Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Why was I there?

In the last post, I shared some pictures of the Rose Walk at Lake Junaluska with you.  These roses are one of the highlights of anyone's visit there during their blooming season.  The walk extends on down along the lake.  I only covered a very small portion of it. 

Now, I will share with you my reason for being there.  I believe I may have mentioned earlier that I had agreed to have my name put in nomination for the Conference UMW office of Secretary of Program Resources.  The election was held at the Annual Meeting/Training this past week-end, so now I am "official."  Although the new officers really do not take over until January, I have been serving as Interim in this position due to health developments with the current elected officer.

As the person concentrating on Program Resources, it is my responsibility to order books from the Reading Program, as well as other resources that are helpful for UMW groups in churches across the Conference.

Newly arrived.

This booklet arrived last week, just the day before I was to head to Lake Junaluska.  There are five categories for the Reading Program - Leadership Development, Social Action, Nurturing for Community, Education for Mission, and Spiritual Growth, with books also included for Youth and Children.  There are new listings each year, and there are four different plans we may choose to follow for our reading during the year.

Some of the choices.

Still others.

The picture of the leaflet doesn't show the titles very clearly.  Are you able to notice there is one written by Debbie Macomber?  I'm sure many will be interested in reading "One Simple Act" which she has written.

New each year.

The Prayer Calendar is new each year.  Inside are listings of those missions that are supported by the UMW, with mentions of birthdays of those who are working for UMW-supported missions.  Scripture references are suggested for each day, and each week features a particular mission endeavor.

I find my involvement with UMW activities to be meaningful and fulfilling.  It is a true blessing to be able to serve my Conference in this way.

Didn't I mention that there were TWO loaves of bread taken to the Fair?  That other loaf will be the subject of the next post.

Thank you for reading.  I really appreciate your comments.


  1. Nellie, Congratulations on your new appointment. It seems that it would be interesting. Smiles, Susie

  2. As I see your involvement in the UMW programs, I am reminded of a certain young woman who once thought that she would go to the mission field. It seems that "young" woman is serving missions in many ways these days, after a successful career as a school teacher. :-) I'll look forward to that "other" recipe that made an appearance at the fair!

  3. I'm so glad you have this project in your life. Having something, which we feel is meaningful to do, is a lovely perk of later life.