Women’s Missionary Union (WMU) (http://www.wmu.com/) is a group of women who take the lead in our Mission work, from teaching missions to adults and young people and supporting Baptist missionaries locally, within Virginia, the United States and around the world. These women are also instrumental in organizing drives to furnish the church with its needs.
We offer two circle opportunities to get involved:
The Annette Acree Circle is our morning circle that meets at 10AM each third Thursday of the month at the church.
The Annie Armstrong Circle is our evening circle that meets at 7PM each third Tuesday of the month at the church.
Please come join us for a time of fellowship, worship and mission involvement.
There is a place for you. Contact the church office for more information!
Here are some of our various activities:
- WMU Council 10:00AM
- Souper Bowl: Annual collection of canned soup for the Salvation Army. Soup is also collected at the Family Night Supper to “vote” for your favorite Super Bowl team.
- WMU Focus Week: Churches throughout our Southern Baptist Convention turn their attention to the missions endeavors of our members.
- WMU Annual Banquet: WMU Annual Banquet close to with Valentine’s Day, enjoy and evening of good food and fellowship as well as inspiring encouragement.
- Week of Prayer for North American Missions
- Annie Armstrong Easter Offering: Annie Armstrong led women to unite in missions endeavors that ultimately led to the formation of Woman’s Missionary Union, for which she served as the first corresponding secretary. She rallied churches to give more, pray more and do more for reaching people for Christ.
- WMU Council Meeting at 10:00 AM
- Bennie Russell Scholarship Month
- George Kissinger Offering & Season of Prayer for Associational Missions: Peninsula Baptist Association impacts the Peninsula region with the gospel of Jesus Christ by working with a network of churches. To equip churches, they offer training events to equip people for the work of ministry, consulting and coaching in church health and growth for local churches and one-on-one coaching for pastors and leaders. For Kingdom ministries, they provide a supportive environment for church planters to begin new work in our area. They share the gospel as they meet needs through Work Camp where teenagers from many churches come together for a week of ministry, fun and worship. PBA Summer Team assists our churches in providing quality Sports Camps which include Bible Study and Worship as well as teaching basic sports skills. Additionally, the PBA partners with Virginia Baptists to provide critical relief during times of disaster.
- Bennie Russell Birthday Celebration:
- Support Vacation Bible School
- Armstrong & Acree Circles elect New Officers
- WMU Council Meeting 10:00 AM
- Joint Circle WMU Picnic: The Annual WMU Picnic for both circle members and their spouses 6:00 PM at the Breaks’ home.
- Alma Hunt Offering for VA State Missions: Offerings in part fund WMU missions and ministries, outreach projects & other special initiatives and ministries not funded through regular streams of giving.
- Community Health Mission Fair: Sponsored by the WMU exhibits include: flu shots, blood pressure checks, CERT, Abingdon Volunteer Rescue Squad, Gloucester County Public Library, Salvation Army, GUEST program, Gloucester County Sheriffs Department’s IdentAKid & expired prescription collection.
- WMU Salad Supper: A joint WMU circle supper which includes Secret Pal Identification and selection of new ones for the coming year.
- World Hunger Day: The hunger offering funds are distributed through our many partners in VA and around the world.
- WMU ladies bake loaves of bread to collect monetary donations for the World Hunger Offering.
- Bread Distribution
- William & Mary Collegiate Dinner: Serving dinner to the college students at 5:00PM
- Baptist Women’s World Day of Prayer
- Women’s Conference: Women’s Get-Away retreat at Eagle Eyrie Conference Center. Attend seminars on ministering to those in our community.
- Operation Christmas Child: The annual shoe box filling sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse for children around the world to give hope, change lives, and transform communities by sharing the gospel through God’s love with these filled boxes.
- Lottie Moon Tea: Marks the beginning of the week of prayer for international missions, learn about Lottie Moon & guest speaker
- Lottie Moon Offering: Lottie Moon – the namesake of Southern Baptists’ international missions offering – has become a legend. But in her time Lottie was anything but an untouchable hero. In fact, she was like today’s missionaries. She labored tirelessly so her people group could know Jesus.
Some Interesting Facts About Lottie Moon:
1840—Born into a wealthy southern USA family
1858—Became Christian after a Holy Land trip
1861—One of the first American women to earn a Master of Arts college degree
1862-1865—Teacher and nurse during the Civil War
1873—Sailed September 1st to China as a missionary, to teach, plant churches and care for women and children
1888—Challenged WMU to financially support international missionaries. This became our annual Christmas offering.
1912— Starved to death with her Chinese people. (Fellow missionaries were taking Lottie to America at that time
Lottie Moon was only 4 feet 3 inches tall. BUT WHAT A GLORY TO GOD!!