United Methodist Women – Sisterhood of Grace 2019

Celebrating 150 Years!

Since the beginning UMW has been in mission to better situations for women, children and youth. Improving maternal
health and well being is one of the national focus areas in 2019. Our local unit has decided to help new mothers who do
not have necessary items to properly care for a new baby. Through Interfaith Caregivers, the Bear Essentials program
strives to help new mothers in need in Jackson County.

We will be collecting items for Bear Essentials at our April 1 Circle meetings. A box near the UMW card table in the
Gathering Area will be available through Sunday, April 7 for additional items. Interfaith has indicated the following needs:
wipes, diapers (size 1 and 3), onesies (white or gender neutral colors/patterns), sleepers (boys' or girls', any size), hats,
sweaters, jackets. All items need to be new and unwashed. Do not wrap these items.

What is happening next?
 On May 4 North Central District UMW will hold its Spring Retreat at Pine Lake Camp. The theme for the day is
“Listening for God and Our Response” presented by Jean Pagliaro. Registration for the day is $20 including a
morning snack and lunch. This is a great opportunity to spend a spring day by the lake with women of faith. Look
for registration forms on the kiosk in the Gathering Area.
 UMW will serve the Lenten supper on April 10.
 Circles will meet again on May 6. Circle of Hope at the church at 1:30 PM and Circle of Faith at 5:30 PM at the
Mocha Mouse.
 BRF UMC will host the UMW Conference Leadership Team on April 26 – 27 for a team meeting.