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.
UMW News for February 2016
Sometimes I get caught up in words; their sounds, their meaning, their emptiness, their power, their hope, their hate, their love. We read, hear, and speak them. We repeat, write, love, and fear them. We can be hurt by them. The power of words helps us to communicate. Sometimes words are inadequate. I recently found in my desk drawer a few buttons from the 2014 UMW Assembly. Four remaining buttons are "bold", "giving", "faithful", "edgy". They reminded me of our women in UMW. We are a faithful few, a loyal, learning lobby, a giving group, a kitchen "krew", a praying party, a learning lab, quiet quilters, a caring crowd, and much more.
In January, the Team met and shared program planning responsibilities for the year:
- Count on a Lenten Breakfast on March 19th with Rev. Tamara Williams
- Save May 1st for an All Church Potluck after worship service
- Put June 21st on your calendars for Summer Refresher
- Consider attending Mission u July 14-16 at Albion College
- Remembrance Brunch is set for November 5th with a surprise speaker.
The Team voted to send $100 to help support Gwen Bagley’s mission trip to Haiti in March with CMU Wesley Foundation. She will be glad to share her experiences with us when she returns. Sally Ammerman, Alice Cook, Barb Stowell, and Donna Williams attended the Albion District UMW Epiphany Celebration last month where we heard an inspiring presentation by John Drake Founder of the Lingap Children’s Development Center in the Philippines. One man’s attentive response to God’s call has saved and changed the lives of many young people in Toledo City, Cebu, Philippines. If we are open to God’s call, wherever we are, lives can be changed.
Be bold, faithful givers.