UMW Annual Meeting Invites Courageous Leaders
Celebration on Oct. 27 to honor organization’s 45 years in the North Texas Conference
There was a time when two women’s groups served churches in what is now the North Texas Conference: the Women’s Society of Christian Service and the Wesleyan Service Guild. Three years after the NTC was created, the women of these two groups united. On “Super Saturday,” May 5, 1973, at Lovers Lane UMC, the United Methodist Women of the North Texas Conference was created.
The organization will celebrate its 45th anniversary this year at the 2018 North Texas Annual Meeting and Celebration on Saturday, Oct. 27, by returning to Lovers Lane. More than 200 attendees will hear from a variety of speakers on the theme “Courageous Leadership: Being, Believing, and Becoming BOLD.” This year also will feature interpretation services for those whose first language is not English.
Featured speaker Rev. Joy Carol served as a missionary for three years in Pakistan before aiding other developing nations through various global organizations. The author of several books, including her most recent Towers of Hope: Stories to Help Us Heal, she will address the theme of being courageous leaders in today’s church.
”Being bold means we learn to conquer our fear,” Rev. Carol said. “When we are confident, then we can more easily move to that word ‘BOLD.’ ”
A health fair, silent auction and a presentation on The Way Forward are also planned. Participants will be able to get a no-cost health screening for blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure with results counseling. Hosted by the Methodist Medical Group, an “Ask the Doctor” booth will be set up and participants can get a low-cost flu shot.
Participants also can bid on items – such as home décor, books and other treasures – at a silent auction that will benefit UMW scholarships in the North Texas Conference. In addition, flood buckets will be accepted for the United Methodist Committee on Relief.
A discussion on The Way Forward is planned with national UMW board member Cynthia Rives and national UMW program advisory group member Camille Harry. This will be a time to learn what it is and how you can respond.
Published: Wednesday, October 17, 2018