UMW Starts Another Season

Here we go again!  After taking the summer months off to relax and refresh, the ladies of the United Methodist Women (UMW) at Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church will enjoy their first meeting of the fall season on Wednesday, September 5th.  Following our tradition, we’ll gather at 6:30 PM and enjoy a potluck supper, as we visit around the common table and catch up with everyone.  Our business meeting will begin after the meal, and we’ll make the most of our time together to plan our fall activities, research ideas for future programs, finalize plans for our annual Christmas Fair, and remember in prayer those who are unable to be with us for one reason or another.

The UMW is open to all women of the church and we encourage you to come and get to know your sisters in Christ, learn about our activities and the ways in which we support many missions here at home and far away.  It’s a time to start afresh with our hopes and dreams for our group, for our church as a whole, and for the world-wide fellowship of Christian women.

We hope to see lots of new faces on Wednesday!

Cinque de Mayo Celebration hosted by the UMW

This year the United Methodist Women are inviting the ladies of the church to come to a Cinque de Mayo luncheon fiesta on Saturday, May 5th, beginning at 11:00 AM. In years past, the UMW ladies have hosted a Mother’s Day Tea to give our thanks to all the ladies of the church who have so generously supported our various events and fundraisers in the past. This year we’re shakin’ things up by hosting a fiesta luncheon, complete with the usual games, crafts, photo opportunities, good food, and a pinata!!

All ladies of the church are welcome to come share the day, and are encouraged to bring their daughters, mothers, grandmothers, aunts, or whomever they would like to include as guests. Please RSVP to Margo Fenn at 860-379-3874 or email at For more information, please call Margo or the church office at 860-379-2157.

Informative Program on Dementia, Stroke, and Alzheimer’s Disease

The United Methodist Women will be hosting a program on Dementia, Stroke, and Alzheimer’s Disease on Wednesday, April 4th, beginning at 7:00 PM. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Jung Kim, Professor Emeritus of Pathology at Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Kim will use a visual presentation to speak about the changes that happen in the brain as the various diseases progress. He will also describe current treatments, and possible preventative measures. Because this is such a timely topic and effects almost everyone in one way or another, we are pleased to open the program to the community. Everyone is welcome to attend. Following the presentation, Dr. Kim will be available for a question & answer session, and light refreshments will be served.

New Beginnings

The first meeting of 2012 for the Pleasant Valley United Methodist Women (PVUMW) took place early in January. It was a time to reflect on the year gone by and welcome with joy and anticipation the time ahead. A new slate of officers will lead the group in the coming months. We are pleased to announce that Cathy Baum has agreed to serve at President, Mary Lou Centofanti as Vice President, Tisha Tubman as Secretary, and Peggy Arnold as Treasurer. Sincere thanks are given to the retiring officers for their time and efforts over the past several years that they have served this unit of the United Methodist Women.

Plans are being discussed for our annual events, the Mother’s Day Tea and the Christmas Fair, and more details will be coming in the days ahead, including dates for your calendar.

The PVUMW is a vital and active group ministry of the church and all women are welcome to come to our meetings. Why not set aside time for yourself in this new year to come and share the joys of sisterhood in Christ. Our meetings take place on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM. We’d love to welcome you to our fellowship.

Annual Christmas Fair: December 3rd

The annual Christmas Fair, hosted by the United Methodist Women, will take place on Saturday, December 3rd, from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM. The ladies have spent their time over the past year making unique handcrafted items and lovely hand knit and crocheted items that will be for sale at reasonable prices. The Fair also hosts a Bake Sale section where many yummy homemade baked goods from our church family are donated, and a couple of rooms are dedicated to Attic Treasures where someone’s “junk” can be someone else’s treasure. Santa will be on hand to have pictures taken with children, and there will be a special Children’s Activity room where the kids can be entertained while their parents shop. At lunch time, plan to join with friends and enjoy a delicious selection of lunch items all prepared by our church ladies.

All the money raised by this annual fundraiser will be used to support the UMW mission projects within the community, and throughout the greater area and the world to help make a better life for the women and children in God’s great kingdom.

Why not come and share in the fun and begin  your Christmas shopping with us!

2011 Mother’s Day Tea a grand affair

The annual Mother’s Day Tea was again a successful event. The theme for this year was threefold: first was a celebration of Mother’s Day, the second was the UMW’s thank you to the ladies of the church for their support and participation in our group’s events during the year, and the third was just for fun to host a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Some of our group dressed in costume, as you’ll see in the photos below. Guests had the opportunity to make a paperbag hat, and a chance to decorate (and eat) a cookie, as well as time to enjoy the goodies on the refreshment tables, including, of course, tea. Everyone had a wonderful time and we’re looking forward to doing it again next year.

April 30th, 2011
Queen of Diamonds because the Queen of Hearts was too mean!
Even the door mouse came!
Croquet, anyone?
Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum
Hm-m-m, that cookie looks good enough to eat
Hand crafted hat
The dynamic duo
A good time was had by all!

Coming Event: Mother’s Day Tea

It’s spring so it’s once again time for the United Methodist Women to host their annual Mother’s Day Tea. Plan to come on Saturday, April 30th from 2 to 4 PM and join in the fun. This year we’ll take a page from the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, so everyone is invited to come dressed as a favorite Alice in Wonderland character. There will be a couple of fun craft projects for the youngsters, an opportunity to have your family’s photo taken, and of course a lovely array of food to tempt you. This annual party is a way in which our UMW members can show their appreciation and thanks for all the ladies of the church who so generously support the group’s activities and events throughout the year. It’s sure to be an exciting time!