For decades, our United Methodist Women have hosted an annual fundraiser event that benefits women, youth, and children in our community while gaining personal inspiration. 2017 UMW Special Event Chair Amber Shive says that one of her favorite things about this event is seeing everyone come together to raise money for some amazing organizations. “I am so proud to be a part of this incredible event that brings women together from all different generations and all different walks of life,” Amber exclaims. “All of these people gather to help raise money for some incredible organizations, and they come to honor and remember the incredible women who have impacted their own journeys.”
UMW’s 2017 “Journey Through Faith” Auction, Raffle & Luncheon is coming up soon! This year Amber says that she is most excited about guest speakers Ashley Turner and Whitney Gainer, HGTV’s power tool wielding DIY queens — local sisters who have inspired legions of women to transform their houses into homes with their easy-to-follow “Shanty2Chic” designs and ideas. “Their journey as mothers, bloggers, and creators is an incredible one because of their simple, unique view of encouraging other women to try new things, specifically DIY projects,” Amber adds.
Ashley and Whitney specially designed centerpieces for the event, and UMW members are building beautiful creations that will be for sale at the end of the program. All of the money raised through table sales, the silent auction, the raffle, and these centerpieces will go back to women and children in need in our community and church. Our UMW ladies have raised more than $150,000 over the last several years! While a portion of the proceeds from their 2016 fundraiser covered the cost of expenses, they gave a total of $25,000 to FUMCFW Children’s and Youth Ministries, Methodist Children’s Home, United Community Centers, Methodist Justice Ministry, FSMM Food 4 Kids, and UMW Endowment.
As Amber puts it, this is your once-a-year opportunity to support all that UMW stands for: Fellowship, Outreach, Service, Unity, and Giving. “So mark your calendar, buy your ticket, and join us for Journey Through Faith,” Amber encourages. “It will fill your cup with a powerful message of faith, love, and family.”
Join us on Tuesday, April 4, at 10:30 am at Ridglea Country Club for a Journey Through Faith with Shanty2Chic and all of our UMW sisters. All women are invited to Luncheons & Programs sponsored by United Methodist Women. Complimentary valet and child care is available. Purchase your tickets and tables online or in the Welcome Center on Sunday mornings through March 26. This is also a great time to pay tribute to loved ones by designating a Memorial or Honorarium in their name.
We look forward to our next Journey Through Faith together!