The 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.

The Meridian UMW have been active in the Church of the Warm Heart for many years, and participate in a wide variety of devotional and mission activities. You can read about those ministries below, and contact Dixie Jacky (208-680-5112) about joining.

December Devotional: Fear Not!!!

This month, Pastor Mike is going to be speaking on several of the “Fear Not!” scriptures found in the Christmas stories.  I had to look it up but there are over 500 times in the Bible that “fear not” is mentioned.  United Methodist Women for over 150 years have heard this call to “fear not,” and have transformed it to “go bold!”

A few examples: 

Last month, I told you about the 6 women in Boston in 1869, who saw the need for women educators and physicians to help women and children in India.  Fear didn’t stop them!

The United Methodist Women were shocked in late September 2012 when Islamophobic ads began appearing in New York subways.  The UMW could not let that hate speech stand.  Ads were designed, purchased, and placed next to the “hate speech” ads on the subways.  But they didn’t stop there!   As more ads were placed in Washington, DC, San Francisco, even Portland, Oregon, the UMW countered with a statement professing the greatest commandment, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”   

For years, the United Methodist Women have led the church in boldly addressing climate change through Mission U programming, reading program books, and a 13 step to sustainability program. Action steps are promoted like writing to our legislators to pass economic recovery and infrastructure legislation that addresses the harms of climate change, pollution, and encourages the modernization of existing water, transportation, and energy systems.  United Methodist Women have taken the statement in the Social Principals and moved boldly beyond encouraging members to do more to address climate change.

When the organizers of the first National Assembly discovered our black and brown sisters would not be allowed to stay at the hotel in St. Louis, Missouri, they pulled up stakes and moved to another location. Racism will not be tolerated in this organization.

I invite you to check out the reading program at:   www:meridianumc.org/umw  to explore other ways in which United Methodist Women have accepted the challenge to “fear not” and “go boldly forth” with the help of God leading the way.


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