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 April-May 2015
UMW is an organized branch of the United Methodist church that seeks to provide fellowship for women in the congregation and support for women, children and youth locally and around the world. Our local unit has two Circles, which meet once a month, one in the afternoon, led by Bev Bentley and Pat Brown, and one in the evening, led by Barb Stowell and Alice Cook. All women of the church are welcome to join. The next circle meetings will be:
- Afternoon circle
- May 21
- Sally Ammerman will present a program on her military service
- Evening circle
- May 26
- Sharon Hostetler will present a program on Healthy Babies Day
I hope that you will be able to participate in one of these meetings and our summer refresher . Looking forward to seeing you!
Because Polly Moore’s article was not in the April Silver Spire, I'm going to include part of it here:
As spring advances slowly but surely, so does our church life. World Day of Prayer was held on the first Friday of March and the faithful who weren’t out of town gathered at the Free Methodist Church to contemplate a program written by women of the Bahamas. I was recruited by Donna Williams to participate in that because she was traveling that day, and I reluctantly agreed to do it. I’ve noticed that moving experiences usually happen when you least expect them, and I did find that experience moving. I was reminded that this is one of just a few community worship services that the African American churches embrace, and how important it is for us to take that opportunity to connect with them. We need more things like that happening to truly bring Albion together.
The UMW held its annual Lenten breakfast on March 21, and after a delicious breakfast, the program was presented by Rev. Carolin Spragg, a retired minister. She was here last year for the Lenten breakfast and was so well received that we invited her back for this year s program. She tells the stories of women in the Bible and makes their lives come alive. We invited women from churches in Albion and had many guests attending.
We will not be having a unit meeting in May, but please mark your calendars for the summer refresher on July 14th. We will be gathering at Carolyn Gaswick’s home on Haven Lane. It is a relaxing morning, a chance to catch up with others and enjoy a nice lunch. All women and friends are invited.