United Methodist Women
The purpose statement of the UMW:
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 — December 2013Piecemakers
One of the outgrowth groups of United Methodist Women is Project Linus, begun in 2000. Since then, we have contributed over four thousand blankets for that group. Because they have now decided to charge us a fee of $500 a year we have decided to withdraw from that organization but we will continue to make blankets and deliver them under own group name, “Piecemakers” (or "Peacemakers", if you prefer).
We still believe strongly in their motto: The best kind of sleep under heaven above is under a blanket handmade with love. The responses we get from nurses, doctors, and especially children and parents make us eager to be “Christ’s hands” in providing love and comfort to those hurting.
One of the reasons that many women join and participate in United Methodist Women is their outreaching purpose. That is firmly demonstrated by the upcoming program—to which you are all invited—INGATHERING. It is always one of the most meaningful meetings of the year, because we often have participants in the program who share with us how our Ingathering money benefits their group, and we feel it draws us closer to other people in our town and around the world. This year among those receiving funds are United Methodist Community House, S. A. F. E. Place, Clark Retirement Community, House by the Side of the Road, Camp Scholarships, SIS, and Vision of Life Community Outreach center. Please plan to join us at 7 pm in Wesley Chapel, December 5th.
At this season of giving, Roberta Porter expresses it well in her poem, Gift:
It is no small gift to be a faith community,
to worship, to witness,
to walk in the way of love
in the name and strength of Jesus.
And in community,
when brokenness and sorrow come,
those in need are surrounded
with prayer and compassion.
Our caring goes beyond ourselves,
and the stranger, in many places,
by the healing love and grace of God
In our failures, in our busy forgetting,
we are forgiven, renewed
to continue to be the hands and feet of Christ—
no small task,
no small gift.