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United Methodist Women is now United Women in Faith

 

In the 150 years since we began, our organization has had more than 25 names, each reflecting varying states of the church, society, and women’s lived experiences. We’ve been “Ladies,” “Woman’s” and then “Women’s” societies, associations, guilds, and circles. Now we are again taking a new name to better reflect how we answer our calling to faith and action today: 
United Women in Faith. 
United Methodist Women is now United Women in Faith! The move is part of a refreshing of the organization that includes a new logo and an array of new and improved programs to nurture current members and welcome new women to join to put their love in action on behalf of women, children, and youth.

The new programs are fruits of research conducted over the past five years with more than 24,000 United Methodists and women of other Christian traditions participating in the surveys, focus groups, and interviews. This input informed the prayerful discernment of staff and elected leaders.

The changes are designed to address the different needs and life stages of current members and new women and expand options for membership and engagement. 

According to paragraph 256.5 of the 2016 Discipline, "In every local church there shall be an organized unit of United Methodist Women (Now United Women in Faith).

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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

 It started in 1983 when a report about abused and neglected children caught the attention of President Ronald Reagan. Since that first Child Abuse Prevention Month, the number of abused victims has grown from over half a million children to over 6 million new reports of abuse. There are over 3 million confirmed cases of child abuse in our nation every year. The sad thing is not all cases of child abuse are reported. 

Statistics say:  One in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday.

Most child abuse incidents are drug and alcohol related.

Within one year of aging out of the foster care system, 66% of victims will be homeless, in jail or dead.

There are over 100,000 children waiting for adoption in the United States.

On April 24th, churches and groups all over the nation will be in prayer for the victims of child abuse and for those who rescue them. That is how we can help! 

The SW District virtual praise & prayer time will be held on Blue Sunday, April 24th at 2:00PM.  (Zoom info to follow) 

There is more information and video clips that are available at bluesunday.org.

Important Dates for 2022:

Cluster Meetings (Clusters should be contacted by a member of the Executive Committee with details):

Cluster 1/3, Griffin/Williamson, Monticello - Mar 12

Cluster 2, Yatesville, Barnesville, Thomaston, Forsyth – Apr 2

Cluster 5, Lagrange, West Point – Apr 9

Cluster 6, Grantville, Luthersville, Hogansville – Apr 30

Cluster 7, Newnan, Sharpsburg – May 14

Cluster 8 Fayetteville, Senoia, PTC – May 21

Cluster 4, Greenville, Woodbury, Manchester, Pine Mountain – June 4 

Conference/District Meetings & Events:

March 5      Fun, Faith and Everyone

March 26     Lenten Day Apart, Virtual

May 20-22  General Assembly

June 2-4      Annual Conference

June 3         UMW Breakfast at Annual Conference

August 1      District Reports Due

August 20    Mission U

Sept. 11-16  Red Bird Mission

October 1     Conference Annual Meeting

October 16  District Annual Meeting

2022 UMW Officers, SouthWest District:

President - Trudy Gill
Vice-President - Kathy Hansen
Secretary/Communications - Melissa Martin
Treasurer - Benita Epps
Spiritual Growth - Beck Gaar
Social Action - Jaunesse Jackson
Education & Interpretation - Polly Flannigan
Program Resources - Johnnie Mae Gilbert and Juanita Brooks
Nominations Committee, Chair - Mimi Young
Membership Nurture & Outreach - Bobby Phillips