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    Dear District M,N, and O, Mission Coordinators 

       Our CTC numbers for reporting our census are very low.  That means that those who are reporting for each individual UMW local group, have not yet turned in their census. Please send an email to each of your local presidents, please do this as soon as you can get to a computer to complete this task. The Link is listed below:


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    UMW members from all six of Texas' United Methodist Annual Conferences adopt a consensus legislative agenda. The  Texas Legislative Priorities are available now for download.

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A Letter from Lynne
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July 25, 2013, 10:45 AM



    Greetings and wishes for a happy summer to each of you.  We’ve had some heat but also some showers and cool weather.  I hope each of you has had some time off to do some fun and relaxing things this summer.  My family celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary last month with an all-family trip, all eleven of us.  It was great to be away and enjoy one another’s company.

   We’ve all heard the cry “Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country!”  But here’s the United Methodist Women’s version, “Now is the time for all United Methodist Women to register for Mission u!”

   Three great studies with wonderful study leaders are planned in three locations in August.  The Genesis UMC day event is August 6 and 7 from 8am to 4pm.  The evening event is August 5, 6, 7 from 6pm to 8pm.

   The Glen Lake Mission u event is Sat., August 10 from 8am to 5pm and the Sunday class is August 11 from 8am to 4pm.  The registration and snacks for Glen Lake will be in Siceloff Hall instead of the Reception Room by the cafeteria as in recent past years.  Several 6 passenger golf carts have been reserved and will be ready and waiting for you.

   The Temple event is at First UMC of Temple.  The day event is August 13 and 14 from 8am to 4pm.  The evening event is August 12 – 14 from 6pm to 8pm.  There will be a silent auction for missions at each location and each day Mission u event, so bring something fun for that.

   The studies this year are The Roma of Europe, Living Sacramentally, Walking Justly and Poverty.  The study books will be available at each event or online at  It’s always good to read the study books ahead of time if possible.  This year the studies, like Proverbs, “will provide insightlul instruction, which is righteous, just, and full of integrity.”  (Proverbs 1:3 CEB)

   I’m looking forward to seeing each of you at this year’s mission u.  Please register now for this informative and wonderful time of learning and celebration of fellowship called Mission u at

   Also on the horizon is the CTC UMW Annual Autumn Gathering at Genesis UMC on Oct. 5.  Great plans are in place to make that an exciting and informative day of celebration with great speakers and music.  Please put that on your calendar and plan to come.  Hope to see you soon.


Linda Hutchings

CTC UMW President

April 29, 2013, 10:02 AM

Spring is Here

“Dear friends, I’m praying that all is well with you and that you enjoy good health in the same way that you prosper spiritually.  I have a lot to say to you, but I don’t want to use pen and ink.  I hope to see you soon, and we will speak face-to-face.” (3 John 1:2,13-14)

Spring is here and things are popping up not only in the garden and flowerbeds but also on our UMW calendars.  Great opportunities abound in your local UMW organizations, districts and in our conference.  I hope you take advantage of them.  Remember they are planned with you and missions in mind.

Coming up on Saturday, May 18, is the second annual CTC UMW Workday at United Community Centers.  We will gather at 9am at Our Mother of Mercy School just four blocks north of Rosedale and a couple blocks east of I-35.  We’ll begin there with light refreshments, words of encouragement, an idea of the work we’ll be doing, a blessing and then be on our way to the three centers.  We’ll go to Wesley Center on the north side of Fort Worth, Bethlehem Center just a block away or to Poly Center east on Rosedale to Texas Wesleyan University and a few blocks south.  We’ll have maps for you.  Wear your work clothes and bring a few friends and a sack lunch.  We’ll finish by 2pm.  Both a flyer and a registration form are available on the website.

The CTC UMW Luncheon at Annual Conference is Monday, June 10, about noon.  Tickets are $12.50 each and are available from the district UMW presidents and me.  There will be presale tickets only, so be sure to get yours ahead of time.  After May 28 you can contact Lynne Grandstaff, East District UMW President, to reserve a ticket.  You will hear about the Storybook Project and about Styles and Smiles at the luncheon.  This would be a perfect time to bring your Mission Sparks items for United Community Centers and also new children’s books.  After the luncheon maps and hosts will be available for those who would like to tour Bethlehem and/or Poly United Community Centers.

Mission u, the new name for the School of Christian Mission, will be held in three sites in August.  More information will be coming soon but reserve the dates now.  August 5-7 Evening and Weekday classes are at Genesis UMC in Fort Worth.  August 9-11 Weekend classes are at Glen Lake Camp in Glen Rose.  August 12-14 Evening and Weekday classes at First UMC in Temple.

The studies are Living Sacramentally, Walking Justly; The Roma of Europe; and Poverty.  Migration is the study for youth and children.

To assist with the efforts in West, Texas please go to the website.  It gives specific ways you and your United Methodist Women’s group can help.

Looking forward to seeing you soon.

Blessings and Peace be with you,

Linda Hutchings, CTC UMW President

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March 4, 2013, 11:25 AM

125th Anniversary of the Deaconess Movement

Dear UMW Friends,

Recently I received a letter from the Office of Deaconess and Home Missioner stating that they are celebrating the 125th anniversary of the deaconess movement in the Methodist tradition.  They are asking us to celebrate with them in our local UMW organizations, our districts and our conference.

Today, nearly 200 active service deaconesses and home missioners across the U.S. devote their lives to Christ-like service, filling a vital and important role in the mission and ministry of The United Methodist Church.  Their theme for this year of celebration is “Love, Justice, and Service,” echoing the ongoing commitment to cutting–edge ministries by deaconesses and home missioners.

response magazine will feature a series of articles on deaconess and home missioner ministries beginning with the February 2013 issue.  Other materials are available on their website  

Pat Hoerth, the spiritual director for the upcoming CTC UMW Spiritual Growth event, March 15-16 is a deaconess and a trained spiritual director.  There is an article in the March response beginning on page 36 that mentions Turtle Rock Farm in Oklahoma where Pat resides.  We hope you will join us for this inspiring retreat and take this opportunity to get acquainted with one of our deaconesses.  For registration information go to   

Also, I hope many of you will join us May 18 for the 2nd annual UMW Workday at United Community Centers.  A flyer for this event is on the website. 

Blessings to each of you as you continue your Lenten journey.


Linda Hutchings

CTC UMW President



04-02-2013 at 3:23 PM
Gail Jensen
Last years program book (Walk With Wholeness)has a nice program on the Deaconess and Home Missioner program page 109.
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February 20, 2013, 9:16 AM


Here we are at the beginning of Lent.  These are the 40 days we remember our Lord in the wilderness facing temptations, hunger and physical torment.  But He was filled with the Holy Spirit and was sustained by our great God.  May this be a time of reflection and renewal for each of you.

The Central Texas Conference United Methodist Women in partnership with the North Texas Conference United Methodist Women celebrated a wonderful and informative experience at Joshua UMC on February 16. Willie Bennett of Dallas Area Interfaith and Josephine Lopez Paul from Allied Communities of Tarrant (ACT) were the facilitators.  The topic of discussion was the many pressures on families today.  They led us to realize that we along with other like-minded institutions can make a difference in the lives of families when we join together.

ACT and Dallas Area Interfaith are having a 2-day training event in Arlington on March 8-9.  They are also organizing a bus trip to Austin, Tuesday, March 5, to join in a rally for the extension and expansion of Medicaid.  You’re invited to both events.  The buses will leave at 6am from St. Andrews UMC in Fort Worth and will return about 6pm.  Let me know if you’re interested in either or both of these so we can notify Josephine Lopez Paul.


The CTC UMW Spiritual Growth Retreat is March 15 - 16 at beautiful Lakeview Camp and Conference Center between Maypearl and Waxahachie, 5128 Hwy. 66.  “Unplug, Unwind, and Retool” is the theme selected by the retreat leader, Pat Hoerth, a United Methodist Deaconess and trained spiritual director.  Judy Holloway will be in charge of the music and will be using the Upper Room Worship Book.  If you have this resource, please bring it with you.  March 1 is the deadline for registering, so register today!  It will be a wonderful weekend retreat or you can attend Saturday only.  Register on-line at or mail the registration form to Becky Brown, registrar.

Other upcoming Central Texas Conference United Methodist Women events are:

May 18 - Workday at United Community Centers – Gather at 9am at Our Mother of Mercy Catholic School in Fort Worth before we disperse to the centers.  From I-35W take the Rosedale Exit and go east to the second light, turn left on New York and go 4 short blocks north.  You will end up directly in front of Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church.  The school is right next door.  You will see Bethlehem Center on your left as you drive up New York.

June 10 – UMW Luncheon at Annual Conference will be at Arborlawn UMC.  Note the change of date to Monday.  Presale tickets only.  More details soon.

June 16 – 22 – CTC UMW Mission Trip to Sager Brown UMCOR Depot in Baldwin, LA.  Spaces are still available.  Contact Lynne Dechairo, 940-549-4230.


Lenten Love and Blessings,

Linda Hutchings, CTC UMW President


02-27-2013 at 9:35 AM
Marsha- Your question was answered via email. If you did not receive that email please feel free to contact us.
02-25-2013 at 9:54 PM
Marsha Pennington
Does the conference pay my way to the Spiritual Growth Retreat or do I?
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January 24, 2013, 4:29 PM

Bring It!

Howdy UMW friends!


This is the time of year I can say that because the Fort Worth Fat Stock Show, Exposition and Rodeo is in town.  The theme this year is “Bring It!”  I think that’s what United Methodist Women has been doing for over 140 years.  But there is much work still to do improving the lives of women, children and youth worldwide. And we need you!  Remember the mission studies we had this past year? They deal with tough topics like immigration, poverty and the situation in Haiti trying to rebuild after their devastating earthquake in 2010.  United Methodist Women adopted the Charter for Racial Justice Policies years before even the United Methodist Church did.  I think it’s fair to say that United Methodist Women lead the way on social justice issues.

This weekend is the Legislative Event in Austin and regarding the 2013 United Methodist Women’s Legislative Priorities know that we will “Bring It!” to your attention at Sing-a-Rainbow, February 16, at Joshua UMC.  Registration begins at 9am and the program begins at 10am. I hope you and all your United Methodist Women sisters are registered for this great event.  There’s no cost to you.  Now I know we are notorious for registering late – sometimes very late – but “Now is the time” to step up and make a commitment to attend and register. 

The Joshua United Methodist Women are looking forward to your coming.  They’re preparing now with their radical hospitality and they do need to know how many tables and chairs to set up.  Several United Methodist Women’s local organizations around Joshua are co-hosting breakfast treats – St. Mark in Cleburne, Burleson, Crowley and Godley.   For lunch we’re asking you to bring a family favorite to share because the morning session, led by Mahlon Hight and Josephine Lopez Paul, will focus on the family.  They are leaders in Allied Communities of Tarrant (ACT) and will share many experiences and ideas with you.

Other Sing-a-Rainbow reminders: Our United Methodist Women sisters from the North Texas Conference will join us for the day.  We’ll have great singing and an inspiring program.  There will be a silent auction for missions.  United Methodist Women resources will be available as well as childcare.  So United Methodist Women of Central Texas Conference register now for Sing-a-Rainbow, February 16, on the web site or by mail with: Theresa Robinson, 3129 Briardale, Fort Worth, TX 76119, phone 817-536-5537. She needs your name, address, phone number, church, email address and if you’d like childcare.  (Bring a sack lunch for the children.)


Blessings and Bring It!

Linda Hutchings

CTC UMW President     

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