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Circle Meetings
Circle   Day Time  Location
#1 - 2nd Monday 7:15 p.m. in Homes
#2 - 2nd Tuesday 9:30 a.m. in Homes
#3 - 2nd Tuesday 9:00 a.m. Church Rm. E23
#5 - 2nd Tuesday 9:30 a.m. Church Rm. E18
Shalom - 4th Wednesday 7:00 p.m. Church Rm. E23
Priscilla Bible Study - 1st & 3rd Thursday 1:00 p.m. Church Rm. E18
Sewing - 3rd Tuesday 9:00 a.m. Church Fellowship Hall
Unit Meeting - 1st Tuesday 10:00 a.m. Church Fellowship Hall

Priscilla Bible Study Group

     The group will focus on Bible Study and Spiritual Growth. Their beginning study is the Gospel of John. The Barclay Commentary will be used as the Resource.
     This is a great opportunity to continue your learning experience as you pursue your Spiritual development.
     Meetings will be held in Room E18, at 1:00 p.m.

The Women's Sewing Group has been busy this past year. They have made 41 double bed size comforters, 13 crib quilts, 8 knit baby Afghans, about 12 pillows and numerous articles of children and women's clothing. These items are given to TMM to help those in need. We can always use good used sheets or yardage. Our meeting day is on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 9:00 to 2:30 in Fellowship Hall. If you would like to be a part of this group, please contact the church office at (520) 327-4296.


     Women, are you looking for a way to connect with other women in the church? Would you like to be involved in some hands-on mission work? Are you concerned about issues relating to women and children in our world today?

        Here is an invitation for you:
     Shalom Circle is a group of women who meet on a monthly basis to pray, have fun, and grow in our faith and service. We are part of the larger organization of United Methodist Women (UMW). Our goals are to educate ourselves, and to use our time, talents, and funds to support issues that benefit women and children. We are the largest women's organization in the world.
     Shalom Circle meets every fourth Monday night from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in Room E-23 at the church. We meet for fellowship and to work on mission projects. This year we will be helping create and fill book bags for "Sidewalk Sunday School" (a project designed to bring Sunday School and the love of God to children on the street).

We will also be involved in making bibs and crib sheet covers for an area day nursery, donating baked goods to Ronald McDonald House (discounted lodging for families who are in Tucson while they have children in hospital care for serious illnesses), helping with projects for Children's Village (a housing project for children who need temporary care due to abuse or family crisis situations - this is a part of Tucson Metropolitan Ministries, TMM), and helping with the Red Bazaar (a fall bazaar to raise funds for local and global support of women and children). We enjoy time to get acquainted, have some Bible study, do book sharing, work on projects, and be in prayer. We love to laugh and have some social time together as well.
     Our members include single women, married women, mothers, grandmothers, and working women ranging in age from 20s to 30s on up. We welcome any woman of any age. If child care is a concern we can arrange baby-sitting, for the evening, at the church. Please join us, we'd love to meet you!

     The Western Jurisdiction Core Planning group of United Methodist Women issued two scholarships to the National Quadrennial Assembly in Philadelphia this past April. Following is an article written by one of those recipients, a member of Catalina United Methodist Women, Shalom Circle:
     In my first glimpse of the Philadelphia Convention Center Lobby, I saw a large Disney "D". Then, as I walked around to the other side, I realized that I was looking at the chosen symbol of the Assembly, a stick figure person with a treble clef sign as its body. What does Disney have to do with UMW Assembly? Disney is known for memorable moments, great story telling, and unforgettable songs. My time at Assembly had all these elements.
     My focus group for Friday was "Spiritual Disciplines" led by J. Ann Craig. Ms. Craig used song, prayer, scripture, Wesleyan doctrine, and discussion about our own experiences to help us see where we are in our relationship with God and others. Through discussion with my tablemates and the sharing of other table groups, I learned that I am not very disciplined in my spirituality, but that's okay, since I'm involved in a life long growth process that will have many ups and downs.
     On Saturday, a marvelous storyteller, Barbara Lundblad, told Rahab's story in a new light. I was spellbound as Rev. Lundblad wove the red cord of Rahab's song through the tale of the Hebrew midwives standing up to Pharaoh, then into the story of the Nazi resistors helping the Jews, and concluded with the plight of the Middle East today. I was caught in the wall with Rahab, not an insider nor an outsider, but trusting God with our future.
     Every day was filled with some of the most beautiful music ever heard. I enjoyed singing new songs prior to each plenary and each song leader's voice. The unique sound of Sisters' Grace (a chamber ensemble) and the global praise songs performed by the 2001 Youth Mission Chorale were superb listening.
     Now, when I see a Disney "D", I will sing songs of the 2002 UMW Assembly and remember again the production involving over 9,000 women (and a few men). Thank you for my opportunity to participate in the 2002 UMW Assembly, Sing a New Song.
     What an empowering beautiful experience! Congregating with 10,000 other United Methodist Women at the 2002 Philadelphia Assembly was truly inspirational.


     Another year has come and gone, and if you are anything like me, you find yourself asking from time to time where it went. One thing we do know as United Methodist Women is that the year 2001 has kept us very busy and the results give us great joy.
     Thanks to you - members of Catalina United Methodist Church and friends, we had a banner year at our annual Red Bazaar. As promised, half of our net proceeds for both the Bazaar and the Mini Bazaar was given to Mission Undesignated which is our global missions, and half of it was given to local missions and ministry in community and church.
     Some of our Circles also have special projects to which they contribute throughout the year - so with their contributions and the money made available from funds earned through the Albertson's Project, the Greeting Cards and the Red Bazaar, the following groups were helped in 2001: Wesley Community Center in Phoenix, TMM Family Services; Sidewalk Sunday School; Catalina UMC Day School; Catalina UMC Youth for Camp Scholarships; Catalina UMC Christian Education; Wesley United Methodist Campus Ministry (ministering to Pima and UofA students); financial help provided to Shalom Circle for making smocks for Helen Street Day Care Center; Financial assistance given to the women of the San Luis Rio Conference in Mexico to help them host the annual United Methodist Women's meeting; Community Food Bank; Travelers Aid; World Care; La Frontera; and Youth on Their Own.
     In January we held a District-Wide Mission Study on The Children of Africa and 11 churches were represented. We hosted The World Day of Prayer program for Church Women United in March. We provided Children's Sabbath materials which were used in worship. Eleven of our women attended our 2001 School of Christian Mission. We were honored to be given a certificate recognizing our Unit as the outstanding unit of the year from the South District and took second place in attendance for the whole Conference.
     There are many feelings of gratitude that I have in my heart as the Past-President of Catalina United Methodist Women but the most important one will always be the feeling of support from members of the Unit and also support from the congregation. YOU, each one, made all of the above good things possible. Thank you, thank you.
     There is a whole new team now ready to lead us in 2002 and they each need our prayers and our support. The work the women do is unparalleled in any other group of the church. If you are a woman reading this and you aren't a part of this group we hope you will consider joining. The Unit meeting is the first Tuesday of each month in Room H230 at 10:00 a.m. There you will find that we have six smaller groups (called Circles) that would welcome you also. Your new president needs your support and your prayers, and she would be delighted to welcome new members.
Betty Pritts, Past President
Catalina United Methodist Women