United Methodist Women (UMW)
“I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me..”
(Phillipians 4:13 World English Bible)
Bethel United Methodist Women is a supportive, inclusive Christian membership organization where women can grow spiritually, develop as leaders and serve and work to create a world in which all women, children, and youth thrive. Bethel has 4 Circles who meet at various times throughout the year, each one with a different mission emphasis for the year, along with combined missions as a Unit.
There are two general meetings a year, along with regularly scheduled Board Meetings involving all Circles. Our fundraisers include: Bake Sale-Frozen Feast-Vendor Party and Lunches after church.
Our members nurture one another in community and support local, conference, and global mission projects to improve the lives of women, children, and youth around the world.
Leader: Debbie Locke
Time: 2nd Tuesday at 6:30 pm
Months: Feb, Apr, Aug, Oct, Dec
Leaders: Maureen King/ Kay Melba
Time: 2nd Wednesday at 10:00 am
Place: Church Library
Months: Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct, Dec
Leader: Carol Barnette
Time: 1st Tuesday at 2:00 pm
Place: Builder’s Class
Months: Mar, Apr, Sep, Oct
Leader: Linda Seyler
Time: 2nd Tuesday at 6:30 pm
Months: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
“Truly I tell you, wherever the good news is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in remembrance of her.” Mark 14:9 NRSV
This summer a lot of planning and changes are taking place with our UMW. New officers will begin September 1, new circle leaders are excited to start with their mission ideas and bible studies, and of course- mission fundraisers, old and new.
Another Mission u has come and gone, but not without another great bible study “Practicing Resurrection” The gospel of Mark and Radical Discipleship. Along with the above verse, we also concentrated on Mark 5:25-34 hearing the story of the audacity of the woman reaching out to touch Jesus’ garment or the boldness of the Syrophoenician woman Mark 7:24-30 as examples of discipleship, and Jesus insisting that this woman who anointed him was vital to the good news.
Mission u report from Maureen King~
I had the amazing experience of attending Mission u for the very first time last week. Mission U is the SC Conference of United Methodist Women held at SMC. This year’s theme was UMW Radical Disciples Then and Now.” I, along with Karen Cannon (also a first timer) Jan Fleming, and over 170 other women from across our state, had three days of worship, fellowship, and intense studies. My study was “What About Our Money-A Faith Response.” Jan and Karen’s study were “Women United for Change-150 Years in Mission.” We all attended the Bible study together – “Practicing Resurrection: The Gospel of Mark.” I came away with a renewed respect for our United Methodist Women -past and present-our history, and our purpose today-to be radical disciples of Jesus Christ.
New Circle! Circle 2 will hold their meetings in September, November, January, March, May, and July, the second Tuesday of the month. This Circle will meet in members’ homes from 6-8 PM. Along with the obligations of a Circle, this group will start off with a book discussion “This I Know” by the Reverend Doctor Jim Dant. The first meeting will be held September 17th at the home of Sheila Worley. If you have any questions: contact Peggy Taylor or Sheila Worley.
Thank you for all the school supplies and backpacks that were donated for our ongoing mission, Sidewalk Hope. The last day to drop off any supplies is Friday, August 2.
New Fall Mission Fundraiser! On Sunday, September 29 at noon, join us in the fellowship hall for a hot lunch and delicious desserts. Sign-up sheets with details will be in your Sunday School classes mid-September.
UMW FYI: From the beginning United Methodist women’s predecessor organizations: 1. focused on the needs of women, children, and youth; 2. came out of the missionary tradition; 3. always raised their own funds; 4. approached mission in a holistic way, integrating spirituality, study, leadership development, and advocacy; and 5. despite resistance at times, United Methodist Women now has the authority to organize groups in the local church and is the official women’s organization of the United Methodist Church.
Our Spiritual Growth Retreat will have a new format this year. This year’s retreat will be a one-day retreat held at St. Paul’s UMC in Spartanburg, September 28. Our theme this year is “Falling in Love with Jesus.” The keynote speaker will be Rev. Angela Ford Nelson. She is a powerful speaker with a spirit that personifies her love for God and service to others. Registration and a light breakfast will be from 8-9. The opening session will begin at 9:15, workshops, and a break for a catered lunch. The retreat will conclude with a worship service from 2:15-3:30. Forms are located next to the UMW bulletin board.
Looking ahead, our Annual Meeting is in Greenville, October 25-26, not far for us to travel! Our keynote speaker will be Harriett Jane Olson, National UMW General Secretary and CEO.
UMW FYI: What We DON’T Fund – Projects and programs that don’t benefit women, children, and youth. Projects and programs that do not comply with the social principles and Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church. Programs administered by organizations that discriminate based on faith, ethnicity, race, or gender.
August 31: Deadline to sign up for Spartanburg Spiritual One-day Retreat
September 28: Spartanburg District UMW Spiritual Growth Retreat
Only by grace, Jan Fleming