The 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.
The Meridian UMW have been active in the Church of the Warm Heart for many years, and participate in a wide variety of devotional and mission activities. You can read about those ministries below, and contact Dixie Jacky (208-680-5112) about joining.
November Devotional: Celebrating the Saints of United Methodist Women
And the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?” And the King will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”
- Matthew 25:37-40
In the United Methodist Church, All Saints' Day is usually celebrated on the first Sunday in November. It is held, not only to remember Saints, but also to remember all those who have died who were members of the local church congregation. We each have saints in our lives that have formed us and shaped us into the person we’ve become. Parents, grandparents, pastors, friends, teachers, and other mentors have gone before us and have shown us the way.
In the United Methodist Women organization, we too have saints that have gone before. In April 1869, six women gathered in Boston to listen to visiting wives of two missionaries, home on furlough from India. At that time in India’s history, women and children were often considered “chattel, and legally dead, non-persons.” These six women listened intently and decided they had to do something to help these women and children! They went to work gathering money (two cents a week was the asking!), and soon they were able to fund two women missionaries to India. By November of 1869, Isabella Thoburn, an educator, and Dr. Clara Swain were on their way.
From these humble beginnings over 150 years ago - and these two saints, Isabella Thoburn and Dr. Swain - the United Methodist Women have grown to support hundreds of mission institutions and projects around the world that provide faith, hope, and love in action to women, children, and youth.