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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 — August 2014
More on Mission U
From July 17-19, John and I participated in the 2014 “Mission U” (the new name for School of Christian Mission) held at Central Michigan University. The new name implies that you are in mission. Anyone from preschoolers to nonagenarians may participate, and they did. West Michigan Conference UMW and the Conference Board of Global Missions are co-sponsors. We were blessed by fine teachers who challenged and inspired us with new ideas, meaningful worship, warm fellowship, laughter, good food, and air-conditioning!
The three-day schedule allowed us to take only one class. “How Is It With Your Soul?” was my class and one of the questions we faced four different times in our small group, patterned after John Wesley’s class system model. In the comfort and safety of confidentiality and trust, we also answered these questions: Have you carefully abstained from doing evil? Have you zealously maintained good works? Have you constantly attended on all the ordinances of God? The total class studied the imperatives; pray, learn, mentor, and transform. What a challenge! Of course, we are not finished. I hope many of you at Albion FUMC will join me sometime this fall in four class sessions to study “How Is It With Your Soul?”.
It’s not as scary as you might think.
Other Mission U experiences included simulations of wheelchair use, dyslexia, and sight limitations; hearing Randi Clawson share her adventures in Palestine as a volunteer in mission, hearing Richard Prangley’s life story, and sharing in the children’s Mission U program. Silent and live auctions brought in $2,200 toward the roof replacement for United Methodist Community House and the mission offering was over $920 to be divided between UMCOR projects for people with disabilities and Advance Special for ministry with Roma people.
Albion District UMW offers another opportunity for study and growth on August 22, 2014, Drive-In Mission U at Litchfield UMC, a short road trip. Watch for Sunday bulletin announcement for registration information.
Do no harm. Do good. Stay in love with God. (John Wesley)