United Methodist Women Stories

Reading Someone Else’s Mail

5/31/2016

no, these aren't really Sarah's glasses Let me invite you to read someone else’s mail – without feeling guilty.  The following is an email I sent to my daughter, Carrie, who lives near Philadelphia.  I asked if my granddaughter, Sarah, might come visit me in July and go with me to Children’s Mission u.  I’m so excited.  Carrie said yes. I’ll pick up Sarah the beginning of the week of Mission u; Carrie will come to California the Sunday Mission u ends and take her home.  I’m hooked on Mission u...


An Unstoppable Young Woman

5/16/2016

What makes an unstoppable young woman?   One who… Sleeps on the floor on a blow-up mattress so she can volunteer at General Conference; Volunteers at the UMW booth and the General Conference information booth; Gets up early to leave the apartment at 6:45 and catch the 7:00 bus so she can attend WPA delegate devotions at 7:30 and General Conference opening worship at 8:00; Interacts with others about what they are experiencing and shares her experiences; Is flexible and considerate of others; ...


Unstoppable: Learning the issues, finding your voice, changing the world

4/20/2016

 Do you believe that? Can we learn the issues, find our voices, and change the world? There’s a group of young women in Western Pennsylvania who believe they can.   One of the things I love most about young women is their idealism.  As we age, sometimes we lose some of that idealism.  We’ve run into too many brick walls and glass ceilings.  For three years now, I’ve been learning to mentor the young women of “unstoppable.” They’ve been teaching me; I’ve been teaching them.  Sometimes I talk too ...


What Are You Reading?

4/12/2016

United Methodist Women are readers.  They read for pleasure; they read for information; they read to challenge themselves to grow.  Some of what they read makes them uncomfortable; they’d rather not know some of the painful things that go on in the world around them.  Sometimes they are called to speak up, or support projects in far off places, or actually go and do something.  Those who want an additional reading challenge often participate in one of the four organized “reading plans” set up by...


One Thing Led to Another

3/21/2016

United Methodist Women in Western PA support international ministry and mission through their local organizations and churches, and through their pledge to mission administered by the national organization. WPA United Methodist Women have received a request from Mrs. Nhiwatiwa, the wife of the Bishop of the two conferences in Zimbabwe and president of their equivalent of United Methodist Women.  Mrs. Nhiwatiwa is seeking funds to complete construction of the Early Childhood Development School in...


Called to Serve – Blessed to Remember…

1/26/2016

A few weeks ago, six United Methodist Women from WPA climbed into a rented van and drove nine hours to a United Methodist Retreat Center in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina for Leadership Development Days.  We had plenty of time during our drive to share stories and get to know each other.  As we moved through West Virginia we learned that Sharon Stollings had roots there.  Sharon lived up that road when she was growing up; her uncle has his farm up that road; her husband, Gene, owned land back ...