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United Methodist Women (UMW)
President: Linda Hoffman

United Methodist Women

The United Methodist Women is an organized unit whose purpose is to know God, to develop a creative, and supportive fellowship. 
 

Women's Circle Groups

We have two circles that meet monthly, at different times/dates. The Circles have between 8-20 members and each Circle chooses their study program and activities. This small group atmosphere provides an opportunity to get to know one another and develop lasting friendships and make a difference by what we choose to support in reaching out to others.

 


Current News:

Executive Committee Meeting: Monday, August 28th at 6:30pm. Room 9.

Linda Hoffman, President.

 

 

What is the Legacy Fund?  We've been hearing about it but most UMW members have no idea just what it is.  Simply stated, our national organization has been working since 2014 gearing up for a 150th anniversary of United Methodist Women in 2019 and publicizing the date by launching a Legacy 150 fund drive which basically is and will be a permanent endowment with income dedicated to providing future generations of UMW members with all of the monetary tools necessary to facilitate and distribute grants, scholarships, etc., which will coordinate with mission personnel to connect directly with the needs of women, children and youth throughout the world. 

The goal is to make sure that our Mission Giving dollars will be spent only on the empowerment of women that is essential to address the root causes of so many conditions harming women, children and youth throughout the world.  Because our organization was started in 1869, members have been requested to individually give $18.69 per year up until the anniversary celebration in 2019. Additional information will be submitted in two future issues as to the history of how our organization got started and what is the organization actually funding, nationally and  internationally.

At our Annual UMW District Meetings and Conferences, the UMW history is often reviewed.  However, we have learned that members of our local units who have not attended these events are not always aware of the awesome history of this organization. 

It began with women acting upon The Great Commission of Jesus to "Go preach, go baptize, go teach, go tell    everyone, go everywhere and remember, 'I am sending you.'"  This commission is for all Christians, not just those trained to preach or for mission service.  Two women, Clementina Butler and Lois Parker, were serving in India as wives of missionaries when they witnessed the poor treatment of women and children in India.  They became the moving force in founding the Women's Foreign Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Boston in 1869.  Isabella Thoburn, a teacher, and Dr. Clara Swain, were the Society's first missionaries who likewise  responded to Jesus call. The money raised for these two women to embark of this journey to India came from     pennies sent from women all across the United States, an unimaginable feat in 1869. The Society underwent many name changes as the years went by, eventually evolving into Women's Society of Christian Service, which many of us remember as WSCS, prior to becoming United Methodist Women.

Where Does Our Money Go?

Here are some examples of what UMW does with the money it collects.  This, of course, involves the National Office of UMW, Inc., which is the direct recipient of the Legacy Fund donations.  For our local unit, the money we receive from pledges and fundraising, i.e., bazaar and clothing sale only, goes towards our pledge to the National Office through the District and the UMW Upper NY Conference. Our local unit also supports the Church Budget, Chococente, UM Student Day as well as local organizations, such as Open Door Mission, Salem Nutrition Center, Journey Home, Church Women United and the Greece Food Shelf.

Our national and international efforts broadly support advocacy programs for womem, children and youth as well as support for deaconesses, home missioners and regional missionaries, educational and spiritual growth programs, to name a few.  The Reading Program and Response magazine are examples of educational initiatives.  One of our Reading Program books entitled "Soul Repair" tells of a UMW-sponsored scholarship program at Garrett-Evangelical Theologial Seminary called UMW Women of Color Scholars Program which enabled a very talented young woman to pastor a South Chicago church.

Along with UMW, the Outreach Committee and the efforts of many of our members' donations of time and money, MISSION is alive and well at Greece United Methodist Church.  As the sign on our door indicates, you are entering the "mission field" when you leave the confines of our building.  Thank you to all who support missions.

 

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