A Little About the UMW
By: Emma King
“When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you”? The King will reply, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me. Matthew 25: 38-40
The United Methodist Women is one way to fulfill this mission. Let me explain some of the things they do and what they are.
The United Methodist Women is the largest denominational faith-oriented organization for women with approximately 800,000 members whose mission is fostering spiritual growth, advocating for justice and developing leaders to help women, youth and children in the United States and more than 100 countries worldwide. Members raise up to $20 million each year for programs and projects to aid these particular missions. It is 143 years old and was started in Boston. There's much more history to be found via Google.
The purpose of the UMW is: The organized unit of the 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.
Some of the issues that the UMW undertakes are: Child Advocacy, human trafficking, global justice and peace, women’s rights, racial justice, domestic violence, environment, immigration and economic justice, just to name a few. Our local group has made UMCOR relief-supply kits to provide care for the most vulnerable people during times of crisis. There are six different kits that can be made, but we have made only the health kits and the layette kits in our church. These items are sent to one of two supply depots, where volunteers assemble, verify, and pack the kits so that they can be sent to where they are needed most. We will be asking for items soon, so watch for the announcement and please help us out gathering the needed items. We will be assembling kits in June and all are welcome to help.
UMW likes to keep up with the injustices throughout the world and one way that is done is through the reading program that has books for children, for youth, for nurturing, for community, social action, leadership development, spiritual growth and educating for missions. These books can be found in our church’s library.
Another way to keep abreast of biases and inequality is through the “Response” magazine which comes out every month. It is the voice of United Methodist Women. Or you can go to the new Response blog at responsemagazine.wordpress.com. UMW on line is UMWOnline.org. It is also on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media outlets.
Most of the money our UMW gets is from our Rummage Sale in October, yearly pledges of the members, meals served at our dinner meetings, and the sale of crafts which are made by the Craft Circle. These monies go to the Good Neighbor Center, Calexico Neighborhood House, Store Front, the Youth Group in our church, Wesley Foundation, Interfaith Shelter, La Roca, UMCOR, New Entra Casa and the Wounded Warrior Project, to name a few.
If you would be interested in participating in any of these activities, we would love to have you. Our General Meeting is held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month, except when noted differently, in either the church bulletin, or on the Foothills Newsletter. Priscilla Circle (Crafts) meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday at 9:30 a.m. and the Ruth/Sarah Circle meets on the 1st Wednesday of the month at 9:30 a.m. Watch our media for locations of all of these meetings, or check the Foothills Website. You’all come, ya hear.