Poteau hosts 266 United Methodist Women
On Oct. 4-5, Sharon Migliorato attended her third Annual Meeting of Oklahoma Conference’s United Methodist Women. She was joined by 265 UMW sisters from across the state, gathering at Poteau UMC.
Together, they heard Bishop Robert Hayes Jr. proclaim "Everyone Matters."
In his keynote speech, Bishop Hayes said Jesus made each person he met "feel like they counted," said Migliorato. Among his illustrations were Zacchaeus, the woman at the well, and a boy with a few fish and some bread.
"People feel their gift isn’t spectacular enough," Migliorato said. "Little is much with the Lord."
The 2014 Oklahoma Conference UMW Pledge totaled $289,223.
Seven districts were recognized for starting or sustaining Racial Justice Charter Clubs. They were: Lawton District, 11 new; Muskogee District, four new, seven sustained; Stillwater District, one new, nine sustained, two restarted; North OKC, one new, six sustained; South OKC sustained eight; Tulsa and Woodward Districts sustained one each.
Also, Elaine Parrent spoke about the 125th anniversary of the Church’s deaconess program, pianist Kim Bulman performed, Sandy Wilder spoke about UMW legacy giving, and district officers were trained.
Migliorato is North Oklahoma City District secretary/social action coordinator.