Zion United Methodist Church
Friday, May 24, 2013
Stepping out in faith to be Christ to others in the world
United Methodist Women
The first 2 months of 2013, the ladies of Zion UMW together created the 2013 Program/Event Calendar. We enjoyed fellowship, devotions, prayers and wonderful refreshments including potluck brunch. We voted for recipient of the Mission Recognition Award/Pin which will be presented in May. On February 22, we prepared and served a delicious Soup/Salad/Bread/Dessert funeral reception meal for family and friends in memory of our long-time member Pauline Shrum. Our February 24 after Worship Service Soup-to-go Fundraiser brought us $300 plus to use for our mission projects this year. On March 17 we offered a St. Patrick's Day meal to eat-in or take-home after Worship Service: Corned Beef, Cabbage, Potatoes, Carrots and all the trimmings. Lisa Hockman coordinated both fundraisers. No Monthly March Meeting was scheduled. Our District Shepherd, Pam Hunter, will be sharing with us at one of our upcoming monthly meetings TBD.
On April 16 (Tuesday) at 6:30pm, Jeanne Hagerman will offer a program from the 2013 UMW Program Book. On April 21 (Sunday) Dianne Williams and Vivien Richardson coordinate the Thurman Brisben Shelter Shower after Worship Service complete with a Potluck lunch. The UMW and UMM join together for the Springtime Yard Sale on Saturday May 4, beginning at 8am (so start gathering those items-to-let-go and tell your friends and neighbors). May 21 (Tuesday) at 6:00pm we meet for our Annual UMW Potluck Banquet. We welcome Meaghan Cotter, Head of Micah Ministries, as featured speaker.
The Sunday June 16 Worship Service will be presented by the UMW. We look forward to an enlightening hour. June 18 at 6:00 pm we convene at Scafa's Restaurant for "Ladies Night Out." We keep growing, expanding and learning the ways of service to our Lord. Always with Joy.
Headley Barnsley, President
Thanks to the United Methodist Women we have a beautiful selection of non-fiction books just added to the library. Below is a list and brief description of each one:
306.87 ALI: "I am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced" by Nujood Ali. Nujood Ali's childhood came to an abrupt end in 2008 when her father arranged for her to marry a man 3 times her age. With harrowing directness, Nujood tells of abuse at her husbands hands and of her daring escape. Nujood's courageous defiance of both Yemeni customs and her own family inspired other young girls in the Middle East to challenge their marriages.
616.027 SKL: "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot. This heralded book, winner of many perstigous awards, tells the story of Henrietta Lacks. Known as HeLa, she was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells - taken without her knowledge in 1951 - became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. This New York Times bestseller tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of science discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about a mother she never knew.
621.45 KAM: "The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope". by William Kamkwamba. William Kamkwamba was born in Malawi, where magic rules and modern science was mystery. It was also a land withered in drought and hunger. But William read about windmills, and he dreamed of building one that would bring his small village a set of luxuries only 2% of Malawians enjoyed - electricity and running water. This remarkable true story is about human inventiveness and it's power to overcome crippling adversity.
813.6 LIG: "Beaded Hope: one trip binds their hearts forever to the women of Africa." by Cathy Liggett. When four women embark on a mission trip to South Africa, they all have selfish reasons for going. What none of them expected is how profoundly their lives will be transformed by those they meet.
269 SLA: "Change the World: Recovering the Message and Mission of Jesus" by Mike Slaughter. SOMETHING IS NOT WORKING. Despite the church's place of prominence in American culture and the ubiquity of the church in every American town, misconceptions about the faith of Jesus Christ run rampant today. Christians are known more for exclusivity than for love, more for potlucks than for solving world hunger. It's time for church's to get over the cruise-ship mentality of being a program provider, and reconnect with the true message and mission of Jesus Christ: to bring good news to the poor, release to the captives, and freedom to the oppressed. Do you dare to read this book?
248.8 BAN: "Creative Aging: Rethinking Retirement and Non-Retirement in a Changing World" by Marjory Zoet Bankson. In a practical and useful way, the author explores the spiritual dimensions of retirement and aging. She offers creative ways for you to share your gifts and experience, particularly when retirement leaves you qestioning who you are when you are no longer defined by your career.
364.15 BAL: "The Slave Next Door: Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today" by Kevin Bales. Human trafficking has become one of the fastest growing crimes in the world, but here in America? This book opens our eyes to the informative call to action we must address as a nation and neighborhood.
248.8 "Wasabi Gospel: the startling message of Jesus". by Shawn Wood. This book brings seven well-known gospel passages to life, unpacking their real significance and exploring what life would really look like if we lived out those seemingly subtle commands of Christ.
233.5 SPA: "Laugh Your Way to Grace: Reclaiming the Spiritual Power of Humor." by Rev. Susan Sparks (America's only female stand-up comedian with a pulpit). In this personal and funny look at humor as a spiritual practice, Rev. Sparks - an ex-lawyer turned comedian and Baptist minister - presents a convincing case that the power of humor radiates far beyond punch lines. Whatever your faith tradition, join this veteran of the punch line and pulpit in reclaiming the forgotten humor legacy found in thousands of years of human spiritual history.
364.97 ALE: "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness" by Michelle Alexander. This New York Times bestseller has been praised as "brave and bold" and challenges the notion that the election of Barack Obama signals a new era of colorblindess. With dazzling candor, the author shows how targeting black men through the War on Drugs and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control - relagating millions to a permanent second class status - even as it formally adheres to the prinicple of colorblindness.
362.KNO "Allow God to Wear Your Face: Spiritual Care for Those Who Are Ill". by Alice Knotts. The author of this book describes how caregivers can come along side and walk with those who are sick instead of preaching or giving advice. Her practical wisdom, when followed, can help prevent embarrassing pitfalls while facilitating the healing of relationships, emotions, spirit, and even body.
266.GUE: "Because He Lives: Faith, Hope, and Love in Action". by Catherine Ritch Guess. The author takes us on a captivating journey following the footsteps of missionary couple Joseph and Marilyn Chan. A dramatic non-fiction, you will discover Cambodia - at it's best and it's worst - through her eyes and thoughts as you watch God take two individuals, from the womb to the present, and continue to shape and use them for a life of servanthood.
E 327.76: "14 Cows for America" by Carmen Agra Deedy. Nine months after the September 11th attack, a gift from the Maasai people of Kenya to an Americna diplomat, instills a soft light of hope and friendship.