United Methodist Women
Twenty-eight members of the Washington United Methodist Women met in the Fellowship Hall of the United Methodist Church on Friday, Nov. 15, at 1 p.m. President Mary Dawson opened with prayer. All enjoyed a delicious dessert and coffee. Hostesses were Charlotte Magdefrau and Lea Smothers. Kay Bennett introduced guest Maggie Chestnutt.
The secretary’s report was read and approved. The treasurer’s report was given and will be filed. Shirley Pfeifer reported on attending the Ingathering at Mount Pleasant, where she took eight quilts. Two large quilts sold for $800 each.
Coordinators’ reports: Marilyn Whitenack, Spiritual Growth, read Psalm 100 on thankfulness. She gave a report on Mrs. Sarah Josepha Hale. Abraham Lincoln had listened to one of Hale’s speeches in 1863, and the result was the first Thanksgiving proclamation by a president since George Washington. She was responsible for Thanksgiving being nationally recognized. Marilyn then presented an interesting article on the “finger prayer,” an interesting prayer, with each digit representing prayer focus on others, starting with the thumb, the pointer, the middle finger, and the ring finger — and ending with the pinky finger (when one prays for oneself, and how our needs or wants seem suddenly less significant).
Sharon Wagner, Social Action, was absent.
Virginia Tschantz, Education and Interpretation, reported on three missionary birthdays around the world. She read from an article in the November Response magazine on “Live with Gratitude.” The article focused on Luke 17: 11-19, about the 10 lepers who were healed by the miracles of Jesus. One of the 10 is overcome with gratitude for his healing, and it is the action of his gratitude that prompts Jesus to declare, “Your faith has made you well.” Virginia Tschantz, with Mary Dawson, encouraged members to bring a non-perishable item for the food pantry to each monthly meeting.
Pat Minneman, Supportive Community, reported on a birthday recipient’s pleasure at being remembered. She encouraged members to help and support her follower for 2014, Cheryl Crone.
Ilene Schnicker passed out signup sheets to check where members had signed up for programs and to be hostesses for the coming year 2014.
The program, Pledge Services, was presented by Shirley Pfeifer, who opened with Matthew 22:37-39. She introduced pledge cards for 2014. She read a meditation on priorities. She also read passages from Deuteronomy. She reported on work at Hawthorn Hill and their contribution and read an e-mail about the New Direction Shelter – a home connection program. She closed her program with Psalm 146 and a responsive reading read by the members present. Pledge cards were handed in. Meeting adjourned. The next meeting is Friday, Dec. 13, at 1 p.m. at the UMC Fellowship Hall. It will be the Christmas program and Special Membership Awards.