UMW to travel to Natchez for meeting


Special to the Advocate

United Methodist Women will gather in one of Mississippi’s most historic cities for the group’s Annual Meeting. 

The group will meet Sept. 22-23 at Jefferson Street UMC in Natchez. 

Following the theme, “Building Peace, Piece by Piece,” the two-day meeting will begin at 3 p.m. with a tour of the historic United Methodist churches of the Natchez area. The opening plenary will begin at 7:30 p.m., with special music from the Jefferson Street Bell Choir and an update from Nancy Bearden of the South Georgia Annual Conference, president of the Southeastern Jurisdiction’s Core Planning Group of the UMW. Bishop Hope Morgan Morgan Ward will be the Friday evening speaker, addressing “Peace in our Community.” 

Special features of the two-day meeting will include the presentation of prayer shawls made by UMW members in the Mississippi Conference. The shawls will be re-distributed to each district UMW and will be given to those in need. 

“We will add our own shawls to the share of shawls we received from Assembly,” said UMW President Sarah Sanders. “Each district will decide how their shawls are to be distributed. Some may go to persons who are displaced, others to persons who are grieving, and some districts may decide to give them to new mothers. All of the shawls will be dedicated at the meeting and presented as a special prayer to each recipient.” 

Each year at Annual Meeting, United Methodist Women celebrate their mission, renew their purpose, handle Conference business, elect officers and report on their work.

Each UMW unit is allowed two voting members at Annual Meeting. Local units are urged to send those representatives. Any member who is selected by the local unit may be that unit’s voting delegate. Attendance is not limited to two persons per unit; all are invited to attend. 

United Methodist clergy are members of United Methodist Women. This year, each district superintendent will be invited to sit with the members of his or her district and will be recognized at the Friday evening session. 

Registration is $25 for persons who will have lunch on Saturday; $15 for the meeting only; and $5 for the  tour of historic churches. For more information about UMW Annual Meeting 2006, contact Kay Barksdale, (601) 974-1483 or e-mail