The St. Andrew unit of UMW of is one among the many worldwide units of United Methodist Women, the largest denominational faith organization for women with approximately 800,000 members. The mission of UMW is to foster spiritual growth, develop leaders and advocate for justice. St. Andrew’s unit sponsors gatherings of women and teens for worship, mission education, and fellowship. All women of our area are invited to participate in this mission effort. The women of our unit support local, national and world missions through prayer, personal commitment and financial support. Worldwide, members raise up to $20 million each year for programs and projects related to women, children and youth in the United States and in more than 100 countries around the world.
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St. Andrew UMW is selling Prayer Cubes to be used at mealtime. It is a fun way to remind your family to thank God for the blessings He has given you. There are 6 different blessings on the sides of the cube. Profits will be given to the House of Hope on Chestnut St. in Toms River which houses the day center for Interfaith Hospitality Network of Ocean County and the offices of Caregivers of Ocean County. Donation for the cube is $10. If you are interested in purchasing a cube, please call the Church Office 732-349-5367
UMW Reading Program
The books for the 2013 UMW Reading Program are in the church library. There are 5 categories this year: Spiritual Growth, Nurturing for Community, Social Action, Leadership Development, and Social Action. This year Plan 1 requires reading 5 books, one from each category. You may also read books from the 2008-2012 Reading Programs. Bonus books will count as 2 books, as one book in each of 2 categories. There are also Plans for 10, 15 and 20 books. If you have any questions, please speak to the Church librarian on Sunday morning. As reminder, there are many other books and audio-visuals for children, youth, men and women in St. Andrew’s Library that many be borrowed and enjoyed. The library is open Sunday mornings during Sunday School and between services. Please take advantage of this wonderful resource. No late fees!!!!
Sandy Cove Women’s Retreat
The first weekend in February 2013, fourteen women from St. Andrew traveled to North East, MD, to take part in the “Women Digging Deeper” weekend at Sandy Cove, a Christian retreat center. The topic for the weekend was “Christ in Genesis” led by Glenna Salsbury. We listened to her speak about the many references to Jesus in the Old Testament and shared our thoughts in small group discussion. Music was led by Christian recording artist Allison Speer and Michael Faircloth, an excellent pianist and devotion leader. Other activities or a chance to relax and unwind during the weekend were offered. Sandy Cove is an excellent facility with beautiful views and delicious meals. We look forward to returning next February to this annual weekend. Next year’s program will be led by Cynthia Heald, a well-known women’s Bible teacher and speaker.
Women’s Study Groups at St. Andrew
Come join one of our women’s studies; we have 3 groups which meet regularly September through June: Tuesday morning at 10:00; Thursday evening at 6:30; and Sunday evening at 6:00. Call the church office 732-539-5367 for more information. In the summer a book club is offered.
Newsletter for UMW
To know God more!
To fellowship with other women!
To support missions!
2013 Pledge to Missions
If you would like to make a Pledge to Mission and did not do so at February’s General Meeting or at your circle meeting. Mission pledge cards are available through the circles or from the UMW treasurer. Every women is given an opportunity to make a Pledge to Missions each year toward the work of United Methodist Women and the programs of the Women’s Division of the GBGM. Making a pledge to missions is not paying “dues” or a requirement of the UMW; it is simply a continuation of the efforts of our UM foremothers who felt called to raise funds which would allow missionaries to serve the unmet needs of the women and children of our world, bringing the Gospel to them. Your UMW Pledge to Mission becomes a part of the money pledged each year by over 800,000 UM Women across the globe to support the continuation of the those fledgling efforts which have expanded over the years. You may return the pledge card to your circle leader or to our treasurer. Pledges may be paid in installments or in anyway you wish. Your pledge will be part of our unit’s pledge.