UMW Blessed to be a Blessing at Annual Conference 2012
June 10, 2012, 6:44 PM

I hope you were there!  The Central Texas Conference UMW Luncheon was an amazing blessing this year.  We had a full house to hear to children from Laura Edwards Christian Early Learning Center sing.  The children were full of life, song, and smiles as they shared several songs with us. A big thank you goes to Barbara Howard for getting the Laura Edwards crew to share their music with us at the luncheon.

 Following the children’s presentation, we heard the Tarrant Area Community of Churches Executive Director Melinda Veatch’s inspiring presentation concerning poverty. We are so blessed to have Melinda as a friend and mentor. The one thing that keeps coming to my mind is her call for us to “get out”, to get out and connect with those living in poverty and become partners in mission, to become family.  We can’t do that if we stay inside our churches and wait for those living in poverty to come to us. I pray United Methodist Women will be leaders in the local church to continue meaningful existing programs, establish new ministries, and be ever visioning the future that God has for us as we work with our sisters and brothers living in poverty.

But even after Melinda’s message we weren’t finished yet!  Rev.Tim Jarrell from Couts Memorial UMC in Weatherford introduced us to the Kids Against Hunger project. Before we knew it we were in assembly lines packaging food to be shipped around the world where ever there are hungry children. Time was short, but we worked until we had to be back on the floor of the conference.  The work was turned over to those women who were part of the Ubuntu Day of Service who continued to fill the bags.  At the end of the day we had packaged 9,996 meals.  It is my hope that United Methodist Women will bring this project back to their local churches and start Kids Against Hunger in the communities across our conference. When our totals were announced to the Annual Conference Bishop Lowry led a standing ovation in support of our efforts.  Isn’t that exciting!

Those participating in the Ubuntu Day of Service traveled to the Laura Edwards Center following the Kids Against Hunger packing.  While there they gave the center donations from the United Methodist Women from across the conference and then read UMW Reading Program books that we donated to Laura Edwards library for the children.  They had some time to interact with the children and tour the facility.  UMW is committed to support programs for children and their families like the Laura Edwards Christian Early Learning Center in Waco.

 A big thank you goes to South District President Patty Lee and all those who helped including Jean Nolen (registrar), and Lorene Tomblin (table decorations).  Thanks to the CTC UMW Mission Team who were there to support this big day especially Donna Hughlett who headed up the Ubuntu Day of Service and Christie Roberts who handled the books, made UMW ribbons for all, and organized the vote of the new “Five Star Giver” pin, and more.  Thanks for everyone who worked the UMW table especially Sally Baker who set up booth and organized the workers. North District President Linda Hutchings took a van load of donations to United Community Centers in Fort Worth.  Thanks to all who donated.  It was a great team effort!

And finally, thanks to all who participated in this amazing day!  Wear that little UMW ribbon you received with pride.  Wear it remembering our purpose.  Wear it in faith, hope, love in action!

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