The United Methodist Women of Richmond Hill will have a "tea" at Magnolia Manor on Sunday, April 22 at 3 p.m. Featured speaker will be Diann Beasley, who is the Savannah District President of the UMW. This special day is the Call to Prayer and Self-Denial Sunday. It will be a salute to new members and to deaconesses of the United Church. Offering for the day will go to programs of concern for deaconesses.
Beasley has been president of Savannah District UMW for three years, but she has been a member of Methodist women groups since 1949. She renewed her commitment several years ago and has had doors opened since then. She looked at the UMW as another way to serve God.
"It’s been a wild ride," she laughed and said. "God made opportunities and has called me to serve women and missions."
Beasley stated that deaconesses have to go to seminary to serve as deaconesses, not shepherds (not pastors). Deaconesses are laypersons who serve laypeople. Deaconesses are instructed from the Book of Discipline of the UMC.
The Prayer Calendar is important to the UMW. Missionaries and deaconesses are listed there, along with their birthdays and addresses. UMW supports the daconesses.
Sunday’s program at Magnolia Manor will emphasize the contribution of Deaconesses.
What do you get when you have a bunch of sixth, seventh, and eighth graders singing, dancing, and acting up a storm? What you have is a lot of fun for everyone. That’s what happened at Carver Elementary School on Friday, April 20 at 6 p.m. when the Community Education Department and Bryan County Board of Education presented "Westward, Whoa!" It was a treat for the parents, students, and public.
Teachers Kim Diebold and Varina Moser have been working with a group of sixth, seventh, and eighth graders for several weeks to prepare them for the presentation. Students and parents have been getting costumes together, students have been learning lines and song lyrics, and the whole cast has been practicing dance steps. It all turned out to make a hit performance that was enjoyed by everyone.
The cast and crew presented the play free of charge and open to the public. The play was taken from "Westward, Whoa!" a book by Tim Kelly with music and lyrics by Bill Francoeur., under the services of Pioneer Drama Service, Inc.
Look for future events from the Community Education Department. There are a lot of good programs to delight students and parents alike.