On the afternoon of Sunday, March 30th, Delores Rader presented the United Methodist Women of First-Faith with a certificate commemorating its reorganization as a single, chartered UMW Unit. Rader, the Prairie Rivers District UMW President, gave a brief message on the theme of being a holy union, using the metaphor of a man’s second marriage: the man said he had to learn to pick up his dirty socks. In this, Rader emphasized that holy unions – relationships through which God’s grace is experienced and nurtured – require effort, humility, honesty, and commitment.
Unit President Carolyn Janssen organized and presided over the special service. Pastors Boling and Fowler were in attendance, as well as other District and Conference UMW leadership. Janssen reported that the united First-Faith UMW is composed of twenty-seven members plus five members in care facilities. Janssen also noted that this membership represents a slight increase in the UMW Unit, which provides outstanding leadership in the areas of mission, small group discipleship, funeral hospitality, and church leadership.
The First-Faith UMW is composed of three circles that each meet monthly: Friendship (4th Tuesdays), Joy (1st Tuesdays), Ruth (1st Tuesdays). For more information about the circle meetings, please contact Nance at the First-Faith office.