Women cheer for mission connections
By Thomasena Allen, OKC-Quayle UMW
The celebration of mission began with a festival of music and finger-food feast on Friday night, as the United Methodist Women (UMW) of Oklahoma Conference held their 37th Annual Meeting.
From across the state, 319 women registered for the Oct. 1-2 gathering, held at Tulsa-Asbury UMC.
Friday evening featured intergenerational talent and musical selections that ranged from traditional spirituals to secular songs. Saturday’s program also began with song. Performers included Hands of Love, an Asbury choir of special-needs adults, ministering through sign language.
The celebration that day spotlighted the women’s total giving of $345,000 to the Church’s missions in 2009, and their Pledge of $310,000 for 2011. Other special channels of giving combine with the Pledge to achieve each year’s total.
In a testimony about the impact of that giving, Nancy Koplowitz shared how she was blessed by the opportunity to see God in action because she received a UMW scholarship to attend the 2010 Assembly, in St. Louis, Mo.
Keynote speaker Yvette Richards challenged the women to be thirsty to serve and to reclaim the UMW mission focus.
Gift cards valued at $8,400 were given to Cookson Hills Center and Neighborhood Services Organization (NSO). The cards again will be collected in 2011. NSO has a DVD about its ministry available for check-out. Cookson Hills Director Meri Whitaker said the center recently received six pottery kilns and many ceramic molds; they are praying for volunteer potters.
Upcoming hands-on service opportunities:
Goals for 2011:
2011 Conference officers:
President Kathy Caldron of Ponca City; Vice President Jo Ellen Reed of Oklahoma City; Secretary Coe Ann Patton of Tulsa; Treasurer Betty Prentice of Pryor; Secretary of Program Resources Becky Brown of Madill; Communications Coordinator Julie Wood of Yukon; Nominating Committee Chairwoman Flo Conklin of Stigler; Mission coordinators—Nancy Whittaker of Madill, Annette Loos of Collinsville, and Jacci Freno and Janice Bryan, both of Oklahoma City.