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UMW (United Methodist Women) Sunday - Celebrating 150 years in Mission

Date: Sunday, September 22, 2019
Time: 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Brown Deer United Methodist Church

 

CELEBRATING 150 YEARS IN MISSION

 Welcome the Stranger: Cornerstone Family Ministries

Brave: Rosa Valdez was a brave Hispanic woman moved by the plight of immigrant children arriving in her hometown of Tampa, Florida, in the late 19th century when segregation was the law of the land. The children were banned from public schools, so Ms. Valdez used her own funds and, with help from benefactors, established a small school for the children in west Tampa. At the same time, Eliza Wolff, who wintered in Tampa, was urging the Woman’s Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church South to form a mission school for immigrants living in east Tampa.

The small mission begun as a result of the determination of these two women grew and adapted to the community’s changing needs over the years. Today, it is called Cornerstone Family Ministries, a United Methodist Women-related national mission

institution in Tampa. 

https://www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/news/welcome-the-stranger-cornerstone-family-ministries

 

 THE LEGACY OF MISSION:

A NOTE AT THE CLOSE OF CELEBRATING A 150 YEARS IN MISSION
A CALL TO CONTINUE TO LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE

           Much of our work through United Methodist Women is rooted in shining a light on issues that are often overlooked or ignored.  From human trafficking to domestic violence, UMW members have always served as torchbearers, illuminating the darkness that hides injustices like economic inequality, mass incarceration, threats to the climate, and maternal and child health issues.
Our individual callings toward justice are just as important as our collective one.  Our lived experiences draw us toward the issue(s) that matter to us most - and it is in that spirit we call forth women who are willing not only to engage and and learn about these social justice issues, but also engage in dismantling the systems that uphold the through our words, action and giving.
What a legacy.  Continue to illuminate the darkness.
        ( Notes from 2019-2020 Program book: 
LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE,  PAGE 27) 

 

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