St. Matthew's UMW honors long-time member Houghtby


The United Methodist Women of St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church in Madison included three special features at its spring general meeting.

The group welcomed Bishop Hope Morgan Ward as speaker, celebrated the organization of a new unit and recognized a member of the church’s UMW for long and outstanding service.
Ward, who preached in the St. Matthew’s morning worship preceding the UMW’s luncheon meeting, told the gathering that everywhere she has served in her ministry, the churches always have been strengthened by the dedicated work and study of United Methodist Women. She commented, especially, on the emphases of United Methodist Women’s units on study, missions and service and commended the St. Matthew’s UMW for continuing in those same emphases.
Members of the St. Matthew’s “Ruth Circle,” a recently-organized younger women’s group, who were present at the meeting were called forward for special recognition. Ward told the members that she remembered that they were recognized at the recent conference Annual Meeting, and added her commendation to them for getting involved as younger women.
Kaye Schloemer, St. Matthew’s minister of Congregational Care, called Phyllis Houghtby to the front, and led the group in a celebration of her 54 years of service In Women’s Society of Christian Service and United Methodist Women. During that period, Houghtby has occupied nearly every office or place of service in local units, sub-districts and conferences, in Michigan and in Mississippi. She also has attended a World Conference of United Methodist Women, and has been active in Church Women United. Houghtby, while serving actively in UMW, also has been a regular participant in her churches’ general ministries and activities, along with her husband, Harlan.