The following topics were addressed as areas of focus/concern to continue for 2020. For questions, contact Gwen Sharpe, or check the national website at https://www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/issues.
We are all familiar with the 5 main channels of Mission giving: Pledge, Special Mission Recognition Pin, Gift in Memory (card), Gift to Mission (card), and World Thank Offering. Great Plains Conference has two additional ways to add to our pledge. Units are encouraged to become 5 or 7 star units by giving to all channels of Mission.
Women in inactive units may give to these channels of Mission and earn a "She's a Gem" award.
In celebration of our 150th Anniversary, members may obtain a special 150 pendant and chain, or 150 year pin from www.umwmissionresources.org.
The Legacy Fund campaign will continue for another year, and you may also be interested in the "1869 Society", a group who pledge to give $18.69/month to the Legacy Fund.
Prairie Rivers District has issued a challenge to our other districts to grow our membership by 150 women for our 150th Anniversary! Attached is 150 in 150 Challenge with some thoughts for promoting membership:
As United Methodist Women celebrate our 150th Anniversary, local units are invited to tell our individual stories of mission. The link below shows ways we can take part, and includes a Do-It-Yourself guide.
Look about you for resources in learning and sharing our story: promote METour for our young women coming into UMW, attend Mission u, use the Response magazine, Handbook, website -National and Conference-, etc.