United Methodist Women Stories

Smith Center Building Named for Bloomsters

7/31/2019

The Ruth M. Smith Center’s Board of Directors has named its residential and day care building the Bloomster Building in honor of the Rev. Donald E. and Shirley Bloomster. Rev. Bloomster retired from the Smith Center board in December 2018 after serving since January 1982 when he was pastor of First United Methodist Church in Warren.  Don reports that he served several 4-year terms himself and finished out terms for others who were not able to complete their terms. Over the 37 years that he was ...


Mission Ambassadors Report from Texas Border

6/25/2019

Mission Ambassadors Sandy McKee and Lynn Sibley report from missions along the U.S. - Mexican border. With all the controversy regarding immigration and detention, we welcomed an opportunity to travel to McAllen, Texas to learn about Methodist mission work on both sides of the border. Our host was Susan Hellums, Border Area Mission Coordinator, a native of the area. She’s been involved in mission work there since the 1980s. Her knowledge of the challenges facing the area is deep, objective and ...


Notes from Belfast

5/29/2019

Mission Ambassadors Sandy McKee and Lynn Sibley recently returned a visit to Belfast, Northern Ireland. Here's the first of two reports. “The work of our missionaries is a magnificent expression of the Lord’s redeeming love.” (Elder D Todd Christofferson) We did a lot of reading about the struggles and conflicts in Northern Ireland prior to our visit. We agreed it was probably best to keep our mouths shut and eyes open regarding the ongoing challenges of keeping peace between Protestants and ...


Meet Your Conference UMW Leaders

5/22/2019

United Methodist Women are an integral part of many Western PA churches, making a difference particularly by equipping women for leadership skills, supporting mission and working  for justice. These women are usually well known in their congregation. The UMW's Conference Leadership Team also makes a difference through their support of mission and advocacy and providing leadership and connection for UMW units. In 2019, there are eight people in new positions on the Conference team.  In February, ...


Henderson Settlement: Part 2

4/23/2019

“Creating opportunities for better lives through Christ-centered service” is the mission of Henderson Settlement. Mission Ambassadors Sandy McKee and Lynn Sibley share some additional experiences from their week there On Tuesday we volunteered to assist in the food pantry that’s open three days a week. Two local women who volunteer there on a regular basis showed us the ropes of bookkeeping, food distribution and neighborly kindness and hospitality. We’d been told that there is much food ...


Henderson Settlement: Providing Hope in Rural Poverty

4/17/2019

WPA Mission Ambassadors Lynn Sibley and Saundra McKee recently traveled to Henderson Settlement, near Red Bird Mission, in Kentucky to learn about ministry and mission opportunities there. They suggest it as a great place for local church or UMW mission teams to go. Here's a report of their experiences. It was a dark and stormy day as we headed out on the 550-mile drive to Henderson Settlement, in Frakes, KY. We’d been to Red Bird a few years back, but had little knowledge of Henderson. We’d ...


Mission Ambassadors Visit Ruth Smith Center

3/27/2019

Lynn Sibley and Sandy McKee of Manorville UMC are serving as the 2019-2020 Mission Ambassadors. Here's a report of their first official trip. We made our first trip as Mission Ambassadors to the Ruth M. Smith Center in Sheffield, PA, a ministry of the national UMW organization. We were so impressed with interim director Kim Adams, who took us around the campus, introduced us to staff and residents and answered all our questions.   We immediately sensed the loving, caring and homey atmosphere ...


Meet the New Mission Ambassadors

2/19/2019

The Mission Ambassador Program in Western Pennsylvania has been in existence since 1976.  It has a long history that includes lay men and women, and clergy men and women called to service.  These dedicated disciples commit to travel and learn, then itinerate in WPA and resource local churches and UMW units.  Funded by the Conference Board of Global Ministries and United Methodist Women, Mission Ambassadors also commit their own resources to the travel experience.  Sandy McKee, left, and Lynn ...


Ruth M Smith Center Provides Old Fashioned Care

11/21/2018

Nearly 100 years old, the Ruth M Smith Center began its ministry as an orphanage. When the need for an orphanage ended in the late 1960’s, the facility changed Of all the places i have lived, this feel like home - Karen McIntyre focus to provide treatment for troubled youth, one step before those youth might be sent to a “reformatory.” Beginning about 1982 a shift in government support led to the development of the Smith Center’s current outreach as a Personal Care Home facility for elderly ...


Well-Connected

11/5/2018

All my life I’ve heard leaders refer to the United Methodist Church as a connectional denomination. As a result, when it’s time for a new pastor, a newly appointed pastor is in the pulpit the week after the old pastor moves on. Through our global connection, United Methodists are in ministry and mission in the United States, Africa, Europe, and Asia.  We make decisions for the denomination every four years at a General Conference gathering where delegates pray and worship together, receive ...


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