By 1965, the Electa Owen Fellowship group and the Guild were having trouble finding officers. Betty Ord, the pastor’s wife, had been very active in the Guild and seemingly instrumental in the reorganization into the Women’s Christian Service Fellowship, which was announced in the 1965 Church Annual Report.
Their bylaws were very similar to the prior women’s groups. Their purpose was “to perform Christian services; develop an intellectual and spiritual interest in the work of the Church; to serve the Church and community; and to fund-raise to enable the women to improve as well as initiate new services to the Church and community.”
In the Church archives are every set of WCSF minutes, except the first one. They are filled with the details of bazaars, fundraisers, as well as items which had been purchased, organized, and contributed to the church. Their Benevolence Program has always been the heart of their organization. From 1967 to 2020 they donated well over $145,000 to charities. For the Church WCSF donated $316,000 for a myriad of items from kitchen wares to scholarships. Much of the funding came from their management of the Thrift Shop and a myriad of fundraisers.
The circles, called “the Circles of Friends,” were launched in 1983, designed to create small groups of women who share common interests, needs, and fellowship. There were six circles, all involved with study, fellowship, and philanthropies.
Over the years there has been the Helping Hands program, speakers, field trips, ice cream socials, annual bazaars, cookbooks, potluck dinners, retreats, pastor welcome and retirement socials, and brunches for Mother’s Day, Christmas, Father’s Day, and St. Patrick’s Day. Together with the other churches, there were the Ecumenical Fashions Shows and the annual World Day of Prayer events.
In 2021 WCSF was disbanded, making way for Life Groups.