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Triple S Circle

Triple S CircleContacts: Carla Sillin at 650-799-1651 or or Janice McOmber at 367-7799 or .

Triple S Circle meetings are held quarterly and for 2017 our dates are:

Tuesday, March 7
Tuesday, June 6
Tuesday, September 12 (moved from 1st Tuesday because of Labor Day weekend)
Tuesday, December 5  - Annual Dinner and Ornament Exchange

All meetings are at Harry's Hofbrau on the El Camino in Redwood City; we have the private room reserved. The room is reserved from 6 pm on but you can always come earlier.

Thoburn Circle meets monthly, September through June.

March 2017

By Helen Lomas

On March 6, 2017, ten members of the Thoburn UMW Circle met at twelve noon for our meeting. Mary Marchini was our hostess and served a St. Patrick’s Day cake and fruit for dessert. Helen read a poem about spring.
Our prayers were for Barbara who had a fall and is recovering at home, Betty Kibbe who is not feeling well and Evelyn Berk who is also recovering from a fall.

The rummage sale for the youth made almost $1500 dollars with the help of many hands who worked on Saturday, Sunday evening and Monday. The left over items were distributed to various local organizations.
There was a concern about whose responsibility was it to send information to families regarding memorial donations so that they can send thank you notes. Item to be discussed at Ad Council.

Each member spoke about events that have occurred in their lives since we last met.

We packaged 20 personal care bags for Bev to deliver to the San Mateo Service League in Redwood City.

Evelyn Berk and Jean Massing will be our hostesses on April 3rd at 12 noon.

The meeting adjourned at 2 PM.

Members: Alice Allen, Cassie Allen, Carole Clarke, Anne Hinton, Bev Barr, Helen Lomas, Mary Marchini, Helen Marin, Jean Massing and Mary Nelson.
Absent: Barbara Fleenor, Betty Kibbe and Elizabeth Prasad.

United Methodist Women,
a Global Force for Peace and Reconciliation

On October 22, four of us attended the annual celebration of our El Camino Real District UMW (Helen Lomas, Bev Barr, Mary Nelson and Jane Day). The theme was “UMW in Mission: Our Legacy, Our Future”. There was a display of posters about the mission work that’s being done by UMW groups in our district’s churches. You can see our poster in Watters Hall.

The plenary speaker was Rev. Paul Jeffries, a missionary with the Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church. He is a professional photo journalist, and his work is to document the numerous mission projects around the world that are supported by United Methodist Women. Stories about his work appear frequently in Response magazine.

He talked about how essential it is for any undertaking of worth to have a recognizable brand, or logo. He asked “What is UMW’s brand? What are we known for? Is it just bazaars?” He likes UM women, says they are “edgy and willing to address difficult current problems”. He reminded us that women united can change the world! He told a little of the history of Methodist women missionaries: In the late 19th century, Mary Stanton opened a school for girls in Korea, supported by a group of eight women in Boston and women’s groups they started in many Methodist churches. In the early 20th century, Isabella Thoburn served 31 years in India, founding a school and then a college for girls.

Rev. Jeffries then showed us slides and short video clips about many amazing things that UM women are doing today to make the world a better place. It’s an astonishing story of how we support and enable people in hundreds of incredibly diverse places to improve their lives: from refugees in Darfur, Sudan and Europe to miners in Bolivia, women in Central America where climate change has ruined farms, natives in Alaska, schools and medical care in India, Haiti, Latin America and Mississippi, to healthcare teams in Gaza and peacemaker teams in Palestine.

I had no idea of the huge scope of UMW’s work in the world. Jeffrey closed by reminding us that UMW’s logo is the United Methodist cross and flame beside the words “United Methodist Women”, and we must not forget this simple graphic represents wonderful work that UM women are doing to improve the lives of people all over the world.

After lunch we chose a workshop to learn about current mission work we can do locally. There were four: Gum Moon and Mary Elizabeth Inn in San Francisco, Advocating for Justice is Mission, Telling Our Story, and UMW and Young Women: Making the Connection. The program ended with a short worship, including communion. It was a powerful day.


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