We would love to have all of the women of the church join UMW. Our purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church. Circle Meetings and the studies are open to all. So, please plan to join us at the next meeting:   Please let us know if you will need child care in order to participate

Our hands on mission for the year has been “School Kits.” These will be assembled this summer and sent to Lakeview for the conference fall festival in September.

The organized unit of United Methodist Women is a community of women whose purpose is:

  • To know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ.
  • To develop a creative supportive fellowship.
  • To expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.

The Purpose is adopted by the General Conference of the United Methodist Church as the official mission statement of United Methodist Women. Out of the Purpose are four mission areas:

  • To be a community of women
  • To know God
  • To develop a creative and supportive fellowship
  • To expand concepts of mission

United Methodist Women

The United Methodist Women met on September 11; nine members were in attendance.

The meeting opened with everyone reciting  the   Purpose.   Members worked to complete the “Hands On” Project–personal hygiene health kits to be delivered to UMCOR.   47 kits were completed thanks to the generosity of UMW and contributions of cash and requested items from the  congregation.  Patsy Gordon was to deliver the kits to UMW Fall Festival Conference at Lakeview, Palestine on Saturday, September 16.

The Treasurer’s report, presented by Martel Love, reflects a balance of $1,883.85 as of August 31.  Minutes from the previous meetings were read and approved as read.

A special prayer was said for all those named in prayer concerns, as well as all victims of the hurricanes.  We were all reminded of how fragile life is and how quickly our lives and the lives of those we love can change.  We continue to pray and thank God for our blessings.

Membership was discussed; all members were urged to invite someone to our next meeting. Membership is open to all    ladies of the church, and visitors are always welcome.

The Nominating Committee consisting of Angie Johnson, Tobbie Sexton and Edna Nichols will present the proposed slate of officers to serve in 2018 at the October meeting.  Sadie Spawn will continue to serve as Sunshine/Telephone; cards and stamps will be provided to her.

Tobbie Sexton gave a report on the Grand Circle Foundation as a project to consider.  She will do further research on the way we can best support this mission, whether it is to provide support for a child, a school or a specific project.  Tobbie      advises this particular foundation utilizes every contributed dollar for support; all administrative expenses are paid by the Foundation.  So for every dollar we send, that dollar is used for the project we designate.   Tobbie will have more for us in the coming weeks.

Everyone was reminded that at the October meeting, we will be completing our pledge cards for the coming year.   The pledge is not payable until after the first of the year.  Completing the pledge card allows for the establishment of the budget for the new year.

Members celebrating birthdays in September were recognized.

Members formed a circle and the meeting was closed with a prayer.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy Hayes



United Methodist Women  Hands On Project for 2017

UMCOR Health Kits

 Payne Springs United Methodist Women continue to meet needs around the world with our hands-on mission opportunity for 2017.

We encourage our local unit and congregation to participate. We will deliver the Health Kits  to the UMCOR Sager Brown Depot later in the year.

Health kits provide basic necessities to people who have been forced to leave their homes because of human conflict or natural disaster. Health kits are also used as learning tools in personal hygiene, literacy, nutrition, and cooking classes.

Health Kit Value: $12 per kit

Below is a Health Kit instruction sheet with all the information needed to provide supplies for kits.

Health Kit Materials

  • 1 hand towel
    • 15 x 25 inches to 17 x 27 inches
    • Kitchen, cleaning, and microfiber towels not acceptable
  • 1 washcloth
  • 1 comb
    • Comb needs to be sturdy and longer than 6 inches long
    • No pocket combs or picks please
    • Rattail combs and combs without handles are acceptable with a minimum of 6 inches of teeth
  • 1 metal nail file or nail clippers
    • No emery boards, please
  • 1 bath-size soap
    • 3 oz. and larger sizes only
    • No Ivory or Jergens soap due to moisture content
    • Do not remove from original packaging
  • 1 toothbrush
    • Adult size only
    • Do not remove from original packaging
  • 6 adhesive bandages
    • ¾ inch to 1 inch-size
    • Common household Band-Aids
  • 1 plastic bag
    • One-gallon size sealable bag only
  • $1.00 to purchase toothpaste