Category Archives: Local Events

Events and activities sponsored by local units. Let us know if you have an event you wish to invite others to!

Revitalize at our District UMW Retreat

Dear Sisters,

We invite you to an opportunity, an opportunity to escape to the beautiful redwoods in Scotts Valley.  Put life, as we know it, aside for a bit, and return with a revitalized, energized, rejuvenated soul!  

An opportunity to develop new relationships, reconnect with friends, small group sharing our stories, hopes and dreams, singing, laughter, comfy beds, fresh air & NO COOKING!  Rev Linda Holbrook will lead us on an exploration of our soul’s journey in Soul Tending: Spirituality for Everyday Life.”

Invite your girl-friends; come join us for a soul-changing weekend!  Scholarship applications are available on website and are due by March 3rd, making it very reasonable for the recipient.  Registrations due by March 10th  

See our Events & News page for details and registration & scholarship forms.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

K Stone

“Strengths” resources from Rev. Kristie

Rev. Kristie Olah

Rev. Kristie Olah

During our Leadership Training Events (Feb. 4 and 11, 2017), our guest speaker Rev. Kristie Olah used two handouts relating to her presentation on “Leading from the Heart.”  Many attendees requested copies of those handouts to use with their local groups. Rev. Kristie has graciously provided them to us, as two separate pages:

Send us a comment about how you or your group use these!

Missionary Katherine Parker to speak at Annual Conference UMW Breakfast

We are honored to have missionary Katherine Parker be the guest speaker at the CA-NV Conference UMW breakfast to be held Saturday, June 25, 2016, at 7am, at Fale Hufanga Tongan United Methodist Church in San Carlos, CA.

Katherine has served for 12 years with the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church. She is now part of the Health Team of the United Mission to Nepal, focusing on water, sanitation, and hygiene. Come hear her speak about her experiences in mission around the world.

If you will be attending Annual Conference, note that shuttle transportation will be available from the Hyatt Hotel at 6:30am.

Get the registration flyer here.  Registration deadline is Wednesday, June 22.

Rain Outside our Window — District UMW Retreat 2016

by Bonnie Home

Our traditional District United Methodist Women’s Lenten Retreat date is the first Saturday of March, and it’s traditional to anticipate rain for that day.  This year’s retreat kept both traditions!  But it was a pleasure to sit in San Jose First UMC’s lobby with its huge, two-story glass walls, eating lunch and visiting with friends while watching the rain fall on San Jose’s handsome City Hall across the street.

P1330587Conference Lay Leader Gayle Shearman (photo at right) drove down from Novato to lead the day’s retreat.  Her theme was “Windows to Our World.”  Gayle’s favorite window scenes are Mt. Shasta near her childhood home, and the rare view of Denali during her Alaska trip.  Some retreat participants brought printed photos of what they could see through their windows, but the tech savvy ones held up their cell phones which displayed their pictures.  We look outward through our windows, but can also look inward through them.

Gayle divided the day into three sessions.  In the Personal Holiness section, she encouraged us to be grounded with both feet firmly planted in our faith, rather than settling as one-footed “spiritual flamingos.”  In her Spiritual Holiness talk, she urged us to have a specific devotion time.  If we choose “when I wake up”  for our devotions, that time could fall during a half hour of insomnia in the middle of the night.  If the calendar is too crowded, write the word “something” on one of the free days.  When someone tries to fill that day for you, you can honestly say that you already have “something” on that day.  The small group discussion during the Social Holiness portion included stories of warming centers for the homeless held at the various churches in our district.

P1330590We walked the labyrinth laid out in one of the meeting rooms (see above photo), and took home a finger labyrinth to use later.  Craft projects were adorable angels made of beads strung on a large butterfly paper clip (photo below), and “promise bracelets” made of beads.

P1330601Women meditated in the prayer room faced the wall-size stained glass window of Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, a window that was rescued from the original First UMC sanctuary that burned.

Throughout the day Willow Glen UMC’s John Brewer soothed us with his piano renditions, and accompanied our hymn singing.

The retreat offering was sent to the brand new endowment called “The Legacy Fund,” established by the United Methodist Women in celebration of their 150th anniversary in 2019.

Photos by Bonnie Home.

Mission u Events – Registration Open

Mission u Events

All are welcome to attend the 2016 Mission u events (women, men, and youth; childcare is available).  Online registration is available, including online payment or pay-by-mailed-check.
This year our Conference UMW is offering 4 events to choose from: A weekend event and three one-day events:

Classes offered are as follows. We recommend ordering your books in advance from the Mission Resource Center (links to the books are provided below).


Connect, Collaborate & Change: Membership Survey; Membership, Nurture & Outreach

In looking forward to 2016, I find “Connect, Collaborate & Change” as my personal intentions.  I see evidence of the same from the United Methodist Women, an organization with energy to Make It Happen!

New Membership Census: As the first evident marker of Change, we are implementing a new way to gather the membership count.  The census is the gathering of important information to the life of the organization. Each census is uniquely vital to giving us a total picture of where we are in communities throughout the nation.  It’s important that each local group participates in the census!

To submit the member count for your local unit, follow the instructions for participating in the 2015 UMW Membership Census (click on this link).

Please read the instructions and give it a try.  If you get stuck or are not comfortable with online entry, perhaps there is a woman in your church, currently not part of UMW, but who you can ask to help do this task.  It could be a path to involve someone new into your UMW!

Also, for your reference, the link to the online census is here:

New Membership, Nurture and Outreach Mission Coordinator: As another marker of Change, our 2016 Membership, Nurture and Outreach Mission Coordinator is Melesa Finau Taumoepeau, of Fale Hufanga of San Carlos.  Please welcome her to the wonderful sisterhood of UMW, ladies of El Camino Real District!

Both Melesa and I are here to help support this change for online member count.  Please feel free to contact us for any question.  Once the count has been submitted, please send Melesa an email to let her know it has been completed.

Thank you & Have a Blessed Christmas!

K Stone

4/25 Workshop: The Global Impact of Our Daily Choices

Please share & if your schedule permits, please join us ~
The Global Impact of Our Daily Choices
A workshop on the Environment
Willow Glen United Methodist Church

1420 Newport Avenue, San Jose, CA 95125
Sat. Apr. 25, 2015 at 12 noon
Potluck lunch and Program

Betty Spencer Dickey, Coordinator of Green

Ministries for Cal/ Nev. Conference

United Methodist Women

Membership Census and Directory Info Needed

Happy New Year to All!
It is time again to gather our membership census counts for the year 2013 from each local UMW organization. Attached below are 3 different formats of the same form. Please find one that is easiest to use, complete and return back to me by January 30th.
Membership Census form: Excel formatWord formatEditable PDF format

In addition, for our district directory, please provide the 2014 slate of officers. Also, to be returned by January 30th.
District Directory Form: Excel format; Word format

Return both items either by attaching to an email or if needed mail to my personal PO Box address given on the membership form.
If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Thank you for taking the time and attention to complete both these tasks and return by the 30th.

K Stone
ECRD United Methodist Women