United Methodist Women
Susanna Wesley was the mother of John Wesley, who was largely credited, along with his brother Charles Wesley, as founding the Methodist movement. Although she never preached a sermon or published a book or founded a church, she is known as the Mother of Methodism. One of the missions our yearly pledges support through the United Methodist Women is the Susanna Wesley House. The mission of Susanna Wesley House is to assist women in need and their dependent children; to provide a safe, clean home; and to ensure a viable program for the residents to obtain independent living.
Part of our mission work within Havre de Grace United Methodist Church is:
- Our “Souper Bowl” collection of non-perishable food items, which are donated to the Salvation Army and Grace Place.
- We collect donations for the Board of Childcare in Baltimore, MD. The Board of Child Care's mission, as an outreach ministry of The United Methodist Church, is to serve children and families who require physical, emotional, behavioral and social support. If you remember, three years ago our church knitted and crocheted scarves (over 100) and took to the children as Christmas gifts.
- Our church support to the Alpha’s Glory Pregnancy Resource Center in Aberdeen provides change collected in baby bottles. Alpha’s Glory is an outreach ministry of the local churches. It is committed to presenting the gospel of our Lord to women in crisis – both in word and deed. Last year we purchased 25 bibles and 22 Concordance’s and donated those to help with their ministry to women in crisis.
- We also provide support to our Sunday School by sponsoring our annual Halloween Party and collecting money for the United Nations Children’s Fund, or more commonly known as UNICEF, during the month of October. UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to save and improve children's lives by providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, and emergency relief. UNICEF spends 90.4 cents of every dollar we receive on programs that help children.
- November we sponsor our annual Blanket Sunday. The funds collected support the Church World Service (CWS) to purchase and ship blankets within the United States and worldwide. Because CWS buys in large quantities, it can provide a good wool or cotton blend blanket for a modest $5. When possible, blankets are purchased closer to the scene of a disaster, to speed delivery and to spur local economies.
- Every December we host our annual Christmas Cookie Bake Sale and sponsor a local organization for Christmas.
- Our UMW also supports the Church Prayer Circle. This circle has been meeting since World War II, EVERY WEEK. When weather did not permit everyone meeting at the church, all members would pray in their homes at 10:00 for those on our prayer list and those less fortunate. The group meets here at the church every Thursday at 10:00 in Mentzer Parlor. Our membership is getting smaller, from a robust 12 to a dedicated group of 3 or 4. You don’t have to pray out loud but pray for those in need.
October 11 – UMW Monthly Meeting, Round Table Room, 7:00pm – In January 2018, we will move our meeting to Mentzer Parlor.
October 14 – White Elephant Sale (see below)
October 15 – Blanket Sunday (all three services)
November 8 – UMW Monthly Meeting, Round Table Room 7:00pm – In January 2018 we will move our meeting to Mentzer Parlor.
SCHOLARSHIPS: The UMW and the Trustees would like to announce the following recipients of the 2017/2018 scholarships: Congratulations to Annelise Beer, Mikaela Keithley, and Michael Philips.
School Supply Drive: Please see, within The VISITOR, the list and quantity of school supplies that we received through your very generous donations. Thank you so very much. Supplies have been delivered to Havre de Grace Elementary and Meadowvale Elementary. The supplies for UMCOR have been mailed to the depot in Baldwin, Louisiana.
White Elephant Sale: The UMW will be holding a “white elephant” sale and bake sale on October 14 in the church social room (weather permitting, maybe we will have items outside). Sale of the items will support the UMW missions and scholarship fund. We cannot take any furniture, TV’s or dishes/glassware. This date will coincide with the Havre de Grace Oktoberfest. Sale of the items will support the UMW missions and scholarship fund. Any items not sold may be taken to ReStore in Aberdeen as a donation. Please contact JoAnn Hayes about dropping off items for the sale.
FLOWER FUND – Individuals who have signed up to place altar flowers on a Sunday morning must pay for the flowers two weeks in advance or your flowers will not be ordered. This is critical to keep our account with Amanda’s Florist current. Checks should be payable to UMW Flower Fund. Thank you to all who are paying for their flowers on time or in advanced. It is greatly appreciated when time to pay the bill!! Please be sure to return the containers.
ACCESS TO CARE: Women’s health has always been a priority for United Methodist Women. Dr. Clara Swain along with educator Isabella Thoburn were our first missionaries, sent to India in the 19th century to ensure Indian women received education and access to health care, both denied to them in a patriarchal society Women’s access to health care is still under threat today, even in such rich nations as the United States. Because access to comprehensive health care for women of all ages is still lacking, maternal and child health remains a priority for United Methodist Women. We work to ensure our church and world do not leave women behind or allow women and children to die of preventable causes. This includes partnership, education, and advocacy. In April 2017, United Methodist Women joined with the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society to train maternal health advocates in Washington, D.C. Maternal mortality is increasing in the United States. We must find out why and reverse this trend—from exploring what local, state, and national policies restrict care, where funding is lacking, what systemic issues create this environment, and how we begin to work together to fix it. We owe it to our foremothers to continue their work. In the 21st century, women still need to organize for mission. Taken from THE RESPONSE, the magazine of women in mission, September 2017.
We welcome all ladies to join our UMW where you can learn about new opportunities and challenges and face the future with faith, hope, and love in action. You do not have to be a member of the United Methodist Church to be a member of the United Methodist Women. We meet the 2nd Wednesday of each month (except July and August) at 7:00pm in the Round Table Room. We plan to move to Mentzer Parlor for our January 2018 meeting. We would love to have you join us.
ORGANIZING FOR MISSION: Each organization unit of UMW will determine, on the basis of an assessment of its needs, the organizational form required to effectively implement the PURPOSE of the UMW, keeping in mind flexibility of structure and times of meetings. The program of the HDG UMW will provide opportunities for the participation and leadership of all its members, encouraging women to be in mission by growing spiritually, engaging in service and advocacy, educating for change, developing leaders, expanding and nurturing its membership and supporting the organization through Mission Giving.