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Thank you to all the UMW women. You all have done an outstanding job. The Day Apart was successful. We have had compliments from several other UMW circles. Rural Missions let Kathy Roys know they appreciated the items that our young women received. Can’t say enough about your
work. Thank you for also making the meet and
greet successful. The food was great, and the
friendship was even better.

April is Rural Mission month. Therefore, we are
asking for donations of:

• Health care kits which can contain tooth
brushes, deodorant, toothpaste, soap, a wash
cloth, maybe small shampoos or any other
things that would be appropriate in a kit, or
• Office paper, diapers and paper products,
paper towels, and like items, or
• Forever stamps.

Our next Meeting is April 10 at 10:30 am in the
fellowship hall. See you then. Remember to bring a health care kit or other items that will help Rural Mission




What a great show of interest we had at the UMW Meet and Greet Sunday   March 18! We had approximately 16-18 ladies present, 8 of which expressed interest in the new evening circle. If you are interested in learning more or being a part of a new UMW circle but could not attend this event,
please let Jodi McCall, Pamela Lynch or Heather Maharrey know. Our tentative plans include meeting every other month for a service project or program
and participating as much as able with the yearly UMW events and fundraiser including (but not limited to) the Soup Sampler fundraiser, Fall Craft Fair and Christmas Dinner. We will have our first meeting Thursday, May 10 at 6:30 pm in the meeting room for planning purposes. Thanks to all who came and to the Friendship circle for providing refreshments!
Susan Stevens Crosby                                                                                                                    St. James UMW President

UMW Day Apart Thanks

A big thank you goes to everyone who helped with the preparations and hosting of the Charleston District United Methodist Women’s Day Apart Retreat on March 10. Ninety ladies from around the district participated. Our UMW unit did a wonderful job with food preparation. The youth helped tremendously with collecting the mission project items that were brought and also with serving beverages at lunch. A huge thank you goes to Don Wilcox and Debbie Reid for preparing the audio/visual elements of the
program. It was all a great church effort and our guests were very pleased.
Bless you all!
Kathy Roys,
Charleston District UMW President



Mission Statement

Purpose:  The organized unit of United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose purpose is to know God and 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.

The United Methodist Women emphasis is on Missions that benefit Women and Children.  Here are a few they support:

1. Killingsworth Home:  http://killingsworth.org/  “Killingsworth is a unique community residence for women who are emerging from crisis situations.  Killingsworth is a ministry of the United Methodist Women who provide financial support as well as resourcing and training for the staff and the Board of Directors.  United Methodist Church members across South Carolina contribute volunteer service and fundraising support as well.”

2. Columbia Bethlehem Community Centerhttp://bethlehemcenter.umcsc.org/Vision: We envision that the Columbia Bethlehem Community Center will be the premiere community center for Children and families of the Midlands.”  “Mission:  To educate and enrich the lives of individuals and families in the Midland to help them achieve their own success.  The Columbia Bethlehem Community Center continuously evolves to meet the relevant needs of its community offering various services throughout the years such as after school programs, youth, summer camps, GED preparation course and job training.”

3. Wallace Family Life Center:  http://wflc.tripod.com/  “Mission:  The Wallace Family Life Center is a specialized ministry of the United Methodist Women of South Carolina that has been serving the Wallace and Marlboro County communities since 1979.  Our Mission is to provide educational, cultural, recreational and religious programs to enrich the lives of people in the Wallace Community.”

4. Rural Mission: – Johns Island, http://ruralmission.org/  “Statement of Purpose:  Rural mission works to strengthen fragile Sea island houses one plank, nail, floor and roof at a time.  Our mission is to restore the foundation of our community, its families by repairing the homes in which they live.  We believe human dignity thrives in a place that is safe and secure.  We are committed to ensuring that no matter how modest a home may be, its residents can sleep easily, knowing they are safe within it.  We are strengthened by Volunteers, engaged leaders, donors, and deserving neighbors who are all guided by something greater than self. ”

5. My Sister’s Househttp://mysistershouse.org/ “Mission:  My Sister’s House is a nonprofit organization that provides services, programs and resources to empower victims of domestic violence and their children to be free of abuse.  Vision:  To end the cycle of domestic violence in the tri-county are and align My Sister’s House Inc.  with SCCADVSA in the effort to end domestic violence in South Carolina.”

6. Helping Hands of Goose Creek: – Goose Creek,  http://helpinghandsofgoosecreek.org/ “Mission:  To provide food to people in need as they strive to increase self-sufficiency.  To serve as a community resource for other means of assistance, Literacy, Training, Household goods, Clothing and support for people in crisis.”

If you would like to help the United Methodist Women in any one of their missions you are more than welcome.  You do not need to be a member of the St. James United Methodist Church to join or help in missions.  Any Women may join; you do not need to be a member of the church to participate.  There are no costs, fees, or dues to become a member.  During meetings a donation may be made, not because you have too, but because you want to.

Some of the other missions are:

1. Health Kits for Rural Missions:   On May 20th, we delivered 70 health kit bags and a large box of extra health kit supplies to the Rural Mission on John’s Island.  The staff was very excited to receive the health kits.  They are expecting the migrant children to arrive within the next two weeks.  They told us that the health kits are definitely used and very appreciated.  Thank you to everyone who filled a bag.

2. Christmas Boxes for Children overseas.

3. Through Education, Reading, and programs the United Methodist Women try to understand Women around the World, focused on specific needs from what the group is reading and learning about at the time.

ACTIVITIES/EVENTS:  United Methodist Women have yard sales as fundraisers to fund missions, or donate to local Charities in need.     In June they host a Salad Super, December a Christmas Dinner, and work with Stratford High Students in mission to support Guardian Ad Litem Children.

The United Methodist Women meet the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 10:30 am, in the meeting room, located inside the St. James United Methodist Church.  All women are invited to attend.

For more information you may contact Susan Stewart, President, United Methodist Women, at 843-553-3117.






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Fellowship Circle

The Friendship Circle will meet on Tuesday, March 14,  at 10:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

The Caring Hands Circle will not meet until further notice.

Christmas Gifts

The UMW will have RADA products available for your Christmas Gifts. Just ask Susan Stewart to see a catalog. Last order will go out December 4.

Contact Susan Stewart if interested.

Susan Stewart