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United Methodist Women:

The Mt. Carmel United Methodist Women has a long tradition of fellowship and service in the church, the community and beyond.

We begin each year by recognizing (and surprising!) our “Woman of the Year” at a brunch in her honor. During the Lenten season, we host dinners on Wednesday evenings. We sell baked goods at a bi-annual “Sweet Shop” held at the Men’s Club Barbecue; these fund our UMW-sponsored missions.

A highlight of the year is the annual UMW Sunday, when we celebrate a great year of UMW ministries, as well as recognize new members and new babies born during the year.

We have two circles. The Lola Belle Young Night Circle meets on the fourth Monday of the month for dinner, fellowship, and a program. The Day Circle meets monthly on the third Tuesday. This recently formed circle is a great opportunity for new members to become involved--especially if you're interested in socializing over lunch afterwards!

We are active at District and Conference events throughout the year, with representatives at the annual Spiritual Growth Retreat and Cooperative Mission Education Event.

Each year we have a weekend women’s retreat. This year's theme was based on the book 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess, and we reflect on how excess in any area of life can get in the way of living with and for God.

Additional activities and traditions we continued this year were:

•“Adopting” college students to encourage them during the school year

•Collecting warm clothing for homeless women and children for the District’s Social Action project

•Collecting donations for poinsettias and Easter lilies in memory or in honor of loved ones to enhance the sanctuary during Christmas and Easter.

•Filling and delivering Christmas boxes full of goodies to senior church members who need a little holiday cheer

•Delivering Christmas cards via the “Mt. Carmel post” during Sundays in December

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