A Letter from Lynne
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January 12, 2015, 4:22 PM

Blessings for a New Year

The New Year 2015 has begun with all the planning, excitement, and hope we invest in any new endeavor. The beginning of each New Year is one I cherish. It’s so much fun to fill out my calendar and look forward to what the year has in store. I always hope to be better organized, eat less, practice spiritual disciplines more faithfully and to foster and enjoy each and every relationship as we build a strong community of believers as United Methodist Women. I trust each of you had a blessed Advent and Christmas and are looking forward to a wonderful New Year. I know the district and conference leadership teams are ready to assist you in any way possible. They have planned great events for 2015.

January 25-27 is the UMW Legislative Event in Austin. Cynthia Rives is providing leadership for this informative and educational forum. You will learn so much and the speakers and presenters are most excellent. This past year we were surprised by an ice storm on the last day but we’re planning for sunshine this year. Register now if you haven’t already. I hope to see many of you in Austin.

February can also bring snow or ice, but this year on February 21 we are looking for sunny skies as we travel to First UMC in Burleson for our annual “Sing-a-Rainbow” Racial Charter Event. We are blessed this year to have Janis Rosheuvel from UMW National whose area of expertise is Racial Justice. Janis assisted in the planning of Sing-a-Rainbow with the LDD attendees in St. Louis in November. I hope you will be present to meet this young woman and to take part in the discussion. Also, you know we are always looking for ways to raise money for our pledge to mission so please bring something for the silent auction. In addition remember to bring food for lunch that will nourish the heart and soul of those attending. As always UMW resources will be available.

March isn’t that far away so we can already begin to look forward to the CTC UMW Spiritual Growth Retreat at Lakeview Camp and Conference Center March 27-28. The Rev. Jo Biggerstaff, a retired United Methodist Deacon from North Texas Conference, will be our leader. The theme is “Formed in the Spirit…Transforming the World Through Acts of Justice and Mercy.” Our big meeting room will be the same as last year in the building with the dining hall. That room will also house the UMW resources, silent auction and snacks. I am already excited about March. My sisters will get to accompany me to this event and the Legislative Event. So be sure to ask your family and friends also. A time of spiritual renewal is always something to look forward to.

I can’t close without saying thank you to all who helped bring cookies and assisted in other ways at the United Community Centers ACT III party Dec. 9. Everyone had a terrific time. Thanks also for all you do in the name of Christ to make the world a more loving and kind community.

Blessings, Grace and Peace.

Linda Hutchings, CTC UMW President

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