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VIRGINIA CONFERENCE UNITED METHODIST WOMEN

Living Into Our Purpose

PURPOSE

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.

Achievements for Recognition

Living Into Our Purpose (Level I) : Complete eight (8) items; must include at least four (4) items (*) [four

(4) items with two (2) * items for organizations with less than 15 members]

Living Into Our Purpose Silver (Level II) : Complete thirteen (13) items; must include at least six (6) items

with (*) [six (6) items with three (3) * items for organizations with less than 15 members]

Living Into Our Purpose Gold (Level III) : Complete twenty (20) items including twelve (12) items with (*)

[ten (10) items with six (6) * items for organizations with less than 15 members]

The evaluation period for this report shall be 1 SEPTEMBER 2014 THROUGH 31 AUGUST 2015.

Mark the items you completed. Use these suggestions to MAKE IT HAPPEN in the world in which we live.

1. ORGANIZED

1a. (* ) Make and Meet a Pledge to Mission Giving.

1b. (* ) Include the UMW Purpose at every meeting.

1c. (* ) Increase the local organization's Pledge to Mission this year.

1d. (* ) Qualify as a Five- or Six-Star organization by contributing to Five or Six Channels of Mission

Giving (Pledge to Mission; Special Mission Recognition; Mission Giving Cards; Gift in Memory;

World Thank Offering; and Candle burning).

1e. (* ) Have one (1) member become a Rainbow Giver. Name _________________________________.

1f. (* ) Participate in the United Methodist Women 150th Legacy Fund.

1g. (* ) Have at least two (2) members complete Plan I or higher of the Reading Program. *

1h. (* ) Use at least two (2) programs from the Program Book.

2. KNOW GOD (FAITH)

2a. ( ) Encourage the practice of Spiritual Disciplines (i.e. scripture, prayer, fasting)

2b. (* ) Have at least one Prayer Calendar which can be used at each local organization meeting to

pray for mission workers and mission projects for women, children and youth.

2c. (* ) Have at least one (1) member attend a District or Conference Spiritual Life Event. (District or

Conference officers who have paid their own way may count toward this item)

2d. ( ) Host or participate in a Children’s Sabbath Service highlighting the needs of the children.

(Resources can be found at www.childrensdefense.org)

3. EXPERIENCE FREEDOM AS WHOLE PERSONS (HOPE)

3a. (* ) Choose one (1) District Social Action Priority to work on. Priority is:

_____________________________________________________________.

3b. ( ) Present a Program or Initiate a Project based on a District or Conference Social Action Priority.

3c. ( ) Have at least one (1) member attend United Methodist Day at General Assembly in February.

Member’s name: ______________________________________________.

3d. (* ) Have at least one (1) member sign-up to receive the UMW Action Network

(http://www.unitedmethodistwomen.org) to learn more about justice issues.

3e. ( ) Have at least one (1) member sign-up for the action alerts from the General Board of Church

and Society (http://www.umc-gbcs.org/) and share information on Justice Issues with the

local organization.

3f. ( ) Have at least one (1) member sign up to receive Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy

alerts (http://www.virginiainterfaithcenter.org) and use ideas to advocate for justice.

3g. (* ) Implement the Charter for Racial Justice Policies by having a Racial Justice Program,

participating in a District Racial Justice Program or attending a Conference Racial Justice

event. (there is a workshop planned for May 15-17, 2015 to be held at Blackstone). Get

resources from:

new.gbgm-umc.org/umw/media/files/Racial%20Justice%20Manual.pdf

3h. ( ) Have “green” meetings and participate in or develop an Environmental Justice Program.

Describe what you did: ___________________________________________________.

4. DEVELOP A CREATIVE/SUPPORTIVE FELLOWSHIP (LOVE)

4a. (* ) Add at least two (2) new members to the roll (one (1) new member for local organizations

with 15 or fewer members).

4b. (* ) Have at least two (2) members, other than a District or Conference Officer, attend a District

or Conference Annual Meeting (if a small organization – 15 or fewer members – you may

include one (1) District or Conference Officer).

4c. ( ) Sponsor a young woman (18 - 40) to attend a District or Conference Young Women’s Event.

Name of attendee: (for your archives)_________________________________.

4d. (* ) Invite a District or Conference Officer, other than one of your own members, to one of your

local organization meetings during the year and/or your United Methodist Women’s Sunday.

4e. ( ) Write to at least five (5) mission workers listed the Prayer Calendar.

4f. ( ) Have at least one (1) member attend UMW Day at Ferrum College.

4g. ( ) Submit names of deceased members to District MN & O Coordinators by August 31st. *

5. EXPAND CONCEPTS OF MISSION (LOVE)

5a. (* ) Have at least one (1) subscription to response Magazine within the organization to help

members stay informed of mission in the world and for help in planning programs. Include a

“response Moment” where an item from response Magazine is lifted up as a way to tell a

mission story.

5b. (* ) Have at least one (1) member, other than a District or Conference officer, attend Mission

Encounter or a District Mission Celebration/Mission Encounter event. (District or Conference

officers who have paid their own way may count toward this blueprint.)

5c. (* ) Select a Mission Institution or Project which is supported by funds from the United Methodist

Women National Office (Wesley Community Service Center in Portsmouth, VA is the only

National Institution in Virginia), or the Ministry Grants of Virginia (listed in the Annual Report)

and visit and/or contribute needed resources. Name of Project _________________________.

5d. (* ) Have or participate in at least one (1) current mission study during the year. Which one:

________________________________________________________________________________.

6. PARTICIPATION IN GLOBAL MINISTRIES (IN ACTION)

6a. ( ) Have one (1) or more members participate in hands-on mission such as gleaning, working at a

food pantry or clothes closet, Stop Hunger Now event, bagging potatoes, etc.

Describe:________________________________________________________________________.

6b. (* ) Participate in the Campaign for Children (public education, mentoring or tutoring programs,

visit and support local schools, etc.) Describe what you did:

________________________________________________________________________________.

6c. ( ) Provide at least ten (10) UMCOR Mission Kits and funds for shipping for the Virginia Annual

Conference (Kits for Conference)

6d. ( ) Make a donation of goods (stamps for inmates, etc.), money (to support a Prison Chaplain) or

service (Bible study, bell choir) to Prison Ministries.

Local Organization/Church___________________________________________________

Number of Members in your Local Organization __________________________________

President or Contact Person__________________________________________________

Phone___________________________________________________________________

Email____________________________________________________________________

* No Change in reporting of Membership or Reading Program Books. Please have your local organization

mission coordinators of Membership Nurture & Outreach (MN&O) and Secretary of Program Resources

(SPR) mail reports to the District MN&O and SPR.

 

2014 Prayer Calendar

2015 Charter for Racial Justice Seminar to be Held in Virginia!

Download flyer here. Dates are May 15-17, 2015. Early bird rates end Feb 28, 2015. This event is at VUMAC (Blackstone Conference Retreat Center).

Registration Form for Charter for Racial Justice Seminar 

Mission Coordinator: Education and Interpretation

Sue Boltz

703-768-7499

sboltzmno(at)gmail.com

 

 

Important Links

2012 Special and Sustaining Grants Program (PDF)  

Virginia Conference Deaconesses and Home Missioners (PDF) (doc)

Ubuntu

Wesley Community Center

Did you know that one of our National Missions is in Virginia? As Virginia women, we strive to support our "home mission".  Read a recent newsletter to learn more about Wesley.  Read more...

January 2012 pdf

Fall 2011 PDF

Summer 2011 PDF

email address:  wesleycenter1(at)verizon.net