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News of the Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Women February, 2012

Reflection “It's good to do uncomfortable things. It's weight training for life.” ― Anne Lamott, Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith (with apologies to Anita Seline.for this frequent source of inspiration. ISO new ideas for devotionals; must have some edge.)

I: What’s New It’s here: the 3rd UMW Retreat “Finding Our Place in the Hospitality of God” February 10-12, 2012 Priestfield Pastoral Retreat Center Kearneysville, WVA More than 40 women have signed up to attend this year’s retreat—a big jump in the number of attendees over the past two years. Registration for the event is now closed. We’re looking forward to a weekend of personal reflection, worship, informal fellowship and relaxation. The Rev. Gina Campbell, a United Methodist minister, will lead our group. If you have any questions, contact the retreat team: Jeannie Mah (msjcmyu1@gmail.com); Mary Jo Marchant (mjmarchant@verizon.net), Ann Michel (amichel@wesleyseminary.edu) or Barbara Tate (bdtate@verizon.net)

A New Kind of Call to Prayer for the Lenten Season Great Hall Sundays, 7pm, February 26, March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1 This year, the UMW is changing its approach to Lent. We’ll join Metropolitan and Shalem Institute in offering a series of contemplative communion services on the six Sunday nights of Lent.This healing worship will combine scripture, communion and sacred music in a peaceful atmosphere. Rev. Drema McAllister-Wilson will preside in partnership with Shalem’s Carol Crumley, an Episcopal priest. Alex Helsabeck will guide the music and our own Betty Rogers will coordinate.These Lenten evenings promise to nurture our spirits in a creative way. Part of UMW's supportive role will be to provide greeters and light refreshments following each service. More details to come. Please contact Ann Cochran at 301-229-2114 or ann@annpcochran.com with questions.


"Walk with Wholeness" Saturday, February 25, 9:30 to 1:00 Woodside UMC, 8900 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring. The United Methodist Women of the Greater Washington District is holding their annual Legislative Seminar on Saturday, To register, mail a $12 check (payable to GWD District Treasurer-United Methodist Women) to Sandra Chambers, GWD Treasurer, 8312 Rambler Drive, Adelphi, MD, 20783.

What More is in Store for 2012? The UMW Lineup (partial) Great Day of Service: March 10, coordinated by Eliza Hamner-Koenig Book Sale: Saturday, April 21 in the vestry, coordinated by Megan Lordos Mother-daughter Tea: Sunday, May 6th Bazaar: November 3

Thanks for the Recognition and Reception th

The December 11 Recognition Lunch was wonderful and Eunice Matthews was touched Thanks to all who contributed and made the event a success.

Welcome The New Crew UMW Officers and Mission Coordinators: President -- Suzanne Vieth

Co-Vice-Presidents --Jeanie Mah, Alice Sartain

Treasurer -- Kate Vogt

Secretary -- Penne Nelson

Education -- Sue Roach Membership Outreach -- Anita Seline Program Resources -- Bobby Turnbull Social Action -- Eliza Hamner-Koenig

Communications – Courtney Leatherman Nominations -- Caralee Adams Recognitions -- Phyllis Kokus Spiritual growth -- Ann Cochran

UMW Circle Meetings Circle 2. Contacts: Charlotte Carter (char.carter@cox.net), Jane Cunningham JTC3rd@aol.com) Circle 3: Contact: Anne Bechdolt, abechdolt@msn.com or 317-331-6813. Circle 6: Come with your favorite books or summaries to share. We also will watch the 10 minute informational DVD about MMUMC's new Support Team Concept. Any questions, Mary Jo Marchant (mjmarchant@verizon.net) or Ann Michel (amichel@wesleyseminary.edu). Circle 8: Meet Tuesday, February 7th, at 7pm in the Sanctuary for a piano concert presented by Darrell Curren, an AU student who sings in our chancel choir. We are also collecting small items like toothpaste and other toiletries to make small bags for our women shelters. Contact: Annie Butler: anniepresbury@juno.com Circle 9: Meet Wednesday, February 1 at 10:30 in the Choir Room. Bill Potts will tell us about his background and about what is new and different around the church. Contact Bobby Turnbull, 301-320-4154, bobbyturnbull@comcast.net. Circle 10:.Meet February 28 for dinner. More details to come. Contact: Caralee Adams caralee.adams@verizon.net



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