Food Share Sunday

The Sheila Cates Circle of St. Paul’s United Methodist Women are going to sponsor a Food Share Sunday the third Sunday of each month. Needed food items for each month will appear in the newsletter and the church bulletin. The needs list will also be on the UMW bulletin board in the church foyer.
For the month of July, Food Share is asking for peanut butter, soup, or spaghetti sauce. You may bring your items to church on the third Sunday and place in the Food Share box in the entryway. Of course, the church will accept food donations any day of the week, but we would like to see an outpouring of donations on August 19. Thank you for sharing your bounty with those who have less. Food Share appreciates your help. For more information contact Claudia Davis at 461-9618.
BUMP & Fall Bazaar
Thanks to all for support of the Browning United Methodist Parish (BUMP) clothing drive. We will have another clothing drive for BUMP in the fall (mid-October). Please begin saving items for the UMW Fall Bazaar and Second Hand Sale in October. We will gladly accept craft donations, baked goods, jewelry and other used treasures for sale during the Bazaar. Watch for details this fall about when and where to donate these items.

St. Paul’s has an active Unit of Methodist Women. 

We have five active Circles within the Unit and a group of At- Large members who do not have time for Circle participation, but want to help the Unit with our mission fund raising.

The Purpose of United Methodist Women reads:  The organized unit of UMW 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.

At St. Paul’s we work to fulfill the purpose by sharing fellowship, programs and mission education at our Circle meetings.  We actively support the Women’s Division of the Board of Global Ministry by pledging money to those missions each year.  Our pledge also supports the UMW work of our Yellowstone Annual Conference.  In addition to our mission pledge to the Women’s Division our Unit supports local programs that support women and children.  Those include Food Share, Friendship Center (for victims and families who need support after domestic abuse), Florence Crittenton Home (for pregnant teens, teen moms and their babies), Helena Indian Alliance, Last Chance PowWow, Family Promise (with donations of money and support during our church’s hosting weeks), and Angel Fund in the local schools.  In addition to money support the Unit collects school supplies for the Helena Stuff the Bus Project, UMCOR Health Kit items and conducts clothing drives for distribution at the Blackfeet Reservation Free Store in Browning.

Our Local Unit Focus for past several years has been on homelessness.  We have read, studied, and entertained programs on that topic.  We have members who have been trained as Family Promise volunteers and participate in fund raisers for the Family Promise Program.  Through our involvement at the District Level, we have also begun studies of human trafficking and immigration issues.

Our Annual Conference Mission support goes to Intermountain where we give money donations and participate in the Festival of Trees.  We support the Blackfeet Parish with clothing drives, money donations and Mission Education trips.  We support our church children’s and youth programs and the Flathead United Methodist Church Camp.

Each Circle has a chairperson or facilitator and other officers. 

The five Circles in our Unit and their contact people are:

Doris Long:  Jackie Mathews

Wesleyan:  Pauline Hooper

Shalom:  Marty Thieltges

Sheila Cates:  Anita Turner

Susanna’s Circle: Vicki Weida

The Unit officers are: Cindy Baril, President; Judy Nielsen, Vice-President; Kathleen Hall, Secretary; Claudia Davis, Treasurer. 

In addition to the officers, the unit has Program chair-people to help fulfill the purpose of the UMW.  They are Cindy Baril, Program Resources; Teresa Bustos, Membership Outreach; Vicki Weida, Mission Education and Action; Teresa Bustos, Vicki Weida, Betty Jones and Patti Bonnes, Nominating Committee.

Members of our Unit serve as District UMW officers. They are: Shirely Warehime, Claudia Davis and Kathi Cates.

As a service to the church community, UMW will provide funeral receptions and wedding or special birthday parties.  Shirley Warehime, Kathi Cates and Marty Thieltges are coordinators for those events. 

In 2016, St. Paul’s UMW sent $7550 to support UMW missions in our country and across the world. We gave $500 to Blackfeet United Methodist Parish. We supported 6 missions, some UMC related, that are special to UMW members with $800. We gave to 8 local non-profits that work with women and families in the amount of $1971. We support our church youth and staff with gifts totaling $1070. Gifts to our church library worth $200. That’s $12,091.00 to fight for justice and provide life sustaining aid across our globe. 

Any woman is invited to join us at any time during the year.  Declare your interest at Welcome Home Sunday in September or contact the President, Teresa, (406-461-4989) or call the church office (406-442-5643) and we will help you choose a Circle that fits your time schedule and your interests.