Newsletter for United Methodist Women

in the Pacific Northwest Conference 7 Rivers District 

Surely the Lord is in this place
Genesis 28:16

1st Quarter 2017
Seven Rivers UMW Mission Today
Saturday, April 28, 2017
Goldendale UMC

Come join us and be in mission and fellowship. We have planned a day of mission work that will serve
a community and globally touch the lives of others. The day will begin with prayer and meditation on the meaning of 
mission. There will be several activities to participate in; cutting out and sewing bags for UMCOR
School Kits, organizing a pantry for weekend backpack program, collecting children’s on of socks and
underwear for a local community organization.  If the weather is good, we will do outdoor clean up, and we
will end the day in communion. Please save this date.

More Important Dates
March 31 st – April 2, 2017 PNW UMW Spiritual Growth Retreat Lazy F Camp, Ellensburg, WA
Theme: Lover of My Soul

April 29, 2017 Seven Rivers District Mission Today Goldendale, WA
Mission Outreach Activities

May 17-19, 2017 United Methodist Seminar New York City, NY
Topic: “Gender and Wealth Inequality”

July 14 – 17, Mission U Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA
Studies for Mission U Spiritual Growth: A Covenantal Community
Geographic: This Missionary Conferences of the United Methodist Church
Social Justice: Climate Justice
Youth: The Missionary Conferences

September 17, 2017 Seven Rivers District Annual Meeting West Highlands UMC
Kennewick, WA

October 14-15, 2017 PNW UMW Conference Annual Meeting Spokane Valley UMC
Spokane, WA

Tressa Cummings  -  Seven Rivers UMW District President

Seven Rivers District UMW Day of Mission

April 29, 2017
Goldendale UMC
10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Lunch will be served - Cost $10.00

Come join us to be in mission together. We have several activities plan for the morning that you can choose from. We will be cutting out and sewing layettes for UMCOR West Depot, cutting flannel liners for Days for girls Personal Hygiene Shields, and cleaning/organizing a local food bank -  please wear comfortable clothing.  In afternoon we will take a look at the immigration and the impact the Presidential ruling(s) has /will have on our community and in the country.   Register Now by sending in the registration form at end of this newsletter

What to Bring:

  1. Scissors
  2. Layettes - plain colored or simple design flannel  or light weight material meauring 45” and 1 ¼ yards. (No see through material or cartoon characters or patriotic designs) 
  3. Hygiene Liners - scraps of 100 % flannel at least 1/2 of a yard Medium/Dark colors with patterns that help hide stains(fabric can have lighter colors in a pattern) Botanical, geometric,  batik etc.. patterns are best.
  4. Food Bank – donation of food items canned soups, cereal, canned vegetables or fruit. (optional)

The New Year has been quite unpredictable as far as the weather goes, and I am looking forward to spring. What is your unit working on in 2017?  Did you set some goals achieve?  Like taking on a new community outreach project, inviting women to your activities, increase your pledge to UMW, etc..  We are coming close to celebrating 150 years of UMW, what makes us different?  Why join UMW?  What have you gotten from being a member of UMW?  I challenge you to take sometime at one of your unit meetings and ask your members ...Why UMW?

Here’s and opportunity to invite someone to a UMW event and pay their way.  PNWUMW Spiritual Growth Retreat at Lazy F Camp near Ellensburg March 31st – April 2nd.  The theme “Lover of My Soul. Do you need a renewing of your spiritual life? Come join us for a fun, relaxing and enriching weekend.    

Special Note to Unit Presidents:

It is that time of year when the National UMW request local units to do their census reporting.  Basically we need to know how many members are in your unit. 
You can go to:  Click on Membership Census for 2016 (it is a pink box) and follow the directions.
 Or  just click on the box to the right and  it will redirect you there:   

Or if you would like to call me on Thurs. March 2nd between 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. I will do your membership census for you. My number is (509) 728-4259.

Information needed to complete the census Unit President’s Name, telephone number, Church Address, No. of Members as of Jan.1, 2016, New Members added, Members lost by death or other reasons.

If you have questions call me.

Save the Date: March 23rd – Legacy Fund – Day of giving. Make a contritbution as a unit, individual, or in memory of someone. Help National UMW reach the goal of 60 million in the next 3 years.   

Peggy Beals - Spiritual Growth

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

I have an invitation for 5 people to travel and work at the UMCOR depot in Salt Lake City. The trip is planned for 8/28 - 9/1  this year. We will be staying at the Episcopal Church of Utah ,in rooms 202,209,211,213,and 215.Our rooms will cost each of us $100. and catered dinners $44.00.

Please go to the UMCOR website to the Relief Supplies Network page (, and half way down the right hand side of the page you will see a "Know Before You Go" green icon to download the UMCOR West Volunteer Manual and forms.  Or click the picture below to  link directly to the webpage to download the manual and forms.

This manual has all the info you will need and the forms required to fill in.  Please get back them to me ASAP.  I only have 5 available spots so if you would like to attend please let me know soon.  This will be a chance to help in whatever capacity we can.

It is my first time going so come and join me and 4 more for a total of 10 people  going on this trip.


Yours in Christ, Peggy Beals

Lori Chadek - Program Resources

What a cold and snow filled winter we have had. I am looking forward to Spring to see what our glorious God has in store for us. I am looking forward to some new blooms and green lawns to wake us up from this cold winter.


Were you able to curl up with a good book this winter? I have been doing some reading myself. I am currently reading “Love Casts Out Fear A Jihad Survivor’s Journey from Revenge to Redemption by Brother Nathan with David Culross. You will find this in our 2017 Reading Program for Education for Mission.

     As a boy in Egypt, Brother Nathan witnessed an unthinkable attack on his father, a Christian pastor in a majority-Muslim country. After the attack Nathan sought revenge and vowed to avenge his father. As a man, by God’s incredible provision, Nathan ministers in the village where his father was targeted, as well as in countless other cities and villages across Egypt and throughout the Middle East.

    Love Casts Out Fear tells a gripping true story of danger, overwhelming anger, and forgiveness that’s beyond comprehension. Through Nathan’s experiences in Egypt, his beloved homeland, you’ll see firsthand the joys and difficulties Christians face in the persecuted church in the Middle East. And you’ll marvel at God’s ability to care for those who follow his call and to change hearts in one of the most dangerous places in the world to claim Christ the Lord.


Have you been keeping track of the books you’ve been reading from our Reading Program? This year all of your local units reading program tally sheets need to be returned to me no later than August 18, 2017. Please be sure your name, address and unit is written on your sheet.


You may mail them to me at 1005 N. Quebec St., Kennewick, WA 99336  



You may email them to ‘’  Please type ‘Reading Program’ in the subject line.


If you have any questions regarding the Reading Program, please feel free to contact me at the above email or by phone at 509-396-9064.



Lori Chadek

Marsha Aufenkamp -  PNW Legacy Liasion

Hi Team! Thank you for giving me this opportunity to share and learn with 50 other Conference Reps (Liaisons).. plus 30 Leadership and PAG's. We have been charged with a task for the future of UMW! and to motivate EACH member and EACH unit, so that in the next 3 years we will have raised our share of the $60 million dollar goal...

 Our portion of that goal works out to be $80,000.00 per year to 2019 and beyond. So......  I will have some numbers for you when we meet at Lazy F for Exec and Spiritual Retreat and of course more materials, pins and a lots of shared ideas from the Scarritt Bennett meeting in Nashville (and a great skit).

 Also, if you have some time, go to where you will find a wealth of information and help encouraging others. This includes powerpoints, videos and more.
Hymn #114 "Many Gifts, One Spirit" WE CAN DO THIS 😇WITH GOD HELP.

Please encourage everyone to give in honor or memory of someone and let me know how we are doing and by Lazy F time I will let you know how we have done so far....

SAVE THE DATE! MARCH 23rd  "Day of Giving."

Celebrate the dedication and foresight of our foremothers in mission as we lead up to our 150th anniversary in 2019.

Gifts to the Legacy Fund can be made in several ways:
  • Online at
  • By phone with your credit card: 800-278-7771  (8 am-6pm EST, M-F)
  • Text Legacy150 to 41444
  • By check: note "Legacy Fund" in the memoline to:
             United Methodist Women: Treasurer's Office
            475 Riverside Drive
            New York, NY 10115

These are the preferred ways rather than going: Unit-District-Conference, as names get lost along the way and they are very important.

We will soon have access to "Legacy On-Line Community" for more info and help.



Blessings, Marsha

Seven Rivers District UMW Day of Mission
April 29, 2017 
Goldendale UMC

109 E Broadway St, Goldendale, WA 98620
Registration Form
Name: ______________________________________________  Phone___________________________ 
E-mail: _______________________________________________________________________________
Local UMW Unit ______________________________
Special Dietary Needs___________________________________________________________________
Lunch will be provided
Cost: $10
___Check enclosed (Payable to Seven Rivers District UMW)
___I will pay at the time of “Check In”  

Send Registrations: 
Yvonne Gowell (Treasurer)
94 17th NE East Wenatchee, WA 98802 or email: 

Goldendale UMC
109 E Broadway St, Goldendale, WA 98620
(509) 773-4461
South on Highway 97 to the first exit. Right on Broadway. Follow to a 4 way stop. Church is on the corner of Broadway and Columbia.

Coming from Tri-Cities Area: South  0n 395. Merge left onto I-82 toward Umatilla,Pendleton. Take exit 113 onto WA-14 toward Vancouver. Turn right onto Highway 97. Continue on Highway 97 north. Take last exit into Goldendale (left onto E Broadway St). Follw to a 4 way stop.  Church on the corner of Broadway and Columbia.

What to bring: Plain 100% cotton or lite weight fabric, flannel material, scissors, or food items for the food bank. (canned soup, cereal, canned vegetables etc..) We are looking to have a fun day fellowship, mission service education, and spiritual reflection. 



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Ingrid Fortmeyer
Communications - Seven Rivers UMW
c/o Wesley United Methodist Church
14 N. 48th Ave.
Yakima, WA 98942


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