Open to all women of the Church and community, Calvary United Methodist Women (CUMW) is the local church chapter of the international United Methodist Women (UMW) organization. The organization supports the needs of women and children across the world through local and global initiatives.
Meetings are typcially held the first Saturday of each month at 10:00am in the Calvary Fellowship Hall. Watch the church calendar for meeting updates. Meetings are held at the parsonage during the winter months.
"Taking Care of You, Taking Care of Others" An evening event sponsored by the Calvary United Methodist Women on May 5, 2016
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Women spend much of their lives nurturing others. When we find ourselves focusing more on others than ourselves, we become worn out, stressed out and run down. For those of us who spend time helping and caring for others, it is too easy to neglect our own needs. It's like "running on empty" when we don’t take the time to re-fuel.
This event was just about that - taking time to "re-fuel" by taking care of ourselves so that we can take care of others.
The evening began with an introduction by Karen Smith, Vice President our the Calvary chapter of United Methodist Women. She explained her background in the group and the importance of it within a church.
Following a light meal, a devotional was led by Ellen Homitsky. We relaxed while she read to us from a children's book titled "Miss Rumphius" - a lovely book about beauty, family values, and friendship. She then read scripture and led us in a prayer while holding hands.
We then moved onto the activities planned for the evening.
Make-up by Joy & CeCi Holte
Joy Holte represented Younique which is a make-up company that is so much more than make-up. Her passion for the company is evident. She feels that if you feel beautiful outside, you’ll feel beautiful inside. With the help of Younique, Joy and her daughter were able to bring 50 care packages full of Younique make-up, toiletries and other essentials to the Bethlehem Haven Women's Shelter on Valentine’s Day earlier this year.
The main reason she was inspired to join the company was because of its mission work. The Younique Foundation is a charitable organization whose mission is to educate parents and empower them to protect their children from sexual abuse while leading a public dialogue to bring the epidemic of abuse to light. Learn more about the foundation on the Younique Foundation website.
Both Joy and her daughter delighted everyone by leading make-up demonstrations and make-overs. She also had items available for purchase in which a portion of the sales went to support a local shelter for women.
Jewelry Demonstrations by Diane Niepp
Diane Niepp, a friend of Christina Kautchick and often helper and Calvary's Children and Youth events, was there to show us how to design our own jewelry, and we each made a pair of earrings. As you can tell from the pictures below, making the earrings was very difficult due to the incredible number of options that she had for us to choose from! She also had items available for purchase in which a portion of the sales went to support a local shelter for women.
She has been designing jewelry for over 40 years and began her study in Europe. She enjoys creating custom wedding rings. Her unique jewelry designs have been featured in such venerable establishments as Saks Fifth Avenue, Atmosphere Gallery in Soho, NewYork, Catherina’s Boutique in Oakmont and Adornments in the SouthSide of Pittsburgh. In May 2000, Diana won Honorable Mention for a ring designed for the Art for AIDS Benefit held at the Carnegie Museum of Pittsburgh.
Learn more about her designs and available pieces on her website - NDN Jewelry Designs.
Insurance for Yourself and Your Children by Terri Lynn Howell
Terri Lynn is an agent for Western & Southern Life and she spoke to us about insurance for ourselves and our loved ones. She realizes talking about insurance is emotionally difficult, but she enjoys the opportunity to help people. When you speak with her, please ask about the "Critical Care" policy which is something everyone needs and should consider.
Massage Therapy by Angel Baney
Angel has been a massage therapist for over 17 years and has an office on Camp Horne Road. She specializes in chronic pain and injuries. Linda Ehrlich met Angel through Church Union where Angel is involved with the Children's Table which is a program that enables young people to make healthy food choices through the hands-on joy of food preparation.
Pot a Plant to Bring Beauty to Someone Who Has Brought Beauty To Your Life
In the spirit of the children's book that Ellen Homitsky read to us, she set up an area where we could plant flowers into recycled pots. We were instructed to give these plants to someone who had brought beauty to our lives. There was also table set up with stationary and decorative items so that we could make a hand-made card for this person as well.