Happy New Year
 2023 Coastal Virginia United Women in Faith News.

There will be a New UWF Bible Study Starting –

February 21, 7pm. via Zoom. Circling a New Year, a study on Lamentations. Zoom information will be forwarded.

Next Quarterly UWF Meeting –

March 11, 9:30 breakfast, 10:00 meeting at Lynnhaven UMC, 1033 Little Neck Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23452. Our District Superintendent, Rev. Dr. C. R. Brooks will be our speaker. Please RSVP with Marta Pizzeck at with the number attending. A board meeting will follow the 10:00 am meeting.

Unit Information Needed –

Please send your unit’s board members information to

Quarterly March Newsletter – 

If you have inputs for the March Coastal Virginia UWF newsletter, please forward them to Debi Lupton at by February 19, 2023.
If you have members in your unit who need to be subscribed to this newsletter, please forward their names and email addresses to Debi Lupton.

Day of Giving

On March 23, United Women in Faith’s annual “Day of Giving,” we celebrate and honor the vision of our foremothers by giving to The Legacy Endowment Fund.  Together, our gifts help carry forward the work those women began for the benefit of future generations of women, children, and youth.  The theme for this year’s Day of Giving is “The Future is Now,” and the first $100,000 in gifts will be matched by the Scranton Women’s Leadership Center.  You are invited to join us at the Virtual Facebook event on March 23 and to celebrate the 154th anniversary by giving to The Legacy Endowment Fund.  For more information, visit or contact
President – Marta Pizzeck, (757)739-6491
Vice-President – Open
Secretary – Florence Alferes, (757)560-3875
Treasurer – Michele Kanady, (757)645-7929
Nominations – Julie Kissell, (757)404-1783
Program Resources – Lyn McCandlish, (757)646-2318
Communications – Debi Lupton, 
Missions – Open
Education and Interpretation – Mary Arnold, (757)463-4713
Membership, Nurture & Outreach – Open
Social Action - Open
Spiritual Growth - Open

Virginia Conference United Women in Faith
Living into our Purpose (LIOP)
1 September 2022 – 31 August 2023
Our Purpose
United Women in Faith shall be a community of women whose 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.

Recognition for Achieving Goals in Our Purpose
Living into Purpose Level Total Items to Complete
for Units of >15 Members
Total Items to Complete
for Units of ≤15 members
I – Bronze 8 total items including
4 ✶ items
4 total items including
2 ✶ items
II – Silver 12 total items including
6✶ items
6 total items including
3 ✶ items
III – Gold 18 total items including
10✶ items
9 total items including
5 ✶ items
  • The Living Into Our Purpose (LIOP) form gives us a “blueprint” for keeping on track to accomplishing our goals as United Women in Faith.
  • For such a time as this, we will TURN IT UP!
  • Mark the items you completed.
  1a. Make and meet a Pledge to Mission Giving.
  1b. Include the UWF Purpose at every meeting, in-person or virtual.
    1c. Increase the local organization's Pledge to Mission this year.
  1d. Qualify as a Five- or Six-Star organization by contributing to Five or Six Channels of Mission Giving:
□ Pledge to Mission          □ Special Mission Recognition  
□ Mission Giving Cards    □ Gift in Memory 
□ World Thank Offering    □ Candle burning
  1e. Have one member become a Rainbow Giver.
  1f. Participate in the United Women in Faith 150th Legacy Fund.
    1g. Observe “A Call to Prayer and Self Denial” with program and offering.
Found in Program Resource Manual and at
    2a. Encourage the practice of spiritual disciplines (e.g., Scripture, prayer, fasting)
  2b. Have at least one Prayer Guide, which can be used at each local organization meeting, in-person or virtual, to pray for mission workers and mission projects for women, children and youth.
    2c. Have at least one member attend a District or Conference Spiritual Life Event, in-person or virtually.  (District or Conference officers who have paid their own way may count toward this item)
    2d. Host or participate in a Childrens Sabbath Service highlighting the needs of the children. (Resource:
  2e. Use at least two programs from the Program Resource.
1.                                                                 2.
  3a. Choose one District or Conference Social Action Priority to work on.
Priority chosen:
  3b. Present a program or initiate a project based on a District or Conference Social Action Priority.
    3c. Have at least one member attend United Methodist Day at General Assembly in February, if held.  
Member name(s):
  3d. Have at least one member participate in a webinar addressing a District or Conference Social Action Priority and share the information with the local organization.
Member name(s):
  3e. Have at least one member sign-up to receive the UWF Action Alerts to learn more about justice issues and share the information with the local organization.
Member name(s):
    3f. Have at least one member visit the UMC Church and Society website to obtain What You Can Do – Take Action suggestions on justice issues and share with the local organization.  
Member name(s):
    3g. Have at least one member sign up to receive Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy alerts ( and use ideas to advocate for justice.
Member name(s):
  ✶   3h. Implement or continue the Charter for Racial Justice policies by having a racial justice program, participating in a District racial justice program, or attending a Conference racial justice event, in-person or virtually.  
Resources include:;
    3i. Participate in the United Women in Faith climate justice issues with “Be Just. Be Green. 13 Steps To Sustainability” principles.
Found at under Brochures.
Describe what you did:
    4a. Add at least two new members to the roll for local circles/units with more than 15 members), or one new member for local circles/units with 15 or fewer members.
1.                                                                        2.
  4b. Have at least two members, other than a District or Conference Officer, attend a District or Conference Annual Meeting, in-person or virtual. (If ≤ 15 members – you may include one District or Conference Officer). 
1.                                                                        2.
    4c. Sponsor a young woman (age 18 - 40) to attend a District or Conference Young Womens Event, if held, in-person or virtually.  (Note: Check for available District or Conference scholarships.)
Name of attendee(s): (for your archives)
  4d. Invite a District or Conference Officer, other than one of your own members, to one of your local organization meetings during the year and/or your United Women in Faith’s Sunday, in-person or virtual.
    4e. Write to at least five mission workers, active or retired, listed in the Prayer Guide.
    4f. Have at least one member attend UWF Day at Ferrum College, if held.
  4g. Submit names of deceased members to District M,N&O Coordinator or President by deadline set by the District. (Note: Not later than Sept. 10)

  4h. Submit unit survey/census online at by date requested by national office. Use membership numbers for the previous calendar year.
Also, please advise District by August 31 or as requested by the district of those same numbers (i.e. previous calendar year):
Number of members at January 1 ______ (not required for online report to National UWF)
Number of new members added _______
Number of members lost by death or other reasons _________
Number of members at December 31 _______
  5a. Have at least one subscription to response magazine within the organization to help members stay informed of world missions and for help in planning programs. Include a “response moment” where an item from response magazine is lifted up as a way to tell a mission story.
    5b. Have at least one member, other than a District or Conference officer, attend Conference Mission Encounter (nationally called Mission u) or District Mission Celebration/Mission Encounter, if held, in-person or virtually.
(If in-person event, District or Conference officers who have paid their own way may count toward this item.)   (VA Conference:;
  5c. Select a mission institution or project which is supported (1) by funds from United Women in Faith ( )(Note: Wesley Community Service Center in Portsmouth and Justice for Our Neighbors in Annandale are National Institutions in Virginia);
or (2) by funds through the Ministry Grants of Virginia (listed in the Annual Report).  Visit and/or contribute needed resources.
Name of institution or project:
  5d. Have or participate in, in-person or virtually, at least one current mission study during the year, sponsored by a local unit/organization.
Which one:
  5e. Have at least two members complete Plan I or higher of the Reading Program.
  1.                                                             2.                                                                                 
  6a. Have one or more members participate in hands-on mission such as gleaning, working at a food pantry or clothes closet, Rise Against Hunger event, bagging potatoes, etc. 
  6b. Participate in the Campaign for Children (Children’s Sabbath Sunday, public education, mentoring or tutoring programs, visit and support local schools, etc.)
Describe what you did:
    6c. Provide at least 10 UMCOR mission kits and funds for shipping for the Virginia Annual Conference (Kits for Conference)
    6d. Make a donation of goods (stamps for inmates, etc.), money (to support a prison chaplain) or service (Bible study, bell choir) to prison ministries.
Total✶ Items: Total
Qualify for a bronze, silver or gold recognition?
 Submit this form to your DISTRICT LIOP Representative
Local Organization/Church; if District Member at Large, show name of District  
Number of Members in your Local Organization  
President or Contact Person  

September 2022

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