This group of Presbyterians and friends in the community has been active since January 2000. 


Charter members who attended the first meeting were Jean Anderson, Allan Edmonds, Margaret Harter, Jeanette Hendry, Judy Schroeder, Martha Wailes, and Gloria Westfall.


Regular participants include Sandy Brown, Kathryn Brown, Ginny Coombs, Allan Edmonds, Cheryl Engber, Susan Engert, Ann McEndarfer, Cathy McFarland, Galina McLaws, Norma Miller, Lou Moir, Paul & Mary Ellen Rothrock, Kathy Ruesink, Roberta Taylor, Judy Schroeder, Martha Wailes, and Karen Watts.


New members and "drop-ins" are always welcome! Feel free to check with any member of the group about participating. Contact the group at


Except where noted the group meets on the last Sunday of the month at 7 p.m. We meet in a downstairs activity room in the main building at the Bell Trace Retirement Community off of East 10th Street.


Books for 2017 and Beyond

  • January 22 -- P.G. Wodehouse, "The Code of the Woosters," Leader: Ann McEndarfer. Follow the adventures of Bertie Wooster and his gentleman’s gentleman, Jeeves, in one of the greatest comic novels in the English language.

  • February 26 -- Sonia Sotomayor, "My Beloved World,"  Leader: Kathy Brown. This memoir by the first Hispanic justice on the U.S. Supreme Court recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench.

  • March 26 -- Kate Larson, "Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter,"  Leader: Martha Wailes. There is so much that could be discussed from this book:  stigma of mental disability and changes over the century; political ambitions and their effect on the Kennedy family; political ambitions and the Catholic Church; Catholic church before Vatican II; history and description of lobotomy; the ever-fascinating Kennedy family. 

  • April 30 -- Kent Haruf, "Our Souls at Night,"  Leader: Karen Bush Watts. A spare yet eloquent, bittersweet yet inspiring story of a man and a woman who, in advanced age, come together to wrestle with the events of their lives and their hopes for the imminent future.

  • May 21 -- Candice Millard, "Destiny of the Republic,"  Leader: Becky Rusie. The story of the assassination of President James Garfield. 

  • June 25 -- Vicki Croke, "Elephant Company,"  Leader: Lou Moir [MCPL kit available]. The story of James Howard "Billy" Williams, who found his calling working with elephants in India, formed Elephant Company at the onset of World War II, and played an instrumental role in defeating the Japanese in Burma.

  • July 30 -- Joshua Hammer, "The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu,"  Leader: Paul Rothrock. When al Qaida-allied terrorists invaded Mali in 2012, seizing Timbuktu and imposing sharia law, 51-year-old Abdel Kader Haidara scrambled to remove troves of medieval Islamic manuscripts from the grasp of the jihadists, who deemed them heretical.

  • August 27 -- Erik Larson, "Dead Wake,"  Leader: Ginny Coombs

  • September 24 -- Viet Thanh Nguyen, "The Sympathizer,"  Leader: Allan Edmonds

  • October 29 -- Helen Macdonald, "H Is for Hawk" [MCPL kit available],  Leader: Cathy McFarland

  • November 26 -- Anne Garrels, "Putin Country,"  Leader: Galina McLaws

  • Jan. 21, 2018 -- Geraldine Brooks, "The Secret Chord,"  Leader: Kathy Ruesink

  • Feb. 25, 2018 -- Claudia Kalb, "Andy Warhol Was a Hoarder,"  Leader: TBD