The Clarinda United Methodist Church hosted the United Methodist Women’s Southwest District Annual Meeting Thursday, Sept. 12.
About 80 women from 27 congregations attended. They were greeted by Wayne Davis and his crew of men, offering valet parking and bringing in items for Bidwell-Riverside, Hawthorn Hill and Shesler Hall, Iowa locations where women and children in need are served. Lynn Calvert, Iowa Conference President, brought the keynote address, “Continuing Our Legacy,” as United Methodist Women are celebrating their 150th anniversary year.
One point she made was, “The average United Methodist invites someone to church every 13 years and it takes an average of 7 invitations to get the person to accept. We need to do things differently. People will come if they feel they have a part.”
Women from Shambaugh, Bedford and Braddyville brought pastries for the morning coffee. Luann Marcum was in charge of the kitchen, assisted by several other women in preparing and serving lunch. Doris West and Brenda Pulliam decorated tables in a fall theme. Sue Schaub provided music throughout the day. Heading up the local planning were Clarinda UMW President Karen Decker, Vice President Elaine Armstrong, Secretary Thelma Graham and Treasurer Gail Wallin. Carlene Buck assisted with technology.
Agenda for the day included a business meeting, installation of district officers, local officer training, annual awards presentations, worship, a memorial service, fellowship and communion served by Pastor Andy Rubenking. For most who attended it was their first visit to the new church.