Well, the United Methodist Women are resting from yet another successful rummage sale! We are certainly grateful for all of your donations and I’m sure you are as well since your garages and closets are certainly spotless!

Today I’d like to share a different perspective on the rummage sale event. Surely, as usual many women worked tirelessly for several days setting up for the sale, and then worked on Friday and Saturday to sell the goods. Yes, we make a nice profit for the rummage sale which does benefit women, children and families in our community and around the world. But this year I saw it as so much more than a rummage sale. Hebrews 13:16 says, “And do not forget to do good and to share with others for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” Our UMW ladies unselfishly sacrifice time, energy and even meals to put together awesome events such these rummage sales. God is most certainly pleased by this, and not just the money. These UMW ladies are there to share the love of God with any and everyone who walked through our gates and most often without realizing they are doing it. Those who come seeking bargains for collectibles, clothing, shoes, books, toys, plants and even baked goods get so much more than those things. They get interaction with women of God who are more concerned about their souls than about making big profits. These bargain seekers are met with huge sincere smiles. They are greeted with “How are you today? How’s your day going? How can we help you today?” And then as they leave they are encouraged with words such as, “have a blessed day, we are happy that you came, we’d love you join us for service.”  Imagine that, you come just to find some old books or a better set of dishes and you leave knowing that God loves you and wants you to be blessed! This is what our UMW rummage sale is all about. One person’s rummage is another’s blessing!

This is an example of how we are blessed. During the setup of the rummage sale, an idea was had, a vote was taken, a decision was made and a check for $1,000 was sent to UMCOR, to support the victims of the disaster in Houston, Texas. Remember, “give and it will be given unto you. A good measure pressed down, shaken together and running over will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38

Mark your calendars and plan to attend the next General Meeting on October 7 in Pioneer Hall. The nominations committee will present its list of women nominated as UMW officers for the coming year and we share with you about the Annual Celebration in Gardnerville. We also hope that you will plan to attend the Annual Conference Celebration on October 21 in nearby Loomis. And stay tuned for more information about the upcoming UMW Bazaar on November 4th.

Marcia Davis, President
Vivian Riley & Bonnie Shelton, Co-Vice Presidents