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Acme church group offers support, encouragement to women

Cami DiBattista | For Trib Total Media
Leona Logan, group facilitator of WINGS (Women in God's Service), (left) addresses Marcy Cicio, Iva Kinneer, Chelsea Grippo and Tricia Brown, all of Acme, and Nancy Ulery of Donegal during a recent discussion at one of the group's weekly meetings. The non-denominational group meets at 7 p.m. every Wednesday at Acme United Methodist Church to encourage and support each other.

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By Cami Dibattista
Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Members of the newest women's group in town — Women In God's Service, or WINGS — meet weekly at the Acme United Methodist Church to share, grow and support one another.

“We are a group of mothers, single women, younger women and women of maturity who enjoy meeting, sharing confidentially, laughing, learning and growing,” said Leona Logan, the group's facilitator.

“It's uplifting, encouraging and inspirational,” she said.

The non-denominational group, established in March, meets at 7 p.m. each Wednesday.

Logan, whose husband serves as pastor of the Acme and Barren Run United Methodist churches, saw it as way to unify women of the community in all aspects of life, she said.

Group members discuss a variety of topics such as stress management and forgiveness.

The women are encouraged to explore the Bible and seek answers from it during difficult times.

“Since we tend to be spontaneous about our discussion, only the Lord knows where the discussion will go,” Logan said.

Members Brittany McGeary of Scottdale and Debbie Kinneer of Acme both said they have participated since the club's inception.

“I enjoy it so much,” Kinneer said. “We do a lot of neat things. Last month we had a tea party, and now we're working on a girl's night out.”

Seventeen diverse members attended the group's most recent meeting, which included discussion about how birth order plays into personality.

“It's fun to talk and learn more about each other,” McGeary said. “These are women you see in church or in the community, and you don't always have a chance to get to know them so personally. WINGS provides that opportunity.”

The group's only rules are that all are welcome, confidentiality is expected and there are no “right” or “wrong” answers — everyone is encouraged to speak their mind or simply take in the discussion, Logan said.

“There are tons of laughter, which is so needed in this world of stress,” she said.

A newer member to the group, Tricia Brown of Acme, said she has enjoyed being involved.

“My favorite part has been getting to meet different women and be able to talk about so many different things,” Brown said.

Those interested in joining the group are welcome to attend any of the meetings, Logan said.

Questions can be directed to her at 724-464-7858.

“Our hope is that those who enter the group will feel welcomed, encouraged, revitalized and have renewed hope,” Logan said. “Come as you are; you won't be disappointed.”

Cami DiBattista is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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