United Methodist Women
UMW Purpose Statement
The organized unit of United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.
News and Views — October 2014
Summer is over and we are back to our monthly United Methodist Women’s meetings. Both of the circles have had their September meetings and both groups focused on sharing summer adventures, travels, joys and concerns. Each group would love to have you join them. The morning circle meets at 10 AM in Wesley lounge. The evening circle meets at 7 PM either in Wesley lounge or in the home of one of the members.
As the treasurer of UMW I wanted to let you know that our receipts in the last few months have come from mission pledges from members, Prayer and Self-Denial offering, funeral luncheons or receptions, a Boy Scout luncheon, and a UMW district luncheon.
The disbursements were expenses for the quadrennial spring assembly meeting, food service license, camp scholarship, Lynn’s wages, remittances to the district for our pledge and Prayer and Self-Denial, and expenses for the memorial and other luncheons. We are in good financial shape.
Donna Williams is planning to attend the UMW West Michigan conference meeting, on October 18th from 9 AM to 3 PM. It will be held at the Petoskey United Methodist Church, and Donna would love to have others attend with her. It will involve an overnight stay in the area. A collection of sewing kits and baby blankets to be sent to Sierra Leone will be brought by participants at the meeting. If you would like to contribute to something, Donna will be happy to take it.
At the last executive meeting, we voted to send $500 to the Grand Rapids Community House, for their project to finish the roof, named "$5000 to Finish." This is a community house that is owned by United Methodist women. We felt that since we are part of those responsible for the house upkeep, we should help with this project.
The next evening circle meeting will be October 27 at 7:00 PM at the home of Judy Kingsley, with the program presented by John Williams on Mission U (formerly called the School of Christian mission). The morning circle will meet October 16 at 10 AM in Wesley lounge. The program will be a discussion of church finances, presented by replaying who is chair of the finance committee. Our next general meeting, open to all women, will be a brunch and remembrance service in Fellowship lounge on November 6 at 9 AM.
Hope this piques your interest so that you will plan to attend!
Alice Cook for the Leadership Team