United Methodist Association

In This Issue
Mary's Message: Finding Joy
EAGLE Announces Newly
Accredited Organization
Welcome New UMA
Members for 2019
Call for UMA Awards
Member News
Shared Learning
Joy Stories: Riverwoods Grande Illumination Event
Share Your Joy
Did you know?
Member News
Calendar of Events

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January 2019
Mary's Message: Finding Joy

Greetings from the D.C. metro area! This week, the federal government reopened, the gears unstuck, and the beltway and metro escalators are once again snarled with commuters, ending record-breaking gridlock in our nation's capital.

What does that have to do with joy?

The past month has been a stressful one for our nation's federal workers. I watched as people's moods shifted from a giddy extra day of sledding with their kids to a rising uneasiness about resources to the deepening malaise of uncertainty. As many of my neighbors headed back to their commute this week, however harried, I was sure I saw a bit of skip in their step.

There is, after all, a simple joy in predictability and normalcy.

Joy comes in many forms.
    Another less public event happened in January. I celebrated another birthday. Though my three kids and I never voiced it to each other, the past year weighed on us, however irrational. With this birthday, I surpassed the years of life of my first husband. On the morning of my birthday, my daughter softly said, "You made it." And we both understood.

Some moments of joy sound less like a trumpet and more like a balloon exhaling with relief. Joy can appear as a quiet smile of gratitude that we or someone we love has taken another breath and seen another sunrise.

Last week, I experienced an easy, inspired joy as I gathered with a group of wonderful faith-based association leaders to share ideas and reflections and explore collaboration. I must confess my commute to D.C. was breezy... a guilty glee.

This Monday, though, was confetti-filled happiness as we celebrated my daughter's 19th birthday. As I dropped her back off at college, she beamed to be back with her pack of friends. I beamed to see her shine.

Joy comes in different forms from the shout-from-the-mountain-top joy to the silent, psalm-in-your-head joy. Joy is a gift. It's God tapping us on the shoulder or thumping us over the head.

It is everywhere, but we must be on the lookout for it in its many forms. In the work you do, it is often subtle. An anxious child sitting still in school. A slim octogenarian finishing her meal.

You, as faith-based organization leaders, are called to lead people to create this joy for the people you serve. We are here to support you.

Where do you find joy?
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EAGLE Announces Newly Accredited Organization

On behalf of the EAGLE Accreditation Commission, UMA is pleased to extend congratulations to:

Louisiana UM Children & Family Services
EAGLE Reaccreditation with Commendation

EAGLE Accredited organizations are committed to continual assessment of the effectiveness of their operations and ongoing improvements to their ministries to provide the highest quality services possible.

To learn more about EAGLE Accreditation, please visit the EAGLE website.

Join us at the Celebration of Excellence, which will be held on May 7 during the UMA Annual Meeting in Fort Myers, Florida to honor those organizations that achieve accreditation.
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Welcome New UMA Members for 2019

We are delighted to welcome the following new members to UMA:

Arbor Acres
Winston-Salem, NC

Bethany Methodist Communities/Chestnut Square at The Glen
Glenview, IL

Methodist Retirement Communities
The Woodlands, TX

MYSI Corporation
Chicago, IL

Rev. Kim James
Ogden First United Methodist Church
Marriot-Slaterville, UT

United Methodist Children's Home
Montgomery, AL

United Methodist Homes, NY & PA
Binghampton, NY

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Call for UMA Awards

Closing Soon: Award Nominations
We are accepting nominations for Best Practice, Innovation, and Mission Awards through January 31. Nominations are open to all UMA members in good standing. We invite you to submit for one or more of these awards.

To render your nomination(s) please click here.

Additional information and award descriptions are located here.

Award winners will be selected by the Awards Committee and presented during the Celebration of Excellence at the 2019 UMA Annual Meeting in Fort Myers, Florida on May 7, 2019.
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Member News

Prayers for Wetumpka, Alabama
Our hearts and prayers go out for First Presbyterian Church of Wetumpka, First Baptist Church of Wetumpka, and all of Wetumpka, AL after the tornado on January 19 which brought so much devastation. The family of First Presbyterian Church of Wetumpka would like to express deep gratitude to the sisters and brothers of their Presbytery. The outpouring of love, support, and offers of assistance has been astounding. God's blessings indeed overflow.

Methodist Children's Home President Tim Brown Announces Retirement
Tim Brown, President and CEO of Methodist Children's Home in Waco, TX and former UMA Board member, emphasized his belief in the bright future of the organization as he announced his retirement this month.

"I was blessed to begin my career at MCH as a home parent, and I am equally blessed to be ending it as the 10th president of this ministry," said Brown. The Board of Directors of the Methodist Children's Home (MCH) launched a national search for the next leader of the 129-year-old social service ministry.

Mission Central Announces New Executive Director
Hope Harrison joins Mission Central having served as Director of Development and Alumni Relations with Harrisburg Area Community College for 5 years. Her experience includes working as youth director and Director of Career Development. In addition, Hope's passion for mission was strengthened when she served in the US Peace Corp for two years in the Republic of Georgia.
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Shared Learning

Annual Meeting 2019
Featured Annual Meeting Keynote Speaker: Best-selling Author Doug Abrams
Doug Abrams, co-author of The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, will be the featured keynote speaker at the 2019 UMA Annual Meeting, set for May 7-8 in Fort Myers, Florida. An instant New York Times best seller, the book shares the wisdom of two spiritual giants reflecting on their long lives to answer a single burning question: How do we find joy in the face of life's inevitable suffering? Join us as Abrams shares the eight pillars of happiness. Look for more education and registration details early next month.

We're about to LAUNCH!
    Watch your inbox in early February for our 2019 UMA Annual Meeting brochure and registration details. We invite you to pause with us - to gather together in fellowship and reflect on the spiritual fruit of JOY.

Our meeting includes two inspirational keynote presentations, the annual business meeting, 18 quality breakout education sessions, networking events, and a tour of an EAGLE-accredited senior living community. This two-day event is designed for 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, family and persons with emotional or developmental disabilities.
Webinar: The Reasons for Growth
Doug Leidig, CEO of Asbury Communities, and Tom Mann, Principal and EVP of Love & Co., a UMA business partner, will discuss The Reasons for Growth in an upcoming February 13 webinar. Click here to register.

Networking & Education
Exchange ideas, share your knowledge, fellowship and explore solutions with peers from around the nation. We invite you to participate in any of our member networks. RSVPs are appreciated but not required. Click here for dates and details.
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Joy Stories

Riverwoods Grande Illumination Event Raises Over $22,000
A Joy Story from Albright Care Services
By Allison Kauffman, Marketing Assistant/PR Writer
"As a faith based not-for-profit organization, benevolent care continues to be our highest priority," says Sue Jamison, Director of the Annual Fund.
The 20th Annual Grande Illumination event recently held at RiverWoods Senior Living Community raised more than $22,000 for benevolent care, which is used to cover the essentials of room costs, meals, medication and transportation to and from medical appointments for those who have outlived their resources. This event provides the opportunity for donors to honor and remember loved ones or to name someone who has blessed them by sponsoring a luminary in tribute to a family member, neighbor or friend. For more information on this story, please click here.

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).

Did you know?

HHS Grants South Carolina Waiver
The Department of Health and Human Services, in a January 23 announcement, granted a waiver to South Carolina's Department of Social Services to license faith-based child placement services. See the following links for news articles: Religion News; Charlotte Observer; Washington Post.

HHS Shared Updated Opioid Epidemic Practical Toolkit
The newly revised and updated HHS Partnership Center's toolkit offers practical suggestions to help your community support individuals and families struggling with addiction, and its often severe consequences. Download the toolkit here.

Books for Workplace Happiness
To help you make the most of this still-hot economy, here are six new books that can help you be happier at work, land a job, win a promotion, downshift into semi-retirement or switch careers, according to Next Avenue.

2019 Calendar of Events

February 6 UMA Board of Directors Meeting
February 7 Development Network Call 10:00 AM (EST)
February 13 HR Network call 11:00 AM (EST)
March 7 Development Network Call 10:00 AM (EST)
March 13 HR Network call 11:00 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 in Fort Myers, Florida
July 18-19 EAGLE Accreditation Commission Meeting
July 24 UMA Board of Directors Meeting
November 13 UMA Board of Directors Meeting