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Member Joy Stories
Annual Meeting 2019
Share Your Joy
Networking & Education
Member News
Calendar of Events
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December 2018
A Message from Afghanistan Results in Joyful Giving Moment

A Joy Story from United Methodist Communities
By Janet M. Carrato, Communications and Public Relations Director

   On September 4, 2017, United Methodist Communities' Home Office received a message from Deputy Commander Major Rick Moreno, United States Marine Corps, stationed at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. "We received your care package for Mark Kistler here at the Special Mission Wing, Special Operations Advisory Group. It arrived at a perfect time and all the items were well received and went a long way toward lifting spirits. We are grateful and would be glad to stay on your mailing list and in your prayers."

For more on this Joy Story, please click here.
Pictured above are the UMC at The Shores Mission Team: Resident letter writers, Care Coordinator, Pam Walker; residents Louise McIntyre, Shirley Deming and David Rhodes; and Director of Mission and Pastoral Care, Rev. Beth Mallozzi.

Asbury Methodist Village Celebrates Elves Day
A Joy Story from Asbury, Inc.

Asbury believes everyone should awaken Christmas Day knowing they are loved and remembered. Last week "Elves" gathered together - volunteers from local churches and residents from Asbury Methodist Village to organize gift bags for every person in the Wilson Healthcare Center and Kindley Assisted Living. Over 400 bags were packaged - each bag having eight wrapped presents. Thank you notes are received back every year with many sharing that these were the only gifts they had to open on Christmas day. Asbury continues this great tradition in the spirit of Christian love and John Wesley's exhortation to "Do all the good we can."

UMA would like to thank Doug Myers, President & CEO, Asbury Foundation for this Joy Story.
Pictured above are Asbury Methodist Village residents Patty King, Cindy McCracken and Kathy Hirata.


UMA Visits the Presbyterian Home for Children
UMA President Mary Kemper and Director of EAGLE Jill Myers present the EAGLE Accreditation plaque to Doug Marshall, President of the Presbyterian Home for Children during their recent visit to the agency in Talladega, Alabama this month. The 150-year old organization serves homeless children, women and young adults.

Pictured: Jill Myers, Director of EAGLE Accreditation (UMA), Doug Marshall, President and CEO (Presbyterian Home for Children Talladega) and Mary Kemper, President and CEO (UMA)

We hope you've marked your calendars to join us in Fort Myers, Florida, May 7-8, 2019, at Shell Point Retirement Community (an EAGLE Accredited Community).

This two-day event is designed to appeal to service organization leadership teams, community outreach ministries, bishops, chaplains, United Methodist-related foundations and business partners - all of whom are committed to quality of service to diverse populations including seniors, children, youth and family; and persons with emotional or developmental disabilities.
Registration launches in February and will be shared in editions of our newsletter as well as our website (www.ouruma.org). Please click here for the most up-to-date information.

#WeAreOurUMA #WhyWeGather #EmpoweredByJoy

Share Your Joy

We would like to hear from you. Do you have a "joy moment" or story that you like to share? We plan to feature Joy Stories in our newsletter and on our website.

If you would like to share yours, please email Sara Charbonneau (scharbonneau@ouruma.org).

Networking & Education

UMA Networks will not meet in December, due to the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Save these dates for your calls in January:
UMFS to Host CSTOP Training in January
United Methodist Family Services will host a CSOTP training event on January 27 from 2:00-4:30 PM and January 28 through February 1 from 8:30 AM-5:00 PM. The training will take place at Charterhouse School Auditorium (3900 W. Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23230). Registration is limited and due by January 14. You may register online by clicking here. For more information, please click here.

Member News

What We Can Learn from the Hardest Cases a TEDxQuincy Event
A TEDx Talk by Debbie Reed, President & CEO, Chaddock

When children experience major trauma specialized care is required, but what can an average parent learn from these hardest cases? Debbie Reed explores strategies parents can use from specialized attachment and trauma settings to better connect with their kids, no matter how big or small their challenges. Learn more here.

2019 Calendar of Events

January 3 Development Network call, 10:00 AM (EST)
January 9 Human Resources Network call, 11:00 AM (EST)
January 22 EAGLE Accreditation Commission Meeting
January 24 Chaplain Chat, 4:00 PM (EST)
February 6 UMA Board of Directors Meeting
February 7 Development Network call, 10:00 AM (EST)
March 14 EAGLE Accreditation Commission Meeting
March 28 Chaplain Chat, 4:00 PM (EDT)
May 6 UMA Board of Directors Meeting
May 7-8 Annual Meeting at Shell Point Retirement Community
July 18-19 EAGLE Accreditation Commission Meeting
July 24 UMA Board of Directors Meeting
November 13 UMA Board of Directors Meeting

Chaplain Network Calls hosted by Louisiana UM Children & Family Services.
Development Network Call hosted by United Methodist Retirement Communities.
Human Resources Networking Group hosted by Asbury Communities.

UMA News

May the spirit of the season fill you with the gift of FAITH and the PEACE and JOY of His LOVE.

The UMA office will be closed on Monday, December 24, though Friday, December 28.
For general inquiries, please visit our website (www.ouruma.org), email us at (askuma@ouruma.org)
or call 301-556-1340 to leave a message.