Romeo United Methodist Church
Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Logo in English; red flame


by Becky Laseke and submitted to 'Response' Magazine, 2018.

 Romeo United Methodist Women (RUMW) was rededicated in 2016 at Romeo United Methodist Church.  UMW was active for many years at RUMC but gradually dissolved. 

 We focus on two mission projects – Turning Point, a shelter for abused women and children, and Northwest Haiti Christian Mission, an orphanage for children in Haiti.

 Turning Point is a shelter that can house approximately 20 women and their children and insure their safety.  The facility is equipped to feed and clothe families through donations and fund raisers.  As part of their fund raising, they operate a second   hand store with all proceeds going to the shelter.  The store sells clothing, household items and furniture.  RUMW supports this effort by asking our congregation for donations and delivering them to Turning Point.  To date we have delivered five truckloads of items ranging from paper products, such as diapers, paper towels, etc. to clothing, toys and books.  In April, we hosted a “shower for Turning Point”.  We registered at a local Target to give our congregation an idea of what was needed.  At the shower, Turning Point provided us with two speakers, one of which was a survivor.  The event was very successful, having the highest attendance of any RUMW general meeting.

 Our other mission project is the Northwest Haiti Christian Mission.  This orphanage is located in Mole, Saint Nicolas, Haiti and cares for children of all ages.  In addition to collecting items to be delivered to Haiti, we meet one Monday a month to make dresses and shorts for the children.  We have a contact, thru one of our members, with a missionary couple who visit the orphanage every July and deliver everything we have made and collected.   This July we were able to send 50 dresses, 20 pairs of shorts, t-shirts and flip flops, hair scrunches and other items donated by our congregation.  We are looking forward to pictures of the children when they receive these items.

 Other ministries include Bible Study, prayer group, a reading program, and prayer shawls for hospital patients and shut-ins, Meals to Members, bereavement, fellowship, welcome bags, Christmas Bazaar, and rummage sale.  We're happy to have an active United Methodist Women and so is the church and community.