October 23, 2021: Knitted Together and Darning the Holes at Annual Celebration

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Annual Celebration 2021: “Knitted Together and Darning the Holes”

by K Stone, President

We are looking forward to gathering together to celebrate another year as United Methodist Women in mission and ministry together, at our Annual Celebration, October 23, 2021.  Our theme, “Knitted Together and Darning the Holes,” represents the challenges we have had over the last year and a half remaining in community, and our anticipation of it getting a lot easier soon.

During this event, we will celebrate the mission and ministry of our District United Methodist Women. There will be a brief business meeting during which we will approve the 2022 budget and elect District UMW team officers for 2022.

Our guest speakers include Bishop Minerva Carcaño; District Superintendent Rev. Dr. Samuel Hong; and National UMW President Ainise Isama’U. They will address new ways we can make a difference in our communities, renew our faith, and recommit to justice for our earth and women, children, and youth.

The Event Program is here – includes agenda and all reports

Installation of new team members

Rev. Dr. Linda Holbrook welcomes and installs the incoming ECR District UMW team members.

Incoming and outgoing team members

Incoming and outgoing ECR District UMW team members demonstrate how they remain linked together.

Local Unit/Group Recognition

5-Star Mission Giving

Local units/groups who gave to all 5 channels of giving – get more info here.

  • Campbell UMW
  • Fremont First UMW
  • Salinas First UMW
  • Santa Clara UMW
  • San Jose, Almaden Hills UMW
  • San Jose, Cambrian Park UMW
  • Sunnyvale First UMW
  • Valley Faith UMW
  • Watsonville First UMW

Mission Today

Local units/groups who met at least 8 of 17 criteria in the Mission Today program – get more info here.

  • Salinas First UMW
  • San Jose, Almaden Hills UMW
  • San Jose, Willow Glen UMW
  • Sunnyvale Trinity UMW

Campaign for Racial Justice

Aaction and events in support of the Charter for Racial Justice within our District.

  • “Care First, Jails Last” online event hosted by ECR District UMW focused on decarceration
  • Racial Justice with Cambrian Park UMW: members participated in book study of “So You Want To Talk About Race”
  • Racial Justice with Almaden Hills UMW: members worked on neighborhood service projects, participated in “Racist Anonymous” program and “So You Want To Talk About Race” study, and more
  • Racial Justice with Reading Program: 55 District members from 8 churches read 24 UMW Reading Program books related to racial justice

2021 Reading Program

Participants read books from each of 5 categories, and regularly read the response magazine – get more info here.

This year’s participants were from 8 units:

  • Campbell UMW, Cupertino Good Samaritan UMW, Livermore Asbury UMW, Marina UMW, San Jose Almaden Hills UMW, Santa Clara UMW, Sunnyvale First UMW, Sunnyvale Valley Faith UMW

16 readers this year:

  • 7 readers – Plan 1 (5 books per year)
  • 3 readers – Plan 2 (10 books per year)
  • 2 readers – Plan 3 (15 books per year)
  • 4 readers – Plan 4 (20 books per year

Annual Celebration Event Details

  • Date & time: Saturday, October 23, 2021, 10am-noon.  Doors open for check-in at 9:30am.
  • Location:  The United Methodist Church of Gilroy, with in-person attendance limited to 50 people (masks required). For those who prefer to attend virtually, there is an online streaming option.

The UMW Legacy Endowment FundAn offering will be taken, designated to the UMW Legacy Fund Endowment

  • Give by check: Checks may be given by in-person attendees at the event. Make checks payable to “United Methodist Women,” and note “Legacy  Fund Endowment Campaign” in the memo line. 
  • Text to Give:  Text “41444” on your cell phone and enter “Legacy 150” in the message area.
  • Give online: At the UMW website.
  • Get more info about the Legacy Fund Endowment here.

4 thoughts on “October 23, 2021: Knitted Together and Darning the Holes at Annual Celebration

  1. Carol Parker

    There are members of our UMW group that would like to register for the Annual Celebration in Gilroy but they do not have an email address. Can they register by mail?

    1. Wanda

      Registration requires an email address, so that we can send information about the event. If someone who wants to attend does not have an email address, please have them partner with someone who does to register them online. Use the non-email person’s name and the email person’s email address.

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