United Methodist Women is a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church. United Methodist Women focuses on ministries with women, children and youth, and the mission initiatives include:
As part of the United Methodist Church national organization of women, St. Paul UMC is an integral participant in the Miami Valley District United Methodist Women of the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church. The district comprises eight districts in the West Ohio Conference that support the work of the United Methodist Women's national office.
St. Paul United Methodist Women meet on the first Sunday of the month following the 11:00am worship service to enjoy fellowship with lunch and explore issues such as Environmental Justice through education, service, and action. If you are interested in joining us or to learn more, please call the church.
Every Thursday at the church, a group of ladies of the St. Paul United Methodist Women meet for an informal coffee hour. Koffee Hour started in 1975 for young single mothers and still meets for lunch and fellowship. Donnah Faber, a member of St. Paul United Methodist Women, leads this group of ladies each Thursday.
Elizabeth welcomed Mary into her home, to mother her, to mentor her during her pregnancy.
Luke 1:39-45; 56
On Thursday afternoons at St. Paul (12:30pm to 2:00pm), we gather together in a Women’s Recovery Bible Study to share God’s promise of forgiveness and new life for mothers involved with the criminal justice system. I met these women while they were incarcerated at the Montgomery County Jail, and it is often a ministry filled with the despair and longing of women separated from their children. They desire a stronger connection with God and with their communities, and after they are released from jail we continue to build healthy relationships.
Each day, our Montgomery County Jail houses approximately 200 women. A significant majority of these women have children who are in the care of others due to the alcohol or other drug addiction of these women.
Many of these women were reared in homes where there was domestic violence, physical/sexual abuse or neglect, alcohol or other drug addictions and criminal justice involvement. When they give birth to their children, all too often this cycle continues and affects the next generation. We are called by God to offer to these women, and to their children, God’s love and to connect them with all of the resources necessary to build healthy lives and to be able to participate fully in healthy families and communities.
If you are interested in learning more about how you and/or your congregation can become involved with mentoring criminal justice-involved mothers, in sharing with them God’s love and hope for a restored future, please contact the Rev. Beth Holten at the church.
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