United Methodist Women at Oceanview

United Methodist Women (UMW) is a supportive, inclusive Christian membership organization. We are a sister-hood where women grow spiritually, develop as leaders and serve and work to create a world in which all women, children and youth thrive. United Methodist Women is celebrated as the women’s ministry of The United Methodist Church.


All women are welcome to attend our fun and informative meetings. Each meeting we have a focus: an on-point topic relating to missions, local needs, social justice, environmental awareness or similar. We also like to have a Hands-On Project, something related to our focus that engages our hands. That way we can talk but at the same time DO something creative, helpful, and engaging.  


We gather on the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm. Where we meet may change, so contact Kim for more information. We would love to have you join us! 


If you are looking for Christian women’s fellowship, a sister-hood, that has fun and makes a difference in the community; then come join Oceanview UMW. Contact us at: umw@oceanviewumc.com.

Who can join United Methodist Women?

Any woman who commits herself to the PURPOSE of United Methodist Women and to engage in mission, study, personal growth and social action can join. Therefore, you don’t have to be United Methodist or meet an age requirement to be a member. It’s easy, just email us at umw@oceanviewumc.com.


You can find out more about United Methodist Women by going to our national UMW Website: http://www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/ 


For more information on UMW at Oceanview, contact Kim Wendt (561) 436-8555 or email: umw@oceanviewumc.com.

2020 UMW Leaders at Oceanview

President: Kim Wendt

Vice-President: Jane Murphy

Treasurer: Lisa Leard

Secretary: Paula Mullins

Spiritual Growth Coordinator: Ethel Logan

President Emeritus: Dottie Weiner

United Methodist Women's Purpose

“We are 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.” 

Momentary Drop in Air Pollution Is Cause for Vigilance

Elizabeth Chun Hye Lee

NEW YORK - According to a new study of global carbon output, daily emissions of greenhouse gases dropped 17 percent from April 2019 to April 2020. At certain points during the lockdown, emissions in some countries fell by 26 percent. Elizabeth Chun Hye Lee, United Methodist Women’s Executive for Economic and Environmental Justice and Climate Justice Lead, released the following statement: 


“Most state governments passed some form of ‘shelter-in-place’ order to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus between March 2020 and April 2020. Such ‘stay-at-home’ policies contributed to reduced air pollution by keeping people indoors, thereby limiting pollution from motorcycles, cars, buses, trains and airplanes.


However, we should not be seduced into thinking that a momentary drop in air pollution means all is well. As ‘safer-at-home’ orders are lifted, many people will go back to relying on personal and public transportation, which directly causes air pollution. Further, while indoors, many of us have still relied on energy sources such as natural gas that contributes to the erosion of the environment. The primary method of obtaining natural gas in the United States is hydraulic fracking, which United Methodist Women has strongly advocated against. In places, such as Pennsylvania, where fracking occurs, community members often suffer from respiratory illnesses, infertility, birth defects and other health ailments. The people most impacted are people of color and persons living in poverty.


“Despite the momentary shift in air pollution, there is still an urgent need to transition to renewable energy that prioritizes and privileges public health, especially for frontline communities and workers whose health has been impacted by our current energy economy. Stimulus and recovery packages should be tied to supporting a renewable energy transition. This includes eliminating subsidies for polluting fuels and ensuring adequate and equitable access to funding and finance for clean renewables, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, zero-emission fleets of school buses and public transportation that prioritizes marginalized communities. This could include giving more workers the option to work from home, especially in industries where it is safe to do so, incentivizing car pools, redesigning communities so jobs and homes are not only in closer proximity, but affordable so persons most impacted are not shut out of opportunities.”


Posted or updated: 5/28/2020 12:00:00 AM

Educational Gardens Provide Much-Needed Produce for Food Pantries

The United Methodist Women-supported Big Garden in Omaha, Nebraska, has found a valuable way to serve during this health crisis.

Educational Gardens Provide Much-Needed Produce for Food Pantries

The Big Garden in Omaha, Nebraska.


One of United Methodist Women’s National Mission Institutions, The Big Garden in Omaha, Nebraska, has found a valuable way to serve during this global health crisis. Instead of letting the educational gardens they have established at schools and other agencies lie fallow, staff are now working these 30 plus gardens to provide much-needed fresh produce for the emergency food system in their community.


“We found the need to shift our focus,” says Nathan Morgan, executive director of The Big Garden. “The 30,000 seedlings we plant this year will now provide more than 10,000 pounds of food for our community’s homeless shelters and food pantries at this critical time.”


The Big Garden in Omaha is just one of United Methodist Women’s National Mission Institutions that are adapting to meet the increasing needs created by the worldwide pandemic. Join United Methodist Women throughout the country in giving now to our international and national mission partners serving those hit hardest by COVID-19.


Posted or updated: 5/4/2020 12:00:00 AM


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

United Methodist Women Urges Members to Resist Racism in Hearts, Homes, Communities and Country

United Methodist Women Urges Members to Resist Racism in Hearts, Homes, Communities and Country
Ahmaud Arbery. Courtesy of Marcus Arbery/Reuters

May 11, 2020, NEW YORK – United Methodist Women decries the February shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick, Georgia, and laments that arrests in his killing were only made last week after a videotape of his final moments went viral although local law enforcement was in possession of this evidence for weeks. The organization also expresses concern in the death of Sean Reed, who live streamed his own killing by police in Indianapolis, Indiana, police officers shooting him more than 10 times and one saying, “Looks like it’s going to be a closed casket, homie.”

United Methodist Women calls for an end to extrajudicial killings that harken back to our nation’s shameful legacy of the lynching of Black people. That contemporaries like Trayvon Martin, Atatiana Jefferson, Tamir Rice, and now Ahmaud Arbery are united in death with the historic lynching victim Emmett Till is a disgrace.

Such devaluing of Black lives matters to God. As Christian women, we stand to demonstrate our faith by challenging racism, racist stereotypes and the criminalization of Black communities and other communities of color.  It is a sin to assume a Black person or other person of color is guilty of a crime because they are jogging down a street, or buying Skittles, or playing in a park, or gaming with a nephew at home. Refusing to challenge such racism and injustice is also a sin.

Arbery’s death is happening in a moment when the broader structural racism in our society is increasingly revealed through enormous racial disparities evidenced not only in the U.S. COVID-19 death statistics but also in the biased enforcement of social distancing regulations. Black people have been ticketed, beaten and arrested for minor violations of social distancing while armed White people gathering in enormous crowds have been given a free pass.

We are seeing old racist patterns renewed in myriad ways: Black people are subject to lynching; Native American land rights are undermined in South Dakota; Latinx workers are exploited while labor rights are ignored; Asian American communities continue to be demonized with stereotypes of “foreignness” and “disease”; and White supremacists openly organize.

As United Methodist Women, we encourage all members and friends to recommit to The United Methodist Church’s Charter for Racial Justice and resist racism in our hearts, our homes, our communities and our country.

Posted or updated: 5/11/2020 12:00:00 AM


UMW FAITH TALKS

Join the May 21 Faith Talks on Anxiety at 6 pm ET

Affecting an estimated 40 million adults, anxiety is the most common mental health disorder in the United States. While anxiety is highly treatable, only 39.6 percent of people who suffer from the disorder seek treatment. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of people were struggling with anxiety, and we can only imagine how those people, and others, are faring.


On Thursday, May 21 at 6:00 p.m. ET, join me for a live recording of the United Methodist Women #FaithTalks podcast. In this session, we’ll not only discuss the disorder and hear from experts who’ll have resources to help. With COVID-19 putting so many of us on edge, this session will be a help to anyone suffering from anxiety or seeking to help family members, as well as friends of lay leaders who are suffering from the disorder. 


Host Jennifer Farmer will interview Hannah Kardon, whose Illinois congregation authored the United Methodist Women study on anxiety, psychologist Dr. Trudy Corry Rankin, who authored a United Methodist Women resource on anxiety and mental health in children and youth, and Kris Dam, who leads Shessler Hall, a National Mission Institute that serves women experiencing mental health and substance abuse challenges.


This will be a time of learning, fellowship and hope. You can register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_jCOohC9VQW6YJ4nF_TvxNw


Posted or updated: 5/19/2020 12:00:00 AM

Missions Reading Program: 2020

Get the 2020 Mission Reading Program Catalog Here: (PDF Document opens in a new window.) Download the 2020 Reading Program Catalog


The Reading Program brings together members in mission as they explore, share and discuss the books.


To participate, select one of our four plans and start reading! From captivating novels and heartfelt biographies to urgent messages about issues such as climate change and mass incarceration, there’s something for everyone.


Reading Program books are divided into five categories and are available for people of all ages and reading levels. As you read, track your progress using the Reporting Form. When you submit the Report of Completion Requirements, you will be recognized with a Certificate of Recognition.


Earning your Certificate of Recognition is just one way to show what you’ve gained from the Reading Program. The Reading Program is not meant to be completed alone or in a vacuum. As you read, consider taking one or more of the following actions:

  • Track Your Progress
  • Share the program with United Methodist Women members and members of the community.
  • Help people attain books. Distribute this guide.
  • Connect with local and district groups. Start a book club, download books onto an e-reader to pass around and share, present book reviews at group meetings.
  • Display a progress chart in your church for all who wish to participate, and post displays to encourage book sales.
  • Pray. Books often raise concerns about people, countries and issues. Bring these concerns to God during your prayer time at home and at group meetings.
  • Advocate for tangible change. Many Reading Program books address issues such as climate change, mass incarceration, immigration and racism. Organize a task force to address these issues in your community.

God bless you as you pray, study, act and organize in Christ’s name.