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MUMC UMW 4TH QUARTER NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2016

Diana Revelle, Editor

United
Methodist
Women
When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw
the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure
METHODIST
chests, they offered himUNITED
gifts of gold,
frankincense,WOMEN
and myrrh.ON THE GO
Matthew 2:10-11 (NRSV)

2016 was an amazing year for the women known as The UMW of Missouri United Methodist Church. We
faced challenges with grace as we adapted to some new parameters. We supported one another in grief
as we comforted families who lost loved ones and honored members who were lost to us. We shared in
mission, service, and fellowship enriching our lives through reading, education and study. In this final
issue of the year, we celebrate our accomplishments and look forward to another year of spiritual growth,
education, fellowship, and mission.
Diana Revelle, Editor

THE PURPOSE OF UNITED METHODIST WOMEN


The organized unit of 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.

DATES TO REMEMBER
January 4, 2017 ------------------------ Executive Committee Meeting, 8:45 a.m., CLC 107-109
January 21, 2017 ------------------------- District Unit Officer Training, Location and time TBD
January 22, 2017 -------------------------------- Church Women United Host Church, 2:00 p.m.
February 1, 2017 ---------------------- Executive Committee Meeting, 8:45 a.m., CLC 107-109
March 1, 2017 ------------------------- Executive Committee Meeting, 8:45 a.m., CLC 107-109
March 3-4, 2017 --------------- Conference Spiritual Growth Retreat, Location and time TBD
March 24, 2017 ----------------------------------------------------------- Newsletter Article Deadline
April 5, 2017 ---------------------------- Executive Committee Meeting, 8:45 a.m., CLC 107-109
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MUMC UMW 4TH QUARTER NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2016


Diana Revelle, Editor

CIRCLE NEWS

VALS CIRCLE
Vals Circle held a very successful mum sale in September. The
total profit for the mum sales was $520. The meeting time for
the circle has been changed to the second Monday of the
month beginning with lunch at 11:30 at designated locations.
The program will follow at 1:00 in the church Parlor.

EAGLE ONLINE CIRCLE


Eagle Circle met on October 24 for a gathering in the home of
Mary Beck. We shared a lovely evening together.
ESTHER CIRCLE
Members of Esther Circle provided two quilts for the Festival
of Sharing, one from the circle and another from one of its
members.

UNIT NEWS
REPORT FROM THE COMMITTEE ON NOMINATIONS
The following officers for 2017 were presented at the
December 7th unit meeting:
President --------------------------------------------------- Georgia Nolph
Vice President --------------------------------------------June DeWeese
Secretary ------------------------------------------------------- Carol Evans
Treasurer ---------------------------------------------- Jean Gruenewald
Social Action -------------------------------------------------- Caryl Bryan
Spiritual Growth ------------------------------------------- Julia Goodell
Membership, Nurture and Outreach ------------------ Sally Marble
Secretary of Program Resources ----------------------- Betty Dillard
Chair of the Committee on Nominations ---------- Evette Nissen

SEARCY-FEELY CIRCLE
Searcy-Feely reports that the profit from pecan sales was
$1,709.52. This amount is $850.00 less than last year. Our
2016 year of meetings ended with education, service, and
fellowship. In October, Judy Heffernan presented a program
on Eco Justice that was very informative. In November, we
worked at the Food Bank bagging potatoes. Following the
meeting, we celebrated with Lonetta Johnson by surprising her
with a birthday party. Although we do not meet in December,
we provided Christmas for a VAC family. We ended the year in
fellowship with a Christmas brunch hosted by Sue McKee.

REPORT FROM THE COORDINATOR OF COMMUNICATIONS


Diana Revelle

The 2017 Yearbooks are completed and copies have been


given to circle leaders. The suggested donation for each copy
is $3.00. Extra copies of the yearbook are kept in the secretary
desk in the Parlor for anyone needing them. A pull-out
calendar for the year has been included this year for your
convenience.
General information and announcements are shared by email
via the church CCB system. If your circle has anything that
needs to be shared with the unit via CCB, you can post that
information yourself, or contact me and I will be glad to send
it for you. The CCB is organized for members of MUMC, so if
you have a participant in your circle who is not a member of
the church, please remember to pass the information along.
Teressa Gilbreath is working on an updated church website
which will include improvements to the UMW page. She will
add links to the yearbook and the calendar and allow for
updates to an on-line calendar.

SOPHIA CIRCLE
Thank you for your support of Sophia Circle Fundraiser
Happy holidays from the members of Sophia Circle. Thank
you for ordering personalized cookware during our recent
fundraiser. Over $625 will be donated to local missions.

UMW DECEMBER UNIT MEETING


SPECIAL MISSION RECOGNITION
Nominated by Gibson Circle, Evette Nissen received the
special mission
Special Columbia.
mission recognition for

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2016. She was honored for her


dedication and service to the
UMW, to the mission of Missouri
United Methodist Church, and to
the city of Columbia.

MUMC UMW 4TH QUARTER NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2016


Diana Revelle, Editor

to circle mem
Evette is serving in her

Evette is involved with the flower


ministry for the church, delivering
bouquets to members who are
home bound. In addition, she and
her husband serve as ushers for the
8:00 service in the Chapel when
needed.

Evette is serving her second year as the chair of the Board of


Directors for the Wardrobe. She coordinates the volunteers
from our church and UMW, spending many Saturdays and
Mondays there herself. Evette Nissen is truly an example of a
Christian Woman in action.
MEMORIAL SERVICE
At the December 7th unit meeting, Julia Goodell organized and
led a memorial service honoring the 10 UMW members who
passed away during 2016. A candle was lit for each member
while a tribute was read honoring her life. We continue to
honor these women and their legacy to UMW, the community,
and beyond.
Doris Allen
Janet Baker
Ocal Cavanagh
Dorothy Holt
Jean McClure

UMW IN SERVICE
THE FESTIVAL OF SHARING
Although the Festival of Sharing is not an official event
sponsored by United Methodist Women nationally, UMW
members across the state of Missouri support it through
donations and service. This year, four donations were sent to
the quilt auction at the Festival from our unit.

Betty J. Miller
Joann Ruhr
Jeanie Stewart
Hjordis Taven
Margie McDaniel Woods

Thirties Sampler
Quilt from Esther Circle

Allegiance
Quilt from Barb Sanders

UNIT MEETING AND CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON


Over 60 UMW members and guests attended the December
meeting and luncheon held on Wednesday, December 7th. The
program was a delightful presentation by the children of the
Discovery Days. They shared the Christmas story in music and
recitations along with other songs from the season. Following
the program and meeting, we were pleased to have the office
staff join us for a wonderful pot-luck meal.

Fourth of July
Table Runner from Sally
Marble

Missouri Apples
Wall Hanging by Sally Marble

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MUMC UMW 4TH QUARTER NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2016


Diana Revelle, Editor

For several years, the Sophia Circle has organized a collection


for the five kit categories as well as cash to support the
purchase of beans and rice. The report from the circle reflects
the dedication of the group and generosity of MUMC: 101
prison kits; 44 paper product kits; 23 personal hygiene kits; 46
dental kits; 41 Readin & Writin kits; and $565 collected for
the purchase of beans and rice.

Gibson Circle

Members of UMW do not stop at financial support, however.


We also give time and energy to the preparation for the
Festival. Jeff Baker, Director of Mission Service and Justice
for the Missouri Conference has sent his personal thanks to
the unit:

Searcy-Feely Circle

In the days and weeks leading up the Festival of Sharing,


I came to the office and found groups of people working
hard to help us prepare. There was a buzz of energy and
activity processing and organizing kits. On several
occasions, I saw what I would describe as a team of
people doing much of the hard work getting us ready.
There was fellowship, laughing, joking and bits of
conversation that brightened the day. It is with much
appreciation, I say Thank you. Without the help and
service of several UMW circles from MUMC, we might
still be working to get the work done. We hope you
consider serving in the future to help kits reach people
and organizations in need.
SOCIAL ACTION WEBSITES

Thank you! What an amazing group.

Mai Gray Charter for Racial Justice


www.moumethodist.org/unitedmethodistwomen

Jeff Baker,
Director of Mission Service and Justice
Missouri Conference, The United Methodist Church

UMW Action Alert websites


http://new.gbgm-umc.org/umw/act/network/
http://new.gbgm-umc.org/umw/act/alerts/

UMW Members Working Together:


Gibson Circle, Searcy-Feely Circle, Sophia Circle,
Wesley Circle, and Members-at-Large.

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN WEBSITES


Mid-State District United Methodist Women
www.midstateumw.blogspot.com
Missouri Conference United Methodist Women
www.moumethodist.org/umw
South Central Jurisdiction United Methodist Women
www.umw.scj.org
United Methodist Women National Site
www.unitedmethodistwomen.org

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