united methodist women
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The face to face outreach, the community-based fundraisers, the coming together in kitchens, living rooms and fellowship halls to make food, sew quilts, knit prayer shawls or to assemble school, health, layette and cleaning kits is what United Methodist Women do across the country. We host forums and legislative days and prayer vigils and spiritual retreats. While serving the immediate needs where we live come together as na organization to end systemic issues of mass incarceration, economic inequality, climate injustice and poor maternal and child health outcomes. Empowering women everywhere changes the world for the better for everyone.
The PURPOSE of the United Methodist Women:
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.
Our work is inspired by our PURPOSE and turning faith, hope, and love into action. Making this statement a living reality is our goal. Commitment to God’s calling, sensitivity to others, openness to new ideas and a heart for mission are all needed to foster the values that are at the core of the PURPOSE.
The mission focuses that can be found within the PURPOSE are as follows:
To be a community of women
To know God
To experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ
To expand concepts of mission
To participate in global ministries
The vision of United Methodist Women is to “turn faith, hope and love into action on behalf of women, children and youth around the world.” This is lived out through the following actions:
We provide opportunities and resources to grow spiritually, become more deeply rooted in Christ and put faith into action.
We are organized for growth with flexible structures leading to effective witness and action.
We equip women and girls around the world to be leaders in communities, agencies, workplaces, governments and churches.
We work for justice through compassionate service and advocacy to change unfair policies and systems.
We provide education experiences that lead to personal change in order to transform the world.
Membership is open to any woman who indicates her desire to belong and to participate in the global mission of the Church through United Methodist Women. The Pastor is considered a member of the UMW and is welcome at all meetings.
The United Methodist Women meet on the second Tuesday every month for either hands-on mission projects, guest speakers or guided discussion. Smaller groups such as Grace Circle or New Circle meet at various times throughout the month and special programs are held several times a year. The time, location and format of all gatherings and programs will be announced in the Sunday bulletin and in the Tower Bell.
UMW Missions Giving
United Methodist Women fundraising efforts at Bishop Janes Church enable our unit to financially support local, and international mission giving as well as to support our own ministries including the Piecemaker Quilters and the Prayer Shawl Ministry. Each year the UMW budget is carefully and prayerfully reviewed and set according to guidelines provided by the United Methodist Women National Office.
One of the ways that the UMW has been able to creatively provide support to women in need around the world is by providing micro-loans through Kiva, an online organization founded in 2005 to expand financial access to help vulnerable and underserved individuals and communities improve their lives.
Since opening their account in 2007 our UMW has made a total of 125 loans to women in 45 different countries. Total deposits have amounted to $563 with a total amount lent of $3,150.
As an example, the most recent loans made this past month were to four different women, each in the amount of $25: Ruhshona in Tajikistan to renovate her small cafeteria and bakery, Pamela in Ibarra, Equador to purchase equipment for her personal training business, Balbina in Paraguay to purchase pigs to breed and sell, and Germania in Tulcan, Equador to buy furniture and accessories for her hair salon. Each of these loans are special because they focus on the poorest one fifth of the population with no access to financial services.
We pray for these women to succeed and be able to provide financial support to their families, their children and their communities. For more information about Kiva go to their website, Kiva.org
At our June Gathering we celebrated 150 year of United Methodist Women and all of the women at Bishop Janes Church with a traditional potluck dinner. We celebrated the women who have come before us, the women who are here now, and those women who are our future. We celebrated women who were not able to be with us that night by signing cards of appreciation that would be delivered with flowers and mailing cards to our new confirmands.
United Methodist Women 150 YEARS VIDEO:
Remembering Myrtle Martin.
It is with great sorrow and shock that we share the loss of Myrtle. Myrtle passed away on October 26th. Her passion for charities and legacy on the mission’s team, Serve The World, has been remarkable. In addition to three mentioned in the obit, she and Art had a long ministry at Camp YDP in Patterson. With painstaking accuracy they tracked the Christmas star gift requests that adorned the Narthex tree. It became a passionate mission tradition at BJ for decades. In 2013 their 50th anniversary was celebrated as was the wedding of Matthew & Beth. But in July 2019 fireworks lit up the sky as tiny Estell was born premature to Heather and Rob. Blessings abound in God’s mysterious ways.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Myrtle's name to Doctor's Without Borders, PO Box 5030, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5030, Bishop Jane's United Methodist Church, 22 South Finley Ave, Basking Ridge NJ 07920, or Salvation Army, 95 Spring Street, Morristown, NJ 07960