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Message from our outgoing Conference President:
Merry Christmas “O Come let us adore him, Christ the Lord”!  Greetings to all! In just a few more days we will be celebrating one of the most important days of the year, the birth of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Without the birth of Jesus, this entire world would be lost. So many people to this day only associate Christmas with Santa Claus, presents and wild parties. If they only knew!! It is my prayer that we as Christians will help enlighten the world to the true meaning of Christmas. 

          We have had a very successful year in UMW, from the celebration of our Hands on Mission at The Bethlehem Centers of Nashville to Mission u in Murfreesboro, our Spiritual Retreat at Beersheba, our Annual Meeting in Cookeville District, and Leadership Development Days. Many churches have also hosted Mission studies and many other UMW projects and activities during the year. As this year comes to a close and the new year begins, let me personally thank each of you for all that you have done this year and the part you have played in making our Tennessee Conference UMW the best that it can be! None of this would be possible without each of you! 
          Please keep in mind as we start the new year of 2017 that one of our focuses is to make sure that all of our UMW ladies are registered in the National Office. This is a new initiative as part of our National Census report. We will need everyone to get on board and make this happen. We want all of our units and members to be accounted for and know that this will be addressed at the training in January at Smyrna.   Any questions concerning this can be directed to Mary Swafford who is our Conference Membership, Nurture and Outreach chairperson. 
          I want to take the time to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a safe, happy New Year. Remember that Jesus is the reason for the season! Be blessed.

          Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to each and every one of you and your families!    I am so blessed to be able to call you my sisters and family.
Love to all,

Margaret A. Fisher,
Retiring TN Conference President
Program Advisory Group UMW member


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.
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Conference Events

January 21, 2017: Conference Training Event at Smyrna First UMC in Smyrna, 9:30am. All district officers should make plans to attend. Lunch will be served afterward - see you there!

April 8,2017: Intergenerational Event at Bellevue UMC

Events Around Our Districts

Faith Lift: February 4, 2017 at 2pm, Chapel Hill UMC.  The guest speaker is Velma Bradley and her focus is "Call to Community" All officers are reminded of the 10am Executive Team meeting, pot luck, and 1pm Unit Officers Training meeting. Rain date February 11.

Cumberland District Officers Training: February 11, 2017 at Lebanon First UMC. Registration 8-8:45, meeting begins at 9am. See "Extra" newletter for registration form.  Snow date February 18.

Cumberland District Mission Study: March 25, 2017 at Cook's UMC.  "The Bible and Human Sexuality"








Praying over care kits The Cookeville District women had prepared Care  Kits for the homeless as a Social Action project. 150 kits were brought to the district annual meeting where they were blessed with prayer and then given to the Cookeville First UMC homeless outreach. 25 other kits had already been given to a homeless outreach in McMinnville.
     
     








 





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