What's Happening in February and March ... 

UMW Book Discussion Group
Wednesday, February 26, at 12:45 p.m.

Join us on Wednesday, February 26, at 12:45 p.m. in the Fireside Room. This month's book is The Dry by Jane Harper. All attendees should bring their own lunch and drink, for a picnic style gathering. Contact Mary Abe (abzabe@msn.com) for more information.

UMW General Gathering
Tuesday, March 3, at 9 a.m. 

Join us on Tuesday, March 3, in Fellowship Hall at 9 a.m. at the United Methodist Women General Meeting, for a presentation on “Practicing Resurrection” by the Rev. Dr. Norval Ignatius Brown.

The Reverend Doctor Norval Ignatius Brown was born June 17, 1954, the 251st anniversary of the birth of John Wesley. Raised in the farming town Brandywine, MD., outside of Washington DC, Brown heard a call for ministry at an early age. Answering an invitation to Christian discipleship at the age of 9, he began to take responsibility for the life in Christ that began at his baptism.

Brown’s education includes a BA from the University of Chicago, Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, and Doctor of Ministry from Chicago Theological Seminary. He holds a certificate in spiritual direction from the Claret Center in Chicago and has been involved in the Academy for Spiritual Formation as a participant, faculty presenter and member of the leadership team. Brown is an oblate at St. Benedict’s Abby in Peoria, Illinois, and he serves on various boards and agencies of the church and community.

Brown has had a variety of pastoral experiences. He has served large parishes and small: African-American, predominantly Anglo and multi-racial, urban and suburban. He has served as a campus minister and an adjunct faculty member at Chicago Theological Seminary. He currently is the pastor of the Christ United Methodist Church in Deerfield, IL. He and his wife Andrea Lynette Brookins reside in Homewood, IL. They are the parents of four children and a Yorkie. They also have two grandchildren.

All women are welcome to attend. The UMW Leadership Team will host the breakfast. Contact Phyllis Pepiot (ppepiot@ gmail.com) for information.

Looking Ahead in 2020... 

50th Annual UMW Hamball Luncheon 
Friday, April 11 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. 

Tuesday, May 5, at 9 a.m.
Program: Women United for Change; ChildServ
Speaker: Catherine Inserra, Manager of Faith and Community Relations with ChildServ
Hostess: UMW Priscilla

Tuesday, June 23, at 9: 15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Summer Coffee at the Home of Sandy Bray 

Tuesday, September 1 , at 9 a.m.
Program: Organizing for the Home
Speaker: Barbara Tischler, The Clutter Coah- Organizing Services for the Home and Office
Hostess: UMW Leadership Team

Tuesday, October 6, at 9 a.m.
Program: World Thank Offering
Speaker: Katy Klepper and Ruth Wills
Hostess: UMW Book and Quilt Group

Mistletoe Marketplace 

Tuesday, December 1, at 9 a.m.
Program: "Mary's Legacy," Remembrance Service abd Installation of Officers for 2021
Speaker: TBD
Hostess: UMW Sarah Circle

Mission U:

Learning Together for Transformation of the World  

For participants, Mission u is an opportunity to study current issues impacting society based on current mission study topics with particular attention to the responsibilities of women in fulfilling the mission work of the church. Participants grow in understanding the mission of the church in the current world context; conference events are open to members and non-members of United Methodist Women.

Study Topics for 2020: 

Spiritual Growth Study: Finding Peace in an Anxious World editied by Erin James-Brown
Issue Study:
Pushout:The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools by Monique W. Morris