Hunter Hynds Chapter meets
Posted: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 8:00 pm
The Hunter Hynds Unit of United Methodist Women recently held their February meeting with 12 members and one guest present.
President Chris Cheatham called the meeting to order, asked for prayer concerns and led the unit in prayer. The purpose was recited in unison. Emily Haynes read the minutes and Leanne Parnell gave the treasurer’s report. The unit agreed to make a donation to Carey Counseling.
Mrs. Cheatham reported on a Bradford United Methodist Women’s mission study, led by Pat Dunker, who spoke on missions of the past and missions in the present. According to Mrs. Dunker, “The most successful church is the one that walks out of the building.”
Mrs. Cheatham introduced the speaker for the evening, Pat Calhoun. Mrs. Calhoun serves as the Dyersburg District chairman of nominations and is the leader of Group One and Group Three United Methodist Women at the First United Methodist Church in Union City. She is a very enthusiastic presenter, who is all about hands-on mission work. The focal point included samples of handmade bears sent to children in Equador, baby jackets and cans donated to hospitals, box tops for Reelfoot Missions, soup labels for Reelfoot Rural Ministry, items of candy made into sleighs, stuffed Santas and stockings. Mrs. Calhoun taught the group how to cut plastic shopping bags in a way to be woven into mats for the homeless, showed handmade bibs for nursing home residents and sleeping caps for cancer patients.
Mrs. Calhoun borrowed a quote from Cotton Ivey: “If I only have a minute, it’s up to me to use it. The kingdom will suffer if I abuse it.” She chose selected verses from Matthew, Luke, Mark, Micah and John to set the stage for her talk.
Various visual aids were used to assist in making points applicable to the stories told: a child’s shoes, seagull and a starfish. Mrs. Calhoun emphasized that everyone is God’s instrument and that happiness is giving of talents, time and ministry.
The Rev. Judith Wolfgang offered the benediction.
The next meeting will be held March 14 at Stanley’s Chapel United Methodist Church.