Our Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) Circles
Our Circles meet regularly and provide ministry and services to our community, country, and abroad year-round. Our WMU President is Diane Mundell, 974-7584. Please feel free to contact her for additional information. We have the following WMU Circles:
The Annie Armstrong Circle meets the second Tuesday of each month at 12:00 p.m. at the church. In addition to participating in the church-wide WMU projects, we work on mission projects and other needs we learn about in our community. We cook and serve dinner one night each winter when UBC hosts area homeless men for two weeks through PACEM. Through the CBF (Cooperative Baptist Fellowship) Mission in Nada, Kentucky, we sponsor a kindergarten class. Some of our recent projects include wrapping shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child and making holiday favors for residents of a local nursing homes. We provide gifts and cards to shut-ins at Christmas, their birthdays and other holidays. For more information contact Lynn Martin.
The Circle of JOY (Jesus first, Others second and Yourself third) meets every other month on Tuesday mornings in the Parlor at church. We have taken Dee Donaldson, a Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) affiliate in Africa (Sharron Leland’s sister), as a special project. Sharron keeps us updated on her work. Last fall we sent stamps and cards to Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women. We took part in two of the Baptist collegiate ministry center weekly meals. In December we sponsored a holiday party for the ladies at the Nada Mission in Kentucky run by Paula Settle, another CBF affiliate missionary. Cards to shut ins and cookies at Christmas will be an ongoing project. We welcome new members. For more information contact Martha Wood.
Kittie Colvin Trail Circle — During the school year we meet the first Tuesday of each month in members’ homes at 7:00 p.m, to work on WMU missions projects and other needs we learn about in our community. In addition to participating in the church-wide WMU ministries, we also sponsor a Christmas Post Office where church members can deliver their Christmas cards for other church members and donate the postage cost saved to Global Missions. We “adopt” a family through Albemarle County Schools and purchase clothing for the children at Christmas. We regularly take treats, individual serving heat-and-eat foods, and laundry supplies to the University of Virginia Hospitality House. We cook and serve dinner one night each winter when UBC hosts area homeless men for two weeks through PACEM. Through the CBF (Cooperative Baptist Fellowship) Mission in Nada, Kentucky, we sponsor a kindergarten class as well as a young mom who has taken in three nieces and nephews and who is returning to college. We provide gifts and cards to shut-ins at Christmas, their birthdays and other holidays. Each December we draw names for Secret Pals and do little treats, gifts and surprises for each other throughout the coming year. During the summer our meetings are held on Sunday evenings at area restaurants for a special girls-night-out. We are ages 30-60 plus and welcome you to join us. For more information contact Sarah Buchanan.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
We get together the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month; join us either or both, in Room 120. Join us to quilt, knit, and crochet prayer shawls or lap robes to be given to church members and friends who need to be comforted and reminded that the people of UBC care for them in a time of need. Bring your work materials with you or we have plenty to share.
If you would like to be a part of this ministry of caring but can’t come to the meetings, we’d be glad to share materials and patterns so that you can create the shawls at home. If you would like to learn to quilt, knit or crochet come and join us. There is a collection box near the church office for donations of cotton quilt fabrics, batting and yarn. Cash donations are also welcome. For more information call Anne Keith or Sarah Buchanan.
- Greeting cards for FWCC — Each fall the WMU collects all-occasion greeting cards, Christmas cards, stationery, and stamps for the women at the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women. Look for collection boxes near the Church Office and on the stage in the Fellowship Hall
- Toiletry Kits for FWCC — Also in time for Christmas, we collect shampoo, deodorant, lotion, tooth paste and tooth brushes to be given to the women prisoners. Collection boxes are near the Church Office and on the stage in the Fellowship Hall.
- Operation Christmas Child (Operation Shoebox) — Each November, participants fill shoeboxes with school supplies, toys, and personal items, which are then delivered to children around the world by Franklin Graham’s organization Samaritan’s Purse.
- Mission Trip to Charlotte, NC — Each November people from UBC travel by church bus to the Samaritan’s Purse facility in Charlotte to help process shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. It is an overnight trip that is always fun. Call Anne Keith if you would like to go.
- Easter Angel Project — Each spring, in cooperation with the Central Virginia Baptist Association and the Charlottesville/Albemarle Joint Security Complex, we prepare Easter baskets for children in our area whose parents are incarcerated. In 2009 we delivered 48 baskets.
- School Supplies — Each fall we collect money and purchase school supplies for children at Woodbrook Elementary. These children all qualify for free or reduced lunch. In the fall of 2008 there were only 50 needy children at this school; by the fall of 2011 there were 154 (51%) students in need of assistance.
- Baptist Student Center Dinners — Twice each school year all of our circles join together to fix a meal for the students at the Baptist collegiate ministry center at the University of Virginia. This fall there are 30-40 students getting together for dinner, fellowship and study each Thursday night.
- State Missions Offering: Each September — Alma Hunt Offering for Virginia Missions is sponsored by the Virginia Baptist Mission Board. The Alma Hunt Offering for Virginia Missions supports numerous ministries throughout Virginia and the World. For more information go to almahunt.org.
- Global Missions Emphasis: Each December — The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) offering for Global Missions goes to missionaries’ salaries, benefits and ministry expenses. This Offering is the primary way CBF field personnel are funded, making your gifts an essential part of spreading the Gospel and meeting physical needs in the world. For more information go to www.thefellowship.info/Missions/Global-Missions
- National Missions Emphasis: Easter Offering — Envelopes will be located in the pew racks. Contributions will be collected through the end of April. This offering is given to the CBF, for use within the United States, for rural poverty, HIV/AIDS, starting churches, and chaplaincy or pastoral counseling programs. For more information go to www.thefellowship.info/Missions/Ministries.