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698 West Lockwood Ave

Webster Groves, MO 63119

Office Phone: 314-961-3164


Messenger - December 2019

Hanhane Women's Shelter

Webster Hills United Methodist Women have supported the dispossessed women of Mozambique at Hanhane [pronounced han-yah-nee] Women’s Shelter for almost twenty years.  Their contributions of $700 per year were pooled to build one of the three permanent residences when their houses made of local materials (reed huts) had deteriorated. These houses made a vast difference in the lives of these women. Carol Kreamer, the former Missouri Mozambique Initiative Coordinator, says, “Without this shelter, these widows and elderly women would be left to die in the bush. This shelter is indeed life-saving.” 


Ezequiel Nhantumbo, Missouri’s representative in Mozambique, says that the United Methodist Church continues to serve the elderly women at the shelter in Massinga.  Lately, they have focused on providing food and hygiene materials. The Missouri Mozambique Initiative has transformed a hand water pump into a solar tower, which now supplies safe, running water to the Center and surrounding community. “Twenty-one women reside at the Center.” 


According to Ezequiel, this ministry has ongoing needs. As the women age and ailments increase, there are growing medical challenges. The Center needs a proper outdoor kitchen and a refrigerator-freezer.  Meal preparation now takes place in an open, unsheltered space. 


The women need sweaters to protect them during the winter months. 


According to Webster Hills member Caroline Greene, the UMW is going to increase their giving from $700 to $850 next year. “This is why we have the rummage sale each year,” says Caroline, “to give to our missions.  UMW member, Ann Zimmerman says, “Look at the photos, the women are using the prayer shawls that we made and sent over!” 


Ezequiel expressed gratitude on behalf of the United Methodist Church in Mozambique. “Thanks once again for your continuous support to the center.” Lucas Endicott, who recently visited Mozambique on behalf of the Missouri Conference, said, “What excellent support for a wonderful ministry!” 


Webster Hills can take heart in knowing that our UMW does indeed make a difference to ‘change the world’! 

Webster Hills Leadership Board

Your Webster Hills Leadership Board is working on wrapping up 2019 and charging ahead into the next decade.  We will thank the four board members rotating off the board, Doug Walker, David Austin, Jorje Quinn and Meaghan Rettke, and we will welcome four new board members, Alex Lee, Dan Ruzicka, Perrin Marchionne, and Marti Bates.  It is an honor to serve as your Leadership Board and we look forward to the year ahead.


Our Finance Team thanks those that have already submitted giving pledges for next year and reminds you that it is never to late to submit a pledge.  Your pledges inform our budget process so we can more accurately prepare a balanced 2020 budget.  The Leadership Board will approve the 2020 budget at our January 14th board meeting and then in late January, after 2019 financials are complete, we will offer a date and time after worship to present our 2019 financial report and 2020 budget to the congregation.  We hope you will make time to attend.


The board is excited about the coming new decade. We have an amazing staff, re-energized members doing great things and people coming to us seeking a new or stronger relationship with Jesus Christ.  Remember our Leadership Board meetings are always open to all to attend.  Please join us on the second Tuesday of every month in E204 and participate in leading the church’s mission, to follow 

Jesus and change the world.

Pumpkin Patch

As the orange glow of fall turns into the green and red of Christmas, it is time for us to report on this year’s success of the Annual WHUMC Pumpkin Patch. This still stands to be the biggest fundraiser for the church and the most fun, in my opinion. The 2019  Pumpkin Patch raised $21,400.  We would like to extend a special thank you to all that volunteered for shifts, helped unload pumpkins, purchased pumpkins, and assisted with our activities this year. It takes our entire church community to run this month-long patch and it would not be possible without all of you. We met many new faces, saw many repeat visitors, and received fantastic comments all month long. I am especially grateful as this project allowed me to connect with so many members of the church that I do not otherwise see on a regular basis. It also gave me the chance to find my inner CEO, thanks in part to Kathy Dessent and Barrett Schroeder’s tutelage. Cheers to another successful year and thank you all again for your help 

and support.  

Lauren Harris and the Pumpkin Patch Team