A letter from Linda: "Leaping Into the New Year!"
January 7, 2013, 5:11 PM

A Letter from Linda: “Leaping Into the New Year!”


I love the promise each New Year holds -- a time for us to renew, reinvigorate, set goals and plan for a great year ahead.  These plans should include practices for a happy, fruitful and healthy life, including faithful attendance to Bible study, prayer, service, exercising, eating a healthy diet and getting plenty of rest.  Also remember to include time for your family, United Methodist Women and your church.  Before the New Year begins I always look forward to a quiet evening filling out my calendar for the year.  It gives me a sense of order and security knowing what’s happening when -- plus I’m now able to look forward to wonderful days ahead, many of which involve United Methodist Women.


Hebrews 10:23-25 offers words of wisdom and perseverance for us.

“Let us constantly be holding fast the confession of our hope without

wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us be considering

how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking

our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging,

[one another]; and so much the more as you are seeing the day

drawing near.”


This is my first letter to you as the 2013 Central Texas Conference United Methodist Women’s President.  I’d like to offer some personal background information.  My husband, Billy, and I live in south Fort Worth and this spring we’ll celebrate 50 years of marriage.  We attend the First UMC of Crowley and are very involved with the Crowley House of Hope, an emergency assistant center, which has a free medical clinic for those without insurance in our area of service.  Billy is the Chief Operating Officer and I look forward to volunteering there each Thursday.  In another life I was an elementary school teacher.  We are blessed with two lovely daughters, two terrific sons-in-law and five amazing grandchildren. 

I was privileged to serve on the CTC UMW teams with presidents Edna Davis, Myrtis Parker and Cynthia Rives.  Each led our conference with grace, strength of character and vision.  I thank them, their predecessors and all the United Methodist Women of Central Texas Conference for all you have done and continue to do turning faith, hope and love into action on behalf of women, children and youth around the world.

Blessings for continued growth and service as you live the vision of United Methodist Women.


Linda Hutchings

CTC UMW President



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