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News of the Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Women November, 2012

I: What’s New Nominate Your Favorite Charity—Now Deadline – This Thursday, November 15! We need your input to identify and support outstanding organizations whose missions are consistent with our vision and UMW tradition. For 2013, the Executive Committee will continue to focus on three priority areas for giving: Education, Health, and Social Justice. Please nominate organizations that work in one of these areas. We have received very few nominations to date. We will select 10 to 12 organizations for funding. (Our UMW currently supports the following: Bread for the City, Bright Beginnings, Courtney’s House, Fairfield Orphanage and Sponsorship Association, Health in Harmony, Just Neighbors, High Tea Society, Mabel Jones School, the Ballet School, The Methodist Home and Wesley Scholarship Fund.) The finance committee will conduct the initial selection, which will be reviewed by the executive committee and presented at the annual meeting. More information and a nomination form are attached. Send your nominations to Suzanne Vieth at: 

You Won’t Want To Miss…. The UMW Recognition Luncheon December 9, 12:30pm Great Hall So save the date. We’ll be honoring four outstanding women from our church, as well as celebrating the babies who have been born this year, and remembering those who have died this year. Lunch will be provided. Suggested contribution $10. Reservations not necessary. Circle 8’s, Eugenia Evans is hostessing this luncheon. For additional information, contact Phyllis Kokus 202-362-7861 or 

Invitation to Wesley Tea Saturday, December 1, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. UMW members are invited to the annual Christmas Tea of The Women’s Guild of Wesley Theological Seminary. David Wilson and Drema McAllister-Wilson are hosting the event at their home: 5133 52nd Street, NW. Join us for delicious goodies, carol singing, and shopping in our boutique.

Crèches on Display December 2, 10 am to 1 pm The Great Hall Metropolitan’s Arts Council wants YOUR crèches — just for one day. To participate in the display, email the following information by Sunday, November 18, to Marilu Wood at your name, a brief description of each crèche you’re submitting, its approximate age, its country of origin, and a bit of personal history or other interesting information about the manger scene. Then bring your crèche(s) to the Great Hall on Saturday, December 1, between 10 and 2. Members of the Arts Council will be there to receive and arrange the crèches. You can take them home on Sunday after the show. (See The Messenger for additional details.) 

Church Ladies Bring It $17,000, that’s what we brought. Metropolitan’s 2012 UMW Bazaar turned knick knacks, trinkets and attic treasures into gold for 11 charities that support women and children around the world (see the listing above). Our best assets in this annual effort are, again, Barbara Gaskill and BobbyTurnbull. We owe them many thanks and much gratitude. But the rest of you deserve a pat on the back, too. Thanks to all who sorted, priced, unpacked, policed, sold, packed, etc. In addition to the usual suspects, three of our church's three shelter residents and leaders of our resident Boy Scout troop who all also pitched in for clean-up duty on Saturday and Sunday. The muscle power was greatly appreciated! 

Show Us the Money If you haven’t already sent in your 2012 UMW Pledge to Mission, please consider adding it to your list of year-end charitable gifts. Note that this pledge is completely separate from pledges made to church. Brochures were included with the recently mailed UMW directory. 

Way to Read Congratulations to our UMW unit which was recognized by the Baltimore-Washington Conference UMW for completing the UMW Reading Program for 2012—no small feat. Just check out some of those titles. They’re in Metropolitan’s library. 

Lunch and More: Feasting, Fellowship and Fun November 15 & December 20 Noon – 2pm (or thereabouts) Great Hall Light lunch followed by various activities—games such as bridge, discussions of current events and books, Bible study and so on. All ages, men and women. RSVP is not required, but helpful. If you plan to attend or have questions, contact Drema at or 202-363-4900.

Save the Date 2013 UNITED METHODIST WOMEN’S RETREAT Priest Field Pastoral Center Kearneysville, WV February 8-10, 2013 “Journey to Inner Trust” Mary Elizabeth Marlow, Retreat Leader Of all the issues facing those of us on the spiritual journey, probably the most challenging is trust. We long to know when to, whether to, to trust. Join us for a week-end during which we confront this issue head-on through story-telling, guided imagery, drawings and ritual. …and where we reawaken innocence, trust in the moment and in ourselves. Retreat Leaders: Jeanie Mah, Mary Jo Marchant, Ann Michel and Barbara Tate Mary Elizabeth Marlow is an international speaker and seminar leader, storyteller and counselor. She is the author of several books including “Jumping Mouse: A Story about Inner Trust.” 

UMW Circle Meetings Circle 2. Contacts: Charlotte Carter (, Jane Cunningham Circle 3: Contact: Anne Bechdolt, or 317-331-6813. Circle 6: will meet December 13 for our annual cookie exchange. Stay tuned for time and place TBD. Also, please let Mary Jo know if you are interested in attending our February meeting the Arena Stage production of "Good People" on February 14. Ann Michel will lead a Bible study in January. Contact: Mary Jo Marchant (703-435-1715 or or Ann Michel (202-885-8582 or Circle 8: meet on Tuesday, October 2nd at 7:00 pm at church to work on jewelry for the bazaar. Contact: Eugenia Evans, Circle 9: will have our annual Christmas luncheon on Wednesday, December 5 at noon at the home of Connie McWorkman. Please contact Bobby Turnbull, (301) 320-4154, Circle 10: We’ll meet Wednesday, Dec 5th at 7:30 at Anita’s house for our annual cookie exchange. . Contact: Caralee Adams

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