UMW annual meeting will celebrate 42 years of mission and ministry


South Georgia’s United Methodist Women will celebrate 42 years of mission and ministry on October 18 at Albany’s Porterfield United Methodist Church. Dr. Charlene Black will deliver the keynote address to hundreds of women from across South Georgia.

“It is an exciting time for us,” said Conference UMW President Mary Exley. “We are about to do a new thing! This year's annual meeting will be a time for us to look back to where we have been and an opportunity to think about the future. The new six district configuration gives us a chance to do that.”

The annual meeting, with a theme of “A Calling for This Time,” will begin at 10 a.m. The gathering will include special music, the president’s address, 2015 mission pledges, a memorial service, a service of Holy Communion, and time for fellowship.

The meeting will be joyful and uplifting as the year’s work in mission is reviewed and celebrated. Exley, serving in her first year as president, will welcome guests and preside over the business session. The meeting will adjourn by 12:30 p.m., after communion, and lunch will be served in Porterfield UMC’s dining room.

“This is our most important event,” Exley said. “It is where the great sisterhood comes together, where we meet with old friends and celebrate the mission work we have done in the past year. There is no bigger celebration in the conference!”

The UMW are honored to have Dr. Charlene Black as this year’s annual meeting keynote speaker. Dr. Black, a member of Statesboro First United Methodist Church, has been active in United Methodist Women since age 7 when she accompanied her mother to W.S.C.S. meetings.

Dr. Black has a long history of service at the district, conference, and general church levels. She has served as Conference UMW president, Statesboro District UMW president, Conference lay leader, director of the Women’s Division, the General Board of Global Ministries and UMCOR, the Connectional Table, the University Senate, as delegate to four and delegation leader to three General Conference sessions, and is currently serving on the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry and as Historian of the UMW.

“There is no one who can do a better job of reminding us where we have been and encourage us to go where we need to go in the future,” Exley said.

Items for Open Door, Vashti, and Wesley Community Centers will be collected during the day.

Registration forms can be obtained through each district UMW president or can be downloaded from the Conference website (  

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