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
United Methodist Women
The United Methodist Women held their General Meeting on Tuesday February 6th in the Parlor. During the business meeting, a discussion was held about having refreshments every meeting and a decision was made to not have them. Coffee can be obtained in the coffee bar and a pitcher of tea can be made if anyone wants it. The Crossroads District UMW Lenten Retreat will be held March 17th at Cathedral Oaks. Programs for the remainder of 2018 were planned: Barbara Skipper will do the March meeting, Kellie Richardson and Jo Jo are coming in April, we will made kits for Mission U in May, Sue Gibbs will tell us about the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference in September, Jacquie Fritz will tell about the Red Bird Missionary Conference in October, Nancy Farris will lead the 2019 Pledge Service and World Thank Offering in November, and the Advent Luncheon will be in December. The Prayer Calendar entries for the day were the Cameroon United Methodist Women for the Mission Focus; and Barbara Jacobsen who is Director of Internal Audit for the General Board of Global Ministries whose birthday it was. Nancy Farris gave the Treasurer’s Report and passed out Pledge cards.
Ryan Jensen then began our Spiritual Growth Study on “Living in a Covenant Community”. Convenir is the Latin word for covenant meaning come together. We defined “covenant” as an agreement, contract, promise, legal document, something definite. It is a formal, serious agreement that is binding, it can be everlasting.
A divine covenant has two parts: unilateral – God says I am doing it, bilateral – we agree to follow through. There are usually tokens or signs of divine covenants: rainbows, water, fire, Holy Communion, circumcision. And there can be consequences of covenants. Covenants bring us together. Jesus calls us into community. Baptism is an initiation into community. Two aspects of divine covenant are keeper-maker and equipper. The first covenant was between Adam and Eve. God brings us back together whenever we walk away.
Our study will be continued on February 20th and March 20th.