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03/10/2013

United Methodist Women

Faith • Hope • Love in Action

Bethel International United Methodist Women (BIUMW) started off the year on Saturday, February 2 with Installation of Officers and the annual Pledge Service, both led by Robin Mitchell. The pledges benefit local, national, and international missions. If you have not yet submitted your pledge or pledge card, please contact Bonnie St. Germain at 459-3061.

UMW’s goal and purpose, since its formation, has been to serve women and children in need. On March 2 BIUMW will enjoy a Seaside Escape, a retreat coordinated by Phyllis Gamble. The mission focus for the retreat is prayer – World Day of Prayer is observed by Christian women on the first Friday of March.

April will be a busy month for BIUMW. The Prayer and Self-Denial Service will be conducted following a light breakfast hosted by Mary Magdalene Circle on Saturday, April 6. The mission focus for this gathering is the Open Shelter.

On April 27th, BIUMW will be hosting the District Day Apart Gathering (per national, UMW no longer have ‘meetings’ but have ‘gatherings’ – a way to show how we are always evolving, growing and keeping in touch with our changing world). The District Day Apart is from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm. The District is looking forward to learning more about our name change and meeting our Korean friends. Plan to attend. Childcare will be provided but must be reserved. Contact Shirley Funt for additional details. The registration fee for Day Apart is $10.
Assistance with food preparation for the gathering is needed on the afternoon of the 26th. Again, contact Shirley Funt (292-1637 or 459-3762) if you can assist with food preparation or service.

Reminder: UMW is open to all women of the United Methodist Church; attendance at a circle or general gathering is not a requirement to attend the District events.

The gathering on May 4 will be our annual Spring Brunch hosted by the Mary Magdalene and Dorcas Circles. The mission focus will be Choices.

The UMW mission emphases for 2013 are Healthy Families–Healthy Planet, Poverty, and Domestic Violence.

The 2012 mission emphases have not yet been achieved, but hopefully awareness has been increased. The 2012 emphases were Human Trafficking (pray for these victims especially during
the Arnold Classic on March 2), Immigration, and Racial Justice.

Each year the UMW participate in a reading program. Flyers about the program are in the women’s restrooms and near the BIUMW bulletin board in the hallway. Please consider reading some of the books or participating in one of the programs and sharing what you have read with BIUMW at one of their circle or general gatherings.


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