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.
Our UMW unit is so grateful to the many generous supporters of our Mission programs during the past years. Your donations and service has helped us to recognize women, children, and youth as leaders and to nurture their gifts. We have been motivated by Christian caring to reach isolated populations of women and girls with life-changing educational and leadership opportunities such as scholarships, workshops, life skills, child development and after-school programs.
* Upcoming Events –
January 21 – February 4 - SOUPer Bowl is coming! Yes, we'll all be watching the Super Bowl game (or at least the ads and halftime show) on February 4! But we're talking about something else! This is an opportunity to be providers of food rather than consumers of entertainment. Just leave your donations of soup or other non-perishable food items in the narthex/lobby. All items will be donated to Grace Place to fill their shelves.
February 14 – 6:00pm - Brief business meeting in Mentzer Parlor and a program for Call to Prayer and Self Denial. Offerings received from the 2018 Call to Prayer and Self-denial observance will support national and international programs that focus on developing leaders of all ages. Offerings will fund programs for women and girls who are chronically underserved and marginalized. The programs provide services to the socially and economically disadvantaged groups such as low-income families and households headed by women. This program will be prior to the 7:00pm Ash Wednesday Service.
April 22 – May 13 – Baby bottles will be available in the narthex to collect your change for Alpha’s Glory in Aberdeen. This worthy mission is a non-profit Christian ministry, which compassionately presents biblical truths to affirm the value of life by providing pregnancy and pregnancy loss services to Moms, Dad, and their families. The Center is a community where every child has the opportunity to be born healthy and to be placed in the arms of a mother and father well equipped to provide a loving home to the glory of God.
2018 UMW Officers – We are looking for volunteers to be our President and Vice President for the 2018 year. If you are interested in either of these two positions, please contact Joann Hayes. Joann has indicated she will be Co-President but with supporting the many missions of the church, she will need help with the UMW.
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.
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.