United Methodist Women Stories

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 ...


UMW Owns Chautauqua Homes

8/22/2018

Take a break!  Sit and rock on the porch and watch the lake.  Enjoy leisurely conversations with interesting people around the breakfast table, eating a meal you didn’t have to fix or clean up after. Take in an incredible concert or stimulating lecture.  During this last week of the season at the Chautauqua Institution, participants are enjoying these things in a setting that speaks of another time, a different pace, and values that are not always affirmed in today’s world. United Methodist ...


A Perfect Gift

12/13/2017

‘Tis the season for gift giving!  We know the ultimate gift to us was God’s Son. We also know how easy it is to get sucked up in the world’s value system, sometimes using gifts to try to prove our love.   We live in a time of abundance – and of great need; for many, conspicuous consumption – for others, hunger and not enough to make ends meet.  We are bombarded with so much information, it’s tough to sort it all out.  So, many times we take the easy way out, ignoring what we say we believe. We ...


Meet Black College Fund Ambassador

2/3/2017

February is Black History Month and presents a good opportunity to learn more about our denomination's historically black colleges and the ways our Conference UMW has helped to tell that story. The historically Black colleges and universities of The United Methodist Church are responsible for educating some active and popular leaders - from preachers, district superintendents and bishops to college professors and presidents to general agency staff, legislators and community leaders. These ...


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...


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