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Conference Eventswomen's retreat at Beersheba Springs

March 3-4, 2017: 4th Annual Women's Retreat at Beersheba Springs Assembly: "Two or More"
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March 23, 2017: Save the date!  3rd annual United Methodist Women Day of Giving

April 8, 2017: Intergenerational / Social Action Event at Bellevue UMC: "End Slavery"

April 22, 2017: Nashville Disrict Action Event: Earth Day at Scarritt-Bennett Center

July 13-15, 2017: Conference Mission u at St. Marks UMC, Murfreesboro
 

Events Around Our Districts

Murfreesboro District Day Apart: March 18, 2017

Cumberland District Mission Study: March 25, 2017 at Cook's UMC.  "Growing in Community: Let us build bridges in our community" (see newsletter for details)

Nashville District Spring Meeting: March 25, 2017 at Belmont UMC, 9 - 11;30am.  "Building Bridges in our Community," Shaikh/ Yasser S. Arafat, Peace Ambassador USA speaking on understanding the Muslim faith.

Murfreesboro District Mission Study: April 22, 2017 at Cedar Grove UMC in Chapel Hill "Climate Justice"


Message from our  Conference President:
 
Micah 6:8 – He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

Hello ladies – and Happy New Year!

As I begin my term as your Conference President, I want to thank Margaret Fisher for her time, talents and service in all that she has done for our Conference UMW.  She has been a wonderful mentor and influence to me and I am sure she has to you as well.  Margaret, we love you and are so very proud of you as you move on to represent us at UMW National in the Program Advisory Group!

Lent will be upon us before we know it.  We do, of course, usually give up something we love for that period of time as we remember the sacrifice Jesus made for us.  As I think about this, though, I am also reminded of all the wonderful things Jesus gave others as well – I think he would be a 5-star member of UMW!

While we are giving up something, there are some things we could give as well during this time.  Examples would be:

1.    1. Give your time to those who can’t get out by going to a nursing home or assisted living and visiting with the residents.

2.    2. Give your time by going to a school or after-school program and reading to young children.

3.    3. Volunteer at a local food bank or food pantry.

Now, these are just examples – and I am certain that you all can come up with others as well.  During Lent, I am going to try to step out of my comfort zone and give some time and service that I do not usually do.  While I will be giving of myself, I think I will receive a blessing as well – and remember the blessing Jesus is for me.

As I meet all of you, I know I will see the Holy Spirit working in all the ways you work together for the mission of women and children.  Thank you for all you do.

As we begin Lent together, may we be ever mindful of trying to follow in our Savior’s footsteps as give ourselves as well.  May your Lent be meaningful and spirit filled.

                                                            Blessings to you and yours,

                                                           Nita


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Letter from Harriet Olson, General Secretary/CEO UMW
475 Riverside Drive, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10115
www.unitedmethodistwomen.org
December 16, 2016
Dear Friends:
As I write this, I am praying for blessings of Advent and Christmas for each of you and for the United Methodist Women throughout our conferences and districts. I am pleased to invited you into a special work of prayer for our Church in the new year.
The 2016 General Conference asked the Council of Bishops to take up the challenge of offering leadership to our church at this critical time when talk of schism and the nature of our unity is in the air. The Bishops offered a proposal to form a Commission on the Way Forward, which is now in place.  Read rest of letter

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You are invited! 

What: Social Action Event
Where: Bellevue United Methodist Church 7501Old Harding Pike Nashville
When: April 8 - Fellowship and Coffee 9-10am, event 10am - 12 noon
Why: Human Trafficking
    Jill Rutter with End Slavery Tennessee,along with an agent from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation will be our guest speakers.  An offering will be taken for End Slavery Tennessee.  Please make plans to join us for this important event!




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BOX 'EM UP TO STOP HUMAN TRAFFICKING

The football phrase "in the box" is used to describe a rectangular formation that the defense employs to stop the offensive team's run play in its tracks.  During this Super Bowl season, United Methodist Women wants to create a box of protection around the victims of human trafficking who have been boxed into a life of despair and a belief that there are no possibilities for freedom.  We're using boxes - open or closed, decorated or plain, stacked or alone - to symbolize the ways in which we are intercepting criminal trafficking and providing support to its survivors.  Join our virtual barricade of boxes!  http://www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/humantrafficking








 
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