August Book Club

August Book Club and Potluck Event

All are welcome!

Date: Monday, August 16, 2021

Start Time: 6:00 PM End Time: 8:30 PM

Discussion Leader: Julia Gore

Location: Private Home/Beth Clark 

Potluck: Bring a side dish

NOTE: New info in case of rain/storm weather 

If the weather is nice, Beth has a large deck area and will set up the food outside. We can spread out while we enjoy our pot luck supper. As long as we are outside, masks are optional. BUT,  WE WILL WEAR MASKS IF WE GO INSIDE OF BETH'S HOUSE FOR ANY REASON.  

This is still the monsoon season, so the weather may not co-operate.  If we need to be indoors, we will have to cancel the pot luck portion of the meeting.  We then have a choice of whether to have the meeting indoors at Beth's home WEARING MASKS or staying home and having the meeting just on zoom.  I personally don't like driving around in bad weather and prefer the zoom approach, but would like your feedback.  Let me know what you think.

Pastor Sarah does not plan on coming to the book club, but she will set things up so that we can also have the meeting on zoom.   

To attend the meeting on zoom,  

Click this link to join from a computer:

Dial in by phone: 346-248-7799 (no account needed)   Meeting ID: 337 700 714 

or Sign on to the zoom meeting through the church website.

Please RSVP Beth 505-228-2640. if you plan on attending the pot luck supper. 

For the location address for this event, please contact Erica Saade our church Administrator at You may also contact her during business hours at (505) 856-1004


Author: Martha Hall Kelly 

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Martha Hall Kelly’s million-copy bestseller Lilac Girls introduced readers to Caroline Ferriday. Now, in Sunflower Sisters, Kelly tells the story of Ferriday’s ancestor Georgeanna Woolsey, a Union nurse during the Civil War whose calling leads her to cross paths with Jemma, a young enslaved girl who is sold off and conscripted into the army, and Anne-May Wilson, a Southern plantation mistress whose husband enlists.

“An exquisite tapestry of women determined to defy the molds the world has for them.”—Lisa Wingate, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours

Georgeanna “Georgey” Woolsey isn’t meant for the world of lavish parties and the demure attitudes of women of her stature. So when war ignites the nation, Georgey follows her passion for nursing during a time when doctors considered women on the battlefront a bother. In proving them wrong, she and her sister Eliza venture from New York to Washington, D.C., to Gettysburg and witness the unparalleled horrors of slavery as they become involved in the war effort.

In the South, Jemma is enslaved on the Peeler Plantation in Maryland, where she lives with her mother and father. Her sister, Patience, is enslaved on the plantation next door, and both live in fear of LeBaron, an abusive overseer who tracks their every move. When Jemma is sold by the cruel plantation mistress Anne-May at the same time the Union army comes through, she sees a chance to finally escape—but only by abandoning the family she loves.

Anne-May is left behind to run Peeler Plantation when her husband joins the Union army and her cherished brother enlists with the Confederates. In charge of the household, she uses the opportunity to follow her own ambitions and is drawn into a secret Southern network of spies, finally exposing herself to the fate she deserves.

Inspired by true accounts, Sunflower Sisters provides a vivid, detailed look at the Civil War experience, from the barbaric and inhumane plantations, to a war-torn New York City, to the horrors of the battlefield. It’s a sweeping story of women caught in a country on the brink of collapse, in a society grappling with nationalism and unthinkable racial cruelty, a story still so relevant today..


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