United Methodist Women's Annual Celebration

October 22, 2015

Photo: (left to right) Rev. Schuyler Rhodes, Bridges District Superintendent; Rev. Staci Current, El Camino Real District Superintendent; Jo An Lawson, outgoing UMW President; Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr.; Marlene Ward, incoming UMW President; Rev. Debra Brady, Central Valley District Superintendent; and Rev. David Samelson, Great Northern District Superintendent

The California-Nevada Conference United Methodist Women (UMW) recently held their annual celebration at Merced United Methodist Church.  The theme for the day-long event was, "Legacy: Women Planting Seeds for Christ," based on Luke 8:15. 
Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr. preached for opening worship.  "It was the women who went early in the morning to the place where Jesus had been laid to rest…when they went to do a customary thing, they witnessed an uncustomary work," said Bishop Brown.  He added, "Women organized for mission have had a powerful role…they remind us of who we are, and what we ought to be."
The group celebrated the leadership of outgoing president, Jo Ann Lawson, and welcomed the incoming president, Marlene Ward, as well as outgoing and newly elected officers.  Celebrations included five star, mission today, and reading program recognition as well as the campaign for racial justice. 
The offering benefited a UMW United Methodist Volunteers In Mission (UMVIM) team that will travel to Susannah's House in Knoxville, TN. 
Afternoon workshops focused on climate justice and system change, universal health care for California, and human trafficking.