August 2014 Updates!
Updates to the standing rules have been posted and current newsletters can be found on their respective district pages. The Mission Today Unit Reporting form has been updated for 2014 and can be found on the UMW Forms/Speakers page.
The first Limitless event in the conference was held at Christ UMC in Kettering Dec. 30th and was a huge success as the pictures below show. More to come!
Wishing to encourage her young son's progress on the piano, a mother took her boy to a Paderewski concert. After they were seated, the mother spotted a friend in the audience and walked down the aisle to greet her. Seizing the opportunity to explore the wonders of the concert hall, the little boy rose and eventually explored his way through a door marked "NO ADMITTANCE." When the house lights dimmed and the concert was about to begin, the mother returned to her seat and discovered that the child was missing. Suddenly, the curtains parted and spotlights focused on the impressive Steinway on stage. In horror, the mother saw her little boy sitting at the keyboard, innocently picking out "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star." At that moment, the great piano master made his entrance, quickly moved to the piano, and whispered in he boy's ear, "Don't quit. Keep playing." Then leaning over, Paderewski reached down with his left hand and began filling in a bass part. Soon his right arm reached around to the other side of the child and he added a running obligato. Together, the old master and the young novice transformed a frightening situation into a wonderfully creative experience. The audience was mesmerized. That's the way it is with God. What we can accomplish on our own is hardly noteworthy. We try our best, but the results aren't exactly graceful flowing music. But with the hand of the Master, our life's work truly can be beautiful. Next time you set out to accomplish great feats, listen carefully. You can hear the voice of the Master, whispering in your ear, "Don't quit. Keep playing." Feel His loving arms around you. Know that His strong hands are there helping you turn your feeble attempts into true masterpieces. Remember, God doesn't call the equipped, He equips the called. So it is with United Methodist Women We are called to help women, children, and youth. If we don’t do it, who will? Our mission dollars do make a difference. Yet it’s not always easy to know what is right. The New English Bible translates Matthew 5:6 this way: “As the disciplining of a beloved child, living so that right prevails is not easy. It takes courage and faith. But despite the risk and hardship, Jesus’ words challenge us to be motivated, not by a drive for wealth, position, or hollow happiness but rather by a passion to see righteousness realized in all relationships. May it be so. Amen.
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