Fennimore UMW News:
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
January was established as the first the first month of the year by the Roman Calendar. It was named after the Roman god Janus (Latin word for door). Janus has two faces which allowed him to look both backwards into the old year and forwards into the new one at the same time. He was the ‘spirit of the opening’.
The Fennimore UMW is finalizing our 2020 calendar. Stay tuned. We will put it out on the website and copies on bulletin board as soon as it is final.
As you plan 2020, Please consider helping with our mission of the Depot Exchange/Food Pantry…Volunteers work on the SECOND Monday of the month from either 9:30–11:30 or 2:00–4:00. OR possibly helping the creation team tie covers. Creation Day time: 9 AM on the THIRD Tuesday of each month at the Church. Many hands make a quick job of tying covers for our missions!
New Year: The Light in the Darkness of Winter
By Shannon Priddy, President of the UMW
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” —John 8:12
We celebrate the birth of a savior and we move into a new year. This is the light in the darkness of winter. We are the light in this space. As followers of Christ, we do not go into the unknown alone, we go together. Lead by the Son of God in community.
We enter this new year with renewed hope and the promise of tomorrow. This new year is filled with promise and possibilities. I love this time of year. All the “best of” lists and review of the year. This year end also includes “best of the decade” lists. It’s been great to review and re-visit the past. I look back on the year and challenge myself to something new in the next year.
“A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices.” These words remind me to go into the new year with hope and take the birth of our savior into each new challenge. My favorite Christmas song is my reminder throughout the year. Jesus is our hope for humanity and our hope for a better world.
Jesus continues in John 8:15-16, “You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no one. But if I do judge, my decisions are true, because I am not alone. I stand with the Father, who sent me.” You stand with the father, too.
Challenges and Celebrations
Each year has its challenges and celebrations. These verses are words of assurance to remind us of the hope of a Savior, the message of the Messiah. Each time we remember Christmas and the beginning of the coming year, we are
reminded that God sent a light in the son. Advent is about preparing for Christ and the new year is about remembering to bring him with us throughout the year.
“It came upon a midnight clear, that glorious song of old.” It is up to us to keep telling the story and to be the light. It isn’t about one month a year, or four Sundays of Advent. The song of old is that Jesus came to be the light of the world to bring the world into His. Again, through scripture we are reminded of His power and His plans. We are not judged by human standards; we are lifted by the light.
As you go into a new year and a new decade, it is you who are the light. It is our savior, our messiah who stands beside you and does not judge you. You have the faith to remember Jesus’s birth every day, the hope. You can sing the songs any time of year, to remind you to whom you belong. You are a child of the Christ. You are the present in the ever-changing year that is faith, hope and love in action. Scripture is a reminder during every season of life in every time of year.
God bless you this new year and every year.
May you be the light for the world.
Creation Day: 9 AM on the THIRD Tuesday of each month at the Church. Many hands make a quick job of tying covers for our missions!
Depot Exchange — Volunteers work on the second Monday of the month from either 9:30 – 11:30 or 2:00 – 4:00 . Please come and join in one of the UMW’s and FUMC’s favorite mission. Audrey is the contact person if you need info.
Kim Cathman 822-3196
Judy Nelson 822-3355
Lori Budzinski 822-6727
Audrey Doan 822-6527
Misc. Activities Participation
- Sew at the Good Samaritan Society when called.
- Prayer & Self-Denial offerings in February or March.
- Thanks Offering in October or November.
- Thank You Plates assembled and delivered in December each year to all our members over 80.
- Donate $100.00 per month to the Food Pantry at the Depot Exchange/Thrift Store.
- Work at the Depot Exchange and Thrift Store when time permits.
Scheduled for the 3rd Tuesday of each month to work on Mission projects. Creation days are held in Fellowship Hall once a month. We spend the day working on quilts and other sewing projects. The finished projects will be used as gifts, Mission donations, or sold to support mission work. This event has been going well. We can always use more volunteer workers. Last year we gave away or sold 45 plus quilts. Remember: 3rd Tuesday of each month at 9:00. Come and join us! If you can tie a knot you can help us. So, if you like to sew and you would like to be apart of this wonderful monthly event, please feel free to stop in on the scheduled days.
ALL women of the church (members and friends) are a part of this new beginning Unit of the Fennimore United Methodist Women. We will continue our work at the Depot Exchange on the 2nd Monday each month. We start at 2:00 PM then food and fellowship at Friederick’s. We are looking forward to seeing many new faces at our scheduled meetings this year. Let’s all get together and make it a banner year for FUMW.
Thanks to all of you for your support!