Many times, when things need to be organized or cared for, or people need to be helped or fed, women are behind the scenes making things happen, and the Women of Faith at Salem United Methodist Church are no different. For eight years now, they have been hosting an Annual Women’s Conference in April, to gather and share ideas and celebrate.
Woman of all faiths and denominations are being invited to the conference to be held on Saturday, April 4, from 9 a.m. to noon. The Rev. Maria West from Wallace Temple A.M.E. will be returning, and this year’s theme is “With God There is a Change.”
“It’s a day to reach out to women from all churches in the area,” said Barbara Ann White of the Women of Faith. “It’s nice to get all the ladies together to give thanks for all that we have.”
The theme this year will touch on the role women play in the economy, in the church and in the community. It is a time for fellowship and food, as well as the sharing of ideas.
“It’s good having women from other denominations and churches, because we get an idea of what works in other churches and where they are coming from,” explained White.
The Women of Faith at Salem United Methodist Church stays busy with mission work year round, and last year at their annual fair/bazaar in October, they raised $7,000 to $8,00. They make soup and take it to shut-ins and the sick and often are the ones preparing meals after a funeral.
“We have a Good Samaritan Fund for people who are down-and-out,” said White. “It helps with gas or fuel. The group stays on top of the needs in the community and in our church family.”
She also offered that Salem has a similar Men of Faith group, albeit smaller in number, which is growing. They visit nursing homes and share tapes of services with people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to hear it.
“We are doing all of this locally,” said White. “Yes, there is global hunger and global needs, but there is hunger right here and these are local missions.” She also offered that they house a community food pantry that is constantly doling out food to people who need it.
Registration and social hour for the conference will begin at 8:30 a.m., with coffee, donuts and juice at the Salem Center. Lunch will be provided at noon, and the conference and lunch are free, but they do ask that interested women call to register so they get an accurate head count. For more information or to register, call (302) 436-8412. For more information on Salem United Methodist Church, visit www.sumc.com online.