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HIGHLAND PARK UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 3300 Mockingbird Lane Dallas, TX 75205 214.521.3111

UMW May 2016

HPUMC UMW NEWS is published monthly February - May and September - December. Please send any newsletter submissions or changes of contact information (address, telephone, email) to: Kay Fulton UMW Newsletter Chair [email protected] 214.538.9974


Spirit of Mission: The Georgia Bates Award Luncheon

Monday, May 2 11:30am to 1:00pm HPUMC Great Hall

HPUMC United Methodist Women is pleased to announce that the 2016 Georgia Bates Award will go to Dr. Barbara “Bobbie” Baxter, a woman who exemplifies a spirit of mission that models the standard set by the award’s namesake during her lifetime of service in Dallas.

Bobbie Baxter founded Agape Clinic in 1983 to provide free medical care to low-income patients in Dallas. The clinic, which began seeing patients one day a week in a basement closet of Grace Methodist Church, grew to a clinic administering immunizations and general health care services to the medically underserved. It now operates six days a week and provides services valued in excess of $5 million to over 10,000 patients each year. Agape Clinic’s success is the result of a dedicated medical team that gives thousands of primarily volunteer hours to the care of patients who might not otherwise have access to medical care. The clinic exists now offers subspecialty care in ophthalmology, dermatology, women’s health, orthopedics, allergy, and counseling. Agape Clinic is but one of the beneficiaries of Dr. Bobbie’s passion for service. She works with aspiring allergy doctors in the Parkland Clinic by volunteering as a Clinical Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at UT

The President’s Message Dear UMW Friends, Reflecting on the Lenten and Easter season, I can’t help but continue to contemplate the sacrificial love that Christ exhibited for you and me. As humans, we think of love as a feeling, an emotion. Our deepest loves may be our spouse, our children, our parents. We may feel genuine love for our friends or our pets. We may thoroughly enjoy our career or a hobby to the point of saying we love them. These loves produce feelings of joy, happiness, tenderness, devotion, and attachment. Agape love, the love exhibited by God in the sacrifice of His only son, Jesus Christ, is a different kind of love. Agape is love at it’s most ultimate. It is not like the love between a husband and wife. It is not like a brotherly love. It is the most self-sacrificing love that there is. In John 3:16 it is written,

Southwestern. She continues to serve on the board of Los Barrios Unidos Community Clinic, the federal community clinic that, in 1983, showed her the opportunity to implement the lifetime of service she is being honored for today. RSVP Deadline: Prepaid dinner reservations ($15 per person) required by either paying online by Monday, April 25, 2016 at or mailing a check so the reservation is RECEIVED by Monday, April 25, 2016. Please mail checks payable to HPUMC UMW to: Karen Hallmark, HPUMC UMW Assistant Treasurer, 10416 High Hollows Drive, #133, Dallas, TX 75230. Your PayPal receipt or check is your confirmation. BE SURE TO INDICATE THE NAME OF YOUR GUESTS, CIRCLE NUMBER, or OTHER INFORMATION on your check or, if paying via PayPal, on the “Review Your Information” page where it says “Add special instructions to the seller.” Childcare is available for this event free of charge, but you must make reservations by Monday, April 25, 2016 at

SUMMERTIME AND UMW! “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” How can we, as God’s children, show this type of Agape love of self-sacrifice to others without expecting anything in return? The scripture commands us in Ephesians 5; 1-2, “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” In this spring of renewal and rebirth, I urge every one of us to find a way to demonstrate this type of Agape love in the giving of our time and helping those less fortunate, thus showing God’s ultimate love to others as He has shown to us.

Diana Miller

[email protected], 214.675.2022

Although, UMW will be taking a break over the summer months from our regular programs and Circle meetings, that doesn’t mean that we won’t have wonderful opportunities for service and fellowship during June, July and August! The wonderful missions we serve always welcome your support and participation. What a wonderful opportunity to take your children with you to visit residents at C.C. Young, or for you and a friend to find out how you can volunteer at Wesley-Rankin summer camps. All you need to do is refer to the listing of missions we serve in your 2016 UMW Directory on page 5 to find that special opportunity for you. For your summer reading, be sure to consider the UMW Reading Program! The list can be found at http://www.


For fellowship, join those crafty Circle 8 women who are always up to something! Contact Ann Jones at ajones3221@ to find out if you can lend a hand this summer at creating something meaningful and fun.

We are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)

Stay tuned for an invitation for a summer potluck luncheon with your fellow UMW friends! We will let you know the date, time and location soon, so that you can put it on your calendar. Here’s wishing our UMW friends a restful and fun summer!

Supporting Methodist Women through intergenerational fellowship, friendships, and opportunities to foster a deepening relationship with God through outreach and mission.

UMW FALL PROGRAMS Be sure to mark your calendars now for a fabulous line up of UMW programs in the fall! Monday, September 12, 11:30am to 1:00m, Great Hall Renewed: Giving God Your Best by Training the Mind of a Champion Julie Ness Bell, Ph.D., is the founder and president of the Mind of a Champion, a coaching firm based in Dallas. Dr. Ness and her team have helped a wide variety of organizations improve their “Performance Intelligence,” a concept drawn from the latest in sports psychology and developed to help individuals and teams deliver their best performance when it matters most. At this program, Dr. Ness will be speaking on how the very best of those principles have a Biblical foundation, and how the application of those principles leads to direct action with profound results.

positive environment in which at-risk youth who have spent time in juvenile facilities receive intensive culinary, job and life-skill training, as well as continued mentorship and support, enabling them to achieve their full potential. Join us for an evening with Chef Chad Houser to hear how lives are being changed right here in Dallas. You will leave believing in “new recipes”! Monday, November 7, 6:30pm to 8:30 pm, Great Hall Are You in Shape…Financially? No matter what phase of life you are in, you need to be fiscally fit. Do you understand what assets you have, how to reach them and if they are appropriate? Are you planning for all the “times of your life”? Join Nancy McDonnell Harlin, Managing Director of JPMorgan, and Dotti Reeder, Managing Director of Tolleson Wealth Management, to review what should be considered as you plan your financial future, no matter what your age.

Monday, October 3, 6:30 to 8:30pm, Great Hall Finding a Recipe for Change What happens when you put “at-risk” young men and women side-by-side with experienced chefs? The answer is...a new recipe and a true feel-good dining experience! Chef Chad Houser created Café Momentum, a Dallas-based restaurant and culinary training facility. It is literally transforming young people’s lives by providing a

Monday, December 5, 11:30am-1:00pm, Great Hall There is Still Time for Tea Candace Winslow, a beloved Bible Study teacher at HPUMC and in the community, will base her inspirational Christmas message on the book, A Cup of Christmas Tea. This story of unexpected joy found through fulfilling a reluctant holiday family obligation will touch the hearts of all as we celebrate the Advent season.


SUMMER MISSION u Mission u is an opportunity for women to study current issues impacting society based on recent mission study topics. 2016 Mission u studies include:

Circle 16’s fundraiser for HPUMC UMW at Front Door Fashion was a fun event and raised over $500 for UMW missions! Many thanks to Circle 16 Co-Leader Catherine Blevens, who organized this special event.


Spiritual Growth - The Bible and Human Sexuality Geographic - Latin America: People and Faith Issue Study - Climate Justice Youth Study - Joining Forces for Climate Justice Children’s Study - God’s Extravagant Garden Mission u will be held July 15-16 at Faith UMC in Denton and July 22-23 in Rowlett. Contact Julie Noel with any questions at [email protected] or 214.356.2243.


At the March HPUMC UMW dinner program, members, guests, and friends were intrigued by Louise Troh’s powerful story of faith during her experience of her fiancée’s death due to Ebola. We learned about the faith community’s support of her and her family. Reverend George Mason from Wilshire Baptist Church shared details of his church’s response and those of County Judge Clay Jenkins, who was in attendance for this event with his wife, both HPUMC members. Many attendees left with autographed copies of Ms. Troh’s book, My Spirit Took You In: The Romance that Sparked an Epidemic of Fear, A Memoir of the Life and Death of Thomas Eric Duncan, America’s First Ebola Victim. Special thanks to UMW Assistant Program Chair Ashley Rasmussen for bringing this insightful program to us!

JOYS & CONCERNS We pray for God’s healing on: Carol Botefuhr (Circle 20) - who is recovering from surgery Grace Delatour (Circle 20) - who is recovering from Mohs surgery Parents of Mari Epperson (Circle 3) - Otis and Pat Bennett Mr. Bennett is in the hospital with congestive heart failure & Mrs. Bennett is recovering from a recent illness. Connie Coit Kitchens (Circle 18) - who is recovering from knee surgery Please keep UMW updated on any special joys or concerns by contacting Ann Hill at [email protected] or 214.763.7343.

Circle 7 - Evening Group, 30+, focus on balancing workplace & spiritual life, relationships, outreach & spiritual growth Thursday, May 12, 7:00pm Social Dinner and Brainstorming Session, Restaurant TBD Contact: Susan Peck, [email protected] or Julie Day, [email protected]

Circle 20 - Day Group, 50-75+, focus on spiritual growth & various mission/service projects Monday, May 9, 10:00am Home of Dotty Kilpatrick, The Tradition, 5850 E. Lovers Lane Spring Luncheon with speaker Lila Foree on Flowers of the Bible Contact: Sue Hughes, [email protected], 214.361.4504

Circle 8 - Day Group, any age, creative crafts projects & fellowship Tuesday, May 24, 10am-12:00pm HPUMC Room 385 Fellowship & creative projects, all are invited! Contact: Ann Jones, [email protected], 214.821.4025

C. C. Young Auxiliary Meeting Wednesday, May 18, 10:00am The Missionary Journey by Iweeta McIntosh, CCY resident, and Bill Matthews The Point at C. C. Young, 4847 W. Lawther Drive Contact: Sue Hughes, [email protected], 214.361.4504

Circle 2 - Day Group, Intergenerational, Bible study with Candace Winslow No meetings in May or summer months. Stay tuned for fall! Contact: Dabney Jungerman, [email protected], 214.693.1023 or Candace Winslow, [email protected]

Circle 11 - Day Group, 30’s & 40’s, focus on balancing work, parenting & life, outreach & spiritual Monday, May 23, 11:30am-12:30pm Social Activity TBA Reserve complimentary childcare 1 week prior at Contact: Ashley Rasmussen at ashl[email protected] or Debbie Bono at [email protected]

Methodist Dallas Medical Center Auxiliary May Luncheon Thursday, May 5, 10:00am Entertainment by Dallas Black Dance Theater MDMC Hitt Auditorium, 1441 N. Beckley Avenue RSVP to Janice Brown, [email protected], 214.348.3818 to join for lunch

Circle 3 - Day Group, 40+, focus on various service/outreach activities & various speakers Monday, May 9, 11:00am-12:30pm Tour of HPUMC sanctuary’s history and symbols led by Dana Harkey with lunch following in Room 385. Catered lunch at the church for purchase or bring your own! RSVP to Rebecca Lones, [email protected], 214.349.7725 or Mari Epperson, [email protected], 972.672.4015

Circle 12 Meeting - Day Group, 50+, Bible study & mission projects Thursday, May 5, 3:00pm Home of Sally Wightman, 7267 Stefani Continuation of Mission Study Created for Happiness: Your Life in God led by Dana Harkey Contact: Marty Curtis at [email protected], 214.528.4751, or Holly Sudbury at [email protected], 214.755.4747

Circle 4 - Evening Group, 20’s, focus on workplace issues, book reviews, outreach, & spiritual growth Wednesday, May 11, 7:00pm Complimentary tickets to the Dallas Arboretum to kickoff seeing their summer flowers in bloom! Ending the evening with their refreshments and ice cream. RSVP to Kelly Dawes Smith, 847.274.2471, [email protected]

Circle 16 - Day & Evening Group, moms of young children, focus on balancing life & workplace, spiritual Thursday, May 12, 12:00am-1:30pm HPUMC Room 385 Reverend Ramsey Patton speaking on “Parenting and Faith” Contact: Catherine Blevens, [email protected], 832.545.1156 or Amanda Kalescky, [email protected], 214.226.7485

Circle 5 - Day Group, 65+, social & spiritual activities Monday, May 16, 10:30am, optional lunch following visit Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road Visit gardens, all ages are invited, please RSVP at 214.675.9308 Contact: Marilyn Jordan, [email protected], 214.675.9308 or Betty Lou Winslow, [email protected], 214.823.1331

Circle 18 - Day Group, 50+, various UMW mission topics Monday, May 9, 11:30am-1:00pm Potluck Luncheon Home of Elaine Walters, 5535 Preston Haven Contact: Sue Irish, [email protected] or Elaine Walters at [email protected], 214-363-3232

HPUMC UMW Executive Board Meeting Monday, May 2, 10:00-11:00am HPUMC Room 385 Contact: Diana Miller, [email protected], 214.675.2022 Circle 1 - Evening Group, 40+, focus on spiritual growth & various mission/service projects Tuesday, May 10, 6:30pm Mi Cocina Lake Highlands (Walnut Hill and Skillman) Celebrating their past year and making plans for 2016-17 Contact: Candace French, [email protected], 214.417.4376 or Jenny Hedges, [email protected] 214.789.2062

Wesley-Rankin Community Center B3X (Beakers, Base 10 & The Beat) Summer Camp for 1st thru 8th graders Volunteer to help at camp. Sign up at http://www.wesleyrankin. org/#!volunteer/c70d Contact: Mari Epperson, [email protected], 972.672.4015 or Kay Fulton, [email protected], 214.538.9974 Can Do Luncheon 2016! benefitting the Wilkinson Center Honoring Regina Montoya from the North Texas Food Bank Tuesday, May 10, 11:00am-1:00pm Dallas Country Club, 4155 Mockingbird Lane Contact: Sue Melton, [email protected] or get more information/

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PURPOSE OF UMW United Methodist Women (UMW) is a community of women whose purpose is to know God and experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ, to develop a creative supportive fellowship, and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.

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