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.
Lainey, 27, is a stay at home mom with two small children; she and Alyssa have been friends since high school.
When Alyssa talked with Erica, Erica noted how unhappy she was with the faded and worn satin stoles the choir members wear with their robes; she wanted them to look nice for Christmas, but said that there wasn't money in the church budget to order expensive new ones.
Alyssa had an idea that might cheer Erica up and help improve their relationship. Calling up Lainey, she asked if she still did sewing and if she might be willing to make stoles for the church choir at a lower price than what it would cost to order them. Lainey jumped at the chance to use her skills for the church, and to earn a little extra money for her Christmas shopping.
When Alyssa informed Erica that Lainey was willing to sew the stoles at a greatly reduced cost, Erica was delighted and totally surprised that someone would do something nice to help her, since she often felt like no one in the town liked her very much.
Read the stories of all the Circle of Hope women here.