UMW for March: Legacy Celebrated

Posted on April 1, 2018 2:24 pm

he 150-year anniversary of United Methodist Women was celebrated during a meeting
March 19 of the Bonita Springs UMC unit. Ten UMW members were present for a program
led by Kathy Schmitt that honored the legacy and opportunities of UMW. As part of her
presentation, Kathy shared the story in Luke 8 of the women who journeyed with and followed
Jesus. She pointed out that little is known of many of these women who were earlier followers of Jesus. Yet, these women laid the foundation of UMW by sharing, comforting, supporting, teaching, nurturing, and acting as they followed Jesus.

UMW is one of the largest women?s organizations in the world with over 800,000 members.
The beginning is credited to two women, a doctor and a teacher, who became missionaries in
India. The Indian culture did not support women being seen by male doctors at that time.
Through the support of women who became the nucleus of the United Methodist Women, the
female missionaries were able to work in India. UMW now supports 125 mission projects
around the world.

A business meeting preceded the program. Hostesses for the meeting were Connie Eldridge
and Joanie Birmingham. Local mission work was discussed by members. The group heard a
report on the recent Shoes for the Soul drive. The record number of 158 pairs of shoes for
children at Bonita Springs Elementary and Middle Schools were received and have been
delivered to the schools. Additional funds have also been designated for this project;
Susan Atkinson will check with the schools on most needed sizes when classes resume after
Spring Break at the schools.

Other local mission projects include the donation by members of vegetable seeds to be sent to Henderson Settlement?s Redbird Mission in Kentucky. Sue Wheeler will send these off later this week. Coming up is the UMW-sponsored “Fill the Van for Bonita Assistance” on Sunday, March 25. This year, however, we will “fill a truck” and thank Giles Schutte for donating his vehicle for this project. A specific list of items has been published in the weekly bulletin which includes both cleaning supplies and food items. The items will be delivered to Bonita Assistance on Monday, March 26, at 9 a.m. Julie Kampmann is heading this project and asks any members who can assist with unloading the donations at that time.
UMW is continuing to research the purchase and maintenance of two AED (defibrillators) for
the church after approving this at the last meeting. Susan Atkinson has met with one company representative; Julie Kampmann volunteered to gather information for two other sources.

The next regular meeting is April 16 when Julie Kampmann will present the program and
Betty Suprosky and Lu Burkell will be hostesses. All women of the congregation are invited
to attend. This is a wonderful opportunity to be on the front lines of local mission work as well as to feel nurtured by a group of great women!

-Susan Atkinson, UMW President