April 8, 2017: Intergenerational / Social Action Event at Bellevue UMC: "End Slavery"
April 22: Work day at Beersheba:
July 13-15, 2017: Conference Mission u at St. Marks UMC, Murfreesboro
Events Around Our Districts
Columbia District Mission Study: March 13, 2017, at Columbia FUMC. Registration 8:30am, study from 9-2. Potluck lunch
Murfreesboro District Day Apart: March 18, 2017, at Murfreesboro FUMC. Registration 9am, Program begins at 9:30am. Lunch $7
Cookeville District Day Apart: March 25, 2017, 9am at Cookeville First UMC
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"
Nashville Disrict Action Event: April 22, 2017: Earth Day at Scarritt-Bennett Center
Columbia District Spiritual Growth Mini-retreat: May 8, 2017, at Columbia FUMC. Registration 8:30am, Program begins at 9:00am. Light refreshments.
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,
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