As 2019 draws to a close, we pause once more to celebrate our 150 years of mission work. We also look to the future as we continue to put our faith, hope and love into action. Just as Christ had a special place in his heart for women and children, United Methodist Women have a calling to be involved in mission with women, children and youth in the years to come.
Hands of Praise Youth Sign Language Choir in concert on December 12 in Fellowship Hall at 7:30 PM.
Join United Methodist Women for a potluck dinner at 6:30 before the concert. Bring something to share. Table service is provided.
The Hands of Praise Youth Sign Language Choir is sponsored by St. Matthew United Methodist Church in Mesa, and began approximately 20 years ago. Young people from age 8 to 18 are invited to join: a knowledge of sign language is not required. A willingness to learn, and to follow the rules of interpretive signing are all that is required.
Although the choir is hosted and housed at St Matthew UMC in Mesa, members are from different churches in the valley, and sometimes have no church affiliation at all.
Performances are at St Matthew and other area churches regardless of denomination. The choir is also well received at assisted living facilities around the valley.
All of the choir, leaders, and parents too, also give their time to the community by volunteering at Feed My Starving Children in Mesa.
The choir is led by Rosemary Glithero, Director and Natalie Wegener, Co-Director.
Mary Martha Circle will meet at the home of Beth C. on December 9th. Note: All Mary Martha circle meetings will now be on the second Monday of the month.
The Connie Reading Circle will not have a regularly scheduled meeting in December; however, members have been invited to the home of Pat B. on Monday, December 16th for a Christmas Gathering.
2019, our 150th anniversary, has been a year that’s cried aloud: “Women still need to organize for mission!”
If the past 150 years have taught us anything, it’s that women ORGANIZED for mission are essential for the Church to BE the Church. 2019 has made it abundantly clear that God is still looking for women committed to turning their faith, hope, and love into action on behalf of women, children, youth, and neighbors on hard times and pushed aside. God is calling women to organize for mission for such a time as this.
United Methodist Women is here for the long haul, regardless of what decisions are made in the wider church.
Dayspring United Methodist Women welcomes all women 14 – 114 that have a passion for helping women, children and youth. For more info on United Methodist Women, please email us with any questions.
United Methodist Women CEO Harriett Jane Olson, issued the following statement:
“The Traditional Plan adopted by General Conference invites clergy, bishops and congregations who do not support the church’s stand regarding LGBTQIA persons to leave the denomination and form another expression of Methodism. However, while our membership has many opinions about the matters considered at General Conference, United Methodist Women stands together, committed to serving women, children and youth. Part of the United Methodist Women Purpose is to be a creative supportive
fellowship, and that’s what we intend to do.
“For United Methodist Women, commitment to the Purpose and prayer are the only litmus tests for determining who can belong, who can serve and who can devote themselves to mission. Our differences make us stronger. We continue to be open to any woman who chooses to commit to our Purpose and mission.
“The Special General Conference was difficult for all—even the Traditional Plan adopted may not be enforceable—but LGBTQIA sisters and brothers bear the brunt of the pain. United Methodist Women will continue to pray for our beloved church and stand in solidarity with all those who are in pain.
“United Methodist Women will continue our focus on mission, living out our Christian discipleship together, and addressing the needs
of women, children and youth.”
The Dayspring United Methodist Women’s chapter is a welcoming organization available to women from ages 14 to forever! Membership in the church is not required, just a spirit to learn about the world, mission and share the love of Jesus Christ.
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.
How We Fulfill the Purpose
∙ Centered in relationship with God through Jesus Christ
∙ Focused on ministries with women, children, and youth
∙ Involved in mission locally and globally
∙ Committed to inclusiveness
∙ Pledged to provide financial support for mission(s), including Wesley Community Center and United Methodist Outreach Ministries
∙ Developing the use of skills for service, leadership development and personal growth
∙ Encouraged to work with other organizations on issues of mutual concern
United Methodist Women is a group organized for mission. Because we are a connectional church, local units of United Methodist Women relate directly to the district and conference United Methodist Women and to the Women’s Division of the General Board of Global Ministries. We have over 1 million in membership!
Who are members of United Methodist Women?
Anyone who can commit herself to our purpose and participate in meetings, prayer, giving, study, action and service. We welcome all women who want to be members.
Join Us! (Note: circle and unit meetings will resume in the fall.)
1. United Methodist Women Dayspring Unit meets on the 3rd Thursday, 7-9PM in the Adult Room.
2. The Connie Reading Circle meets on the 2nd Thursday 9:30-11AM in members’ homes.
3. The Greeting Card Circle meets on the 1st Thursday 9:30-11:00AM in Room 112.
4. The Mary Martha Circle meets the 2nd Thursday 7:00-8:30PM in a member’s home.