ladies, for almost 24 years. They meet at the Plaza Hotel the second Thursday of every month from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Barbara Raschka, chairperson of the board, said the group is part of Stonecroft Ministries, a worldwide organization which was founded in 1938 by Helen Duff Baugh and her husband. It was started by a group of businesswomen in California with one purpose - to share with women how they can know Jesus Christ in a personal way.

Duff Baugh became known for her mission to reopen churches that had closed in remote areas of the United States and Canada.

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Each month, the breakfast meeting offers different topics and speakers. The December meeting featured a session by Connie Leach, the owner of Paper Plus on Dual Highway, uplifting Christmas music sung by Ruth Japzon and a timely message from speaker Glorious Ford on "To Plan or Not to Plan."

"We want women to feel pampered, to make it a special morning out. We try to keep it light and fun," Raschka said.

Nine women make up the board of directors, which is co-chaired by Raschka and Sarah Smith. They plan the monthly meetings which draw an average of 70 women each meeting.

Raschka said there are no dues. Women pay $12 for breakfast and free babysitting is available. Raschka asked that women interested in attending call in a reservation, so the Plaza Hotel knows how many to plan for breakfast.

The next meeting will be on Thursday, Feb. 8. The special feature is a presentation by Linda Showalter, a Longaberger baskets representative, with music by Kelleigh and Doug Nigh and Ginny Hallager as speaker. Her topic is "Make Believe to Reality."

Weekly Friendship Bible Coffees, that meet for five to 14 weeks at a time, daytime or evening, have also started up in the new year.

To make a reservation or for more information about the group, call Mary at 301-791-0242. For more information on Stonecroft Ministries, go to their Web site at www.stonecroft.org

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