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.
Kate, 65, is a retired therapist who moved her practice to the community more than twenty-five years ago when she married Cottonwood Creek's mayor.
Jeanette had done her best to console Erica and reassure her that her new assignment as director of the Christmas Choir Concert was not a demotion but she wasn't really successful, so as soon as she got home she texted Fran to fill her in.
Realizing that the situation was escalating, Fran called on Kate for expert help in dealing with Erica; and after some thought, Kate came up with a plan that she thought might be the key to resolving the situation.
Kate arranged a meeting with Alyssa, and clued her in about Erica's feelings, proposing that Alyssa make an attempt to befriend Erica and solicit some advice as to what had worked and not worked with Christmas programs in the past, offering her the opportunity to be a mentor for this transition year.
Alyssa liked the idea, realizing that it was important to restore harmony among the ladies of Hope Christian Fellowship, and acknowledging that there were probably things she could learn from Erica about directing the Christmas Program.
Erica was floored to receive a call from Alyssa asking if they could get together, and even more surprised when Alyssa requested her input and advice; she felt ashamed of the way she'd acted.