Hunter Hynds Unit has meeting
Posted: Thursday, February 3, 2011 11:30 am
The Messenger, February 3, 2011
The Hunter Hynds Unit of United Methodist Women met recently at Stanley’s Chapel United Methodist Church near Union City with 11 members present.
President Chris Cheatham opened the meeting by asking for concerns and these were then voiced in prayer.
Those attending repeated the Purpose in unison and Sandra McTurner presented the prayer calendar.
“Working side by side with others to make mission work meaningful,” was the premise offered by Deaconess Cindy Johnson and used as the group’s focus.
Emily Haynes read the minutes of the most recent meeting and Leanne Parnell gave the treasurer’s report.
Mrs. Cheatham’s “Res-ponse” moment centered upon the Good Neighbor Settlement in Brownsville, Texas.
Linda Winstead gave an impressive “Esther Moment” as she took on the persona of the Biblical heroine with an appropriate costume.
She spoke in the first person to relay Esther’s point of view.
Kathy Forrester will present Chapter 4 of Esther for the February program.
Serena Blanton was responsible for the group’s program, “A Call to Prayer and Self-Denial.” She encouraged members to give monetary gifts of love for the pension and healthcare funds of retired deaconesses. Mrs. McTurner and Becky Barnes were program participants. Mrs. McTurner read II Corinthians 8 about the need for generosity, even in time of hardship for the giver. Mrs. Barnes expounded upon the faithfulness of the retired deaconesses in working with those marginalized by society.
Mrs. Blanton led the unit in a litany and reminded the members of the former church and community workers, Anne McKenzie and Laura Wells, who are now residents of Brooks Howell Home in Asheville, N.C., and who served this area with such diligence and, in turn, are now being served through support.
Mrs. Blanton suggested that members of the unit turn in their birth dates so they could be paired with missionaries on the prayer calendar who were born on the same day. Cards will be sent to the missionaries.
She also read “A Note of Thanks” by Max Davis, taken from “Soul Matters From the Heart,” and a poem by Gladys Hayes from “Serendipitor.”
The next meeting will be Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Stanley’s Chapel United Methodist Church.