Faith, Hope, Love in Action
Messages of Love and Hope from St. Andrew’s UMW members https://youtu.be/LqTNcOCTwUs
Avoiding Depression During the Coronavirus Outbreak
“Reach Out I’ll Be There” is one of the best-known Motown tunes of the 1960s and is today considered The Four Tops’ signature song.
In this song, the singer tries to reassure his lover that he will support her regardless of any troubles she might experience.
Now if you feel that you can’t go on
Because all of your hope is gone
And your life is filled with much confusion
Until happiness is just an illusion
And your world around is crumblin’ down
Darling, reach out, come on girl, reach on out for me
Reach out, reach out for me
I’ll be there, with a love that will shelter you
I’ll be there, with a love that will see you through . . .
But, the song’s lyrics can also be a reminder to keep our faith during this time filled with difficulty and sadness. As we deal with a global pandemic, loss of employment, deaths of family members and friends, struggles with illness and stress, financial hardship, and other challenges that bring about uncertainty and fear, may we remember that God IS reaching out to us, and God carries the ultimate love that will see us through.
In addition to placing our trust in God, here are some basic tips to stay mentally and emotionally healthy during this time:
- Find hope (even in the smallest of things)
- Keep a schedule
- Be productive with your free time
- Connect with others (even if not face-to-face)
- Reframe your perspective
To learn more, visit “How to Avoid Depression During the Coronavirus Outbreak” (https://healthmatters.nyp.org/how-to-avoid-depression-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak).
Submitted by: Lois Stawicki, Social Action/Christian Social Concerns
Remember Your Pledge
Now 2 ways to send your contribution:
Mail to our Treasurer, Carol Allen, at 7 Privet Circle, Marlton, NJ 08053
VENMO to @Amy-McCausland-1
Please note “UMW Pledge”
Mum Fundraiser Wrap-up
This year’s mums were full of buds and as beautiful, as always! From the $1743 worth of mums sold, we realized a profit of $655.35. This amount will be split with the church. 35 mums were purchased as gifts for shut-ins and members who are having difficulty getting out during the pandemic.
We are grateful to so many who helped with this fundraiser: to Colleen Mc Quade for chairing this event, to all who purchased mums for themselves or for a shut-in, to all who came out to help unload the truck, sort and tag the flowers, to those who helped with curb side delivery and to Sharon (Colleen’s friend) who was there throughout the day. Also, thank you to the UMM’s Ken Saunders and Jerry Jones who helped deliver the mums to shut-ins along with our UMW ladies.
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?
*During the pandemic, Circle meetings are off schedule and virtual.* For more information, please contact:
Colleen McQuade, Membership Chairperson, at firstname.lastname@example.org OR Connie DiRocco, President, at email@example.com.
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.
To receive a Zoom invitation to the next Anna Circle meeting, please email Nina at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elizabeth Circle: Meets the 1st Sunday of the month at 9:00 a.m. in the church lounge.
To receive a Zoom invitation to the next Elizabeth Circle meeting, please email Lydia at email@example.com.
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.
To join Esther Circle phone and mailing lists, please email Bernadette at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Martha Circle: Meets the 4th Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the church lounge. Babysitting is available.
To receive a Zoom invitation to the next Martha Circle meeting, please email Lauren at email@example.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org