United Methodist Women
All women are invited to participate in the UMW. We strive to develop a supportive fellowship as we promote concern for women, children and youth at home and abroad.
“Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” is the title of the book by Barbara Kingsolver from which this year’s quilt theme is based hosted by Portland’s First United Methodist Women on April 26, 2013.
The quilts on display are created by MIX with preview beginning at 11:00 AM, luncheon at 11:30 AM, followed by the program.
Tickets are $20.00 with $15.00 designated for Mission Giving and will be available for purchase after church service in Collins Hall on Sunday April 7, 14 and 21.
Deadline for ticket purchase is April 21. For more information, please contact FUMC office at 503-228-3195.
Read – Learn – Listen – Discuss and explore new insights.
Join us for coffee and rolls in the Church Library April 3. Meetings are the first Wednesday of each month from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM. Books are selected to expand understanding and participation in God’s mission for humanity in this changing world. All are welcome.
On March 10th, First Church members met in Collins to put 1,241 items into 73 Layette Kits! The Layette Kits will be taken to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) West Depot in Salt Lake City, and eventually sent to mothers in need around the world and in the United States.
The Layette Kit Assembly Event was the brainchild of the First Church Volunteer-in-Mission Team that worked at the West Depot in June of 2012. UMW members approached UMW to request funds to purchase flannel to be used to make baby gowns, blankets, jackets and diapers. The Tabitha Circle and its sewing group spearheaded the sewing effort, and were joined by other First Church members and their friends who like to sew. When the supply of flannel was exhausted, the sewers contributed more fabric. By March 10th, the sewing group had made 140 gowns, 84 diapers, 34 jackets, and 31 blankets! One UMW member even knitted 100 baby sweaters!
The Global Missions Committee accepted the assignment to organize the assembly event, and to solicit contributions of the additional items needed to make 73 kits – primarily more diapers (438 in total!), and 146 one-sies. First Church members responded admirably to this request, with donations of both items, and also money to purchase the balance of the kit components.
While we celebrate the success of March 10th, the Layette Kit project will continue! Many of the sewers have expressed a desire to continue making gowns and other items, and we still have more knitted sweaters to be used! The Global Missions Committee will seek contributions from local merchants of flannel, diapers and one-sies. The original goal of the First Church Volunteer-in-Mission Team was to make “a Pallet of Layette Kits”. A pallet holds 196 kits packed into 28 boxes for shipment to those in need. If additional donations are received, stay tuned for another Layette Kit Assembly Event, as we work together to achieve this goal!
West Depot Pallet Prayer
Most Gracious and Loving God, we come together to do your work: One item at a time, One kit at a time, One box at a time, One pallet at a time, to serve One person at a time, who is, One from the multitude of your children in need, across this world. Amen
The UMW Unit will meet Wednesday, April 3 at 10:00 AM in the Fireside Room.
Our guest speaker will present a program on Breast Friends, a resource for women and families facing a diagnosis of breast, ovarian, or other women’s cancers.
Bring a brown bag lunch. Dessert and beverage will be provided.
March 7 is the 2013 Oregon Legislative Advocacy Event sponsored by United Methodist Women.
All are welcome.
The meeting will take place in the Micah Building of Salem First United Methodist Church from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. The theme is Susanna Wesley’s Legacy: A Good Education and Concern for Others.
Speakers will talk about the legislative process, advocacy by people of faith, and education funding.
A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided with legislators invited to join us for lunch.
Following lunch, attendees will visit the state capitol. Additional information and registration forms are available on OR/ID UMW website.
Registration deadline is February 28.
At the February 6 Unit Meeting, a recently commissioned Deaconesses who lives in Salem, will present our program. The Deaconess program is a movement of laywomen who feel called to serve God and are commissioned by the United Methodist Church to full-time ministries of love, justice, and service.
The movement began in l888 and continues today. The Deaconess will dress in historic clothing worn by deaconesses, bring information from the archives, and lead our devotions.
Our gathering begins at 10:00 in the Fireside Room, followed by the program at 11:00, and a luncheon gathering at noon. Bring a sandwich. Dessert and beverage will be provided.
The women of FUMC will be very visible during the morning worship service. This will also be an opportunity to learn more about their participation in a local mission project, The Food for Kids Backpack Program, which provides weekend food for school children who depend on school meals during the week. Learn more about these women who live the legacy of Susannah Wesley.
The Circle of Friends will meet on Wednesday, January 30 at noon in Room 204. The program will feature the video “Sisters on the Planet” showing the impact of climate change to women in different parts of the world. Bring a sandwich for lunch. Dessert and beverage will be provided.
The Ruth Circle will meet Wednesday, January 16 at noon in Room 204. Rev. Jeremy Smith will be the guest speaker. Bring a sandwich for lunch. Dessert and beverage will be provided.
The Tabitha Circle will meet Monday, January 7 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM in Room 202 for a “Sewing Day”.
The Circle is making great strides in their production of garments and flannel blankets for babies for donation to UMCOR, so they welcome helpers to cut out patterns and/or sew.
Bring a sack lunch and stay the day or come for just a couple of hours, as “many hands make light work”!
The Ruth Circle will meet Wednesday, December 19 at noon in Room 204.
Our guest speaker will present a program of readings of poems and a translation of a French legend/short story, all on a Christmas theme of giving and being yourself.
Members will also enjoy a gift exchange. Bring a sandwich for lunch. Dessert and beverage will be provided.
The Circle of Friends will meet on Wednesday, December 12 at noon in Room 202 for a potluck lunch. Members are asked to please bring three dozen cookies for the cookie exchange and items for TUGS (towels, underwear, gloves and sheets) for the shelter.
The UMW Unit will meet Wednesday, December 5 at 10:00 AM in the Fireside Room.
Our program title is “For Unto Us a Child is Given” with some special guests!
The featured speaker will provide the program regarding the UMCOR organization.
Tabitha Circle has been sewing layette kits for the past months and will make a presentation to UMCOR.
Luncheon will be served.
The Ruth Circle will meet Wednesday, November 14 at noon in Room 204. Our guest speaker will be Rev. Dick Storment, Minister of Pastoral Care at FUMC.
Bring a sandwich for lunch. Dessert and beverage will be provided.
THE BIBLE AND IMMIGRATION : The Bible was written by, for, and about migrants, immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers.
It is also the book that many of our ancestors used to help them survive the stress of integrating into a new homeland.
At our UMW Unit gathering, Wednesday, November 7 at 10:00 AM in the Fireside Room, we will listen to and tell immigration stories as we learn more about the many journeys of immigrants.
We will also have our annual Pledge Service. Bring a brown bag lunch. Dessert and beverage will be provided.