A Message from our President
President, Marlene Ward
This has been an amazing summer filled with traveling, camping, family and friends. And mixed in with this has been two wonderful Mission u events …. three-day event in Gardnerville, NV and the two-day event in Livermore. Both were well attended. The plenaries were wonderful, the music was great as well and the classes were amazing!!! Mixed in with all of this, the gracious hospitality of both the Gardnerville UMC and the Asbury UMC, Livermore. Our Mission u team, led by Judy Church and Rosie Kumar, have done a marvelous job, and at the time of this writing, we still have one more Mission u One-day event at Palo Alto. I hope that you were able to participate in one of these events.
We will now turn our attention to leadership training of our district teams October 20th and then our Annual Celebration, October 21st, at Loomis UMC. This event should be an exceptional one as well and I hope that many of our UMW sisters will plan to attend.
(The registration flier for the Annual Celebration is on our website – link can be found on the calendar.)
This event provides the opportunity to recognize local UMW’s for the programs and accomplishments they have practiced this past year, conduct our brief annual meeting as well as the election of our 2018 Conference Team. There will be four special workshops on a variety of topics and you will receive a glimpse into the new year as our 2018 calendar will be presented.
How are your plans coming along to attend Assembly in Columbus, OH, May 18th thru the 20th, 2018. Have you gone onto the National UMW website (www.unitedmethodistwomen.org) and selected the Assembly link and then clicked on “Count Me In”? You need to do this to receive the latest Assembly news sent out from National UMW. And be sure to link up with our CA-NV Assembly Liaison, Susan Kopp for up-to-date detailed information. We would love to have 170 of us in attendance at the 2018 Assembly. (We had 131 attend the 2014 Assembly!) By linking up with Susan Kopp, you will receive information about hotel accommodations …. specifically, hotels where we have secured a number of rooms for our conference attendees. So many of you have expressed excitement about attending Assembly and this excitement can be contagious!
A final area that needs our attention, is recruitment of district officers for our transition to five districts which will take effect January 2019. Prayerfully consider stepping into a leadership role …. specifically districts -- El Camino Real, Bay Area and Sacramento. Because of the new borders of each of these districts, some current officers will find themselves in a different district! This is the perfect time to stretch your wings and allow God to guide you into new experiences. If you have questions or concerns or feel moved to step up, just email me.
We each have so much to do …. so many amazing gifts and graces to share. Have you identified your mission passion? I know that YOU have a special place in UMW. Explore through your local UMW, through attending District and Conference events, by attending the Assembly celebration. There is so much for us to accomplish together.
Grace & peace, forgiveness & love,