Summit United Methodist Church
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors
United Methodist Women
Meets the 4th Saturday of the month at 10:00 am.
There is no meeting in May. The next meeting is Saturday, June 22.
Among the first organizations in the history of the church have been the women's associations. The United Methodist Women have been an official group since the merger of the Methodist and EUB churches in 1968, but their history goes farther back, to the Women's Society of Christian Service (WSCS) of the former Methodist Church, and before that there were other mission oriented groups all the way through the more than 250 years of the Methodist movement, beginning with the "Ladies Aid" groups which began in many churches in this country to address the needs of those effected by the hurts inflicted by war.
The United Methodist Women are responsible for nearly half the total mission support funding for mission activities throughout the nation and the world. The two nearest agencies which continue the historic work of the Women's Division of the Church's Board of Global Ministries are Tacoma Community House and the Atlantic Street Center in Seattle. These agencies help thousands of needy families each week. Tacoma Community House has been the place of settlement and help for refugees for nearly 100 years in Tacoma, and they have changed their focus a number of times as the nationality of current refugees changes. The language bank serves people with 81 different language backgrounds.
Members of the local UMW are also involved at district, state, national and international levels with organizational and mission support work all over the globe. If you are interested in issues of human need and global solidarity, you should feel right at home in this inclusive and committed group of women.