United Methodist Women

Pocono Lake UMW Missions  

The United Methodist Women have had a very full year of work with missions.  For the past several years, the Pocono Lake Unit has received the status of being a Gold Unit in Mission Today for the Eastern PA Conference.  As a unit, we strive to grow spiritually and to educate one another on local, national and global missions.  Our unit has given 100% of our Pledge to Mission.

 

This year, we have had two major fundraisers.  In the spring, we organized our annual Community Flea Market and Bake Sale.  The UMW raised a little over $500.  This has always been a great community event that brings many people from our church to help.  Our second major fundraiser was the Ham Dinner/Basket Auction.  This year we raised over $600.  The UMW sends 10% of our proceeds directly to the conference as part of our pledge to mission.  The remainder of funds received support missions that we decide on as a group.

 

The UMW has many mission projects throughout the year.  We have sponsored a child through Children’s International.  This year, Eduardo has turned 19 and has graduated from the program.  We decided to sponsor a new child from Columbia.  His name is Jader.  We make quarterly contributions and send special gifts to him and his family during the holidays.


We have sent Care Packages to our church family’s college students to show love and caring around Valentine’s Day.  Eighteen college students received packages consisting of cookies, crackers, candy and other snacks.

 

The UMW also organized a few collections.  The church congregation was asked to support these projects.  Collections included UMCOR’s Health Kits and School Kits (a total of 94 Health Kits and 90 School Kits were assembled).  In addition, we collected new articles of clothing for the Northeast District’s Ingathering.  We continued to support a few local missions with monetary donations.  The following is a list of local groups who receive our support:  Church Women United, Women’s Resources of Monroe County, Ecumenical Food Pantry, Meals on Wheels and Red Bird Mission.

 

We show our love in action by supporting other local missions.  First, a few members raised money and walked in PATHWalk (PATH – Pocono Area Transitional Housing).  Seventeen members from the UMW and the congregation walked to show support.  Second, we provided lunch for the Habitat for Humanity workers in Blakeslee.  Third, we helped the Monroe County Women’s Resource Center in their fundraising efforts by selling geraniums during their “Paint the Town Red” Campaign.  And fourth, we continue to promote Fair Trade by offering coffee products for sale and providing the coffee during fellowship time after our Sunday church service.

 

The UMW circles continue to do amazing work, the Prayer Shawl Knitting Circle and Janine’s Quilting Circle.  Recently, the Knitting Circle has adopted a local Nursing Home to bring their beautiful prayer shawls to.  Both the recipients of the prayer shawls and the members in the circle feel blessed and rewarded. 

 

Our group continues to learn and share about missions and we continue to grow in our faith.  Three women participated in the Reading Program by reading four books (one each from the four different categories) and summarizing for the larger group during our meeting times.  We continue to read from the Response magazine and share an article during each monthly meeting.  This magazine shows where our Pledge to Mission money goes and it gives a great understanding of the works of the United Methodist Women.   This year, four members attended the Christian School of Missions.  Experiences during the three days were then shared with the members. 

 

The members of the UMW show commitment and love for one another; and are true Sisters in Christ.  This year we lost one of our long-time members, Esther Yewdall.  Her faithfulness and dedication will always be remembered.

 

Faithfully submitted,

Robin Miller, UMW President

              

 

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United Methodist Women is the largest denominational faith organization for women with approximately 800,000 members whose mission is fostering spiritual growth, developing leaders and advocating for justice.

Members raise up to $20 million each year for programs and projects related to women, children and youth in the United States and in more than 100 countries around the world.

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