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October 24, 2020: ECR District UMW Annual Celebration

Annual Celebration 2020:
Renew our Community Through Courageous Love

Saturday, October 24, 2020
10:00am – noon
Virtual meeting via Zoom

For the first time in our recorded history, we are gathering for our Annual Celebration through an online “Zoom” meeting.  The COVID-19 protocols limit our ability to meet in person, and we want to do our part to ensure everyone’s health and safety.  So for this year, on Saturday morning, October 24, settle into your favorite chair, get your morning snack, and connect with our District United Methodist Women online.

  • Celebrate the Mission and Ministry of our District United Methodist Women
  • Brief business meeting
  • Guest speaker Dr. Mary Cheng

Registration is coming soon to this page. 
Registration is required to receive link for the meeting.

Guest speaker Dr. Mary Cheng
Spirituality, leadership, and transformation are at the heart of Mary’s passion to help individuals, organization and communities thrive.

As a former staff member at the National Office of United Methodist Women, Mary had the privilege of leading Mission u (formerly Schools of Christian Mission), a program that provides transformative educational experiences engaging women from across the country to study current issues in a faith-rooted, participatory and action-oriented way.

Since her return home to California last year, she became engaged with the California-Nevada Annual Conference on a project to assess and recommend initiatives to develop the leadership of the clergy in the conference.  With the completion of the project, she now looks forward to new learning and service opportunities in her second half of life.  Mary holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Christian Spirituality from the Graduate Theological Union and is an active member of Berkeley Methodist United Church.  

Mission & Ministry Workshops

This year, workshops are being held separately from Annual Celebration. Explore ways to be in mission and ministry in today’s world with our follow-up workshops.  They will be held the next 3 Saturday mornings. 
Registration is required to get the “Zoom” link to attend the event.  (Registration will be available soon.)

Saturday, October 31, 2020, 10:00-11:30am:  Changing Ourselves, Changing the World
Led by Betty Dickey and Lisa Hatchett.  In this Zoom meeting, we will explore the role climate change plays in our extreme weather, delve into scripture to find out what God expects of us, discuss how climate has impacted our lives and our planet and what steps we can take as individuals to slow the rate of climate change.  

Saturday, November 7, 2020, 10:00-11:30am:  Finding Peace in a Traumatic World
Led by Sandra Nesheim.

November 14, 2020, 10:00-11:30am  Developing Resilience through Communal Spiritual Practice
Led by Dr. Mary Cheng and Julie Taylor. This workshop invites participants into a Zoom communal space to take part in spiritual practices to meet these challenging times. Collective engagement with music, movement, and poetry prepares our hearts to welcome God’s Rejuvenating Spirit to restore our soul and move us into a resilient future together.

Mission Link – August 2020

Get the August 2020 Mission Link newsletter from El Camino Real District United Methodist Women!

Note that due to limitations of Shelter-in-Place, there was no printed version of this newsletter distributed by mail.  If you know of someone who usually receives their copy by mail, please share this online version with them, or help them obtain a printed copy.

In this issue:

  • Coming events
    • Sept. 26: Save Havens event
    • Oct. 24: District UMW Annual Celebration
  • Social Action from around the District
    • Interrupting the Cradle to Prison Pipeline
    • Handmade Fast Masks from Campbell UMW
    • The fierce urgency of NOW
    • 2020 Election
  • Opportunities for Ministry
    • Mission u online
    • Beulah grants for senior ministries
    • Faith Talks
  • District UMW Team notes
    • President: When external factors shift
    • Treasurer: Five Channels of Mission Giving
    • Nominations: Need your ideas, spirit, presence
    • Reading Program: Two book reviews
    • Communications: Website refreshed

Next issue will be published in November 2020.  Please submit articles & photos to Communications Coordinator before Wednesday, November 18, 2020.

Safe Havens: Encouraging Healthy Relationships at Home

Refugios seguros:
Fomento de relaciones saludables en el hogar


Saturday, September 26, 2020
10:00am to noon
Zoom online meeting:  Please register in advance (below) to receive meeting link
  Sábado 26 de septiembre de 2020
de 10:00 a.m. a mediodía
Reunión en línea de Zoom: regístrese con anticipación (a continuación) para recibir el enlace de la reunión

English:  In this time of shelter-in-place, when families are spending more time together than ever, the challenges of family dynamics are hard to avoid.  Families hope to feel safe at home, but it’s not always possible.  And how can you open a conversation with a friend about domestic violence – whether it’s happening to them or to yourself?

In this Zoom meeting, two speakers will offer their perspectives:  Sandra Nesheim, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, and Dalia Ochoa-Navarro, Education and Community Outreach Advocate from Monarch Services in Watsonville.

Watsonville First United Methodist Church is glad to sponsor this event.  It will be in both English and Spanish.  There will be break-out groups for discussions.

español: En esta época de refugio en el lugar, cuando las familias pasan más tiempo juntas que nunca, los desafíos de la dinámica familiar son difíciles de evitar. Las familias esperan sentirse seguras en casa, pero no siempre es posible. ¿Y cómo puede iniciar una conversación con una amiga sobre la violencia doméstica, ya sea que le esté sucediendo a ella o a usted misma?

En esta reunión de Zoom, dos oradores ofrecerán sus perspectivas: Sandra Nesheim, psicóloga clínica licenciada, y Dalia Ochoa-Navarro, defensora de educación y extensión comunitaria de Monarch Services en Watsonville.

La Primera Iglesia Metodista Unida de Watsonville se complace en patrocinar este evento. Estará en inglés y español. Habrá grupos de trabajo para mejor participación en las conversaciones.

Additional resources/Recursos adicionales:

Registration is now closed.


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Sept. 5, 2020: UMW Virtual Breakfast Session

CA/NV UMW Breakfast at Annual Conference

CA/NV UMW Breakfast at Annual Conference: Click image to register

For the first time ever, CA/NV United Methodist are hosting their Annual Conference Session breakfast as a virtual event!  Because it’s virtual (online), we are able to include several deaconess sisters telling their inspirational stories, rich in diversity and ethnicity.  Register and plan to attend, with your favorite breakfast treat at hand.

Saturday, September 5, 2020
10:00am PDT to 11:30am PDT
Zoom meeting 

Click here to register and receive link for the meeting

Click here to download informational flyer with more details

Guest speakers include:

  • Megan Hale – Executive for the Office of Deaconess and Home Missioner, part of National Office of UMW
  • Ellen R Dizon – Deaconess in the Philippines
  • Heidi Caban-Santiago – Deaconess in Training, and Director of Social Services and Bereavement Services at Circle of LIfe Community Hospice
  • Selena Ruth Smith – Deaconess, firefighter, and EMT
  • Katherine O. Kim – Retired Deaconess who served with Senior Ministry at Korean UMC of Santa Clara Valley