In January, we celebrated 150 years of United Methodist Women. It all began in 1869 when 6 women in India saw a need, and now the organization has grown to over one million women. Our purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship, and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.
Each year, we recognize two women who have made a difference in First UMC’s United Methodist Women. On January 20th, we honored Helen Evans and Rachel Caudle.
Helen and her husband, Charles, moved to Shreveport in 1955 from Missouri. They joined FUMC the following year. Helen joined the Seeker Sunday school class, and with a new friend decided to join the UMW. It was a circle of new mothers that met at the church and provided a nursery for the children. Helen has been a member for 60 years. In January 2013, Helen took over the job of UMW treasurer, a job she has had for six years. We want to honor Helen for her commitment to you in W
Rachel Caudle is the daughter of Charles and Lounelle Black. Rachel is a lifelong member of FUMC, being baptized and married here. Rachel is the mother of two daughters, Anna Claire and Ellie. When Rachel and her husband, Taylor, moved back to Shreveport in 2015, her mother encouraged Rachel to get involved in UMW. Last February, Rachel and her friend, Mallory McCotter, attended a new circle information meeting. They emailed all the women in the church between the ages of 20 to 40 asking for interest. In March, 30 women attended the first Circle 4 meeting. Circle 4 has an average monthly attendance of 25! We want to honor Rachel for following through with a vision for a new young women’s circle.