President Charmaine Schreiner called the General Meeting together on February 6, 2014. Together those present read "the Purpose of United Methodist Women". Sixteen members were present. Joys and concerns were shared. A devotional prayer was given by Alice Nelson.
The minutes of the November 7, 2013 General Meeting were read and approved.
Marylon Cole presented the Treasurer's report. Money for Missions was divided among JFON (Justice For Our Neighbors, The Haven Network, Women's Crisis Center, and Rock House Kids.
Report from the Mitten Tree: 118 pieces total-18 to Rescue Mission, 100 to Social Work Service of the Rockford Public Schools for homeless program.
Rock House Kids--we will be doing some collections for them in 2014. Watch Squeek for more details.
Cindy took the opportunity to show how the reading cart is organized. Stickered books on one side eligible for Reading Program. Books on other side are for reading pleasure.
Action alerts for Peace and Refugees around the World and Women at Risk: Flight of the Rohingya.
Response Report:: "Wanted Women in Mission" in the January issue and in February issue there are maps and graphs about UMW giving.
Next General Meeting will be Thursday, April 3. Bettye Mixon will be our speaker on Rockford New Hope. Refreshments were served. A service of installation for the 2014 UMW officers was led by Pastor Doug
Our unit encourages all our members and others to participate in the UMW Reading Program. Brochures on this program are available on the shelves in the Meeting Room. The purpose of the Reading Program is to learn more about missions. For more information on the Reading Program, contact Cindy Fisher.
Cindy has put together a reading list of the books we have at Aldersgate UMC. They are on a special cart in the Meeting Room. Please look over this list and participate in this program:
UNITED METHODIST WOMEN
EDUCATION FOR MISSION
2003 First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers
2002 The Singer and The Song: An Autobiography Of The Spirit
2001 From Our Mother’s Arms
2000 Pushing The Bear: A Novel Of The Trail of Tears
2013 Outcasts United
Clarkston, Georgia was designated as a refugee settlement center in the 1990s and became the first American home for families in flight from the world’s war zones. Outcasts United is the stunning real-life story of an inspiring group of refugees and a woman who, with tough love and fiery determination, changes an entire community for the better.
2012 The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
After reading about windmills, William Kamkwamba dreamed of building one that would bring to his small Malawian village a set of luxuries that only 2 percent in his country enjoys: electricity and running water. With a small pile of forgotten science textbooks and bicycle halves he embarked on a daring plan to build an unlikely contraption and small miracle that would change the lives around him.
2012 Change the World: Recovering the Message and Mission of Jesus
Despite the church’s place of prominence in American culture and the ever-present church in every American town, misconceptions about the faith of Jesus Christ run rampant. Christians are known more for exclusivity than for love, more for potlucks than solving world hunger. Is it time for churches to get over the cruise ship mentality of being a program provider and reconnect with the true message and mission of Jesus?
2011 Half The Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas D Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn raise a passionate call to arms against our era’s most persuasive human rights violation: the oppression of women and girls in the developing world. They take us on an odyssey through Asia and Africa to meet the extraordinary women struggling there, and show how a little help can transform the lives of these women and girls. These stories help us see that the key to economic progress lies in unleashing women’s potential.
NURTURING FOR COMMUNITY
2013 Mind on the Run
Mind on the Run recounts the life and death of Scott C. Baker. It’s the story of a family’s effort to help Mr. Baker through five major bipolar manic episodes – a story of love and loss and of a family’s futile attempts to save their loved one. It takes readers inside the bipolar mind a mind tormented by psychotic and delusional thoughts and a body ravaged by irreversible damage from untreated bipolar disorder.
2012 Asylum Denied
Asylum Denied is the gripping story of political refugee David Ngaruri Kenney’s harrowing odyssey through the world of immigration processing in the United States. Kenney, while living in his native Kenya, led a boycott to protest his government’s treatment of his fellow farmers. He was subsequently arrested and taken into the forest to be executed. This memoir tells of his near-murder, imprisonment and torture in Kenya; his remarkable escape to the United States; and the obstacle course of ordeals and proceedings he faced as U.S. government agencies sought to deport him to Kenya. It is a story of courage, love, perseverance and legal strategy.
2012 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Her name was Henrietta Lacks but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells – taken without her knowledge – became of the most important tools in medicine. The first “immortal” human cell grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.
2011 Inheriting The Trade: A Northern Family Confronts Its Legacy as the Largest Slave Trading Dynasty in U.S. History
In 2001, Thomas DeWolf discovered that he was related to the most successful slave-trading family in U.S. history, responsible for transporting at least 10,000 Africans. This is his memoir of the journey in which 10 family members retraced their ancestors’ steps through the notorious triangle trade route – from New England to West Africa to Cuba – and uncovered the hidden slave trade history of New England and the other northern states.
2011 Same Kind of Different As Me: A Modern Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together
This story begins outside a burning plantation hut in Louisiana, and unfolds in the upscale art scene in Texas. It exposes pain, betrayal and brutality, and it shines with an unexpected life-changing love. In the end, Ron Hall and Denver Moore form an unlikely friendship resulting from charity and challenged by tragedy.
2010 Too Many Irons In The Fire And They’re All Smoking
This little book offers a month’s worth of wisdom, advice and encouragement for women in 31 short daily meditations.
2010 No Turning Back: My Summer with Daddy King
In the summer of 1961 seminary student Gordon Brewster ventured south to work at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Ga., where Martin Luther King Sr. and Jr. were pastors. In this moving memoir, he recalls his first encounters with segregation and the spontaneous church services of the black Baptist tradition. Mr. Brewster revisits an historic era carved in faith and courage by ordinary Americans of all colors.
2010 The Undertaker’s Wife: Wisdom and Musings: Life in a Small Town Funeral Home
No one will forget the people who pass through the home of The Undertaker’s Wife. With warmth and humor, this initially reluctant undertaker’s wife chronicles her journey from farmer’s daughter to obtaining an advanced theological degree and becoming an organist in the small-town funeral home she shares with her husband.
2010 Caring For Mother: A Daughter’s Long Goodbye
Virginia Stem Owens offers a thought-provoking memoir of her family’s seven-year ordeal of caring for her mother’s Alzheimer’s illness. The possibility of facing Alzheimer’s in a loved one or in the mirror increase for many as baby boomers age into the 85-and-older population.
2009 Faith & Fitness: Diet and Exercise for a Better World
Faith & Fitness offers a balance between fitness and wealth that leads to a longer, more fulfilling life of socially responsible Christian discipleship. While it is a book about fitness – emphasizing disability-free living through diet and exercise – another goal is to help you realize the value of community; a more simple life with fitness and wealth in their proper places in your community of family and friends. (Larger than Average Print)
2009 Acts of Faith – The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation
Growing up outside
2009 A Thousand Splendid Suns
A story of the last 30 years of the volatile events in Afghanistan’s history and two generations of women whose lives are bound together in a struggle to survive, raise a family and find happiness in a war torn country.
2009 Here If You Need Me – A True Story
Here If You Need Me is the story of Kate Braestrup’s remarkable journey from grief to faith to happiness – as she holds her family together in the wake of her husband’s death, pursues his dream of becoming a minister, and ultimately finds her calling as a chaplain to search-and-rescue workers. It is dramatic, funny, deeply moving, and simply unforgettable – an uplifting account of finding God through helping others.
2008 I Chose To Stay: A Black Teacher Refuses To Desert The Inner City
2006 Barefoot Heart: Stories of a Migrant Child
2006 Beyond Greens and Cornbread: Reflections on African American Christian Identity
2006 When My Name Was Keoko: A Novel of Korea in World War II
2006 Wither Thou Goest? You’ve Got To Be Kidding! A Minister’s Wife Speaks Out
2005 Knitting Into The Mystery: A Guide To The Shawl-Knitting Ministry
2005 After Anne – A Novel
2003 Home Across the Road
2003 Motherland: Beyond The Holocaust
2003 My Grandfather’s Blessings: Stories of Strength, Refuge, And Belonging
2002 Fun ? But We’re Married! A Wise And Witty Guide To A Lasting Marriage
2002 Life Is So Good
2001 Lanterns: A Memoir of Mentors
2000 A Child Called “It”
1997 Now What Do I Do
2013 One Simple Act LARGE PRINT
In a world that seems too often stingy and grudging, Debbie Macomber has witnessed how a simple act of generosity can yield unforeseen miracles. This blend of true stories and motivating messages will delight and surprise as the reader discovers how giving the gifts of time, encouragement, hope, laughter, prayer, service and forgiveness can have lasting life changing impact on the giver and recipient.
2013 In Our Backyard CONTAINS MATURE SUBJECT MATTER
In Our Backyard invites readers into the lives of human trafficking victims, survivors and the traffickers themselves with true stories. These stories not only inform, but also continue our study of modern day slavery, this time focusing on the United States.
2012 The Slave Next Door
In The Slave Next Door we learn that slaves are all around us, hidden in plain sight – the dishwasher in the neighborhood restaurant, the kids on the corner selling cheap trinkets. the man sweeping the floor of the local department store – and we meet some unexpected slaveholders. Weaving together a wealth of voices this book is also a call to action, telling what we as private citizens can do to finally bring an end to this horrific crime.
2011 Claiming Earth As Common Ground: The Ecological Crisis Through the Lens of Faith
Can people of faith save the environment? Can the environmental challenge save religion? Our planet is in trouble, and it will take an amazingly large and powerful force to shift into a more sustainable way of living. Spiritual leader and environmental activist Andrea Cohen-Kiener tells us that people of faith have the numbers the passion and the mandate to do it – and that nothing else is strong enough to counterbalance “business as usual.”
2011 The Heart of Racial Justice
The racial divide is one of the most pervasive problems the church faces. Why won’t this problem just go away? In this book the authors make the crucial connection between the role of healing prayer and the spiritual warfare in bringing about justice. Each of us must be challenged to identify the power of evil in the world and to give up our idols for the sake of Christ. Are you ready to find out how soul changes leads to social change?
2010 The Road Of Lost Innocence: The True Story of a
Somaly Mam’s life story illustrates triumph over unthinkable adversity. The Road of Lost Innocence recounts her childhood experience of being sold into sexual slavery and shuttled around
2009 “They Take Our Jobs!” – and 20 other myths about immigration
This groundbreaking work dismantles twenty-one of the most widespread myths and beliefs about immigrants and immigration. “They Take Our Jobs!” challenges the underlying assumptions that fuel this misinformed claims about immigrants, radically altering our notions of citizenship, discrimination, and
2008 What’s Wrong With The Christian Right?
2008 Enrique’s Journey
2006 The Betrayal Of Work: How Low-Wage Jobs Fail 30 Million Americans
2006 Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story
2006 To Educate Is To Teach To Live: Women’s Struggles Towards Higher Education
2005 Mrs. Lincoln And Mrs. Keckly: The Remarkable Story Of The Friendship Between A First Lady And A Former Slave
2005 Pigs At The Trough
2003 It’s The Little Things: Everyday Interactions That Anger, Annoy And Divide The Races
2003 When Stars Begin To Fall
2002 Barbara Jordan, American Hero
2002 The Lost Boy
2001 Don’t Call Us Out Of Name
1999 Chaos or Community
1999 Another America
2013 When Christians Get It Wrong
When young adults talk about the problems they have with Christianity and the church, they name attitudes and behaviors they believe are practiced too often by Christians: judging others, condemning people of other faiths, rejecting science, injecting politics into faith and being anti-homosexual. With his familiar style, Adam Hamilton tackles these issues and addresses the hows and whys of Christians getting it right when it comes to being Christ in the world.
2012 Seasons of Salt LARGE PRINT
Whether we realize it at the time, normal events in our everyday lives can have significant spiritual meaning and can also offer valuable lessons – if we only take the time to listen. In more than 60 devotions suitable for individual or group use, Seasons of Salt weaves faith and daily living and shows how everyday activities, including childhood games, kitchen challenges and family and church events, present perfect opportunities for expressions of faith.
2012 Wasabi Gospel: The Startling Message of Jesus
Wasabi Gospel takes you on a quest to really examine the words of Jesus and their impact on our lives. Using seven well-known gospel passages, the book unpacks their real significance and explores what life would really look like if we lived out those seemingly subtle commands of Christ.
2011 Contemplative Crochet: A Hands-on Guide for Interlocking Faith & Craft
You know the satisfaction to be found in the simple act of crocheting: in the rhythm of the hook, the feel of fiber, and the miraculous creation of beautiful fabric from thread or yarn. But is there a way to develop this sense of the spiritual into a deeper, more mindful practice? Let this engaging book take you on a path deeper into your crocheting and your spiritual awareness. Whether individually or as part of a group, explore your practice through original patterns, meditations, reflections and creative exercises. You will find yourself reaching for your hook and yarn as you read, inspired to take up your projects with a whole new state of mind.
2011 The Noticer: Sometimes all a person needs is a little perspective
Poverty, a failing marriage, old age, lost dreams. To the residents of Orange Beach, AL, these desperations are hopeless, barren places with no chance for change, but to an old drifter named Jones with a gift of seeing what others miss, there is no such thing as a dead end. It only takes a little “perspective” he says, to recognize the miracles in our moments, the seeds of greatness tucked into our struggles. As Jones mysteriously makes his way through this coastal town and into the searching hearts of its residents, he offers simple wisdom and sound hope.
2010 My Tummy Talked In Church Today: And 51 Other Humorous Poems and Devotions for Adults Who Love Children
This collection of poems, Scripture, reflections and prayers will bring joy and understanding to adults. Celebrate faith by reading these poems with the children in your life in mind.
2010 The Shack
Mackenzie Allen Philip’s youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in abandoned shack deep in the
2009 Holy Stuff Of Life – Stories, Poems, and Prayers about Human Things
Holy Stuff of Life is a narrative “treasure hunt” for the hidden holiness of human things and a quest for a transformative encounter that turns consumption into blessing. Throughout the pages of this whimsical yet profoundly spiritual work, readers will explore the holy human connections of things such as apple seeds, a tattoo, dish towels, a broken chalice, a carpenter’s level, and extra virgin cooking oil blessed by a pope.
2009 Matthew – The Book of Mercy
Known as a scribe, minor tax collector and public sinner, Matthew sought to create an identity for the fledgling Christian community as it struggled against persecution by the Romans and ostracism by the Jewish leadership. In her new book, Megan McKenna shows how this identity is forged of forgiveness, reconciliation and atonement.
2008 Walk In A Relaxed Manner: Life Lessons From the Camino
2007 But Lord, I Was Happy Shallow – Lessons Learned In The Deep Places
2006 Joshua’s Bible: A Novel
2006 The Leading Women: Stories of The First Women Bishops Of The United Methodist Church
2006 Prairie Wisdom: Reflections On Life In The Dakotas
2006 Susanna Wesley: A Mother With A Difference
2006 Words Of Fire, Spirit Of Grace
2005 Women Of Spirit: Stories of Courage From The Women Who Lived Them
2004 Interludes: A Busy Woman’s Invitation To Personal And Spiritual Rest
2004 Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths
2003 Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, And Delight In Our Busy Lives
2003 Why Forgive?
2001 How Can I Find God?
2001 A Journey In Song
1999 The One Year Book Of Hymns
LARGE PRINT BOOKS
2013 – One Simple Act
2013 Seasons of Salt
2009 Three Cups of Tea
2002 Front Porch Tales
2005 Concerning Prayer
2003 The Scandalous Message Of James: Faith Without Works Is Dead
2002 Jesus And Courageous Women
Ecclesiastes – The Meaning of Your Life
2008-2009 I Believe In Jesus
2008 – 2009 Giving Our Hearts Away, Native American Survival
2012 – Immigration and the Bible
Social Issues Study
2011 – The Journey
2012 – 2013 – Poverty
Joshua In The Holy Land
The Red Tent
Discerning Your Spiritual Gifts
Anna, Woman of Miracles
I Am An American
To Be The Hands of God
The Future of Peace & Justice In The Global Village
The Memoirs of Dorothy Footitt
Are Americans A
Dreams from My FatherThe Making of a Missionary: H Drewer Johns and the Wh
2013 UMW Officers
President: Kay Glenny
Vice President: tbs
Spiritual Growth: TBS
Secretary: Coralee Hardwick Social Action: Marguerite Glenny
Treasurer: Marylon Cole Nominations: Beth Boettner
Education & Interpretation: Cindy Fisher
Mary Martha: Laurel Garner Rebekah: Peggy Bates