Thank you to Sara Joslin, Marilyn Ivers and Lydia Work for sharing meditations, devotions and prayers
From the book Hugs – Daily Inspirations for Women – A Prescription for Panic
Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 NIV
Our world seems to invite panic. Everywhere we turn we’re met with disturbing images that cry out, “All is lost.” But with God all is never lost; there is always hope.
God calls us to live above and beyond anxiety. He calls us to live by faith, not by fear. He instructs us to trust Him completely, this day and forever. But sometimes trusting God is difficult, especially when we get caught up in the incessant demands of an anxious world.
When you feel anxious – and you will – return your thoughts to God’s love. Then take your concerns to Him in prayer and, to the best of your ability, leave them there. Whatever “it” is, God is big enough to handle it. Let Him.
Submitted by Marilyn Ivers
UMW Christian Personhood
I set aside time this morning (after coffee and reading online news updates) to open the Guidepost daily devotional and felt compelled to share the attached for those who don’t have a copy.
I would ask that each of us reflect on the meditation, “When I give up worrying, I can more fully rely on God.” Not that we should act irresponsibly during this pandemic, but recognize that God is present and keep our eyes open for God’s beauty and love and peace in the moment.
I also ask us to keep the prayer in the forefront of our minds, and write it on our hearts. Prayer: Dear God, when we are overwhelmed with panic, help us to seek your peace. Amen.
Eliza Finley, the author of this meditation, probably wrote this month’s, even a year ago. How timely and God given to be published for a day like today.
Submitted by Lydia Work
Elizabeth Circle Leader
A Prayer During Times of COVID-19
When we aren’t sure, God, help us be calm;
when information comes from all sides, correct and not, help us to discern;
when fear makes it hard to breathe, and anxiety seems to be the order of the day, slow us down, God;
help us to reach out with our hearts, when we can’t touch with our hands;
help us to be socially connected, when we have to be socially distant;
help us to love as perfectly as we can, knowing that “perfect love” casts out all fear.
WCC member church, The United Church of Canada
Submitted by Sara Joslin
Gateway South District UMW Winter Meeting
On February 8th, St. Andrew’s UMW hosted the Gateway South District UMW’s winter meeting. The program was presented by Dr. Dianne Browne from Camden Healthy Start. Dr. Brown and her colleague spoke on
“Reducing Infant Mortality”.
Thank you, to all of the St. Andrew’s ladies who helped make this event a success and who contributed to the baby item in-gathering.
Purpose of United Methodist Women
United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to 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.
Living our vision
♦ United Methodist Women is turning faith, hope and love into action on behalf of women, children and youth around the world.
♦ We provide opportunities and resources to grow spiritually, become more deeply rooted in Christ and put faith into action.
♦ We are organized for growth, with flexible structures leading to effective witness and action.
♦ We equip women and girls around the world to be leaders in communities, agencies, workplaces, governments and churches.
♦ We work for justice through compassionate service and advocacy to change unfair policies and systems.
♦ We provide educational experiences that lead to personal change in order to transform the world.
What is a “Circle”?
UMW Circles are small groups of women who come together for a time of spiritual growth, prayer, education, and fellowship
When do Circles meet?
Circles meet monthly from September through June
What program materials are used?
Circles use a variety of programs which include the annual UMW Program Book, DVDs with study guide and other spiritual related study guides and materials
How do I join a Circle?
Each Circle is as unique as its members. We recommend you visit each Circle to find the right fit for you.
Anna Circle: Meets the 1st Tuesday of the month at 10:00 a.m. in the church lounge.
Elizabeth Circle: Meets the 1st Sunday of the month at 9:00 a.m. in the church lounge.
Esther Circle: Meets the 1st Thursday of the month at 11:15 a.m. at an area restaurant for lunch and then gathers at 1:00 p.m. in a church conference room or lounge.
Martha Circle: Meets the 4th Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the church lounge. Babysitting is available.
St. Andrew’s UMW in Action
Local and National Missions:
- Neighborhood Center in Camden
- Neighborhood Center Library
- Saints Prison Ministry
- Campus Ministry for College and Military Personnel
- Youth Mission Trip
- UM Communities of Collingswood
- Little Hands Little Feet Clothing Ministry
- Camden Forward School
- Ranch Hope/Victory House
- Interfaith Homeless Outreach Council
- Cherry Hill Food Pantry
- Kids Alley
- Supporting the Homebound
- Dominican Republic Mission Trip
- Haiti Mission Trip
- Philippine Pastors Retirement Fund through Cottingham Church
- Supporting Missionaries
If you are interested in receiving more information about the St. Andrew’s UMW, please contact our Membership Chairwoman:
Colleen McQuade: email@example.com