From the President (November 2016)

Face to Our Faith

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
—Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV)

It is a month of thanksgiving, in many ways, for many reasons. This month, as we prepare for our U.S. holiday of Thanksgiving, and as United Methodist Women members for the World Thank Offering, remember all you have to be thankful for. I encourage you to remember God’s abundance in your life and share it.

I have to cross two sets of railroad tracks to go from my house to downtown Indianapolis for work. One morning I was stopped by a train. I put the car into park and counted my blessings waiting for the train to pass. Each and every United Methodist Women member was included in that list. I may not know you by name, but we share a faith and a call to mission, and for that I am thankful. I use the railroad tracks every day to become more intentional in my giving thanks to God.

I received a call from a college friend the other day. We hadn’t really talked much over the past two years. We follow each other on Facebook and will “like” each other’s posts, but this friend reached out to talk and reconnect. She is truly a blessing. Make these calls, make these connections.

This month, celebrate the joys of your life and share them with others. Use this time of thanksgiving to reach out to old friends, family and neighbors.

The World Thank Offering is an opportunity for individuals to respond to God’s abundance and grace with spontaneous gifts of gratitude. The funds collected are used in the total program of mission carried on through United Methodist Women’s national office in the United States and around the world. The World Thank Offering gives a face to our faith. It is hope and love in action.

Take this month to put your faith, hope and love into action with others. Share with the people you celebrate about the glory of God in your life. Let your gifts of gratitude multiply by including others, through your local unit or your church. Embrace others in your giving and show the impact that every gift makes for mission around the United States and around the world.

SHANNON PRIDDY
President
United Methodist Women

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