Pocono Lake UMW Missions
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.
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.