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Aug. 9—World Service Fund (General Commission on the Status and Role of Women)

A Moment for Mission

“And they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, ‘Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.’” —Matthew 14:26b-27, NRSV

Thanks to generous support of the World Service Fund, the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women develops and strengthens women for leadership in The United Methodist Church.

GCSRW is called to challenge United Methodist general agencies, institutions and connectional structures to a continuing commitment to the full and equal responsibility and participation of women in the total life and mission of the church. The goal is for women to share fully in the power and in the policy-making at all levels of the church’s life.

Due to concerns related to the COVID-19 coronavirus, the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 Women’s Leadership Summit.

The event will now be held as a virtual summit October 8–10. By moving to a virtual platform, summit planners hope to alleviate any health concerns, as well as avoid the travel restrictions that may prohibit participants from attending. Participants will engage in powerful and moving worship led by the Rev. Cynthia Wilson with preaching from Bishop Tracy Smith Malone, Bishop Hope Morgan Ward and Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey.

Updates will be posted on all GCSRW social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and email. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact the Rev. Pamela Pirtle at [email protected].

When your congregation supports the World Service Fund, you nurture women through leadership summits and other training opportunities. Thank you!

Offertory Prayer
Loving God, when fear overwhelms us, shelter us. Reassure us with hope and comfort. Encourage us to share your peace and love with others. In your name, we pray. Amen.

From Discipleship Ministries: Tenth Sunday after Pentecost – Forgiving God, the first offering you ask for is the giving of ourselves, loving you and others boldly, refusing to let our fear of the storms around us keep us from taking risks. Forgive us for times when you have called us to leave our places of comfort, and we’ve ignored the call. Forgive us when our giving has not grown beyond our safety zone, but you blessed our gifts and us anyway. For those times when we dared to put our foot outside the boat and then sank up to our knees, thank you for not taking your hand away. For all this, we give thanks in the holy name of Jesus, our Savior. Amen.  (Matthew 14:22-33)

From United Methodist Men: Dear God, Please make us instruments of Your peace so that all will know that we are Your disciples by our love for each other. Amen.  — Todd Shupe, Baton Rouge, La.

Newsletter Nugget
The “I Am Her Women’s Leadership Summit,” hosted by the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women, is not your ordinary conference. The October 8–10 event is a movement of women coming together to be inspired, empowered and equipped to work personally, professionally and within The United Methodist Church. Focusing on worship and relationship building, the summit will share how women in leadership have overcome challenges and created solutions. Participants will also have opportunities to learn how to build a professional network and maximize its potential.

Due to concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the summit will be a virtual conference on Zoom. Also on the agenda is a celebration of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, a commemoration of the history of women’s constitutional right to vote. The keynote speaker is Nadia Bolz-Weber, the author of three New York Times best-selling memoirs.

When your congregation supports the World Service Fund, you nurture women through leadership summits and other training opportunities. Thank you!

—Adapted from General Commission on the Status and Role of Women