Harmony United Methodist Women met in Fellowship Hall at the church on Monday, March 29. President Sheila Termeer called the meeting to order. Carolyn Kumpf gave the prayer. Gail Roach distributed the minutes and they were accepted.
Carolyn reported that we had a balance of $781.49 in the treasury to fund our missions and other activities. She will plan a lesson on Prayer and Self-Denial for the next meeting. Carolyn had ordered and received the Plan Book for 2010.
Sheila introduced guest Nancy Barnett. Barnett is the President of the West District. We are part of that group since the conference redistricting. Our district president explained the geographic boundaries and some of the upcoming efforts planned for our area.
Ladies of the West District UMW are planning a trip to the Red Bird Mission in October. The mission school is located in the Appalachia region near the Kentucky/ Tennessee border. Bus, lodging and six meals will cost $130 per person. The group will visit the school, children's clinic, craft shop, senior center and other areas that help with distributing clothes or assisting with other needs. They will stay in the dorm.
Barnett suggested contacting other ladies in the district to have as featured speakers at our meetings. Her suggestions included Past-President Vicky Newkirk, Sandy Ruby from the Lucille Raines Home, the ladies from Union Church that have previously visited Red Bird Mission, and Kathy White.
Nancy concluded her presentation by distributing cards that gave the purpose of UMW and also handed out scripture mints. The Purpose Card read, "The organized unit of United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose 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."
A meeting will be held at Ellettsville on April 10, starting with registration at 9 a.m. Sheila and Gail will plan to attend the meeting. Officers that hold the same office in various UMW groups will meet together to share ideas and problems.
Plans continued for the Mother/Daughter Banquet scheduled for May 3. The theme will be Bloom Where You Are Planted. Sheila will invite women in our cluster group that don't have UMW at their churches. Gail will make a sign-up sheet and invitations for the event.
The ladies will decide who will prepare the meat and rolls at the next meeting. Preparing the meat, rather than having it catered, will save money for missions. Drinks will also be provided. Attendees will be asked to bring their own table service to have less clean-up at the end of the evening.
The group voted to spend $20 to buy door prize plants from Jana Sinders at Outback Garden Center. Gail will meet with her. Jana will provide the program. Mayme Cox asked for additional plants to decorate the tables for the banquet. She will have centerpiece displays for each table. We also need a slide screen for the program. Gail will check if our old screen is still in good condition.
Nancy Barnett and Rose Marie Pell won the door prize baskets. They were chosen with Easter and Spring in mind.
Each contained a towel, egg-shaped box, chocolates, lotion, bath fizz, and a candle tin.
Gail Roach gave the lesson on the women in John Wesley's life and those women who helped shape the early Methodist movement. The information came from Response Magazine. Susanna Wesley, mother to John and Charles, educated all of her children.
That was very uncommon in those days even though some children had to listen outside the windows of the classroom.
Although women were never treated as equals in those days, some managed to help shape history. The first female preacher was Sarah Mallet, authorized by Mr. Wesley in 1734. Hannah Ball started the first Sunday School in 1767, meeting also on Wednesday nights. Barbara Heck is credited with getting the first Methodist group started in this country. Wesley's appointed preacher, Philip Embry, came from Ireland but was not doing the job. He was not prepared for what he found here. Barbara Heck demanded that he do his job, preach to the immigrants. This was the first Methodist service in America.
Mary Webb, confined to a wheelchair, organized the Boston Female Society for Missionary Purposes. This group developed in the 1800's for women of various Protestant faiths. Mary Mason developed the Mite Society, based on the parable of the Widow's Mite. Ladies saved one penny a week to donate to the society to help others. These were some of the groups that led to the founding of United Methodist Women.
Gail concluded the lesson by reading the current Social Creed of the United Methodist Church. Everyone was given a copy.
Sheila Termeer and Mayme Cox prepared the refreshments. We were treated to delicious cocktail wieners, cheesecake, and snacks. Mayme finished out the evening by challenging us to a contest. We tried to guess the identity of various spring birds as she read brief clues. "What bird might live in Sherwood Forest?" Of course, that bird would have to be named Robin. Mayme had 20 of them for us to name. The best score only made it to about 14.
The Mother/ Daughter Banquet will be held in May but no one has volunteered to be hostess or to prepare the lesson for the meeting in June. Volunteers, please.
Possible topics that will need to be discussed at the next meeting include: June yard sale, the banquet, farewell dinner for Pastor Bob and Carolyn, sending pictures to Nancy Barnett for display at the next district meeting, update on scarves.