United Methodist Women
2013 UMW CALENDAR
UNITED METHODIST WOMEN
MAY 23, Thursday, UMW Spring Banquet
6:30 p.m., Centenary Fellowship Hall
JULY 18-21, Mission U. (School of Christian Mission)
Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY
AUGUST 24, Saturday, District UMW Officers’ Meeting
9:00-12:30 p.m., Centenary UMC
SEPTEMBER 28, Saturday, District UMW Meeting
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Centenary Fellowship Hall
OCTOBER 17, Thursday, Unit Meeting TBA
10:30 p.m., Centenary Fellowship Hall, Salad Luncheon
OCTOBER 26, Saturday, Kentucky Conference Mission Celebration, TBA
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
DECEMBER 10, Tuesday, UMW Christmas Banquet
6:30 p.m., Centenary Fellowship Hall
United Methodist Women is an organization of approximately one million members who raise nearly $25 million each year for programs and projects related to women, children and youth in the United States and in more than 100 countries around the world. Our purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.
The Centenary United Methodist Women continue to emphasize missions as their main focus, donating more than $6,300.00 in 2012. They are supportive of a variety of mission efforts, some of which are Centenary’s Love Fund, Centenary’s Local and Global Impact Teams, Nathaniel Mission, Methodist Mountain Mission, Habitat for Humanity, Heifer International, Henderson Settlement, Methodist Home of Kentucky, New Opportunities for Women, Red Bird Mission, Step By Step, UK Wesley Foundation, EKU Wesley Foundation and Embrace/Epworth UMC After School Program. Centenary UMW prepare lunches for R.I.T.I. (Room in the Inn), they serve by washing the kitchen towels each week, they also attend prayer retreats and district and conference meetings throughout the year. This year, Centenary will host the District Mission Celebration on September 28th.
In addition to our Unit meetings as a whole, we have smaller group meetings called Circles. The primary focus is both local and global service projects. All circles make annual pledges and contribute to the above missions.
THE DEBORAH CIRCLE
The Deborah Circle consists of ladies primarily in their 30s and 40s with active lives fulfilled by work, the church and their families. They are dedicated to mission outreach through various service projects, mostly local or within the church. Meetings are held the third Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at a member’s home. Service projects this past year include: preparing lunches and serving dinner for R.I.T.I., Parent’s Night Out, serving at the Annual Veterans’ Dinner, UMCOR Kit donations, and providing meals to the Ronald McDonald House.
THE MARTHA MISSION FELLOWSHIP GROUP
The MARTHA Circle originated with a group of women who worked in the kitchen and wanted to be real workers involved in local and global ministries of the church. The MISSION FELLOWSHIP Circle, made of ladies of retirement age were active in the UMW Reading Program and sent cards to circle members for birthdays and illnesses. These two groups have merged to become the MARTHA MISSION FELLOWSHIP CIRCLE and they meet on the second Thursday of each month at 10:30 a.m. in the Centenary Hospitality Room.
THE PAT BLOOM FELLOWSHIP CIRCLE
The PAT BLOOM FELLOWSHIP CIRCLE is a very active, caring, mission-oriented group of women who enjoy being together and working together. They meet on the second Tuesday each month at 7:30 p.m. in the members’ homes. This circle of women began as the YOUNG MOTHERS’ CIRCLE dating back to the late ‘60s. Several charter members still attend. Throughout the year, speakers are invited to talk about relevant topics, usually local or global missions.
THE PIECEMAKERS QUILTING CIRCLE
The PIECEMAKERS QUILTING CIRCLE was formed in July of 2005 for the purpose of making quilts for the children at the Methodist home. Since then, they have expanded their ministry by making quilts for fund-raising auctions to benefit the Methodist Home, Nathaniel Mission, Wesley Village, AA Pregnancy Center and the Seniors of Centenary. They have made and donated baby quilts to Nathaniel Mission and Embrace Epworth United Methodist Church for members of their congregation. Other quilts have been donated to the conference for newborn babies. This circle meets on the second Monday of each month in the homes.