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Conference Gram

Volume 59, Number 2

Western North Carolina Conference United Methodist Women

April 2010

Spiritual Growth Retreat June 18-19, 2010, Lake Junaluska Theme: “Grounded In Love” Retreat Leader: Reverend Dawn Hand Registration forms available from District Presidents or online at Conference Website: wnccumw.org The Spiritual Growth Retreat for United Methodist Women is just around the corner. It will be held at Lake Junaluska on June 18-19, 2010. Please note the change from two Retreats to one. Also, there will be three sessions instead of four. Our theme for the Retreat is “Grounded In Love”. Rev. Dawn Hand will be our worship leader. She is young and energetic; encourage your young ladies to attend. We will be looking at ways we can truly be grounded in love for God and for others. During times of uncertainty, we can be confident that He is in control and that He loves us and wants the best for us. His love never fails. “Love is patient, love is kind, does not envy, does not boast, is not proud, is not rude, always trusts, always hopes, never fails.” We have learned this scripture from our youth and, today, we need to practice these lessons. It seems that people need love more than ever. As the country song says, “we (the world) are looking for love in all the wrong places”. What an opportunity we have as United Methodist Women to show His love, to live His love, and to give His love. Our roots can grow deeper, become more grounded, so we can stay strong when doubts and storms come into our lives. “O how He loves you and me,

O how He loves you and me, He gave His life, what more could He give, O how he loves you; O how He loves me; O how He loves you and me! What He did there brought hope from despair, O how He loves you and me!” Sermon Topics: First Session “Giving Heart” Luke 21: 1-4 Second Session “Hopeful Heart” Romans 15: 4-13 Third Session “Praying Heart” Luke 18: 9-14 As we seek to become more “Grounded in Love”, there could be no better time and way than to join with other United Methodist Women in worship. To experience God’s love makes us want to share it; it deepens our faith; and, it renews our vision. Let’s be in prayer that during our time together, our hearts will be warmed by God. This year, thanks to Beverly Maulden, Kay Free and Ann Aldridge, we will have interpretation for our deaf sisters. Long’s Chapel UMC Deaf Choir will sing for us at the Saturday sessions. We are so grateful to them for sharing and we expect a blessing. One of the best ways to live Love is by sharing. This year, for the first time, we will have a handson project at the Spiritual Growth

Retreat. Because of the dire need in Haiti for Birthing Kits, we decided this would be a great way to show our Love. Virginia Robinson, Conference Mission Education and Interpretation Coordinator, has more information about this in her newsletter article. The first session of the Retreat will begin at 6:45 on Friday evening in Stuart Auditorium with Gathering Praise. Our music will be led by Dr. Melodie Galloway and accompanied by Dr. Adam Ward. We will begin on Saturday morning at 8:45 with Gathering Praise. A schedule will be listed in your program book. Reminder: Everyone checks in at the Bethea Welcome Center. Please go there first. REGISTRATION will be in Harrell Center from 2:00 to 5:00 PM. There will be a registration fee of $10.00 collected from all persons attending the retreat. When you leave the Bethea Welcome Center, look for the yellow UMW Registration signs. It is very important that you register at Harrell Center so we will have a record of your attendance. Harrell Center and Stuart Auditorium are beside each other on Lakeshore Drive. Parking surrounds the auditorium. We recommend that you register immediately after

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checking in at the Welcome Center – before checking into your room. Since we share the facilities of the Assembly with others, rooms on the grounds may not be available until 3:00 pm. Checkout time is 11:00 am. Check-in time for the Lake facilities is 3:00 pm. Housing request forms were sent to each District President. Information is also available on the UMW Website. Available space on the assembly grounds fills up quickly. If lodging is not available, you will be advised of other possible accommodations nearby. You may request availability by calling 1-800222-4930. If you are staying off assembly grounds, you do not need to send in Reservation Request Forms; just make your own reservations with a facility off the grounds. Please register at Harrell Center for the Retreat even if your lodging is off the assembly grounds. If you need child care, you may make arrangements by calling Lake Junaluska at 1-828-454-6681. Following registration will be an excellent time to visit the Program Resource Room. Kim Keyse, Secretary of Program Resources, will have an excellent collection of resources available for you. The Program Resource room is downstairs in Harrell Center where you register. The hours that the Program Resource room will be open are Friday afternoon from 2:00 until 5:00 and Saturday morning from 8:00 until 8:30. The Resource Room is closed during worship sessions. The Memorial Chapel will be open on Friday afternoon until 6:00 pm and on Saturday morning. Please make it a point to visit the Chapel and spend time in prayer and meditation. Place your prayer request in a basket provided in the Chapel. When you leave your request, please take a request from the basket and pray for the request. The Susanna Wesley Garden, the International Prayer Room, and the Junaluska Cross are places of interest to visit during your free time. Be sure to dress comfortably. Bring sweaters

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and rain gear for changing weather. If time permits, plan to stay at Lake Junaluska an extra night and enjoy the surrounding area. It’s a marvelous place for relaxation and the beautiful surroundings offer special time to spend with God. Dixie Tyson Spiritual Growth Coordinator mtyson7@carolina.rr.com Retreat Leader:

Rev. Dawn M. Hand

Dawn is an Associate Pastor at Matthews United Methodist Church in Matthews, NC, appointed to serve in July 2006. Her ministerial and supervisory areas include serving as the pastor related to Welcome & Hospitality, children, youth, and mid-adult singles. Prior to parish ministry, Dawn served in communication ministry for 15 years on the staff of the Western North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church. She was the Director of Communication for nine of those years. She has served as a delegate to the 2000 and 2004 General and Southeastern Jurisdictional Conferences. Dawn is a Regional Trainer for Igniting Ministry, the denomination’s national media and welcoming campaign. Dawn believes in maintaining a point of equilibrium in her life. She is active in the community and has served on the Board of Mecklenburg Ministries. She was instrumental in establishing a Teen Club in the Optimist Park area where she served in youth ministry for 10 years. Dawn earned a Master of Divinity degree at Hood Theological Seminary. She was ordained an Elder in Western North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church in June 2009. Dawn loves children and youth and enjoys spending time with her friends and family, especially

her nieces, 9 year-old Ashlee Ayleah, 8 month old Michah Dawn and her nephew, 7 year-old Walter D. She enjoys sports, particularly basketball and watching football. Dawn is a huge Carolina Panthers football fan. She relishes traveling in and out of the country, relaxing to jazz, and singing along with rhythm and blues, country and good gospel music. She loves to cook and sample wide varieties of food. Dawn loves the Lord and she believes that God has a tremendous sense of humor for calling her into ordained ministry. Dawn loves to laugh! MUSIC LEADERS Organist Adam Micah Ward is the Director of Music Ministries at Providence United Methodist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. Recently completing the Doctor of Musical arts degree in Organ Performance at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Adam also studied piano, harpsichord, voice and choral conducting at the University. Adam has performed at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC, at St. Philip’s Cathedral in Atlanta, Bruton Parish Church in Colonial Williamsburg, the York Minster in Great Britain as well as recitals in Treviso and Torre del Greco in Italy. Adam is the proud father of his fiveyear-old son, Benjamin Michael Ward. Song Leader Dr. Melodie G. Galloway holds the Master’s degree from Florida State University in Vocal Performance and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her experience as


a conductor and soprano soloist includes opera, music theatre, and a professional vocal ensemble, where she has been a soloist in Russia, Estonia, Ireland, England, Spain and as a regional performer and director. Currently Dr. Galloway is an assistant professor in music at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, where she conducts the University Singers, the Chamber Singers, and Studio 18 – a vocal jazz ensemble, and is the Coordinator of Vocal Studies. By special invitation the last 3 seasons, the UNCA Chamber Singers, an advanced, 22-voice ensemble, has performed for the Holiday Open House Celebrations at the White House and for the Wounded Soldiers Program at Walter Reed Memorial Hospital. Dr. Galloway frequently appears as a clinician and conference contributor in choral music, musical theatre, and vocal jazz techniques and she is the new Musical Director of the Junaluska Singers. Directions to Lake Junaluska From the East: Travel west on I-40 to Exit 27, US-23/US-74. Go 1.5 miles. Bear right on US-19/US-23/US-74 and go 2.5 miles. Continue on ramp at sign reading “US-19 to Maggie/Cherokee/ Junaluska Assembly” and go for 0.2 miles. Bear right on US-19 and watch for signs. From West: Travel northeast on US-19 and watch for signs. From Southeast: Travel Northeast on US23/US-441. Turn right on ramp at sign reading “US-76 East/US-23 North to Waynesville/Asheville.” Go 20 miles. Exit 102B, sign reads, “US-276 North to Maggie Valley/Junaluska Assembly”. Turn right on US-279, Dellwood Ave. and go north 1.4 miles. Turn right on US-19 and watch for signs. Upon your arrival at the retreat center, remember to look for the yellow signs.

Check out the conference website (wnccumw.org) for all the latest information on conference events. Help your unit stay informed! HANDS-ON PROJECT: Because of the earthquakes and humanitarian needs in Haiti and Chile, UMCOR has expressed an urgent need for Birthing Kits. Birthing kits provide the essential items to promote a safe, clean delivery and to encourage good aftercare. Download a flier from our conference website. Encourage others in your local unit and congregation to participate...even if they cannot attend the Spiritual Growth Retreat. We will deliver the birthing kits to our conference Mission Response Center for shipment to the UMCOR Sager Brown Depot. Participating in this Hands-On Mission Opportunity will help your local unit to meet Mission Today criteria #23. UMCOR Birthing Kit Contents: Place the following NEW items inside a sealed one-gallon plastic bag. 1 hotel-size bar of soap (1 oz. and up) 1 pair of clean latex gloves 1 square yard of clear 4 mil plastic sheeting 3 pieces of clean string each 12” long 1 clean single use razor blade (carefully wrap the blade in paper or plastic to protect it and keep it from causing injury) 2 flannelette receiving blankets, each 1 square yard In a separate envelope, please include a check payable to UMCOR Sager Brown for at least $1.00 per kit to help with the costs of processing and shipping the kits around the world.

Please do not put the money envelope in your UMCOR Birthing Kit bag. If you are bringing multiple kits, it is fine to just write one check in an amount sufficient to cover all of your kits. If your whole unit is collecting the kits, it will be okay to collect the money and put it all in one envelope to be turned in when you drop off your kits at the Spiritual Growth Retreat. Please pack your kits in a box that can be handled easily by our women and write the total number of kits on the side of the box. (Paper case boxes are a nice size.) We want to make it as easy as possible to collect, count and transport our Kits.

Dedication of Annual Report Book If you know of a United Methodist Woman that has served on the local, district and conference levels of United Methodist Women, you could nominate her for the dedication of the Annual Report Book. This person will be honored at our Conference Annual Meeting in September. Remember that they must have served on all three levels of United Methodist Women. Forms for nominations must be filled out and returned by June 1, 2010. You can request forms by contacting Sandy Hieronymus at 704-545-6910 or email her at sandy46@aol. com.

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President - Mildred Carter The first phrase of our Purpose states: The organized unit of United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose purpose is to know God… It is no accident that “to know God” is the first part of our Purpose. If we know God, then all of our other ministries follow. We must take time in our busy lives to spend time with God – praying (which includes listening) and reading Scripture. The Spiritual Growth retreat is a wonderful opportunity for us to get away for a few days, enjoy the beauty of God’s creation at Lake Junaluska, and to spend quality time in developing our relationship with God. We always receive a blessing from attending the retreat. You will read more about this year’s retreat in Dixie Tyson’s article. I hope to see you there. Mission Giving: We are getting many requests for funds because of great needs and the poor economy. As United Methodist Women, we have very focused guidelines to support Mission Giving through the Women’s Division of the General Board of Global Ministries and the projects they approve. In this way we support children in need around the world – Haiti, Dominican Republic, Sudan, Congo, and the United States. We can help more children in more ways throughout the world with our focused Mission Giving. In the March 2010 issue of Response Magazine we learn about one of the children’s projects that we support: Murphy-Harpst’s Equine Therapy Program in Cedartown, Georgia, addresses the emotional, physical, educational, and spiritual needs of families and children ages 6-17 – children who have been physically abused and neglected. Austin, age 13, says, “The horses are awesome! They are cool with me and make me happy because they like me when other people don’t.” Sometimes, we cannot give money. But, we can give time. The 2010 UMW Social Action initiative of “For Christ’s

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Sake Turn the World Upside Down” for Public Education is to “make a memory with a child.” Take a child to the park, be a reading or lunch buddy, plant some flowers, go kite flying, bake cookies. More information about this project is available from Conference and District officers. There is much to do as we answer God’s call to be in mission and ministry throughout the world through United Methodist Women. I thank God for all of you and the way you answer God’s call. mildredcarter@earthlink.net Vice President - Tonya Lanier I am sure you have heard that UMW is a sisterhood…..a group of sisters banded together for common goals or objectives. We all know that sisters do not always mean biologically linked or having the same DNA. If you have been a UMW for more than 24 hours, hopefully you have witnessed this mysterious sisterhood. When you have two or more of these ladies in one place at any given time, strange things begin to happen. Prayer warriors surface, strategies begin to stir, plans start to emerge, helping children, youth or women become an obvious topic, or suggestions for spiritual enrichment are shared. Come to a local, district or conference event and see for yourself. I dare you to take advantage of this silent sisterhood. I double dog dare you! An excellent place to watch our ladies in action will be at the UMW annual meeting at Lake Junaluska on September 10, 11 and 12. This year’s theme is: Faith. Hope.

Love in Action. Our keynote speaker will be elmira Nazombe, Executive Secretary of Racial Justice for the Women’s Division. If you have not had the pleasure of meeting elmira, you are in for a real treat. She has an energy that is amazing. She has a sense of knowing that is infectious. Keep your eye out for more details. Mark your calendars now and join your sisters at the Lake. How about that February issue of Response Magazine? It deals with race and class. This valuable resource landed in our lap as we set a goal to make our Charter for Racial Justice come alive. There is an outstanding bible study, a dynamic article on education by Marian Wright Edelman and information on Common Security Clubs, just to name a few! I imagine that there are many programs that can be gleaned from these mere 47 pages. Look and see. For additional copies call 1.800.305.9857. As we begin our journey together, let’s tighten the cords on our sisterhood. Let’s pray for a stronger UMW family, where we purposefully include everyone. Let’s create a family album that depicts faith, hope and love in action. tlanier@wcsr.com

2010 Lake Junaluska Peace Conference: Peace for the World’s Children September 18-21 Featuring Marian Wright Edelman, Founder Children’s Defense Fund www.lakejunaluska.com/peace www.wnccumw.org


2010 UMW Conference Goals •

Continue Public Education Initiative, “For Christ’s Sake, Turn the World Upside Down” by “making a memory” with a child • Make the Charter for Racial Justice come alive by increasing Local Unit participation by 10% • Support the passage of the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA) and the Global Resources and Opportunities for Women to Thrive Act (GROWTH) • Increase the number of “mission today” units by 5% • Increase membership in each district by 25 with brand new women – women who have never ever been a United Methodist Woman • Increase the Number of Local Units who give in ALL Five Channels of Mission Giving

Treasurer – Julia Willis For the NINTH consecutive year, WNCC UMW has led the nation in… • Special Mission Recognition • Gift to Mission • Gift in Memory • World Thank Offering • Total Mission Giving • Total Giving We were 2nd in the nation only to the Virginia Conference in Pledge, even though we surpassed our $815,000 Pledge to Mission with $844,618. It’s great to celebrate being #1….but the real winner here are the countless women, children and youth these dollars are reaching in forms of food, water, clothing, medicine, and education. Thank you for all you did in 2009 to Make Mission Possible. Continue to keep our 2010 Financial Goal “To Increase the Number of Local Units Giving in All Five Channels of Mission Giving” in your financial plans. These five channels of UNDESIGNATED giving support projects and personnel around the world. Undesignated mission funds are in great demand at this time and allow Women’s Division to respond more easily to emergencies and ever changing events that affect women, children and youth. At Spiritual Growth Retreat at Lake Junaluska in June you will have the opportunity to purchase Gift to Mission/Gift in Memory Cards that will be credited to your local units and count toward two of those giving channels. (BE SURE to complete the proper paperwork when you purchase these cards at Conference Events so your District Treasurer will receive the data she needs to credit her local units! There will be Conference

PURPOSE of United Methodist Women

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.

Officers there to help you.) These cards are an excellent way to honor or memorialize someone while supporting the total program of Mission Giving through United Methodist Women. We are often asked “where does our money go?” Response Magazine is an excellent source of knowledge. The interlocking circles that appear at the end of an article indicate that program/project/ person is supported by your Mission Giving. Be sure your local unit budget or plans include a Conference Love Offering during Annual Meeting in September. This year’s Love Offering will be an undesignated Gift to Mission Giving “In Honor of Children Experiencing God’s Love in Action.” Our monetary gifts can allow God’s love to be put into action in ways that greatly surpass an individual’s effort. YOU make mission possible with your ACTIONS and your monetary GIFTS! jawillis1@aol.com

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Education & InterpretationVirginia Robinson Mission Today brings our PURPOSE alive. And we as Mission Coordinators for Education & Interpretation must communicate this to our local units. Every unit in the conference should be well on its way to becoming a Mission Today unit for this year. Our goal for 2010 is to be 5% above the 2009 percentage. Every unit must complete #1 of the criteria: “The Unit will MAKE and MEET its Pledge to Mission”. Some units are forgetting to make a pledge. Don’t forget to let your district treasurer know at the beginning of the year what your pledge is, then at the end of the year meet or exceed that pledge. You will have fulfilled #1 of the criteria and are then eligible to be a Mission Today unit. The Western North Carolina Conference of United Methodist Women continues to answer the mission call. UMCOR has put out a bulletin for an Urgent Need of birthing kits for Haiti and Chile. Items needed for each kit are listed in this Conference Gram. Collection of these kits (plus any other kits) will be during the Spiritual Growth Retreat on June 18-19. Be on the lookout for a big truck. Bring your boxed and counted kits to the truck for shipping to the Mission Response Center and on to Sager Brown Depot in Louisiana. Alerts have gone out to all Mission Coordinators for Education & Interpretation to get the word out through their district newsletters and their Local Unit Visitations (LUV) visits. The website has a printable flyer for use also. Hands-on Mission Opportunities are great ways to be in mission, plus, you fulfill #23 of the criteria to become a Mission Today unit. Have you made your reservations for the Spiritual Growth retreat at Lake Junaluska? We begin the retreat on Friday night, June 18, and finish on Saturday, June 19. When two members of your unit other than a district or conference officer attend the retreat you fulfill #19 of the

Mission Today criteria. You will come away from Lake Junaluska rested and renewed spiritually. Remember that your conference and district officers love to visit the local units. Make that call for one of us to visit and you fulfill #21 of the Mission Today criteria. The conference 2010 Love Offering is a Gift to Mission Giving “In Honor of Children Experiencing God’s Love in Action.” UMW is all about women, children and youth. The articles in the March 2010 Response Magazine are about children. Your mission dollars fund the UMW mission institutions where the children go for activities. The magazine asked children from some of the institutions to speak about their lives. Reading these short essays makes our work as UMW members more worthwhile and fulfilling. I look forward to continuing working with each of you in becoming Mission Today units. varobinson55@yahoo.com

Nominations - Janet Turner Committees on Nominations, whether they are district, conference or local units, have been in the process of identifying the offices that will need consideration for the 2010 elections. After those needs were identified, we moved on to searching the gifts and talents of our women to match skills to the offices needed. Remembering how God loves diversity, the goal in that search is inclusiveness in age, race, marital status, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, disabilities, employment and non-employment. Next, we talk with these women listening to their concerns, their questions, input, passions, and prayers. What a blessing it is to see enthusiasm, willingness and even a sense of privilege when a nominee accepts a position to serve an office in United Methodist Women. We encourage, help, nurture and support these potential leaders. Finally, the entire slate of nominees will be completed and presented to the Executive Committees

for their information. The slate will then be made public in newsletters thirty days prior to elections at the annual meetings. It is so awesome to realize that as members of the Committee on Nominations, with God’s help we are called to be good stewards of the gifts, talents, and graces of women in Western North Carolina Conference, Districts and our local units of United Methodist Women. janetturner@embarqmail.com Secretary – Ann Aldridge Have you ever looked at our Purpose and considered the components carefully? We are a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ. There are many materials and program components in United Methodist Women that help us to do that. Our reading program has very carefully selected books that can assist us. Our program book, prayer calendar, and mission study books have wonderful helps for us. The Spiritual Growth Retreat will provide an opportunity for you to grow spiritually. One of our best kept secrets is the School of Christian Mission in Greensboro July 15 – 18. Step outside your routine and experience the freedom that comes as you expand your opportunities. Another part of our Purpose is to develop a creative supportive fellowship. There is no group that is greater, more supportive, thoughtful, and caring than United Methodist Women. Share the joy of being a part of this supportive fellowship with women who have not yet experienced it. One of our goals for 2010 is for each district to add 25 new members. Do your part. Invite and keep inviting women to join us in our fellowship. The final part of our Purpose is to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church. There are mission opportunities everywhere, and we as United Methodist Women have a responsibility to be a part of


the ministries of our church. A good place to learn about our mission work is the School of Christian Mission. Our Mission Giving enables mission work to be done all over the world. Volunteer! Get involved! Expand your mission activities! In addition to learning about our Purpose, our role as secretaries is to understand the organizational form of United Methodist Women and be totally involved in our local and district units. Doing so enables us to perform the responsibilities to which we have been assigned as well as assisting the president. There are two areas in particular that are often mishandled. According to Robert’s Rules of Order, a motion to approve minutes is not necessary. The president should state that minutes are either approved as read or as corrected, but should not take a vote. Also the treasurer’s report is never adopted or voted upon unless it has been audited. The words “Respectfully submitted” represent an older practice that is not essential in signing the minutes. Please make note of all Conference and District events on your calendar and do not schedule local events at the same time. If I may be of service to any of you, please do not hesitate to contact me. ahaldridge@charter.net

Social Action-Martha Phillips The first weekend in March your Executive Team met and our Social Action Goals for the year were finalized and approved. Our Local Goal is to become an advocate for Public Education. This year we want to have more oneon-one interaction with school children particularly focusing on children who are less likely to have those extra experiences that we take for granted.

We would like to see United Methodist Women “making a memory” with a child. This can be accomplished individually or as a unit. On our web site you will find ideas for hosting an event party and suggestions for individuals to consider. Our National Goal is to make the Charter for Racial Justice come alive. Recently a local unit President from another Conference wrote to Women’s Division asking how the Charter could be implemented in her local unit. She goes on to write, “To be honest, this policy does not seem to be very clear as relates to an individual unit, just to the overall body as I first stated. The statement of beliefs certainly is an individual decision, and we can read this within our unit and give it lip service, but I couldn’t guarantee that each member is fully committed to these beliefs”. This letter will be the starting point for Charter workshops at Assembly in May. This lady raises issues that I believe we are facing more and more in our communities and churches. I will be participating in these workshops and look forward to sharing with you the thoughts and ideas our discussions raise. Our International Goal is to support the passage of the International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA) and the Global Resources and Opportunities for Women to Thrive Act (GROWTH). Both of these Acts are before Congress now. Both of these Acts were brought to our attention through Action Alerts. The I-VAWA Alert came out in November 2009 and the GROWTH Act Alert came out in September 2009. Receiving Action Alerts is free and you may sign up to receive them on our website, www. wnccumw.org, in the Social Action section. Be sure to stop by and visit the Social Action table in the Resource Room at the Spiritual Growth Retreat in June. Don’t forget the Hands On Mission Project - Birthing Kits for Haiti. mwphillips@wildblue.net

Program Resources-Kim Keyse EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT!! SPRING HAS SPRUNG, AT LOOONG LAST! HURRAH!! Now pick up that just-can’t-putit-down book, go out on the veranda, get comfy in your favorite chair, sip on your mint julep tea and...ACHOO… oh, yes, remember to take your allergy meds and hanky. Now, you’re all set for an incredible afternoon adventure of reading, learning, smiling, and maybe a little crying. The most sought after book this year is our own Brooks-Howell’s Prayers and Ponderings. It is an extraordinary, spirit-filled collection of prayers, poetry, paintings and personal ponderings of our own beloved Brooks- Howell residents. This book of memoirs will warm the cockles of your heart as you read of those who continue to tell The Story, bringing hope and freedom to countless women, children, and youth. Remember that you can receive credit under any category for this delightful book for it is listed under Large Print. It is such a lovely book you will want two, one as your keepsake and one for your Unit! I will be waiting by the Lake for you ladies. Share with me your most favorite books that you have enjoyed reading this spring on your veranda in your comfy chair while sipping mint julep tea between sneezes. You come to buy, I’ll supply! kkeyse@bellsouth.net

School of Christian Mission


July 15-18 Greensboro College Theme: “
Faith. Hope.Love in Action” Hands-on Project: Health Kits

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