United Methodist Women

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Our Purpose:
The organized unit of United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ: to develop a creative supportive fellowship: and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.

Our Theme: Sisterhood of Grace
Looking back on our legacy and connecting to today.

CHRISTIAN WOMEN'S SPIRITUAL DAY RETREAT

On Saturday, August 3rd, United Methodist Church CA/NV Conference Lay Leader Micheal Pope was the guest Spiritual Leader at Merced United Methodist Church. Micheal has a long list of organizations and outreach programs that she is involved in including; CEO of Alzheimer's Services of the East Bay, where she has a special place in her heart for those seniors and their caregivers living with memory loss. She holds a seat on the Community Advisory Board-African American Study on Dementia at UCSF. Micheal also hosts an on-line radio show titled, ‘Life is a Sacred Journey." And her list of credits goes on and on.

Her message at the Spiritual Day Retreat was on Spirituality and Mindfulness, stating that many Christians look at the practice of Mindfulness as an activity that is too out there for them to engage in, but it can help us to unlock barriers of guilt and fear that we may be experiencing and help us to become aware of the blocks that can prevent communication and connection. Because when we as Christians pray, we're really looking to communicate and connect with our Divine Creator.

Some takeaways: Live life passionately. Be curious. Explore and sometimes "wander". . . . . wander around and let life take you in a new direction just to "see what is there." Live in Awe and Appreciation. Keep a gratitude journal. Engage Life and Everyone in it. So we did experience a day of enlightenment and discovery as Micheal guided us through a personal spiritual journey.

DATES TO REMEMBER

Tuesday, September 10, 1:00 p.m.
UMW Executive Meeting

Wednesday, September 18, 12:00 Noon
Welcome Back Potluck,
Honoring our Widows
Program: "Remembering Our Sisters"
And Business Meeting

Saturday, October 5
Central Valley District Celebration,
Registration at 8:30 at Reedley UMC

Tuesday, October 8, 11:15 a.m.
Executive Board 2020 Planning Potluck
(No General Meeting)

Saturday, October 19
Northern California-Nevada
UMW Conference Celebration



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