Hunter Hynds Unit has February meeting
Posted: Thursday, March 8, 2012 11:09 am
The Messenger, March 8, 2012
Hunter Hynds Unit of United Methodist Women met in February with 12 members and a guest present. President Chris Cheatham call the meeting to order and asked for prayer concerns before leading the unit in prayer.
The Purpose was recited in unison and Emily Haynes read the minutes. Leanne Parnell gave the treasurer’s report and the unit decided to make a donation to Carey Counseling Center.
Mrs. Cheatham reported on a mission study at Bradford United Methodist Church, hosted by the UMW and led by Pat Dunker, who spoke on missions of the past and in the present.
She said the most successful church is the one that “walks out of the building.”
Pat Calhoun was the guest speaker for the Hunter Hynds Unit meeting and she shared her enthusiasm for hands-on mission work. Mrs. Calhoun is the wife of the Rev. Jimmy Calhoun and is the Dyersburg District chairman of nominations and the leader of groups 1 and 3 of the UMW at Union City First United Methodist Church.
Her focal point included samples of handmade bears sent to children in Ecuador, baby jackets and caps donated to area hospitals, boxtops for the Redbird Mission, soup labels for Reelfoot Rural Ministry and candy items shaped like sleighs, stuffed Santas and stockings.
Mrs. Calhoun demonstrated how to cut plastic shopping bags into strips so they can be woven into mats for the homeless and showed a variety of handmade bibs for nursing home residents and sleeping caps for cancer patients.
She 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 also selected verses from Matthew, Luke, Mark, Micah and John to set the stage for her presentation.
She used several visual aids applicable to the stories told, including a child’s shoes, a seagull and a starfish, and emphasized that we are God’s instruments. She added that our happiness comes from giving of our talents, time and money.
The Rev. Judith Wolfgang offered the benediction.
The next meeting will be Wednesday at Stanley’s Chapel United Methodist Church near Union City.