Tennessee Conference United Methodist Women 2008 Annual Conference Report

The Purpose of United Methodist Women. The organized unit of 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. As United Methodist Women we strive to fulfill our purpose in the Tennessee Conference with many different opportunities to serve God. The Tennessee Conference United Methodist Women’s theme for 2008 is “Making the Most for Mission through Membership”. We are “Reaching for the Stars” with our conference goal of a 5% increase in membership in United Methodist Women during 2007-2008. The following is the 2008 Executive team for the Tennessee Conference United Methodist Women: ♦ Joyce Clark, President ♦ Margaret Boyd, Vice President ♦ Caroline Martin, Secretary ♦ Judy Vecchione, Treasurer ♦ Nellie Settle, Spiritual Growth ♦ Diane Bennett, Social Action ♦ Rachel Pace, Membership–Nurture-Outreach ♦ Joy Lewter, Education & Interpretation ♦ Mary Ellen Knott, Secretary of Program Resources ♦ Berta Perkins, Communications 1

♦ Lois Azar, Nominations Chair ♦ Members of the Nominations Committee ♦ Terry Guertin ♦ Dorthene Woods ♦ Glenda Smith ♦ Gwendolyn Smith-Sales ♦ Millie Hansen ♦ Helen Noffsinger ♦ Asieren Rhea Boyce ♦ Karen Geller ♦ Jerlean Bass, Dean, Christian Mission Event ♦ Gwendolyn Smith-Sales, Assistant Dean, Christian Mission Event ♦ Kimi Brown, Women’s Division Director ♦ Kathy Booker, Vice President, Southeastern Jurisdiction Core Planning Group ♦ Stephanie Edwards, President, Clarksville District ♦ Betty Ann Ogilvie, President, Columbia District ♦ Nancy Curtis, President, Cookeville District ♦ Barbara Lampley, President, Cumberland District ♦ Margaret Hicks, President, Murfreesboro District ♦ Eileen Vaughan, President, Nashville District ♦ Beverly Duke President Pulaski District We remember and honor the Past Conference Presidents of the Tennessee Conference United Methodist Women: Jean Pride, Jerry Fanning, Bettie Jean Richardson, Velma Bunch-Jenkins, Ruth Tracy, Opal Ransom and Carolyn Binford and all other past conference officers. For 2008 our special offerings are designated as follows:

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♦ Birthday Dollars – Red Bird Missionary Conference ♦ Christian Mission Event Offering – Mission Giving ♦ Spiritual Life Retreat – Miriam’s Promise ♦ Annual Meeting – Bethlehem Centers The theme for the 2008 Call to Prayer and Self-Denial is "Learning for a Lifetime". The offering will Fund Programs addressing Education Issues at Mission Institutions related to United Methodist Women and the General Board of Global Ministries - to be divided between United States and international institutions. “Called by Name” the Southeastern Jurisdiction Core Planning Group Quadrennial Meeting of United Methodist Women will be April 4-6, 2008. Kathy Booker is the nominee for President of the Southeastern Jurisdiction Core Planning Group for 20082012. The Tennessee Conference nominees for Women’s Division are Carolyn, Binford, Nellie Settle and Opal Ransom. Each year the Tennessee Conference United Methodist Women sponsor the Christian Mission Event which will be held July 16-19, 2008 at Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville. • • • The spiritual growth study – I Believe in Jesus The issue study – Native American The geographical mission study – Israel and Palestine

There will be a class at night for adults and classes for children, youth and adults during the day. The Christian Mission Event for 2007 had 154 people attending class, teaching or leading the event. We had 8 youth and 2 children attend the event. The 2007 Spiritual Life Retreat was attended by 210 people with wonderful music, plenty of laughter and fellowship and the spirit of God was surely in our midst. The 2008 Spiritual Life Retreat will be held at Beersheba Springs on September 12-14. Annual Meeting for the Tennessee Conference United Methodist Women will be October 11, 2008 at Columbia First United Methodist Church.

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United Methodist Women have a Green Team, which champions environmental justice. The following are some of the issues that the Green Team has lifted up for us to be involved in while we work to make our environment safer for all:

UMW Green Team's Letter-Writing Campaign for Processed Chlorine-Free (PCF) Paper Earth Day and the Environment Earth Day and the Roadside Trash - What Can We Recycle?

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In 2008 we remember the MISSION of the Women’s Division: “To work to build a supportive community among women; to be an advocate for the oppressed and dispossessed with special attention to the needs of women and children; and to engage in activities that foster growth in the Christian faith, mission education, and Christian social involvement through United Methodist Women.” Joyce Clark President

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