The Foundation Has Been Laid
Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. God will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the Lord is finished.
1 Chronicles 28:20 (NIV)
Often people don’t like to tell their age or even celebrate getting older. Well, I know of an organization and a group of women who are excited to turn 150 years old, for 150 years of being in service for women, children and youth. United Methodist Women is eagerly planning for its 150th birthday celebration in 2019, when we will get to honor the legacy of bold, compassionate and loving women who set the foundation on which we stand on today.
This celebration may seem far away, but it will be here before we know it. You too can help us begin celebration preparations. Gather the names of United Methodist Women members you look and have looked up to, who inspired you to joyously work for the justice and protection of women, children and youth around the world. Consider thanking them in person or contributing to United Methodist Women’s Living Timeline or Legacy Fund in their honor.
This May we will carry our legacy of inclusion and respect into the General Conference of The United Methodist Church in Portland, Oregon. National staff, program advisory group members and directors have been working very hard to ensure that the church prioritizes women, children and youth and all of God’s children on the margins.
Getting ready for General Conference, the church’s top policymaking body that meets every four years, requires a great amount of reading and preparation. We have several members and friends who are delegates for General Conference, so we ask for your prayers as we work to continue our legacy of leading the church toward God’s justice.
I want our members and friends who are delegates to General Conference to be fully prepared for the long, full, inspiring and tiring meeting. From knowing what legislation to track to knowing what chair exercises to do to keep their legs fresh to receiving prayers from all over the country and world, I want all United Methodist Women members at General Conference to feel supported so we can do the work we are called to do.
To follow updates on United Methodist Women at General Conference, visit www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/gc2016 or follow our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Join in the conversation using hashtag #umwgc2016. We want to honor the legacy of the courageous, giving, edgy women who put faith, hope and love into action in 1869 and started what would become United Methodist Women, sending a woman doctor to India to provide health care to women. It’s our turn to ensure women can be in mission for the next 150 years and beyond.
YVETTE KIM RICHARDS
United Methodist Women
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