Women's Fellowship

Laurel Ridge Conference Center

President -Lucy Strawsburg – 336-416-8686 Lucystraws@gmail.com

Vice-President- Martha Veto – 478-550-2367 marthaveto@gmail.com

Secretary-Susie Gatland – 336-978-6067 morningstar67@outlook.com

Treasurer- Linda Agnant Montaquila – 561-373-9225 lagnant@agnantlaw.com

Events coordinator-Peggy Dodson – 336-813-6737 peggypdodson@gmail.com

Communications coordinator- Ann Radford – 336-416-9476 annradford86@gmail.com

Soup-er News

Know anyone who could use a little TLC? 

The Women’s Fellowship Soup Group has just the thing ready for you to pick up and deliver to help make them feel a bit better.

There are a variety of frozen soups in the church kitchen waiting for you to pick up and deliver. 

These soups are there for you to deliver to anyone in your life – church members, neighbor or friends – who are experiencing a loss, an illness, a new baby, who are lonely – you know who is need of a small gift of love. 

Simply choose your soup, sign the sheet on the freezer door and deliver with well wishes from you and the Soup Group! 

If you have any questions or would like to join us the next time we’re making soup, please contact Lucy Strawsburg or Debbie Drake (lucystraws@gmail.com or debbtide75@gmail.com).

Let’s Go for a Walk!

Join women of Home Church this fall for fellowship and a little fitness through our monthly walk series. We’ll be exploring two new trails and an urban greenway, as well as returning to a route that’s been a group favorite. 

We typically walk 2 to 3 miles and finish either at a nearby coffee shop or with a parking lot tailgate. 

Ready to sign up? Click here. You will receive more details about each walk the week before it takes place; if the weather necessitates that the walk be cancelled, you’ll be notified via email. 

Need more information? Contact Laura Watson (sidesofla@aol.com).

We’re looking forward to covering a few miles together this fall!

2023 Fall Walk Schedule:

  • Saturday, September 16, 8:30 am

          Tanglewood: We’ll meet at the parking lot by the Tanglewoof Dog Park. The trail is paved, partially shaded, and there is a restroom on it. Post-walk tailgating. 

  • Saturday, October 14, 8:30 am

          Long Branch Trail: We’ll meet at Bailey Park at the corner of 4th and Patterson. This walk is paved and unshaded. There is a restroom in Bailey Park. Post-walk coffee at DeBeen Espresso. 

  • Saturday, November 11, 8:30 am

          Salem Lake: We’ll meet in the parking lot by the playground. This trail is unpaved (some sections dirt, some packed gravel) and mostly shaded. There are basic facilities at the start. Post-walk tailgating. 

  • Saturday, December 16, 8:30 am

          Reynolda Gardens: a group favorite. We’ll meet in front of the greenhouse. This walk is partially shaded and paved, crossing Reynolda Road into Graylyn. There’s a restroom at the start. Post-walk coffee and sweets at Dough Joe’s. 

Supporting Women’s Fellowship Just Got Easier 

Women's Fellowship is excited to introduce a new method of giving to support our mission to deepen relationships with God and one another through Christian fellowship and service to all. As of today, you are invited to donate to Women's Fellowship through Square by clicking here.  

Upon completing your transaction, the funds will be deposited directly into the Women’s Fellowship bank account. It is a safe, secure, and convenient method of giving. If you have not donated to Women's Fellowship already, we invite you to give from the comforts of your home today. Your donations help Women's Fellowship support interest groups, community events, service projects, and Circles. To learn more about each area, please visit our Guiding Principles.


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2022: A Reflection

What would a great Women’s Fellowship look like? We were asked this question in 2020 as the task force began their work to reimagine Women’s Fellowship.

The most common answers were:

· Women able to put their gifts to use

· More focus on relationships

· Service

· Encouragement and acceptance

As I think about last year, I see women coming together in the Fellowship Hall kitchen to make soup for those both within and beyond our congregation who need a meal. Just one example of gifts being put to use in a new way. Click here to read more.


What Would a Great Women’s Fellowship Look Like to YOU?

A lot has changed since we reimagined Women’s Fellowship, and we’re still learning and growing. If you miss something Women’s Fellowship used to do, or have even found yourself asking, “What does Women’s Fellowship do now?”, please let someone from the Leadership Team know.

Women’s Fellowship activities are communicated in the Home-to-Home, the weekly church emails, on the Women’s Fellowship page on the church website,

and through occasional bulletin inserts and/or emails directly to the Women of Home Church and Circle leaders.

If you have questions regarding upcoming opportunities to fellowship together or ideas on ways we can strengthen our bond with other women of the church, please don’t hesitate to let us know! We invite you to prayerfully consider what a great Women’s Fellowship would look like to you and to share your ideas with us using this resource. What interest group, service project, or community event would you like to see?

We are eternally grateful that we, as women of Home Church, care for one another, enjoy spending time in service, and want to make a difference in the world. Let’s see where God will lead us in 2023 when we step forward together and follow.


(The Women’s Fellowship Leadership Team: Harriet Wood, Katrina Bodford, Cara Shaffner, Katherine Vogler, Elaine Peddycord, Laura Watson)


The mission of Women's Fellowship is to deepen relationships with God and one another through Christian fellowship and service to all. The Fellowship is open to all women over the age of 18. 

 Women's Fellowship fulfills its mission through four areas: interest groups, community events, service projects, and Circles. To learn more about each area, you can read the Fellowship's Guiding Principles. If you have an idea for an interest group, community event, or service project, and are not sure where to begin, be sure to read this document that explains how to get started turning your idea into reality. 

Getting together for the first time with your circle? Click here for more information on how to get started.

Have an idea for a Women’s Fellowship Interest Group, Service Project or Community Event? Click here for more information on what to do!


In January 2021, a Women’s Fellowship Task Force completed a year-long process that resulted in some changes in the Women’s Fellowship’s governance, organization and operations. Watch a video and download a document of the Task Force report.

The group’s major annual undertaking is the Candle Tea held early in the Advent season – guided tours of the historic Single Brothers’ House with music, candle-making, coffee and Moravian sugar cake, a visit to the putz – a hand-crafted miniature model of Old Salem and a Nativity scene – and the Christmas story. Proceeds of the event go to benevolent causes.

The Women's Fellowship also holds a fall retreat each September at Laurel Ridge. It's a time of learning, fellowship, rejuvenation and fun, open to all Home Church women and their guests.  

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