Category Archives: Quick News

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Quick News: One-Day Retreat option; UMW Census

Spiritual Retreat at Mission Springs: “Choose Hope for God’s World”
March 13-15, 2020; One-Day Option, March 14

Retreat leader Charlotte Bear

In the peaceful setting of a women’s weekend retreat, explore what it means to choosing hope in a time of climate chaos. Come rejuvenate yourself in the beautiful coastal redwood forest.  Learn some evidence based, transformational therapies that deepen your authentic connection to the non-human natural world.  Find out more about how worldviews shape our past/present/future, about climate reality today and ways to manifest real hope.

One-Day (Saturday) Option:  For those unable to attend the full weekend retreat, we are offering a Saturday-only option.  This includes the Saturday program sessions, lunch and dinner, and the Gifts & Graces Talent Show.

Retreat Leader Rev. Charlotte Bear is an Elder with 23 years professional ministry experience as a senior Pastor, Healthcare Chaplain and certified Eco-Chaplain.  She is also a certified Climate Reality Leader.  Combining personal story with current science and eco-therapeutic techniques, she provides a framework for re-booting a constructive relationship with sacred Earth community.

Because of the new one-day option, we have extended the registration deadline to Monday, March 9, 2020.

Online and mail-in registration is available.  Get more information on the Retreat web page.

Be counted in the UMW 2019 Census

Dear Presidents,
The United Methodist Women 2019 Census has already started!   Each local unit is asked to complete the online form by March 30, 2020.  While the form is typically filled out by the president of the unit, any designated person can do it.  It usually only takes 5-10 minutes to fill in the form.  If you send the form in late, after March 30, it won’t be counted.

It is important for all units of our District to submit their census information.  The results are reflected in programs and resources that are being developed by the National UMW office.  Note that this is not connected in any way with the census from the U.S. government!

You can find the 5 easy steps here.  If you need help, call me.

Carolyn Lamcke
Membership Nurture and Outreach

Quick News: Spiritual Retreat, Mission Link

Spiritual Retreat at Mission Springs:
“Choose Hope for God’s World,” March 13-15, 2020

Retreat leader Charlotte Bear

Join us for our 2020 District UMW Spiritual Retreat, to be held among the redwoods of the Mission Springs Retreat Center in Scotts Valley, CA.  Retreat leader Rev. Charlotte Bear will guide us in this year’s theme, “Let Your Light Shine,” focusing on the topic “Choose Hope for God’s World.”

In addition to the program, other indoor and outdoor activities will be offered, including the Saturday evening “Gifts & Graces” talent show.

Scholarships are available, for first-time attendees as well as returning participants, to cover a portion of the cost.  Scholarship applications are due by February 29, 2020.

Get more information on the Retreat web pagePlease register before March 4, 2020. (Note: registration deadline extended to March 9, 2020.)


  • Mission Springs Conference Center, Scotts Valley, CA
  • Friday, Mar. 13 evening through Sunday, Mar. 15 lunch

Get your Mission Link news

El Camino Real District UMW’s February 2020 issue of the Mission Link newsletter is now available.  We are excited to share with you news from around the District, plus highlights from the District UMW “Connect & Learn” leadership event.

Printed copies have been mailed to each church and local president or main contact — please share through your groups.  Mission Link newsletters are also available online on the News and Events page.

Quick News: Memorial Service for Merle Boxill

In this ECR District UMW Quick News:  We remember Merle Boxill, who passed away last December.

Merle Boxill Memorial Service

Merle Boxill

The memorial service for Merle Boxill will be Saturday, February 1, 2020, at 2:00pm, at the Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos, CA 94024.

Merle passed away December 19, 2019.

A dynamic United Methodist Woman, Merle served as guest speaker, retreat leader, Mission Event study leader, and past president of CA/NV Conference UMW.  She was also a lifelong educator, administrator, and mentor of new teachers.

Please hold Merle’s family in your prayers.

Her obituary may be found online here