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by Alberta Farnsworth, president

New Wineskins – what exciting possibilities are in the works for United Methodist Women. I am thankful for all the articles in response magazine that are getting us prepared for all the new ideas that are coming for our organization. One of my favorite new things is listening each month on Mighty Networks about the program for the current month in the Program Resource Network. Ideas of how to use the suggested program are exciting and very helpful in planning.

My local unit has done a No-Bake bake sale for the past two years. I think we ended up with more money (and lots less work) than we did with a real bake sale. We did miss a lot of fellowship which is an important part of our lives as United Methodist Women. Figuring out how to combine what we have learned through the new ways of being in community with our desire to return to our familiar ways is going to take some discernment and lots of prayer and discussion.

United Methodist Women is an organization with a Purpose and everything we do should relate to our Purpose. I believe that is what has kept us going for over 150 years and will keep us strong as we navigate our new reality.

Each week, in the Prayer Calendar, there is a Mission Witness.  As I write this, for the week of November 7-13, the Mission Witness is by Pat Goss, a retired Deaconess, (and former United Methodist Women Director and Desert Southwest Conference officer!) from Mesa, Arizona. Pat writes about the holy moment of presenting a Quilt of Valor to a retired service person. What a blessing it is that she was able to honor a person in this way.

November is a month when we often focus on the things we are thankful for. I am thankful for all my United Methodist Women sisters in Christ. You truly are my best friends.

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