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North District
Mark Your Calendars!
When What Where
                              March 8-9                                 Spiritual Growth Retreat             Camp Arrowhead, Cleburne
April 6   North District Spiritual Day Apart   Acton UMC
June11   Annual Conference Luncheon   Arlington Convention Center
August 2-4   CTC UMW Mission u Glen Lake Camp  Glen Lake Camp
August  6    North District One Day Mission u Event   Genesis UMC


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Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:16 NIV

Presidents Letter : April 24, 2019


As our active period winds down for most of our units and summer approaches, I want to remind you of the tasks and events ahead before we reach September and our active season.


The events planned this summer are changing as I write but I will give you as much information as I have today.


There will be no luncheon at annual conference. But we will have an event so we can gather. As of today, the plans are to meet in the late afternoon at First UMC Hurst for a “reception”, light menu and program to highlight our 150th Anniversary. It will be June 9,2019 4:30-6:30pm. I will send out more information when it is available. Please note the date change.


Mission U is also our lead summer activity. Glen Rose Camp will hold Mission U August 2-4 and the one-day North district Mission U will be at Genesis UMC on August 6th. Registration will be on line at www.ctcumw.org by mid-May. Books can be purchases from national at www.unitedmethodistwomen.org. ph. 212-870-3600. The books should be under mission resources. Remember it will take time to receive the books so please order early. Scholarship applications are to be sent in 30 prior to the event registration deadline, p. 52.


North District has our fun and rewarding summer event, Christmas in July, at Polytechnic Center this Year. It is July 8th at 7 pm. Please try to involve your church in fund raising for the event. Remember we, UMW ladies, provide the refreshments: fruit punch and ginger ale, regular and sugar free, for punch and cookies as well. Also remember the gifts in kind that we provide-paper goods, hygiene products, food, baby supplies, school supplies, and school uniforms. United Community Centers serves areas that are 90% at or below the poverty line. Education is the primary focus of the year long program and the summer program at the request of the Fort Worth ISD has been expanded to some area elementary school. Their success is remarkable in the reading program with over 70% of UCC students reading on grade level compared to 33% in FWISD. Their summer experience costs $320/child for 2 weeks. For this there is a curriculum-based Literacy program, arts and crafts to supplement Literacy, 3 hot meals and 2 snacks/day. Wouldn’t it be great if each of our units could sponsor a child for 2 weeks?

Now for the work part of our summer. Reports are due. Our report year runs from August 1-July 31. So early August is reporting time. All the forms are in the 2019 Resource Book which is on line at ctcumw.org. Deadlines are August 15 but as soon as you can get them in the better. Burning of the Candle is on p. 68 and will not be in the Resource book if the deadline is missed. It can be sent at any time to Corliss McBride at the address in the Resource book. The Mission Today Form for Five Star Giving, Mission Project, and Mission Study Combined Report is on p. 40. Reading Program Reports are to be sent to: Cristina Lang, 2722 Hyde Park Dr. Grand Prairie, 75050.


Also remember your officers for the 2020 year must be sent to district by September 30, 2019. It helps if you choose officers and are ready to submit them on time. Please send them to me at dgessley@prodigy.net this year since we do not have a communications officer. I will get them to the person doing the yearbook. Also, if you wish to join the North District team, we have a place for you. Please contact Nancy Herring at nancy.herring@gandalf23.com.


Thank you for your participation in our year in UMW. I hope you have a blessed summer.




Margaret Gessley




Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:16 NIV

 February 25, 2019


Greetings North District United Methodist Women,


What a busy first of the year for United Methodist Women! Our January meeting at University was great and shows how we can rise to the        occasion. The University UMW did such a wonderful job of showing Radical Hospitality. The refreshments were outstanding! My friend Echo       Wilson was able to join us and play our music so that part of the program went well. The big adjustment was that our speaker was a no show.    However, we are resourceful women and we rose to the occasion. We had a group discussion on what we can and are doing to help the young people we encounter. Many worthwhile projects were discussed so we could see what is possible. One interesting one that was mentioned was respite care for those who have the fulltime responsibility for the care of a love one. Even a few hours of relief can be life changing. We also       discussed disabilities and our churches and even children who need special attention. By sharing our experiences and knowledge we were able to have a productive meeting. Thank you for participating.


The Legislative Event was great as usual. We were honored to hear from Harriet Jane Olsen Monday night. She was inspirational and had time to answer all our questions. One speaker struck me as dedicated to the practical means of making our laws work to help us. She was Representative Shawn Thierry of House district 146, Southwest Houston. She shared a personal story about women’s health and how she nearly became a mortality statistic in maternity care. She has proposed several bills dealing with addictive pain killers. All sounded good and doable without undue expense. The one that caught my attention is HB536- The red cap bill. Put a red cap on all addictive drug prescriptions. The color will alert those taking the prescription to the addictive nature of the drug. A visual alert may cause someone to be more cautious. Our legislative priorities are available on line at ctcumw.org. We also had speakers on the asylum seekers at the border, court hearings, and the children that are impacted. UMW is not walking away from this crisis and our call to help women, children and youth.


Our next North District Meeting is our Spiritual Day Apart on April 6, 2019 at Acton UMC. It will be help in the Youth building at the back of the Campus. There will be signs directing you to the correct place. Our Guest speaker will be Rev. Amy Forsythe-Alexander who will lead us in spiritually connected coloring to move us into a deeper spiritual state. There will also be a remembrance project so we can reconnect more easily.


Remember March 23, 2019 is our 150 Birthday for UMW. Have a party, include everyone in your church so we can bring UMW in to the spotlight for our big day. At Acton, UMW ushers on fifth Sunday, so we are having a Birthday cake during the break between services so we can share cake and information with all.


We have a date for our Mission U one day study. It will be August 6, 2019 at Genesis UMC.


If you have not done so, please fill out your annual census for your local organization. National wants their information. And it is done online.



Margaret Gessley










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