Zion Methodist Women met at 2 p.m. on March 14 at Maple Heights in Hiawatha. Eight members and two guests were in attendance.

President Hazel Steely opened the meeting by reading from the UMW Prayer Calendar. Pastor Paul Waters offered prayer for the joys and concerns that were shared. The minutes of the February meeting were read and approved. Marilyn Wehrman presented the treasurer’s report.

Communications included a thank you note from Jim and Sheryl Lear for our donation to their Wycliffe Ministry and an invitation from the ladies of the Highland Christian Church to join them for an evening of food and fellowship on March 28.

We will celebrate UMW Sunday March 31 with guest speakers from Hiawatha First United Methodist Church sharing their experiences inmission. A basket dinner will follow the worship service. It was announced we will have a spring cleaning day at the church on April 13.

Hazel presented the lesson “Happy 150th Birthday UMW.” On March 23, 1869, eighth women gathered at Tremont Methodist Episcopal Church in Boston, Mass., and organized the Women’s Foreign Missionary Society — what would later become United Methodist Women. These women raised money to send a doctor, Clara Swain, and a teacher, Isabella Thoburn, to India as missionaries to serve the women of that nation. Since then, United Methodist Women has evolved to become the largest faith-based service and advocacy organization, underwriting programs that provide life-changing opportunities for women, children and youth. We have 800,000 members, 100 national missions and various projects in 80 countries — all designed to make the world a better place for all to live. We ended the lesson by reciting the UMW Pledge.

Charlott Blanton-Hall served a delicious springtime dessert.

— Reporter

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