Berwyn United Methodist WomenWhat is our purpose?
Fall Retreat, October, 2016.
We are a local unit of a much larger national and global organization. Our rich history of serving women and children began in 1869. You can learn much more by clicking here: UMW History
Upcoming ActivitiesSaturday, March 10
• Return to Sender
United Methodist Women will meet in the Parlor Saturday, March 10, 9:00 a.m., to discuss the book Return to Sender, by Julia Alvarez. The title comes from a dragnet operation that the Department of Homeland Security conducted in 2006, named Return to Sender. Work places were raided and undocumented workers were seized. Their children were the biggest casualties of this operation – left behind to be soothed and reassured until they could finally be reunited with their parents. Reading this book will help us understand the issues facing Hispanic migrant workers in our area. There are several copies of the book available - talk to Carol Cherry or Claudia Sharpless to borrow one. The book is also available for Kindle and Nook.
United Methodist Women annual Pledge to Mission Service
We looked at the sobering issue of sex trafficking. Click this link for more info: Human Trafficking Fact Sheet
Our recent meeting when we made a "Huddle against Human Trafficking".
Mini Lenten Retreat: making prayer beads as a tool to help focus our prayer lives.
For many years, Berwyn UMC has supported Dr. Mark Zimmerman a missionary medical doctor specializing in internal medicine who has been dedicating his life working in Kathmandu, Nepal since 1986. A native of the Philadelphia area, Mark is married to Deirdre Zimmerman, also a missionary and Mark's partner in Nepal spacializing in nutrition. They are the parents of two sons, Zachary and Benjamin. Members of the Berwyn UMW keep in touch with Mark on a regular basis. Mark's recent letter is available HERE .
Mark, Deirdre and their sons, Zachary and Benjamin.
United Methodist Women Reach Out to Bless the World
As a gift of gratitude for God's abundance our BUMC congregation contributed almost $500 for the World Thank Offering. The funds collected are used in the total program of mission in the United States and around the world carried out through the United Methodist Women's national office. A display of fabrics from many countries and candles we lit provided us the chance to remember the needs of others throughout the world and imagine Christ's light reaching everyone.
In the spirit of Advent
Members of several Western Main Line ConneXion UMW units and other guests joined us at BUMC during Advent to prepare birthing kits. Twenty-one women joined hands and hearts to make 60 kits. These will be sent via Mission Central to UMCOR for use throughout the world. Birthing kits provide the essential items to promote a safe, clean delivery and to encourage good aftercare. As we worked we thought of the connection between those young, poor women who will receive the kits and Mary, mother of Jesus. She also was a poor teenage pregnant girl who gave birth in a not-so-clean place.