The organization of the United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose PURPOSE is to know God and experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ: to develop a creative, supportive fellowship: to expand concepts of mission through participation in global ministries of the church.
Mission giving is an integral part of the purpose of UMW and important in our ministries both locally and globally. A brief overview of just a few of the missions that UMW supports with yearly donations are as follows
$2,700-Pledge to Mission: Sent through district and conference treasurers to the national office, for use in the collective mission work of United Methodist Women in the United States and around the world. The elected members or directors of the national board of directors are responsible for deciding how this money should be spent each year for ongoing programs of mission projects. Mission Giving helps United Methodist Women continue to be a strong organization, advocating for and serving the needs of women, children and youth.
$500-Christian Assistance Network: Started in 1984 with funding from a network of churches and individuals to provide food and clothing for those in need.
$400-UMCOR: Provides humanitarian relief and disaster response to people in more than 80 countries including the United States.
$300-Hands of Hope: A safe place for families with children to shelter during the day, with showers, laundry, snacks and a clothing closet.
$300-Outreach: Giving a large sack lunch four days a week at the window in our church office, providing cookies and water during the Veterans Day Parade and Thanksgiving Baskets.
$250-Casa de Esperanza: Providing protection and education for victims of domestic and sexual abuse.
$250-Salvation Army: Meeting human need wherever, whenever and however they can.
$250-Mary Elizabeth Inn: A century’s tradition of providing safe housing and supportive services to women who are in need.
$200-Heifer International: Working to end hunger and poverty by providing livestock and training to struggling communities.
$200-Habitat for Humanity: Seeking to put God’s love into action, bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope.
$200- Paul Drumm, Missionary: Overseas missionary work.
$150-Twin Cities Rescue Mission: Providing emergency shelter, basic needs and spiritual food.
$150-Fred Finch Home: In operation for 125 years for children with autism and other neurodevelopment disorders.
$150-Gum Moon Residence: Founded in 1868, located in the heart of Chinatown in San Francisco address the issues that women and children face.
Mission is at the heart of United Methodist Women and I hope this helps to clarify that part of our giving. You may want to look at the budget in the yearly bulletin to see all the other ways that the money is being used from our many fundraisers.
The next UMW Planning Meeting is August 5 to discuss and plan for the September Rummage Sale. Start clearing out those closets, it will be here before you know it! And always remember that this is your UMW and open to all women.
Thought for the Day: We must be global Christians with a global vision of mission because our God is a global God.
Bonnie Shelton, President,