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.
The emblem for UMW is the the same as that used by Women's societies and Wesleyan Service guilds during the past quadrennium. It affirms our continuity as women organized for mission, even as its symbolism affirms our newness and renewal.
The emblem combines ancient symbols of the church dating back to the days of Christ and Pentecost. The cross and a flame symbolizing the Holy Spirit evoke images of sacrifice, witness, and service.
"I now remind you to stir into flame the gift of God which is within you..." -II Timothy 1: 16
1st Tuesday of every month except June, July & August.
Coffee at 9:00a.m.
Program at 9:30a.m.
in the Parlor.
Mary Ruth Circle
January – May,
September – December
9:30 a.m. Parlor
UMW at Rio Texas Conference Luncheon
United Methodist Women
“The Power of Bold”, Faith, Hope and Love in Action was the theme for the Quadrennial Assembly held in Columbus, Ohio, May 18th – 20th where we celebrated 150 years of women organizing for mission and prepared for 150 more. Our social justice issues of economic inequality, climate justice, mass incarceration and criminalization of communities of color, and maternal and child health were presented in talks, town hall meetings, and exhibits. In our worship, we explored the biblical story of Mary, mother of Jesus, through scripture, song, and dance. Mary was a teenage mother, wife, sister and – later in life – a widow. Her life is an exemplar of what it means to be bold despite life’s challenges.
Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Peace Prize Winner for leading a women’s peace movement that brought an end to the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003, asked “How can we change things?” She said our Jesus is an action person. Women must cross lines and step out, never give up hope.
Michelle Alexander, author of “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” said that mass incarceration is a system of rules and policies. More than two million people are behind bars. They, especially people of color, are discriminated against after release. The War on Drugs and Civil Rights Movement brought on criminalization.
Marian Wright Edleman, founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund, stated that children are born into poverty, it is a pipeline. We need to change that as a way to honor Martin Luther King. Don’t ask someone to do something – you do it to fulfill needs. As people of faith, we have the power to change things, to end child poverty in America by giving them health care, food, and housing.
Harriet Jane Olson, General Secretary and CEO of United Methodist Women, talked about how relationships matter, that they are powerful. The power of our sisters equips us for work. United Methodist Women are in a position to make change. When we are together, we can make an impact.