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On June 23, 2018, the United Methodist Women united with other groups to help the Youth have a great Food Truck Rodeo. We had no original job but all of you jumped in when you saw a need. Thanks to all of you for help and taking part.

We collected summer items for Callen Lacy during June. Thanks to everyone that supported our mission and service project. Thank you, Debbie, for delivering them to Callen Lacy. If anyone else has items for Callen Lacy, please bring them to church on Sunday.

This summer is flying by and we are still very busy.

The HOPE Circle will be having a meeting,  July 5th at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room. They will discuss missions, budget, fall projects, and the reading program.

On July 10, at 1:00 pm both groups are coming together at Olive Garden. Everyone is welcome. It is Dutch Treat. Please
contact Susan Stevens-Crosby 843-822-8245 or suzyart123@outlook.com and let her know if you will be attending. We need to let Olive Garden know how many will be in our party.

Our last meeting for 2018 is August 14, technically but not physically, Please turn in your reading list and anything else you normally turn in. On August 12 after the end of the second service we will be closing out the 2017-2018 year with a pledge for 2018-2019. Please think about how you want to commit your life to the coming year. Remember your pledge. There are four mission efforts that should relate to our and your mission initiatives and priorities of United Methodist Women:
1. To be a community of women
2. Know God
3. Develop a creative and supportive fellowship
4. Expand the concepts of mission

So, start thinking about how you will commit yourself. This is why we take this special time to recommit ourselves to the
mission of the United Methodist Women.Then, in September, we plan the 2018-2019 year. We will develop our plans in each group for what we will do during the coming year. There will be times both groups will work together as they did on Saturday, and other times they will work on different service projects. Bring your ideas to the August meeting.

The Friendship Circle will not meet in June for a meeting.

The United Methodist Women will be have Lunch at the Olive Garden at 1:00.  All women are welcome. Please contact Susan Stevens-Crosby @843-822-8245 or                              suzyart123@outlook.com I will need a headcount to give the Olive Garden a heads up.

HOPE Circle Activities

The HOPE Circle will be having a meeting,  July 5th at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room. They will discuss missions, budget, fall projects, and the reading program.


Fall Craft Show


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