North Texas Conference (NTC) United Methodist Women (UMW): April 20, 2021
NTC UMW News: 04.20.21
The Word Became Flesh

John 1:14 (CEB): The Word became flesh and made his home among us. We have seen his glory, glory like that of a father's only son, full of grace and truth.

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

Julie B. Noel, President, NTC UMW
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 (map provided) of West Dallas. 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.
Sunday, 04.25.2021, 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. CDT via ZOOM: "Caring for God's Creation" - A Community Gathering Hosted by First UMC Dallas UMW - Registration Required
God has entrusted the care of the Earth to each one of us. We are responsible to one another and ultimately to God for the well-being of our world and all that is in it.

First UMC Dallas UMW invites you to join them and learn more about our important role in advocating for, and practicing, climate justice as we care for God's creation. Featured speakers Olinka Green, Dick and Chris Guldi, and Glen Suhren.
UMW Reiterates the "Call to Stop Criminalizing Communities of Color in the United States"
Reports of police brutality in communities of color across the country continue to increase and escalate. United Methodist Women reminds us of the importance of the "Stop Criminalizing Communities of Color in the United States" resolution that was adopted by the UMC General Conference in 2016 and that it "is the position of the church."
UMW National 2020-2024 Executive Officers Profiled in March/April 2021 Response Magazine
UMW National's newly-elected 2020-2024 executive officers (including the UMW National Vice President from NTC UMW, Cynthia Rives) are profiled in the March/April 2021 issue of response magazine. Not a subscriber? You are invited to review the FREE digital response sampler, read the "Leaders for the New Quadrennium" article, and subscribe to response magazine online.
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.
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.
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