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.
Program at 9:30a.m.
in the Parlor.
Mary Ruth Circle
January – May,
September – December
9:30 a.m. Parlor
The United Methodist Women continued their study of Methodist Missions during the October 2nd meeting, discussing the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference. The Indian Removal Act of 1830, forced the Five Civilized Tribes to travel by foot over 1200 miles to land set aside in what is now known as Oklahoma. The Choctaw, Seminole, Creek, Chickasaw and the Cherokee Indians were involved in this removal with many deaths along The Trail of Tears. Sue Gibbs led the discussion about the development of the General Conference of the Methodist Church and the decision to establish an Indian Conference, resulting in the OIMC. There are now 81 churches in four states operating under this Missionary Conference.
The UMW participated in the Arts and Craft Show by having the Bake Sale. Thanks to all the church members who made so many “goodies” for our booth. The overflowing tables cleared quickly as customers purchased their favorites! We will use the profits for special church and community projects.
Nancy Farris will lead the Call to Prayer and Self Denial and the Pledge Service for our November 6th meeting. The Annual Advent Luncheon will be December 4th, and the church staff will be our special guests for the Christmas meal. Wanda and Sarah Ritchea will provide Christmas Music for the program. The January meeting has been changed to January 8th.
Joyce Brown attended the Rio Texas Conference UMW Meeting in Gonzales where the theme was “Women of Courage”. Items were brought for the Gonzales Youth Center as our mission emphasis. We attended several workshops, and elected officers for 2019-2020. Retired Bishop Janice Huie spoke about courageous women in the Bible and in the modern day using Joshua 41 as her Biblical Scripture. She said women keep the church in mission today.