Local women honored by church group

July 13, 2012
  • Church Women United members are, from left, Tammy Staley, Lori Beth Ridenour, Amy Macomber and Amanda Boyer-Everett.
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Church Women United of Washington County recently recognized four women at its May Friendship Celebration at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Williamsport.

Women between the ages of 18 and 40 are nominated by their churches and recognized for their leadership within the church and community.

Eighty-seven women and men from 16 supporting churches attended the event.

The women recognized were:

— Amanda Boyer-Everett is a member of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). 

At First Christian, Boyer-Everett serves as co-chairwoman of the personnel committee and is a voting member of the general board. She leads classes in art, science, cooking and story telling in the Sunday school program. She also just finished serving as co-chairwoman of the church’s Discovery Group.

Boyer-Everett serves as a helper for her daughter Zoe’s Brownie Troop. She also is active in the community, especially with Baby Basics of Greater Hagerstown. 

Boyer-Everett is employed by Orrstown Bank in Chambersburg, Pa., as assistant vice president of training.

— Amy Macomber is a member of Mount Nebo United Methodist Church in Boonsboro.

Macomber was nominated by her United Methodist Women’s group, which said she is proof that “dynamite comes in small packages.” 

Macomber’s special “callings” are in two specific areas — children and stewardship. She works in the church’s preschool, and is a role model for children growing up and maturing in a Christian atmosphere.

Macomber is one of several church members who present the children’s message during worship services. She also leads the church’s Christmas outreach to families in need. 

— Lori Beth Ridenour is a member of Zion United Church of Christ. She was nominated by Zion Service Workers.

Ridenour participates in many of the outreach programs of the church. She works with youths of the church, is the junior choir leader, a leader in the vacation Bible school and has sung with the adult choir.

Ridenour is known for her dedication to the church, and is available to lend a helping hand with church ministries.

— Tammy Staley is a member of Beaver Creek Church of the Brethren. She was nominated by her church.

Staley is co-chairwoman of the women’s group, WINGS, assists with vacation Bible school, is a member of “Creeky Quilters” and is active with other church ministries.

Staley perhaps is best known as a potter. She creates bowls for the annual Souper Bowl that raises funds for the Community Free Clinic.

When Staley’s aunt in Pennsylvania was looking for a way to raise money for her cancer relay team, Staley suggested having a similar event where participants could take home a pottery soup bowl. She has made at least 1,700 bowls for the fundraising effort.

Staley also provides pottery for the church’s annual fundraising event for the Brethren Disaster Fund.

Church Women United is a national volunteer Christian ecumenical women’s movement that brings together women of diverse races, cultures and traditions in closer Christian fellowship, prayer, advocacy and action for peace with justice in the world.

For more information, call N. Sharon Leatherman, communications chairwoman, at 301-223-8874 or send an email to

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