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  • UMW Communicator Long Beach D i s t r i c t

    UMW News le t te r

    Forms and Flyers:

    Joint Long Beach and Santa Ana Districts: Mini Mission u Flyer

    LBD Spring Annual Awards Dinner Flyer

    Mission u Registration Form Mission u Scholarship Form Communicator

    Subscription form

    Inside this issue:

    President 1

    Vice President 2

    Retired Treasurer 3

    Looking Ahead 5

    Program Resources 6

    Spiritual Growth 7

    Education Coordinator 9

    Membership Coordinator 10

    Social Action 8

    Treasurer 4

    April 2014

    Greetings United Methodist Women of the Long Beach District! What a whirlwind of activities since the beginning of the year! The January 18, 2014 Local Organi-zation UMW Leadership Training, a joint training with Long Beach and Santa Ana District UMWs was very helpful as per our evaluations. The time we spent sharing ide-as and learning new aspects of our jobs, as well as the fellowship of this wonderful community of women made the morning quite special. We missed so many of our local leadership Team members. Please remember that if you are an experienced Leadership Team member, we welcome your presence at the training as you have a wealth of information to share! We pray that next year, all of you are able to join us as we venture together fulfilling our UMW purpose! Many of you celebrated UMW Sunday on January 26, 2014! For those of you who still have your UMW Sunday worship coming up, may your message be full of joy and inspiration for the work of UMW. I would so enjoy having a copy of each of your churchs UMW Sunday program. Then I will share this with all of those who are interested. I look forward to reading and learning all about what took place in your congregation! I hope all of you have gone to the website for the United Methodist Church and UMW campaign Imagine No Malar-ia. www.BuzzKills.net is the website and Katie Kevorkian is our Cal-Pac Field Coor-dinator for this program. I encourage all of you to have a program and/or special giving for this mission education and health program. UMW supports this campaign! Did you hear all about the Ubuntu Mid-Winter programs? What a lot of useful work was accomplished and strengthened relationships among our members as they fellowshipped and shared a meal and between the National Priorities agencies in our UMW Cal-Pac Conference.

    The Korean UMW Network had their 25th annual Praise event and what a glorious time was had by all. The local organization singing, playing the organ, piano, flute, cello, tambou-rines, drums, woodblocks and violin were so inspiring and each organization had a brief description about their work. It is a joy to be a part of the diversity of Gods people! As the Long Beach District UMW President, I have the responsibility and privilege to at-tend the Cal-Pac Leadership Team Retreat/meeting at Aldersgate. What a beautiful facil-ity and we accomplished much. Mission u will be exciting so youll want to register ASAP for this time of learning and being a community of women. Soon there will be the gathering of United Methodist Women in Louisville Kentucky for the Assembly! I cant wait to attend this Make It Happen event with some 10,000 women wor-shipping, working, learning and fellowshipping together for a weekend! I hope I will see many of my Long Beach District UMW friends here! I hope this Lenten season has been very meaningful for you! Ever since I was a youth in UMYF and we had a program on Lent, I have felt the call to take on a new project during Lent. It is always a time of intentional service or spiritual growth. One of the distinct aspects of UMW is that our Spiritual Growth study books lead themselves to Lenten studies. This year I took on leading the study The Call: Living Sacramentally and Walking Justly as well as fasting using A Place At The Table, 40 Days of Solidarity with the Poor from the UMW Reading Program. Both offered the opportunity to challenge my faith and to begin anew. Blessings as you work in Mission! Mary Ross

    Presidents Corner

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    Vice President: Sastipe!! Welcome (in Roma)

    I wish to thank all of you in leadership within your local organization for attending the January 18 Leadership training event at Norwalk UMC. We had nearly 135 women from the Long Beach District and Santa Ana District attending. Butwe missed many of you who did not attend. Leadership training is not just for women who are new officers in your local organization. It is for all of us. I al-ways come away with new ways to do things and new ideas to bring to my local organization. Dont miss out on the Mini Mission u Study on The Roma of Europe. This study is being presented on Saturday, April 26 from 1-4 p.m. at Lakewood First UMC, with book browsing, light refreshments and registration from 12:30 1:00 p.m. Dont miss out on this opportunity to learn about the people we know as Gypsies, and their struggles within Europe, and how as UMW we can help. I have the honor of presenting this study. We will be joining with members of the Santa Ana District for this event. A flyer for this event is included in this Communicator.

    This years Spring Awards Dinner and Celebration will be held at Toberman Neighborhood Centera first for our District. A tour of the facility will take place at 4:30 p.m. Toberman NC is in full swing at this hour, a special area for Handicap parking will be available. Carpooling is recommended. We will be gathering in the Gymnasium for our event. Dr. Linda Matlock, Executive Director for Toberman NC, will be our speaker. The Toberman Kids are assisting us with our decorations and will serve as greeters. Local organizations will be recognized for participation in the Reading Program, increase in membership, 5-Star local organization, and Mission Today Unit. This will be a fun event and you all certainly deserve a pat on the back for the work you have done and continue to do. The flyer for this event is included in the Communicator. To all Vice Presidents and Presidents dont forget to invite your Long Beach Liaison to your local or-ganization event, we like coming to visit! Our attendance also counts towards your Mission Today Unit.

    I wish to thank all of you who are work-ing for the betterment of the lives of women, youth and children, as the hands and voice of our Lord, Jesus Christ. God Bless- Laura Wilson, LBD UMW

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    Retired Treasurer:

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    Treasurer: Good Evening ladies. Thank you for the pledges and support! Please dont forget to send the regis-tration for the next event, Mini Mission u: The Roma of Europe study, taught by Laura Wilson at Lakewood First UMC from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. on April 26, 2014. Please feel free to contact me any time (424) 264-8133, email: verocolon98@gmail.com. Note: Please carpool with your Local Or-ganization, if possible. May God bless you. Patricia V. Colon Long Beach District Treasurer

    Buenas Tardes Damas gracias por sus promesas para la mision y por su ayuda y no se olviden de registrarse para el proximo evento que sera el dia 26 de Abril del 2014 que sera en la Primera Iglesia de Lakewood in la tarde de 1:00 p.m. - 4: 00 p.m. Por favor sientase libre de llamarme a mi celular o dejarme algun mensaje (424) 264-8133, o mi correo electronico: verocolon98@gmail.com. Nota: Es conveniente compartir el viaje con ot-ras damas de su unidad. Muchisimas gracias y que dios me las colme ben-diciones. Patricia V. Colon Tesorera del distrito de Long Beach

    AFFIRMATION My faith each morning I renew, O God, when I behold the dew That shines from every leaf and blade Bright diamonds set in sheaths of jade. When're I look on fields of grain My faith is strengthened once again, For in the golden heads I see A glimpse of Thou Who molded me. Thy wide expanse of sky, O Lord, Is such a burning hoarde Of blue and gold and purple fire. Such vibrant shades my faith inspire. And when I see the sunset's glow My faith looks up from here below And wings along each sunward ray That links the night with the day.

    Janice Plagge (Stilwell) 1953

    In Loving Memory of

    Janice (Jan) Plagge Stilwell 4/16/35 - 8/12/13: Jan was an accomplished nurse and practiced in 5 states as she faithfully followed her husband during his naval career. As a member of First Church Seal Beach for over 30

    years, she was active in United Methodist Women, served as church nurse and was awarded Lay Person of the Year in 2004. Jan was known for her love of nature, her kind spirit and her desire to serve others. She was loved by many and will be greatly missed. At age 18 Jan wrote the following poem which still inspires today:

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    Looking Ahead...

    April 25-27, 2014: National UMW Assembly. Louisville, Kentucky. April 26, 2014: Mini Mission uThe Roma of Europe Study. Joint Long Beach

    and Santa Ana District Event. Lakewood First UMC, 4300 Bellflower Blvd., Lakewood, CA 90713. Noon- 4 p.m. Registration Fee: $5.00.

    May 14, 2014: Spring Annual Awards Dinner. Toberman Neighborhood Center. 131 North Grand Ave., San Pedro, CA 90731. Tour of facility: 4:30pm. 5:00-8:30pm. Registration Fee: $12.00. June 21, 2014: Cal-Pac UMW Luncheon. Redlands, CA. July 17-20, 2014: CAL-PAC UMW Mission u. Biola University. 13800 Biola

    Ave., La Mirada, CA, 90639. September 20, 2014: LB District Annual Celebration and Installations of Of-

    ficers. Bellflower First UMC. 145