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  • I R O Q U O I S R I V E R D I S T R I C T U M W

    August 2016 V O L U M E 11 I S S U E 3


    The Fox Den 2

    Goings with

    Towne 3

    Spiritual Growth &

    E & I 4

    Social Action & 5

    Program Resources

    Treasurer’s Notes

    Secretary’s Pen 6


    & Lessie Bates Davis

    Neighborhood House


    Letter from Confer-

    ence President 8

    Slate of Nominated

    Officers 9

    Biography 10


    Annual Meeting 11

    Cover and Calendar

    of Events 12

    Fall Meeting of Iroquois River District United Methodist Women Saturday, September 24, 2016 (9 am-2 pm)

    Sullivan First United Methodist Church

    216 W. Jefferson, Sullivan, IL

    Love gifts: Cunningham Children’s Home—books for classroom (see p. 7 for details.)

    Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House—soap, wash cloths, hand towels


    Iroquois River District UMW Fall Meeting Registration

    Local Unit Name:______________________________# Attending:**_______

    **Please attach a list of names of those attending this meeting**

    Contact Person:_________________________________Phone:___________

    # of Lunch Reservations @ $9_____________Amt. Enclosed:____________

    Please make checks payable to Sullivan UMW and send by September 19

    to Susan Connor, 1431 CR 800N, Sullivan, IL 61951.

    Phone: 217-259-1649 Email:

    Child care is available (8:30-3:00) at no cost for infants—10 years. Bring a sack lunch but NO peanut butter or nut products please. #of children_____________ Ages___________________________________

    “GRANDMA’S ROCKING CHAIR” Presented by Rev. Lori Bultemeier

    Christian Life Coordinator

    The Baby Fold

    Biography on page 10

  • Page 2 The Beacon

    From the Fox Den “I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart. I will tell of your wonderful deeds.” Psalm 9:1 OUR PLAYS In our Mission Today Reports we have Stars who have done the following: Used the Prayer Calendar at each meeting to pray for mission personnel and projects, At least two members subscribed to and/or read Response Magazine, Used at least two programs from the UMW Program Book during the year, Conducted at least one mission study during the year, Initiated a new or expanded already existing Local Ministry Program which benefits, women, children and youth, Made a Pledge to Mission, Received Five Star recognition by con- tributing to all five channels of mission giving,

    Implemented the Charter for Racial Justice Policies in at least one way during the year. We are on the downside of 2016. Check your items for the Love, Joy and Hope categories for your Goal Report and be ready to report by January 1, 2017. We can do eight stars. OUR SHOWS Some resources to use in our programs are: To show our history, To show we have a goal, vision and purpose, To show we are a multiracial organiza- tion—Charter for Racial Justice, To show we are involved in mission through giving and prayer—Prayer Cal- endar, To show how to present our work through programs—United Methodost Women’s Program Book, To show how we give, To show how we learn—mission studies, To show how we grow spiritually— UMW Bible and Spiritual Growth.


    On Saturday, September 24 we are

    having our Fall Meeting at Sullivan

    UMC. A big day is planned for you with

    a speaker from The Baby Fold. There

    will be an election and installation of

    new officers for 2017, and, my last

    meeting as your District President.

    “For I know the plans I have for us says

    the Lord, plans for your welfare and not

    for harm, to give you a future with

    hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

    United Methodist Women’s Bible

    Becky Fox, President

    203 Misty Cove

    Savoy, IL 61874


    Dicksie Blankenship, Coordinator

    Membership, Nurture & Outreach

    999 Route 10 West, Apt. 14

    Clinton, IL 61727-4940


    Membership, Nurture & Outreach Hello Ladies,

    As I sit here thinking of what our UMW

    units have been doing so far this year, I

    feel so blessed to be working with you.

    As you remember I always say get out

    and meet new members for our units.

    But with all that is going on in our world

    we know we have to help one another

    in missions—just by being a friend.

    So always remember to welcome the

    new and old friends to come out and

    join us at our meetings and become a

    working member.

    Enough of my thinking. I’m looking

    forward to our Fall Meeting on

    September 24. Be sure to send me

    your nomination for Woman of the

    Year. And just keep thinking December

    31st, the day to send your membership

    numbers so I can send them on to New

    York. The membership counting form

    was in the officer’s packet at the Spring


    I’ll see you on September 24!


  • Page 3 The Beacon

    Goings with Towne The Sullivan United Methodist Women are preparing for the Iroquois River District United Methodist Women’s Fall event. The meeting at Sullivan United Methodist Church Sullivan, Illinois will begin 9:00 am Saturday, September 24, 2016. The Sullivan United Methodist Women are a significant model in rela- tion to hosting and enhancing a great happening. This group of women are mentors for any UMW who would ap- preciate having a more in-depth knowl- edge base about the nuts and bolts of preparing for and implementing a won- derful event. The special program speaker is Lori Bultemeier, Christian Life Coordinator for The Baby Fold located in Blooming- ton, Illinois. I am confident her presen- tation will provide educational and infor- mational elements about The Baby Fold and upon Lori’s completion you will most definitely feel inspired. The Baby Fold’s website provides an introduction to their specific working concept via definition of their Mission, Vision, and Values. The Baby Fold Mission: The Baby Fold embodies Christian principles to help families and children develop the hope, courage, and love they need to become whole and healthy. The Baby Fold Vision: Transform children’s lives through strong family and community partnerships. The Baby Fold Values: John Wesley stated, “Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as ever you can.” This statement of John Wesley, considered the founder of the United Methodist Church, is a fitting and appropriate in- troduction to this list of important values for The Baby Fold. Wesley aptly cap-

    tured the essence of our culture by put- ting these words together, as they de- scribe the environment around which our agency values can exist and thrive and be lived out each day.

    1. Respect: Humankind, created in God’s image, has inherent value and dignity and is worthy of respect. We value, listen to, are kind to, and encourage others.

    2. Integrity: Trusting relation- ships are formed through the integration of honesty and competence. We are truthful, honest and capable.

    3. Teamwork: God calls us to be in relationship with Him and with one another. We find common ground, are consider- ate, seek partnerships, and listen to understand each other.

    4. Excellence: Our expertise is demonstrated by skill and con- fidence that we provide clients and co-workers with service that exceeds their expecta- tion. We strive to learn, to grow, and improve by giving our best to all and offering help to others.

    5. Stewardship: Our funds, property, and human re- sources are given to us in trust from God. We make the best possible use and avoid waste or abuse of all of our re- sources.

    6. Diversity: We are committed to supporting and maintaining a culture of diversity and inclu- sion. Having diverse employ- ees, business partners and community relationships is vital to fostering quality pro- grams for the children and families we serve.

    How The Baby Fold intervenes is discussed in the following brief statement: The Baby Fold specializes in working wi