UNITED METHODIST WOMEN

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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: Monday morning at 10:00 am Tuesday morning at 10:00; and Thursday evening at 6:30; Call the church office 732-539-5367 for more information.

UMW Reading Program 2015

The UMW Reading Program seeks to open our minds to current issues and offers us an opportunity to think critically, deepen our spirituality and broaden our understanding of UMW mission work. There are 4 reading plans to select from and a broad range of titles and 5 categories to choose from. You have one year to complete your readings.The 5 plan options range from Plan I which requires you to read 5 books to Plan IV which requires reading 20 books. When you have completed your reading, fill out a form to report the books you've read and hand it in to the church librarian. The 2015 book selections are in the church library. To help get you started, pick up a UMW Reading Program brochure in the library.

For more information, or 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!!!!

2015 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.

Call To Prayer and Self-Denial

The A Call to Prayer and Self-Denial offering is designated to a particular area of mission each year and funds national and international programs. In 2015, the offering will go toward the pensions and health care of retired deaconesses and missionaries. During the time of Lent, we are often asked to sacrifice. Rather than buy an item we really don't need. Put the money you would have spent and place it in the Prayer and Self-Denial envelope. The envelopes are to be turned in at our April 18th meeting. If you can not attend the meeting, you can turn it in to your Circle leader or Deb Boucher. Extra envelopes will be in the lobby outside of Fellowship Hall at the UMW information table.

Prayer: Oh giver and provider of life, you give us abundant life in Jesus Christ. You provide us with what we need for daily sustenance. Your faithfulness is unending. Our hearts rejoice! Grateful, we bring gifts for our sisters and brothers who have served faithfully all their lives. May our gifts of love be pleasing to you and honor those you have put in our care. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

Spread The Buzz Hoop-A-Thon

The Circle of Joy and Grace held their 4th Annual "Spread the Buzz" Hoop A thon for Imagine No Malaria. There were games, activities, baked goods, delicious food and shooting hoops. What a fun night that included an important purpose and message. Thank you to all who helped make this such an exciting event.

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