United Methodist Women – Mary Martha Circle report for December, 2016

As the New Year is upon us, we pause to reflect on what happened in 2016. Per usual, it was an active year as the members of the Mary Martha Circle sought to fulfill our purpose to develop a creative, supportive fellowship, and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church. We hope that others will join us in 2017. Remember, UMW is open to all women of the church, member or not. Whether you come to all the monthly meetings, or just a few, or none, we would love for every woman of the church, regardless of age, to be part of our mission.
Our January meeting will be held on Jan 10th at 10:30am in the Annie Lee Williams classroom. Join us as we plan next year’s outreaches and programs. This will be our usual potluck luncheon, so remember to bring your favorite dish. Hostesses are Peggy Ervin and Helen Edlin.
Things we did in 2016 as led by the Holy Spirit to fulfill our purpose:

Creative, Supportive Fellowship:
• Monthly meetings to share prayers, book reports and fellowship along with a potluck meal
• Supported and participated in the annual Woman Coming Together at DFUMC
• Attended the District and Conference UMW meetings
• Fellowship trip to Chaffin’s barn
• Provided lunch following a bereavement service for one of our members

Expand Concepts in Mission: Local Ministries
□ Made cuddly bears for distribution by the Dickson County Fire department to children suffering
from trauma
□ Adopted a family for Christmas to provide food and gifts
□ Sponsored a hole at the men’s golf scramble
□ Continued to supply casseroles and soups for the Casseroles for Christ outreach
□ Provided lunch for the volunteers of VBS at DFUMC
□ Assisted at pre-school Trick or Treat
□ Helped at the Christmas from the Children event

Domestic Ministries
□Corresponded with multiple domestic missionaries Stocked and assembled flood buckets

Global Ministries
□ Attended the District Mission University with a follow-up report to the chapter
□ Sponsored a young lady in Guatemala for school
□ Corresponded with multiple global missionaries
□ Had four programs about global mission outreach – one by the Guatemala VIM team
□ Sponsored a fund raising breakfast to support the Guatemala VIM team
□ Stocked and assembled health kits and feminine products for distribution in Guatemala and
□ Supported 10,000 Villages through purchases of products and prayers

Blessings to all,
Vicki Warren