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.
Shine in my heart, Lord Jesus! This is the theme the United Methodist Women haves chosen for their annual ingathering event which happens at 7:00 pm on December 3rd in Wesley Chapel. Those words come from the beloved hymn, I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light. Once again, this promises to be an inspiring night with some of our talented women doing special instrumental music. Perhaps we will have a women’s chorus sing and will get to sing some favorite songs for this time of year.
Our finance committee has selected the following places for our special gifts we bring that night:
- Albion Interfaith Ministries (AIM)
- Clark Retirement Community
- House By the Side of the Road
- S.A.F.E Place
- United Methodist Community House
- Women United
- Baby Pantry
- Healthy Babies Day
- Sisters Influencing Society
- Vision of Life Community Center
Our presence at Ingathering and our gifts will certainly be one way to let Jesus shine in our hearts. This is a time when we also give our special memberships—wonder who will be honored this year? Do join us and let Jesus’ light shine in your heart!
UMW News for November 2015
On Saturday, November 7th at 9 am in Fellowship Lounge, you are all invited to our Remembrance Breakfast where we will celebrate the lives of Margarete Vidich, Alida Benden, Essie Morgan, Mary Margaret Moore, and Polly Ballou. Invite others who may have known any of these women to share this special time with us. Please make breakfast reservations with your Circle Chairperson or call the Church Office, 629-9425, by November 4th before 1 pm. A freewill offering will be taken to cover the cost of the breakfast. Family members of those we honor are our guests.
Sally Ammerman and I attended the 43rd Annual Celebration of the West Michigan Conference United Methodist Women held at Coldwater United Methodist Church on October 17th. More than 150 women heard the featured speaker, Harriett Jane Olsen, Chief Executive Officer of the United Methodist Women’s national administrative and policy-making arm, located in New York. In Ms. Olsen’s message centered on “Peace, Justice, and Action in the World”, she shared her understanding of the Hebrew word shalom which includes welcoming, nurturing, wholeness, and engagement. Shalom requires us to be peace makers and peace keepers, prepared by a deep spiritual life. When we know who God is and see the world through God’s eyes, we can begin to work not from a culture of blame but with eyes that see what’s really happening and how it affects the community in which we live. She shared UMW peace and justice work in The Great Lakes Region of Africa, Ukraine and Russia, and Israel/Palestine. Transformational justice is more than cessation of conflicts. It entails reparations, reconciliation, truth-telling, preservation of memory, and restoration of relationships which together make a sustainable peace. Ms. Olsen urged us to action by being informed about local and world peace and justice issues, having meaningful conversations with others, and being actively engaged in our communities, tall orders for our nearly 800,000 UMW members within the United Methodist Church in the USA.
Thank you to Alice Cook from our Albion Piecemakers who sent a quilt for the Ingathering of prayer shawls/quilts.