The UMW at Foothills
By: Emma King
The United Methodist Women is the largest denominational faith organization for women with over one million members worldwide whose mission is fostering spiritual growth, developing leaders and advocating for justice, locally and globally. At Foothills the UMW meet in small groups, called circles for fellowship, study, and crafts, and as a larger group for monthly meetings and programs.
There are two ways you can participate in the UMW: 1.) through the monthly Sarah/Ruth Circle small group which meets every first Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at various member’s homes, and/or 2.) Through our monthly meetings and dinners that are usually on the third Tuesday of the month.
Throughout the year we raise money for missions by pledges, rummage sale, and craft sales, to name a few. Our total monies for this year were a little over $15,000. We disbursed them to various charities, such as Philippines Relief, Wounded Warriors, La Roca Orphanage in Tijuana, Foothills’ missionaries, Calexico Neighborhood House, Good Neighbor Centers and several more.
UMW inherits its vision and toil of women’s missionary societies of eight denominations since 1869. It started when Women’s Foreign Missionary Society first organized in Boston in response to a lack of women’s health in India. Women in the Methodist and Evangelical United Brethren traditions organized about the same time in history (1869-1893) when women and children were legally classified as “chattel, legally dead, or non-persons.” There was little service to women because of prejudice and limitation of cultural attitudes in the church and society. Women’s Foreign Missionary Society took on the challenge to help other women and children and has evolved over the years into the United Methodist Women.
We just had a wonderful brunch on November 16th with the Chizhik brothers entertaining us. What a wonderful job they did. We also had a delicious meal. A few months’ back we had a meeting that we co-chaired with the United Methodist Men and invited a “wounded warrior” to come speak to us. His story was heart-wrenching as he told about being in the Pentagon when a plane flew into his office, killing everyone except him. If you missed these two, you missed two very good programs.
Maybe you would like to become a part of this wonderful group. We would love to have you visit us, and/or become a member. Look for upcoming events in your bulletin, the Foothills Focus, or call Emma King on 619-669-5300.