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Virginia Conference United Methodist Women
THE PURPOSE OF MISSION TODAY IS TO fulfill the PURPOSE of UMW by:
Becoming a Mission Today Unit is a way to increase emphasis on what United Methodist Women have been doing for more than a century: turning faith, hope and love into action on behalf of women, children and youth around the world.
Period covered in this report: September 1, 2012– August 31, 2013
How to become a Mission Today Unit:
All units must complete item # 1. The number of additional items required is then dependent on the size of your unit.
( ) A MISSION TODAY UNIT: includes eight additional items, including four (*) items, or, for Units with 15 or fewer members, a minimum of four other items, including two (*) items.
( ) A MISSION TODAY SILVER UNIT: 13 additional items, including at least six (*) items.
( ) A MISSION TODAY GOLD UNIT: 20 additional items, including at least twelve (*) items.
* 1. THE UNIT WILL MAKE AND MEET ITS PLEDGE TO MISSION. (Must be completed)
(*) 2. At least two members, other than a District or Conference Officer, attend the District or Conference Annual Meeting.
(*) 3. At least one member, (other than a District or Conference officer that has their way paid by District or Conference), attend the Conference Spiritual Life Retreat or the District Spiritual Life Event. (If a District or Conference officer goes to the Spiritual Life retreat paying their own way, they may count themselves as going representing their unit.)
(*) 4. Have at least one member, other than a District or Conference officer, attend Mission Encounter 2013 / Mission u 2013 (School of Christian Mission), or a District Mission Celebration/Mission School event.
(*) 5. Sponsor a young woman to attend the Conference or a District Young Women’s Event. Name of event attendee: ______________________________
(*) 6. Use the Prayer Calendar at each Unit Meeting to pray for mission workers and mission projects for women, children, and youth.
(*) 7. Use at least two programs from the UMW Program Book during the year. Which ones: ____________________________________
(*) 8. Each Unit, Circle, or Subgroup include a “response Moment” where an item from Response magazine is lifted up as a way to tell a mission story.
(*) 9. The Unit, Circle, Subgroup, have at least one current mission study during the year. Which one: ____________________
(*)10. Include having the UMW Purpose at every meeting.
(*)11. Qualify as a Five- or Six-Star Unit by contributing to five or six Channels of Mission Giving.
(*)12. Increase the local unit Pledge to Mission for the coming year.
(*)13. Invite a District or Conference Officer, other than a unit member, to one of your Unit meetings during the year and/or United Methodist Women’s Sunday.
(*)14. Select a mission project which is supported by funds from Women’s Division (Wesley Community Service Center), or the 2013 Ministry Grants of VA (listed in the conference yearbook) and visit and/or contribute needed resources. Name of the project: ___________________________
(*)15. Add at least two new members to the roll, or one new member for Units with 15 or fewer members.
(*)16. Have at least two members who subscribe to response magazine.
(*)17. At least two members participate in the Reading Program and complete Plan I.
(*)18. Implement the Charter for Racial Justice Policies in one way during the year. Some ideas include:
Describe what you did ___________________________________________
( ) 19. One or more members participate in hands-on mission such as gleaning, working in a food pantry or clothes closet, bagging potatoes, etc.
Describe what you did:______________________________________________
( ) 20. Have “Green Meetings” or make some other special effort toward saving God’s earth
(i.e. recycling, using glasses instead of disposable cups, etc.) Describe what you did: ________________________________________________________
( ) 21. Participate in the Campaign for Children (Children’s Sabbath Service, support
public education, etc.). Some ideas for action:
Describe what you did __________________________________________
( ) 22. Have at least one member attend the United Methodist Day at the Virginia General Assembly.
( ) 23. Have at least one member attend UMW Day at Ferrum College.
( ) 24. Provide at least ten UMCOR kits and funds for shipping for the VA Annual Conference.
( ) 25. Members shall write at least once a year to five mission workers listed in the Prayer Calendar
( ) 26. Have at least one person join the UMW’s Action Network to receive and respond to legislative information. The on-line registration can be found at:
Number of members in your unit ____________________
Phone ____________________ E-mail ________________________
Mail to <Your District UMW Mission E&I>
by: <date set by your district, or by September 1, 2013>
Available from Mission Resource Center.
2012 Special and Sustaining Grants Program (PDF)
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