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
“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” – C.S. Lewis
Last week Maureen King and I finished visiting the five agencies that we donated our mission monies to this spring. Our highlight was attending the 1st annual fundraiser Sidewalk Hope hosted, “Breakfast for the Heart of Our City 2019.” Several Bethel members and staff attended, and Bethel was presented with the Humanitarian Award. We had the chance to hear how their ministry has had such a strong impact in the community. Along with UMW, so many Bethel small groups have volunteered and donated to this special ministry: Children’s Ministry, BUMS, Pray One, Stitch One, Comfort and Joy, SS classes, to individuals baking cookies at Christmas and donating snack items this summer. Thank you, Maureen, for hosting a circle meeting and inviting me, along with Bethel staff for a community mission that is ongoing for everybody to get involved in at Bethel.
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.
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.
July: Planning Meeting, TBA
July 18-20: Mission U, SMC – forms online
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