Dear Friends,

This coming Sunday is Mother’s Day! We will celebrate our Mothers and those who have been like mothers in our life this Sunday.
We will also recognize all the children and grandchildren who have been born this past year to our church family!

Some of you may not be aware that Mother’s Day began in its present form with a special service in May 1907 at the Methodist Episcopal Church (the original name of our denomination) in Grafton, West Virginia. The service was organized by a Methodist laywoman, Anna Jarvis, to honor her mother, who had died on May 9, 1905. By 1908 Anna Jarvis was advocating that all mothers be honored on the second Sunday in May. Her efforts led to West Virginia officially recognizing the holiday in 1910. In 1912 the Methodist Episcopal Church affirmed the day nationwide and in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson declared it a national holiday. Never doubt the influence that one person can have!

A great way to honor our Mother’s is by supporting the Sunday Fund Special Offering benefiting the work of Methodist Senior Services. You can read more below about the important work our denomination does in providing for our seniors throughout the state. Thank you for your generosity toward this important ministry. 

Grace and Peace,

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