United Methodist Women
To my dear fellow UMW ladies. Greetings and have a cookie or whatever you eat for a treat and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea and let’s pretend we are together. I am mentally thinking of each of you with love.
The Bible scripture I wish to share is from the Upper Room a few days ago but I added more to it. Lamentations 3:22-28 and for a bit of humor Isaiah 26:20. I am using the NRSV.
Doris, you can skip roll call. Are you taking minutes of our mental meeting? Ok, laugh at me because laughter is still the best medicine!
I know we cannot read each other’s thoughts but I know we can feel the love. Right now let’s offer a prayer for our “sister” Elaine and pray for each other even if we don’t know each other’s needs. We may be isolated from each other but we are joined by the heart through Jesus’ love for us.
Stay brave and know that God wants what is best for us and this time is but a blink in God’s time.
Private Group on Facebook
Our church has been encouraged to use ‘out of the normal’ means of communication during our time of isolation from each other. We have set up a PRIVATE group on Facebook for our church family. It is to be used carefully to protect our church, our members, and friends’ privacy. Joining this group is completely optional.
If you are on Facebook, you have or will soon be receiving an invitation to join the group. Any group member can invite others. Please do so, it’s relatively easy to figure out. We ask that you keep our private group PRIVATE , church family only, due to topics that may be sensitive. Also, at this time, absolutely no pictures will be allowed, conversations only.
We are doing this in an attempt to keep communication easier, especially when the world seems as crazy as it currently does. Please remember not everyone uses social media and this should never replace our one on one conversations. We still need to reach out to our friends and neighbors the ‘old fashioned’ way.
Any thoughts or suggestions are appreciated
Susan’s Dog News
I am certain that this news is not the news you are asking for, but I will share just in the event that anyone is interested. Many caring church-going people come and greet my dogs on Sunday mornings, and I am very thankful for the out-pouring of kindness and welcoming extended their way.
One of my church-going Dachshunds, Gladys (wire-haired, blonde and shy) had a disk in her back rupture — # T-13, and put pressure on her spinal nerves. This horrible event happened on Monday evening Mar. 8; she immediately became paralyzed and remains unable to move her rear quarters, even after neurosurgery at Dogwood Vet Referral hospital, Farmington, MI.
I will have Gladys in for a post-op evaluation this Friday and will know more at that time.
Gladys’ positive spirit and lack of realization that she is disabled have kept me going during these very difficult and expensive times. Of course, Gladys does not have insurance. None of her known canine relatives have ever suffered with Inter-Vertebrate Disk Disease, even though IVDD is a common ailment in the breed and one out of five dachshunds will suffer with IVDD.
Thankfully, Vivian is fine.
Blessings to all, Susan
What Can You Do?
As Methodists we are called to do good. So what good can we do during the time of Covid 19? We can’t visit those in prison or the sick. We need to protect our own health by isolating from the community. Naturally we can pray. For the sick, our country, and most of all the medical staff that is confronting this crisis. My daughter Lily is in Wichita, Kansas. She is a nurse. Recently she was promoted to director of the nursing facility where she works. About a week ago, she learned that her facility would be Wichita, Kansas’s designated Covid 19 hospital. She was panic stricken. She had ordered plenty facemasks in December, but as other Ascension hospitals had run short, she had had to send much of her supply to those places. Now she was faced with Covid 19 patients and a staff that could well not have the needed personal protective equipment. So what do our children always do in the time of need? Call Mom. She asked me to sew masks for her staff. 120! So during this time of isolation, I have begun sewing masks. There are many patterns out there for masks. I have been making two different styles. The one thing I have added is a layer of pellon, a non woven material as extra protection. One shortage I am facing is not enough elastic. Like toilet paper, and ice cream, elastic is in short supply. If you have any ¼ inch elastic or corded elastic you would be willing to donate, please email me. Thank you!