North Texas Conference (NTC) United Methodist Women (UMW): March 30, 2021
NTC UMW News: 03.30.21
God's Son Has Come

1 John 5:20 (CEB): We know that God's Son has come and has given us understanding to know the one who is true. We are in the one who is true by being in his Son, Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.

Peace be with you. Stay safe. Stay strong. Take care of one another.

Julie B. Noel, President, NTC UMW
Lenten and Easter Reflections Available Online from UMW
During this Lenten season, take time to prayerfully reflect on Christ's 40 days in the wilderness, his ministry, and his ultimate death and resurrection.
UMC Bishops Offer Weekly Lenten Devotionals on Dismantling Racism
The Council of Bishops of the United Methodist Church continues its commitment to intentionally work for racial justice by offering 15-minute weekly recorded devotions featuring themes and reflections about dismantling racism in the church and the world during the 2021 Lenten season.
Can You Help? Diapers, Etc. @ Owenwood Farm & Neighbor Space in East Dallas Requests Donations of Diapers, Baby Wipes, & Pull-Ups
Owenwood Farm & Neighbor Space is White Rock UMC's second campus. One of Owenwood's programming partners which serves the neighboring community is Diapers, Etc., and its purpose is "to provide diapers, feminine hygiene products, and other important goods not covered by government programs or other service providers" to needy families. Distribution of diapers, wipes, etc., is the last Saturday of every month on-site at Owenwood.

NTC UMW has received word that Diapers, Etc. is in need of diapers (size 1-5), baby wipes, pull-ups, and adult diapers. Diapers and/or supplies can be mailed, dropped off, or ordered on the registry. gift cards are also welcome.
Thursday, 04.01.2021, 1:00 p.m. CDT: "Faith Talks: Attacks on Asian/Pacific Islanders"
"Faith Talks" host, Jennifer Farmer, invites you to join her as she discusses the recent attacks on Asian/Pacific Islanders. This week's "Faith Talks" guests include:

Gloria Tan: Executive Director, Gum Moon Residents Hall (NMI/San Francisco)

Susan Kim: UMW Charter for Racial Justice Support Team member

Rev. Scort Christy: President, New Federation of Asian American United Methodists
NTC UMW 2021 Annual Mission Project: Help End Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Kenya & Give Girls a Safe Refuge When Refusing the Tribal Procedure of FGM -- Learn More & Donate Online/Mail
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF (2016), it is estimated that at least 200 million girls and women (and 44 million of these are girls below age 15) in 30 countries have been forced to endure the painful procedure of female genital mutilation (FGM). FGM is recognized internationally as a "violation of the human rights of girls and women."

Despite laws prohibiting the practice as a method to "keep girls and young women from straying outside of marriage," many villages outside Kenya and across Africa still practice FGM. Females refusing the procedure are banished from their local tribes and forced to survive with little or no family/community support or resources.

Pauline Ntombura of the Methodist Women's Conference of Kenya and wife of Bishop Joseph Ntombura of the Methodist Church of Kenya, is reaching out to UMW units, districts, and conferences with a call for financial assistance to support the creation of a safe refuge in Kenya -- the Girls Rescue Centre -- for girls refusing the FGM procedure.

This project was adopted and approved by the NTC UMW 2021 Leadership Team in March 2021 as the conference UMW's 2021 Annual Mission Project. Donations may be made either online or by mailing checks directly to the NTC UMW treasurer.
Saturday, 04.10.2021, 10:00 a.m. CDT-12:00 p.m. CDT: "School-to-Prison Pipeline: Lean In. Listen. Learn." - A Virtual Racial Justice Event via ZOOM: Registration Deadline: 04.03.2021
On Saturday, 04.10.21, NTC UMW (in cooperation with the UMW National Office) will host its second annual racial justice event, "School to Prison Pipeline: Lean In. Listen. Learn." Interrupting the school-to-prison pipeline is the social action campaign associated with the UMW 2021-2024 quadrennium social justice issue of "Criminalization of Communities of Color and Mass Incarceration."

UMW is committed to actively encouraging UMW members to "move local decision makers to address the criminalization of children and youth of color and reduce racial disparities in school discipline." You are invited to register for this important UMW racial justice event and download/read the selected Bible study resources.
Monday, 04.19.2021, 7:00-9:00 p.m. CDT via ZOOM: "Words Matter: The Intersectionality of Race, Religion and Public Policy" Webinar
You are invited to examine the impact of the power of words through the lenses of race, religion, and public policy. Guest panelists include:

Dr. Evelyn Parker: Susanna Wesley Centennial Professor of Practical Theology, SMU Perkins School of Theology

Dr. Alberto Pastor: Assoc. Professor of Spanish, Dept. of World Languages and Literature, SMU Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences

Bill Holston: Executive Director, Human Rights Initiative, Dallas, TX

Rev. David Wilson: Asst. to the Bishop, Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference

Shellie Ross: Executive Director, Wesley-Rankin Community Center, Dallas, TX

Emily Timm: Co-Executive Director, Proyecto de Defensa Laboral/Workers Defense Project, Austin-Dallas-Houston
Wednesday, 04.21.2021, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. CDT: Hattie's Cookout and Backyard Tour
The Wesley-Rankin Community Center's annual Hattie's Luncheon is a time-honored tradition for Wesley-Rankin. This year's event will be a drive-through/to-go BBQ experience featuring meals provided by Kent Rathbun of Rathbun's Curbside BBQ and a self-guided tour of West Dallas.

Sponsorship opportunities available. Registration required. Proceeds benefit the Wesley-Rankin Community Center.
Saturday, 04.24.2021, 10:00 a.m. CDT via ZOOM: "Tending Your Garden" Spiritual Growth/Climate Justice Event
The North Central District NTC UMW invites you to examine the connection between spiritual growth and climate justice in a virtual morning-apart event. Featured guest speaker: Nora Cunningham, National UMW Executive for Spiritual Growth.
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