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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.

Mission u – Bearing Witness in the Kin-dom

by Bonnie Home, Almaden Hills UMW

It isn’t often that the author of our Mission u’s “Leaders Guide” comes to lead that very study for us!  So when we gathered on Zoom for our July 23-24 class, we were thrilled that Amanda Meisenheimer, author of the guide for “Bearing Witness in the Kin-dom: Living Into the Church’s Moral Witness Through Radical Discipleship,” would be leading us from New York City!  

Gathering Mission u leaders and participants from all over the country on Zoom has been one of the happier unintended consequences of our pandemic lockdown.  Class members joined us from all over California and Nevada, and even from Washington state and Missouri. Continue reading

Swimming and Sisterhood

At Climax UMC in Climax, Georgia, exercise group is a lifeline

By Kara Witherow, Editor, South Georgia Advocate

To a handful of women in Climax, Georgia, “yada yada” means anything but boring, predictable talk.

These are the Yada Yadas, a close-knit group of women who have been meeting, praying, and exercising together since 2005. Continue reading

Prayer Shawl Ministry at Campbell UMC

by Katherine Kim

I joined this knitting group from Campbell United Methodist Church just before the COVID pandemic started. Unfortunately, we were not able to meet in person for over a year. Now we meet at the church once a month, on the 4th Monday of the month. It is a blessing to be able to be part of this group!

One of the members, Laura Smith, told me about this wonderful ministry:

The Prayer Shawl Ministry at Campbell UMC was started by Cheryl Olsen as something fun to do during the summer, back at least 12-13 years ago.  She offered to teach non-knitters how to knit so I was on board.

We had a specific pattern so all Prayer Shawls were about the same shape and size. The yarn was washable Lions Brand because that made the shawls easy to care for and the yarn was readily available.

We had a small but enthusiastic group of knitters and beginners.  We met twice a month and were supposed to wrap things up the end of August that year.  That did not happen.  We overwhelmingly wanted to continue.

Our Prayer Shawls still today are blessed by the group, and are given to those in our congregation and beyond who need to feel God’s warmth surrounding them as they grieve, recover or just struggle with some of life’s hard times.  The recipients enjoyed getting them and we loved making them.

As a group, we have shared a lot and welcomed new members.  And like all close groups, we have mourned our losses as well.  We are back to monthly gatherings now that Covid restrictions have eased and I’m hopeful we’ll continue making Prayer Shawls for a long time.