Volume 25, Issue 2
Upcoming Events “One Day Apart” Spiritual Retreat Community UMC Huntington Beach May 12 School of Christian Mission Biola University La Mirada July 26-28 (Korean Language Only) July 27-29 (All Other Languages) Santa Ana District Annual Meeting Norwalk UMC September 15 Cal-Pac UMW Annual Celebration TBD October 27 Quiet Disciple Breakfast Garden Grove UMC November 10
I Will Never Leave You Nor Forget You: Santa Ana District UMW Holds Mission Study on Haiti Haiti has had more than its fair share of tragedies. Its history abounds with stories of persecution, harsh and corrupt governance, foreign intervention, the spread of disease, a plethora of natural disasters, and a surfeit of man-made calamities. The Caribbean country, which shares the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic, is the poorest in the Western Hemisphere, thanks in part to political instability, crushing debt loads demanded by foreign entities, and the exploitation of natural resources. (America has been part of the problem, invading Haiti in 1915 under the pretext of helping to stabilize the country and assuming control of its finances and natural resources – largely to the benefit of the U.S. – until 1941.) And until recently, often Christian churches in Haiti have been of little help to the people of this country. Yet, Haiti is the first and only country in the world to experience a successful slave revolt– against Napoleon Bonaparte’s army, no less. The spirit that came of that success is carried on today, especially among the women. (Haiti is a matriarchal society). Despite the lack of jobs, lack of amenities and infrastructure, and grinding poverty, the Haitians are optimistic, pragmatic, and persevering. They work with what they have. They work around their governments. They work to improve their lot. Haiti may be called the “Land of NGOs,” but they are not the land of the lazy and the hopeless. They are the land of people in dire need. All this we learned at the Santa Ana District Haiti Mission Study, hosted by Mesa Verde United Methodist Women, Saturday, March 10. Laura Witczak and Helen Waterson, both of whom had taken the study at the School of Christian Mission and had been to Haiti at least twice, stepped in at the last minute as facilitators when Rev. Lynne Austin was unable to come. They brought slides, artifacts, a lot of knowledge, and a passion for Haiti. In addition, we were fortunate to have Gina Vela as a guest of one of the Mesa Verde United Methodist Women members. Gina is a Haitian who has lived in the U.S. for many years, but who still has family in Haiti. Continued on page 2
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those with water-borne or water-related diseases. In addition, ICC has partnered with the non-profit organization Pure Water for the World in a program to install water filtration systems in schools and clinics and other public places throughout the country.
The study covered Haiti facts and history, as well as the 2010 earthquake and its aftermath. Laura and Helen focused on Grace Children’s Hospital, an UMCOR Advance Project. “On one of my trips,” Laura said, “I was in the Pediatric ICU, just holding the babies. Each time I put a child down, I took a bottle of water there in the ward and washed my hands. I’m an operating room nurse; to me this is just standard procedure. Once someone realized what I was doing,” she went on, “I was told to stop immediately! That water was all there was for the day, and it had to serve all the medical staff in that part of the hospital. ‘We don’t wash our hands between babies,’ she was told. ‘We can’t afford the water!’ The problem with Haiti,” Laura added, “is that they just don’t have anything!”
The system is simple – a hollow, rectangular, cement “box,” sealed at one end and with a lid at the other, and with a spigot in one side. Placed on the ground on its sealed end, clean sand and pea gravel are poured into it and then water. The water percolates down, being cleaned as it moves through the sand and gravel. At $100 a pop, the filtration system is cheap by American standards, easy to manufacture, and not prone to breakage. One system can support 75 people for 50 years. Continued on page 4
Built in 1967, Grace Children’s Hospital is the primary ministry of International Child Care (ICC), a nonprofit organization headquartered in Kalamazoo, MI. Grace serves all children, but has a reputation for excellence in treating those suffering from TB, HIV, and malnutrition. (Fully 50% of children in Haiti are malnourished.) Because so many diseases are transmittable, families are also treated on an out-patient basis. The hospital, which at the best of times had no running water, was severely damaged in the earthquake and has since been demolished. The eye clinic, housed in a newer structure across the street, survived, and transitional facilities have been built there.
The Austin-Aller Matching Gift Challenge Rev. Lynne Austin, the person originally slated to facilitate our Haiti Mission Study, was unable to make it due to health issues. Rev. Lynne has been very public about her grim prognosis of metastatic breast cancer, largely because, after being diagnosed, she and her husband Dr. Ray Aller decided they wanted to leave a lasting legacy to Grace Children’s Hospital. To that end, they are offering a 4:1 matching gift up to $100,000 to the new Grace Children’s Hospital as a legacy gift.
A lack of clean water can lead to water-borne diseases (such as worm infections and diarrhea) that can cause death in an already malnourished child. And mosquitoes breed in stagnant, unclean water. ICC has been instrumental in capping streams, building wells and latrines, and teaching the local people about the importance of clean water. Over the years, Grace Children’s Hospital has created 123 outlying clinics throughout the country to treat
Their goal is to raise $500,000 in support of rebuilding the main structure and creating a hospital campus that will serve children for many years to come. The Austin-Aller Matching Gift Challenge ends November 12 of this year. For more information, go to the ICC website at internationalchildcare.org.
District News From the Editor’s Desk Spring has sprung, and seeds have been sown. If the speakers at the conference MidWinter Event and the district Haiti Mission Study didn’t move you to be in mission, it’s likely nothing will. And while both events reminded us again of how fragile so many people in this world are, it also reminded us of all the ways God works through others to give them a chance to meet those needs. It gives us myriad opportunities to live out of His grace. In our busy lives, however, those opportunities sometimes shine as if through a veil. We want to be there, but the hustle and bustle of each day overwhelms us. Our focus shifts, and we find ourselves doing other things despite our best intentions. What we need to do is take the time to prioritize. What we need to do is take the time to better educate ourselves. What we need to do is take the time to be inspired. And perhaps we need to be deadline driven to make that happen. Well, wouldn’t you know, all those needs can be met in the upcoming months. And they’re all deadline driven! Give yourself “a day apart” and open your minds to “The Journey: Forgiveness, Restorative Justice, and Reconciliation” at the May District Retreat at Community UMC in Huntington Beach. The Rev. Steve Peralta, a fabulous instructor at last summer’s School of Christian Mission (SCM), will be the facilitator. So much food for thought in that topic, and a lot of fellowship in the day. Relax, renew, re-think. That’s what the day is all about. Please note: The deadline for registration has been extended to May 6. Thinking of SCM, forms for this year’s sessions are in this edition of the Orange Plus. There are three opportunities for study: Immigration in the Bible (Spiritual Growth track), Haiti (Geographic track), and Poverty (Issue Study track). SCM will be held again this year at Biola University in La Mirada. Dates are July 26-28 for Korean language participants and July 27-29 for all other languages. The cost to attend is $250. Deadline for registration is July 1. There’s also a Bridging Class at a cost of $175. I’ve put in the scholarship forms again, too; they’re due no later than June 1. While you all are marking your calendars, add September 15 to it. That will be the date of our Santa Ana District Annual Meeting. You should come to be inspired. The guest speaker will be Ron Van Winkle, one of the “founders” of the Orange County Ronald McDonald House. He has quite a story to tell. I know it’s a little early to be talking about this event, but with SCM being pushed out to the end of July this year, the next edition of the Orange Plus will no doubt arrive a bit late on your doorstep. Better that you have the details and registration form for this event now. Deadline for registration is August 29. There are also forms for the Western Jurisdiction United Methodist Women’s Quadrennial Meeting in Portland, OR, and the United Methodist Women’s Annual Conference Luncheon in Redlands. Just two more opportunities to participate in the life of UMW. Details of these events can be found online on the Cal-Pac/UMW website. You’ll notice an article on pagre 15 submitted by Mary Daniels, a member of La Habra United Methodist Women. It is the story of her local unit’s UMW Sunday, where Bishop Mary Ann Swenson preached. Please, please, please feel free to send me your stories - and photos, too! And no, your events don’t have to include a well known speaker to make the cut. The more we know about one another, the greater the fellowship, and the stronger we become. I would love to hear from more of you! That’s it from me for now. Hope to see you at the retreat! Blessings, Sheryl Cooley 3
2012 Santa Ana District Officers President Diane Hutson (562) 869-8681 firstname.lastname@example.org Vice-President Leadership Opportunity Available Secretary Vicky Shuttleworth (714) 960-1699 email@example.com Treasurer Pat West (714) 841-1249 firstname.lastname@example.org Spiritual Growth Leadership Opportunity Available Program Resources Mary Renner (714) 545-4929 email@example.com Education & Interpretation Leadership Opportunity Available Membership, Nurture & Outreach Carol Jamison (949) 496-8699 firstname.lastname@example.org Social Action Jean Shideler (562) 860-2346 Communications Sheryl Cooley (714) 545-6184 email@example.com Committee on Nominations Leadership Opportunity Available Spanish Language Coordinator Leadership Opportunity Available Tongan Language Coordinator Tilila Lomu (714) 388-8741 Young Women Coordinator Katheryn Lee firstname.lastname@example.org
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Haiti Mission Study - continued After lunch, Dee Dee’s guest was offered an opportunity to say a few words. Although Gina Vela has lived in the U.S. for 30 years, she had the most up-to-date information on life in Haiti today and gave us a glimpse into how the Haitian people manage to cope in a society where 80% live below the poverty line, education is not a guarantee, and political corruption and instability often mean little help from the government. You get the impression the Haitians survive because of people like Gina’s mother, who started out just helping a few students who fell behind in their studies and now runs Cour D’Amour, a non-profit whose organization reaches out to many.
January 1 - March 31, 2012 As I listened to Helen Waterson and Laura Witczak at the district Mission Study, I was reminded how blessed I am. I am thankful to be living in this country, where the poorest live like kings compared to the people in Haiti. But that is not where the bulk of my thankfulness lies. I feel most blessed to be able to help. It still amazes me that most basic things, like the simple healthy birth kits, can make such a big difference.
Christianity arrived in Haiti with colonialism and slavery. Catholicism became the official religion of the country at the time of its independence in 1811. The first Protestant missionaries arrived in 1817. Today, about 80% of the population is Christian. Those of us who attended the Mission Study learned a Haitian song which, when translated, begins with the words, “I will never leave you nor forget you.” It is, according to Laura, roughly the equivalent to “Jesus Loves Me.” The words (which rhyme in Creole) go something like this: “I will never leave you nor forget you/I will hold you in my hands, I’ll embrace you in my arms/I will never leave you or forget you/I am your redemption, I’ll take care of you.” For the Haitian people to survive at all, the Lord must surely be with them.
It is clearly evident that you share my feelings as $750 was sent to International Child Care; the (Lynne) Austin-Aller Matching Gift Challenge increased your donation to $937.50. The California-Pacific Conference UMW pledge to the Methodist Hospital’s “New Generation of Care” campaign is very close to being fulfilled, with less than $3,000 yet to be donated. As in Haiti, your shared blessings are making a big difference every day. Keep up the good work! Your Mission Giving gives life to the UMW motto: “Faith • Hope • Love in Action.” Pat West
We, the members of United Methodist Women, can help the people of Haiti, too. We can pray for them. We can give to UMCOR or ICC or Cour D’Amour or other non-profit organizations (NGOs) working in mission with Haiti. We can make healthy birth kits or discharge [from the hospital] kits or sew hospital gowns or make diapers. We can buy our books (and other items) on Amazon through the ICC website, where the organization gets up to 15% of the price, depending on the product. We can better educate ourselves (Haiti will be one of the study tracks at the School of Christian Mission again this summer; ICC runs educational trips to Haiti). And we can spread the word. We can, in short, do just what United Methodist Women members always work to do–we can help the people of Haiti through faith, hope and love in action. And isn’t that what we’re all about?
MISSION GIVING (Formerly “Undesignated Giving) Pledge to Mission $20,575.00 Special Mission Recognition 80.00 Gift to Mission 330.00 Gift in Memory 100.00 World Thank Offering 175.00 TOTAL MISSION GIVING $21,260.00 DESIGNATED GIVING Call to Prayer and Self-Denial David and Margaret Home Toberman Neighborhood Center Methodist Hospital - NGC-ER Methodist Hospital Chaplaincy TOTAL DESIGNATED GIVING
$ 620.66 2,500.00 2,500.00 2,250.00 2,500.00 $10,370.66
Attention, Santa Ana District! Although this is not related specifically to UMW, it is information you may want to have as part of the Santa Ana District: • The Santa Ana District Office is closing in May. • The phone service will be discontinued effective May 6. The new phone contact number will be (562) 429-1441. There will be no automatic call forwarding from the current number, so keep track of this new one. • Mail for the Santa Ana District Office should be addressed to P.O. Box 8369, Long Beach, CA 90808. • Sally Hess’s last day will be May 15.
TOTAL SENT TO CONFERENCE $31,630.66
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Santa Ana District Retreat: A Day Apart The Journey: Forgiveness, Restorative Justice, and Reconciliation Facilitator: Rev. Steve Peralta May 12, 2012 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Community United Methodist Church 6652 Heil Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92647 “The church’s focus on nonviolent resistance as well as the way of peace became obscured when the church became the church of the Empire in the time of Constantine. The Good News of Reconciliation and the Jesus Way is still found in the biblical story and in remarkable stories of Christians throughout the world and throughout the ages. Our hope is that the church can recover the Good News of Reconciliation as its central message and the Ministry of Reconciliation as its central practice so that every church becomes a neighborhood center, with global outreach, of forgiveness, justice, and reconciliation. For us, reconciliatoin includes forgiveness and restorative justice. Imagine with us the difference we might make in this world if every church became a Neighborhood Reconciliation Center.” From the School of Christian Mission Study book, The Journey: Forgiveness, Restorative Justice, and Reconciliation
Rev. Steve Peralta was one of the instructors on this subject at last summer’s SCM. A dynamic teacher, he will keep your mind churning and your spirit hopping as together we discover how we can make a difference in our communities and the world. Come, learn how to be a part of that future!
8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. 12:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
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Registration Fee: $10. Please note that this includes a light lunch. Send the bottom portion of this flyer and your check to: Pat West, 6471 Newbury Dr., Huntington Beach, CA 92647. Checks should be made out to: Santa Ana District UMW. Please place the words “District Retreat” in the memo line. Deadline has been extended to May 6, 2012.
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What’s On the Horizon Western Jurisdiction United Methodist Women’s Quadrennial Meeting June 1 thru 3, 2012 Marriott Waterfront Hotel, Portland, Oregon Registration Form Please complete all information on this form. PLEASE PRINT OR TYPE CLEARLY AND NEATLY!!! First Name: ________________________________________________________________________________ Last Name: ________________________________________________________________________________________ Mailing Address: ___________________________________________________________________________________ City: __________________________________________________State: ______________________ Zip: ___________ Telephone Daytime: ________________________________ Evening: ________________________________________ Cell Phone: _________________________________ Email: ________________________________________________ _____ I am willing to receive my confirmation by email. Emergency Contact: __________________________________ Phone No. ( )____________________________ Please check here _____ if this emergency contact is attending the Quadrennial Meeting with you. Name of your Annual Conference: _____________________________________________________________ Please check all boxes below which apply to you: ________Current Women’s Division Director ________Voting Delegate ________Staff of Women’s Division Position: ____________________________________________________ ________Nominee for Western Jurisdiction Leadership Team or Committee on Nominations ________Nominee for Women’s Division Director Registration & Other Fees: The registration fee covers the cost of program, packet, Saturday’s evening banquet and admission to the Quadrennial Meeting. All other expenses and arrangements such as transportation, hotel, meals, parking fees and banquet tickets for additional guests not registered for the Quadrennial Meeting are your responsibility.Workshops and tours will be available on Friday morning and afternoon. Due to the program schedule, Voting Delegates, Women’s Division nominees, Western Jurisdiction Leadership Team and Committee on Nominations nominees will only be able to take morning workshops or tours.
Fee Description: Early registration - $140.00/person (postmarked 4/15/2012 or earlier), Otherwise - $165.00/person Number of Attendees _____ Total Fees $___________ Hands-On-Mission Trip: Portland food bank Friday afternoon - $20.00/person Number of Participants _____ Total Fees $___________ Additional Banquet Ticket(s) for guest(s), please indicate names below - $50/person Number of Attendees _____ Total Fees $___________ TOTAL AMOUNT ENCLOSED $____________ Name of additional banquet guest(s) _________________________________________________________________ In addition, please indicate if you plant to attend the workshop, “Going Green.” “Going Green” Workshop _____ am _____ pm Additional workshop and/or tour information is available online. Please make check or money order payable to the Western Jurisdiction Leadership Team and mail it along with this part of the registration form to Registrar Vicki Bever, 0377 South Road 1 East, Monte Vista, CO 81144. For additional information, you can contact Vicki at 719-852-5008 or email@example.com. 6
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“That All May Have Life” 2012 School of Christian Mission
WHAT IS THE SCHOOL OF CHRISTIAN MISSION? Schools of Christian Mission are opportunities to study a spiritual growth topic, a geographic area, and/or an issue impacting society. Participants grow in understanding of the mission of the church in the current world context. The studies give particular attention to the responsibilities of women in the fulfillment of mission. This mission education program strengthens the leadership and membership of United Methodist Women.
STUDY OFFERINGS In John 10:10, Jesus proclaims, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” God’s ultimate will for humankind is that all persons will have fullness of life - a life of wholeness and hope, a life of freedom from oppression, a life of justice and truth, a life of inner peace and strength. As people of Christ, let us change what needs to be changed, say what needs to be said, do what needs to be done, and love as Christ loves us, so that all may have life and have it abundantly.
Complete the appropriate registration form found in this newsletter and mail or e-mail it by July 1, 2012, along with the registration fee. Your check should be made payable to CAL-PAC UNITED METHODIST WOMEN and mailed to:
Immigration In The Bible This is a spiritual growth study which deals with the theme of how individuals, families, and communities are called to a lifelong journey of practicing forgiveness, justice, and reconciliation in our relational lives. This study aims to bring about personal and social transformation.
Ana-Haydée Urda, Registrar 238 ½ N. New Hampshire Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90004-4709
Haiti This geographical study is an overview of the cultures that shaped Haiti’s past and the ongoing legacy of colonialism, along with glimpses into the heart and soul of Haiti’s people through pictures and Creole adages. The impact of the devastating January 12, 2010, earthquake is also addressed.
NOTE: School/event fees paid for a registrant may be transferred to another provided the registrar is notified by July 1. Fees will be refunded, with the exception of $25.00 retained for administrative costs, if the registrar is notified at least 14 days before the opening day of the school.
Poverty Poverty is a human rights issue with grave impact on women and children. This mission study will help us recognize the connection among scripture, church tradition, compassion for the poor, social outreach, and social justice. We will deepen our understanding of the realities of poverty and commit to solidarity with the poor thorugh accompaniment and advocacy.
Contacts Dean: Collette Andersen (808) 722-6933 firstname.lastname@example.org
Bridging Class The make-up of the bridging class is intentionally intergenerational on a one-to-one basis. Our hope is to encourage young women 18+ to attend School of Christian Mission and help them discover the gifts of community and experience what their “more seasoned” Sisters in Christ have to offer as they learn and grow together.
Registrar: Ana-Haydée Urda (213) 304-1485 email@example.com Biola University 13800 Biola Avenue La Mirada, CA 90639 (562) 903-6000 www.biola.edu
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“That All May Have Life” Biola Unidersity, La Mirada, CA July 26-28, 2012 – Korean July 27-29, 2012 - Non-Korean A separate registration form must be completed for each attendee. PLEASE TYPE OR PRINT CLEARLY NAME __________________________________________________________ (Use the name that will appear on your name tag.) E-MAIL ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ STREET ADDRESS___________________________________________________________________________________________ CITY _____________________________________________________ STATE ____________ ZIP ___________________________ CELL (______)______________________________________________PHONE (_______)_________________________________ EMERGENCY CONTACT PERSON ____________________________PHONE (_______)_________________________________ NAME OF CHURCH _________________________________________________________________________________________ DISTRICT __________________________________________________________________________________________________ CHOICE OF ROOMMATE _____________________________________________________________________________________ I AM CHAPERONE FOR ___________________________________________________ (Youth/child you will be responsible for) PLEASE SPECIFY DIETARY & SPECIAL DISABILITY CONCERNS _________________________________________________ I will attend the following session of the school: 7/26-7/28 Korean Language Study
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Bridging Class (Seasoned) $225.00
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*The English Language participants will attend only ONE study class. Please select a first and second choice. Otherwise, one will be chosen for you. _______ Immigration and the Bible _______ Haiti For office use only _______ Poverty CHECK#_________ AMOUNT $___________ Time of arrival_________ My first time attending SCM (y/n) _____ DATE RECEIVED ______________________ Please send my confirmation letter by: _________E-mail _______ Mail Child care is available at no charge; however, reservations are required, and there is a $25.00 refundable deposit per child. (Separate form will be provided with confirmation.) The deadline for child care reservations: July 1, 2012. Payment must accompany application.
Make check payable to: Cal-Pac United Methodist Women Send to: Ana-Haydée Urda, Registrar, 238 ½ N. New Hampshire Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90004-4709 To ensure you get your first choice, REGISTER EARLY!! REGISTRATION DEADLINE – JULY 1, 2012 The fee for registrations postmarked after July 1 will be $250.
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“That All May Have Life” ***YOUTH REGISTRATION FORM*** Biola Unidersity, La Mirada, CA July 27-29, 2012
A separate registration form must be completed for each attendee. PLEASE TYPE OR PRINT CLEARLY NAME __________________________________________________________ (Use the name that will appear on your name tag.) E-MAIL ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ STREET ADDRESS__________________________________________________________________________________________ CITY _____________________________________________________ STATE ____________ ZIP ___________________________ CELL (______)______________________________________________PHONE (_______)_________________________________ EMERGENCY CONTACT PERSON ____________________________PHONE (_______)_________________________________ CHAPERONE _______________________________________________________________________________________________ CELL PHONE (______)______________________________________________ NAME OF CHURCH _________________________________________________________________________________________ DISTRICT __________________________________________________________________________________________________ I will attend the following session of the school: _____ 7-10 yrs—July 27-29, 2012 - $175.00 _____ 11-13 yrs—July 27-29, 2012 - $175.00 _____ 14-17 yrs—July 27-29, 2012 - $175.00 Date of Arrival_________ My first time attending the School of Christian Mission (y/n) ____ Please send my confirmation letter by: _________Mail _______ E-Mail There will be other forms for the youth and chaperone to fill out. There are guidelines for the youth and chaperone to follow. These will be sent to you along with your letter of confirmation. PLEASE REGISTER EARLY!!
Make check payable to: Cal-Pac United Methodist Women Send to: Ana-Haydée Urda, Registrar, 238 ½ N. New Hampshire Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90004-4709 To ensure you get your first choice, REGISTER EARLY!! REGISTRATION DEADLINE – JULY 1 2012 The fee for registrations postmarked after July 1 will be $200.
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Santa Ana District Annual Meeting Saturday, September 15, 2012 Norwalk UMC 13000 San Antonio Dr. Norwalk, CA 90650 Guest Speaker: Ron Van Winkle Former Executive director, OCRMH Philadelphia Eagles tight end Fred Hill knew the anguish of “living” in a hospital long term while he and his wife’s 3-year-old daughter battled cancer. Out of his experience came the first Ronald McDonald House. In the early 1980s, another man found himself in a similar position, It would be three years, three months, and six days before Ron Van Winkle would end the vigil for his son Patrick, who began his successful treatment for cancer at the age of 9. So it didn’t take much convincing by Dr. Geni Bennetts to get Mr. van Winkle on to the first board of trustees of OCRMH. She had invited him and about a half dozen other parents of children with cancer to dinner. When they left, they were committed to finding a way to secure two lots across the street from CHOC, one vacant, the other with a small house on it. The doors of the Orange County Ronald McDonald House opened in November 1989. “There is as much therapy done at 2 a.m. over a pot of coffee in the dining room of a House among families with children getting treatment as any therapist can do,” Mr. Van Winkle says. “We never turn off the lights in the kitchen or dining room. That’s where people can find solace with a total stranger discussing subjects they can’t comfortably discuss with their families or closest friends. It helps them through their ordeal. It is the unadvertised essence of a Ronald McDonald House.” It turns the House into a home. Come and listen to Mr. Van Winkle as he tells his story of anguish, perseverance, faith, and success. It’s a program you won’t want to miss!
Program Schedule 8:30 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m.
Registration/Gathering/Sharing Devotions/Breakfast/District Business Recognition of Officers/Guest Speaker Sending Forth
Registration Fee: $10 Send the bottom portion of this flyer and your check to: Pat West, 6471 Newbury Dr., Huntington Beach, CA 92647. Checks should be made out to: Santa Ana District UMW. Please place the words “District Annual Meeting 2012” in the memo line. Deadline is August 29.
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Part of a Larger Whole Mid-Winter Event Features Mission Partners The young woman who took the podium was nicely dressed, and she spoke well. She told of life on the streets since she’d been 14, of getting into trouble, and of finding New Entra Casa, a program for women and their children who seek to break the cycle of crime and imprisonment.
On a more business-like note, the Adult Reading Program Award for 2011 went to Pasadena; Barbara Miller seemed particularly tickled that her local unit had topped the list. Eighty local units in the Cal-Pac Conference achieved recognition as Mission Today Units. And Lorraine Hartranft, Cal-Pac United Methodist Women treasurer, announced that we had exceeded our 2011 pledge of $250,000 in Mission Giving and Designated Giving by a whopping $161,307.59, bringing the total to $411,307.59! For 2012, we have pledged $270,000, which may be a bit conservative, considering the previous year’s results! Many thanks to all the Mission partner speakers – Meghan Anderson (David & Margaret), Rev. John Hughes (Metro), Kim Kelley (New Entra Casa), Nicole Estrada (Toberman), and Ricardo Ortega (Neighborhood House). Kudos to the members of Bell Memorial United Methodist Women who had everything so well organized, served yummy food, had coffee at the ready, and provided such wonderful hospitality overall. It was a lovely day!
She was currently staying in a cottage that is part of the program with her 10-yearold daughter, and she had worked at JC Penney for the last five years. Quite an achievement! After she sat down, Kim Kelley, rehabilitative counselor at New Entra Casa, talked more about the young woman. She had been in prison for forgery and theft. Today she sells diamonds for Penney’s. This year’s Cal-Pac United Methodist Women Mid-Winter Event was held February 18, at Bell Memorial United Methodist Church in Rowland Heights. The newly built church provided an awesome backdrop for a day of focus on Mission partners. Attendees got a chance to hear about three national Mission Projects located in the Cal-Pac Conference geographic area – David & Margaret Youth and Family Services, Neighborhood House of Calexico, and Toberman Neighborhood Center, and two local Mission Projects– Metro and New Entra Casa, from representatives of those organizations. Later, breakout sessions gave participants an opportunity to learn more about a particular Mission partner and to ask questions about specific programs. The day began and ended with large group sessions in the sanctuary and included a call to worship as well as communion. The Kairos Worship Dancers performed a graceful liturgical dance. And prayers were offered throughout the day.
Part of a Larger Whole Bishop Preaches at La Habra UMC on UMW Sunday by Mary Daniels Sunday, February 26, 2012, the United Methodist Women of La Habra United Methodist Church in La Habra, CA, with great excitement and thanksgiving celebrated United Methodist Sunday at the 10:30 traditional worship service. United Methodist Women members served as greeters at the church door and other UMW members served as ushers and handed out bulletins. A bulletin insert included a brief history of the organization and a list of all the past presidents since 1972.
sus’ baptism by John and the beginning of His Galilean ministry. Bishop Swenson, aware of the transition in our UMW, delivered an inspiring message to encourage us to continue to work in mission in our community and around the world. We were touched by her compassion and love, and some realized for the first time how much we have been blessed for the past 12 years to have had her as our leader. We were moved to a deeper commitment to the work of the UMW, and as we sang the final hymn, “Here I Am, Lord”, there was a feeling of excitement about the possibilities that God places before us as we continue to be faithful disciples. Continued on page 16
Pastor Brent Criswell opened the service with a few words, asking God to bless us with His grace and peace. Young people from our youth group served as acolytes, leading the processional and lighting the candles on the altar as the congregation sang, “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee.”
United Methodist Women Supports Methodist Hospital Spiritual Care Services
The call to worship, led by UMW Vice President Linda Ristow, was written by our pastor, Brent Criswell, and expressed our gratitude for all of the ways God has used the UMW to reach out in mission in our community and in the world for more than one hundred years.
The Methodist Hospital in Arcadia is one of our conference-level projects. We have helped to make the hospital a reality for nearly 100 years. Today, Cal-Pac Conference United Methodist Women still supports the hospital, currently raising money for the Next Generation of Care Emergency Room building program and the Chaplaincy program.
Another UMW member, Mary Daniels, welcomed all of the worshippers, with a special welcome to those worshipping at our church for the first time. At this time our president, Pat Petterson, and all past presidents were asked to stand and be recognized for their dedicated service of leadership through the years. Past presidents who were present at the service were Jonelle Cadman and Pat Zeah.
The latter program is part of the hospital’s Spiritual Care Department. According to the hospital’s website, the chaplain is a member of the health care team and assists staff in understanding the patient’s spiritual and cultural needs as part of their care plan. Available 24/7, chaplains are sensitive to the diversity of patients and listen, comfort, encourage, and pray for them in ways that help them draw upon their spiritual resources for coping and healing.
After this recognition of our past presidents, Pastor Brent Criswell introduced Bishop Mary Ann Swenson, our preacher for the day. Other special guests were Diane Hutson, president of the Santa Ana District UMW, Ken Ellis, conference lay leader, and the Bishop’s husband, Jeff Swenson.
The Methodist Hospital Auxiliary supports this department and its members. Currently, they are collecting teddy bears. They need 250 new bears which they will distribute to all patients on Christmas Eve.
Following the introduction of Bishop Swenson, our choir and two soloists, Barbara Hurst and Barbara Pierce, sang a special arrangement of “Somebody Cares.” Sara Kaucher led the congregation in prayer, remembering the joys and concerns that members requested to be included in the prayers offered in the morning service. Peggy Rubel, pastor emeritus of our church, led the congregation in prayer, offering our gifts and our lives to God, and then gave the prayer of dedication of our morning offering.
The auxiliary also supports the department through membership dues. There is a sliding scale: Regular Membership - $29, Sustaining Membership - $30 and up, Local Unit Membership - $50 and up, and Lifetime Membership - $100 or more. For more information about membership or the teddy bear campaign, contact Marilyn Parson at (562) 863-1359. Marilyn is the liaison person for our district.
The Scripture reading, which followed the lectionary, was from Mark 1:9-15 and read by Mary Henn. These verses tell about Je15
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Anaheim Native American: We continue to attend pow wows to hand out Bibles and invite people to church; we do this several Sundays a month. Recently, we went to one at the Sherman Indian High School in Riverside. We are also working on our Strawberry Festival, a typical Native American event. It’s a potluck with strawberries for dessert. It’s a festive event and incudes singers and dancers. Brea: We will hold our Princess Tea May 5th, from 11 a.m.-2:00 p.m. It will include a program and a luncheon. We will exploring “a time for change,” the Prayer and Self Denial program. In addition, the 50 Days of Prayer for the General Conference in Florida will be a part of the program. There is no charge. RSVP to Loraine Hartranft at (714) 579-1433.
Fountain Valley: We are teaming with Huntington Beach Surf City UMW for a local retreat on May 19. Gwen Ehrenborg, who portrays different church women of history in her drama ministry, will be the guest speaker. She is expected to come as Esther. The event, which includes lunch, runs from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 through May 11th. After that, they are $20.
Capistrano-Palisades: We held a luncheon and fashion show April 28th. The food was catered and the fashions were by Chico’s. Christ Church By the Sea: We are looking forward to a festive potluck on May 6th following church. We are honoring many who have been mentors and happen to be ninety years young during 2012.
Fullerton First: We had a terrific meeting in April when, as part of our Day of Prayer, we had a guest speaker from Olive Crest Home & Services for Abused Children. The organization serves not only abused minors, but youth coming out of the foster care program. The speakers gave everyone a card with the name and address of a child or youth, and we were encouraged to write a note, expressing our concern, love, and prayers for them. We were asked to pray every night for the person to whom we wrote. In May, our Education & Interpretation officer will hold a program that incorporates the Prayer Calendar and Response magazine. In June the church’s youth director will speak. He is in charge of our Hot Shower & Saturday Breakfast Ministry, which includes a pancake breakfast for the homeless the third Saturday of each month. Close to 100 people come. We will hold a plant sale and luncheon to raise funds for the youth and children in June.
Community: We are getting ready to welcome all of you to the Santa Ana District One Day Apart Spiritual Retreat Saturday, May 12th. We are looking forward to having you and also to the return of Rev. Steve Peralta, who served here as an associate pastor; he will be the facilitator. For Women’s Sunday, held on Earth Day, we paired with our Green Team for a program titled, “Creation’s Choreography,” focusing on being better stewards of Mother Earth and all the gifts and blessings she provides. Activities included a tree planting. It’s hard to believe we are already planning summer programs: visits to the Katie Wheeler Library in Irvine and to the Newland House and our yearly retreat at Aldersgate in Pacific Palisades.
Laguna Beach: March 4th, we had Bill Wheeler, a member of the congregation and a local reporter, spoke about world events as he sees them. We invited the entire congregation to attend. We will hold our “get acquainted” Spring Tea May 6th. June 2th, Bob Eckert will speak about all the mission-type projects he’s been involved in.
Downey: In January we had our inspirational and meaningful UMW Sunday, where we were presented with our Reorganization Certificate by the district leaders who attended. We had a wonderful reception, with our Candlelight Installation of Officers Ceremony following the reception. A few of us attended the Cal-Pac Midwinter Event in February, the Mission Study about Haiti in March, and soon will be attending the “One Day Apart” Spiritual Retreat in May. A few of us will be attending the David & Margaret Home’s Auxiliary Luncheon in June. Our UMW unit had its first meetings April 24th for our night-time members and April 25th for our daytime members. Our program was, “Growing Love in UMW ~ Mission In Action” and was presented by our V.P. DeMaris Koenig. Our UMW unit will be hosting the “White Elephant Booth” at our Downey United Methodist’s “Spring Fling” event.
Laguna Country: May 10th, we will hold a Mother’s Day Pictorial Contest. Each perosn brings a picture of her mother, and contestants try to match them up. The person who matches the most correctly, wins! June 14th we will be having a local unit study on Haiti. La Mirada: We held a bake sale April 22nd, with proceeds going towards Mission Giving. We helped with the all-church picnic held April 29th. And we will hold our annual Mother’s Day Luncheon May 19th.
East Whittier: We will be holding a Craft, Quilting, and Collections Fair on June 2, 2012. You will not believe the talented
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Part of a Larger Whole ing circle, Sew ‘n Sew Ministry, is making Christmons from felt for the sanctuary Christmas tree, and an evening knitting group is beginning.
Around and About - con’t. Mesa Verde: In March, we held our 49th annual birthday luncheon. Tables were decorated in themes representing the months of the year. After all this time, you would think the ladies would run out of ideas, but no so. The tables looked great! April 28 we hosted a potluck brunch and had Dr. Nancy Anderson in to talk about her experience climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. She was also available to sign her book, Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro: A Spiritual Journey.
Yorba Linda: In March we made and sold over 600 beautiful yummy chocolate Easter eggs, peanutbutter Easter eggs, and chocolate dipped Rice Crispy treats. The money goes to our Mission Projects. Our Annual Woman’s Brunch & Study is May 5th. The presenter is our own Pastor Lynn Munson, who will speak on, “Lydia, The Woman Who Sold Purple Cloth;” a wonderful brunch will be prepared by Wendy Canfield and helpers. This is always a fun and popular event! In June we are having a speaker on “Heart Health” and are inviting all members of our church who would like to participate (including our men). A hearthealthy supper will be served.
Orange First: We will hold our annual Mother/Daughter/Friend Luncheon on Saturday, May 12th, 11:30 a.m. There will be a scrumptious catered luncheon, special entertainment, and lots of door prizes. Tickets are $15 adults; $7 children 4-12. Also, our Giant Annual Rummage Sale is set for July 26-27 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m, and July 28 from 8 a.m.-noon, in Messenger Hall at 161 S. Orange Ave, Orange. All proceeds go to support Mission Giving in our country and around the world.
From the editor: I’m having difficulty collecting information for the “Around and About” section of the Orange Plus. It would be really helpful if those of you I contact could send me an e-mail or call me back with news about your unit rather than waiting for me to contact you again. I love chatting with you, but there just aren’t enough hours in my week to make multiple attempts to reach you! Otherwise, I’m going to have to let this part of the newsletter go. Thanks, Sheryl
Shepherd of the Hills: May 12th, we will hold a fashion show and luncheon. Draper’s & Damon’s will do the show. This is one of our annual fund raisers; proceeds go toward Mission. Whittier First: We will be celebrating UMW Sunday on May 27th. C-J Conklin will be preaching during the worship service, which will include a special Thank Offering for Mission work in the world. A luncheon for all will follow the service. A new sew-
Bishop at La Habra UMC - continued We then proceeded to the Fellowship Hall for a light luncheon and more fellowship with our wonderful Bishop Mary Ann Swenson. We wanted this to be a family day for our congregation, so at the Bishop’s table we included our pastor and his wife, two of our youth, a representative from the men’s group, and two UMW members.
Hobby and Collections Fair June 2, 2012 East Whittier United Methodist Church 10005 South Cole Road Whittier, CA 90603 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Geer Hall
After the luncheon, there were many tear-filled eyes as we escorted Bishop Swenson to her car and said our “good-byes”. We will always be grateful that Bishop Mary Ann could make time in her busy schedule to celebrate United Methodist Women Day with our church family.
Presenters include: The Wood Workers of Whittier, the Textile Guild of Fiber Artists, Whittier Area Genealogy Society, knitters, and quilters who will be sharing their many talents with us, as well as philatelists (you remember, that is what’s commonly called stamp collectors), Scrapbooking for Vacation Remembrances, doll collecting, and many more!
A Gift to Mission was made to the Santa Ana District UMW by the La Habra UMW in honor of Bishop Swenson’s service and in celebration of her upcoming retirement. Before I end this narrative I would like to share a remark made by one of the young women from our youth group who was sitting in a front pew. Just before the service began she could be heard saying in a clear and audible voice, “Hurray for women!” And, to that we can all say, “Amen.”
For more information, contact: Becky Harms at (562) 693-3254.
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2012 Orange Plus A quarterly newsletter published by the Santa Ana District United Methodist Women
PURPOSE THE ORGANIZED UNIT OF 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.
Sheryl L. Cooley, Editor
Deadlines for article submission: January 20, 2012 April 20, 2012 July 20, 2012 October 20, 2012