150th Anniversary

Plan an Anniversary Celebration

As the 150th anniversary of United Methodist Women approaches, be sure to celebrate all the ways you’ve made life better for women, children and youth.

Plan an Anniversary Celebration
United Methodist Women members bake a special cake for their Legacy Celebration.

In just a matter of months, United Methodist Women will celebrate its 150th year as women organized for mission. How will you celebrate? With whom will you share the story of United Methodist Women in the coming months?

March 23, 2019, our 150th anniversary date, is a Saturday, so consider organizing a celebration of United Methodist Women that lasts for the entire weekend. Activities might include a service day, a unit program, a 150th birthday party or special event, a retreat, or participation in the Day of Giving (March 23). On Sunday, plan a worship service conducted by United Methodist Women, a festive luncheon, a prayer service.

You can plan a “fun-raiser” and announce the amount raised at a 150th birthday party. What is a fun-raiser? It is an activity your unit, circle or conference creates to raise money for the Legacy Fund Endowment Campaign. The Fun-Raiser brochure details how and can be found at the Legacy Fund website: www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/150/funraiser 

Remind members that every woman needs to have a valid will and that in their wills they can easily plan for a gift of any size to United Methodist Women. Could we get 150 bequest commitments from each conference in our anniversary year?

Promote the legacy of your United Methodist Women community and global work by sending a story to your local newspaper or pitching a news story to your local news station.

Challenge all your members to “stretch” during the anniversary year by giving an amount every month during 2019 to the Legacy Fund. A commitment of $20 a month to the Legacy Fund can be our modern-day “two cents a week and fervent prayer” pledged by our founders.

Honor your leaders by presenting them with the special 150th Mission Recognition pin or the 150th necklace.

Continue your 150th celebrations in 2019 at Mission u, annual conference, conference and district annual meetings and all conference, district and local events next year.

Legacy Fund Resources

Where do you find the resources you need for your Legacy Fund displays and anniversary celebrations? First, contact your conference Legacy Fund Liaison. She can help provide commitment envelopes, blank “150” note cards, a one-page handout describing the Legacy Fund, and many other promotional materials. If you don’t know who your conference Legacy Fund Liaison is, ask the Legacy Fund team by e-mailing legacy150@unitedmethodistwomen.org. Second, Legacy Fund resources are available in the Legacy Fund Toolkit located on the Legacy Fund website: unitedmethodistwomen.org/legacy-fund-toolkit.

Announce Your Plans

You may already have your 150th birthday celebrations planned, and if so, share your ideas and photos with Anissa New-Walker, awalker@unitedmethodistwomen.org, at the national office so we can in turn share your creativity with other members! What a privilege we have to be faith, hope and love in action at this time in the history—and future—of United Methodist Women. Happy Sesquicentennial!

Posted or updated: 10/5/2018 12:00:00 AM


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