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 9:30 a.m. in the Parlor.
Rev. Missy Jenson - True Vineyard Ministries
For our February 5th meeting, Rev. Missy Jenson, Pastor at Goliad UMC and wife of Victoria FUMC Associate Ryan Jenson, showed slides and told us about her trip to Africa in October 2018 with True Vineyard Ministries. This organization works with women in Rwanda empowering them to become self-sufficient. Most of them are the main survivors from genocide and range in age from 18 – 80. They have a farm where menudo sheep and angora rabbits are raised. These women work in groups doing different jobs. The wool and fur from the animals is spun into soft yarn which in turn is used to make clothing and blankets to sell. Parts of plants are used for dyes for the yarn. The items are sold under the Homespun Hope label. Sponsorships from True Vineyard Ministries provide living wages, school uniforms, school books and counseling. Work is also done in Kenya, Ethiopia, and Madagascar. We voted to give $100 to this ministry.
Future dates were discussed. The March 5th meeting will be a two hour study of “What About Our Money” led by Ann Marie Cantu of Corpus Christi followed by a Dutch Treat Lunch. The Crossroads District Retreat will be at Cathedral Oaks on March 16th. Cathe Evins, Pastor at FUMC Seguin, will be talking about “Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World”. UMW will have a table at the Ministry Fair March 31st. On April 2nd, we will be celebrating 150 years of women in mission.
We received a letter and card from Connie Wieck, a missionary to China thanking us for her birthday card. She enclosed several items used for the Chinese New Year celebrations which they call Spring Festival: a hong bao (red envelope) that is filled with money (ours had a 1 yuan note – about 16 cents) and given to children for spending money, and a small glass bottle which had been painted from the inside using special curved brushes that are stuck through the bottle’s hole in the top – a well-known Chinese technique.