First UMC Gonzales

United Methodist Women

United Methodist Women 2019 Christmas Celebration

On Tuesday, December 3, United Methodist Women had 31 ladies who gathered in the holiday decorated FUMC Celebration Center to celebrate Christmas, the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, with joy, praise, thanksgiving, fellowship and giving. The aroma of Leya Mathews' traditional spiced tea filled the room.

The UMW Christmas celebration was opened in prayer by Ruth Bailey. Kaye Hertwig read "The Christmas Pageant" from the book A Christmas Longing by Joni Eareckson Tada. During the mission awareness message, the ladies looked back at the 2019 contributions of $9574.54 from November 16, 2018 to November 15, 2019. June Thomas encouraged membership enrollment in which their donation benefits missions throughout the coming year. Leya Mathew presented ten Reading Program Certificates to ladies who read a total of 80 books in 2019. Information on the Ascension Community Christmas Luncheon at Country Kitchen in Gonzales was provided by Ginger McInnis.
Laughter and conversation began filling the room as the ladies enjoyed refreshments and a time of fellowship. "Thanks" to all who provided the delicious refreshments'.

The evening ended with our annual Brown Bag Auction. "HURRAH" & "APPLAUSE" to our 2019 auctioneers, Cathy Vittoria and Brandi Volion. Our ladies opened their hearts and showed loving generosity as the auctioneers lead the bidding to an overwhelming amount of $1615. With a deep desire to support the monthly financial needs of our church, the ladies contributed the $1615 to the FUMC Gonzales General Fund.