A to Z Theme - Circle of Hope:
A serial story (written in six-sentence segments) involving twenty-six women living in the small Midwest town of Cottonwood Creek, their lives connected by the Women's Circle of the town's protestant church, Hope Christian Fellowship, to which they all belong.
At 67, Ida, was a life-long member of Hope Christian Fellowship, and had served alongside Fran as an officer of the Woman's Circle several times.
It doesn't take long in a small community for gossip to travel, and Ida soon heard about Fran reassigning Erica to the Christmas Choir Concert and Erica's displeasure over that turn of events. She wished Fran would have spoken to Erica before inviting Alyssa to take over the Children's Christmas Program; but she realized that Fran had anticipated Erica's reaction and thought it best to be over and done with it, rather than leave room for an unpleasant confrontation.
Ida was more of a peacemaker and would have handled it differently, but she agreed that the change needed to take place before more church members withdrew from helping with the Christmas Program due to Erica's talent for alienating people.
"What's done is done," Ida thought, but she and Fran both underestimated Erica's determination to have her own way, and if she couldn't do that, to make sure that Alyssa's turn at directing the program didn't go well.
It wasn't long before word reached Ida's ears that Erica was going around to various members of the Women's Circle implying that Alyssa wasn't a good choice to lead the Children's Christmas Program due to rumors of immoral conduct.
Read the stories of all the Circle of Hope women here.