"ONLY YOU"....Can Join Hands & Hearts to Embrace Change
When the "Kansas Nebraska Conference and Northwest Missouri Conference" became ONE
The Midwest Conference Women's Missionary Society was born in July, 2008 when the 48th General Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church delegates ratified the resolution submitted by the Northwest Missouri and the Kansas Nebraska Annual Conferences to merge as the Midwest Annual Conference.
On August 25-27, 2008, the Northwest Missouri Conference Women's Missionary Society under the leadership of Mrs. Wanda Jenkins and the Kansas Nebraska Conference Women's Missionary Society under the leadership of Mrs. Thelma Cunningham combined their legacies of over 200 years to host the first Midwest Conference Women's Missionary Society Convention at the Jack Reardon Convention Center in Kansas City, Kansas. The resources of time, talent and funds from missionaries of both conferences held their banners high as we welcomed our newly appointed Episcopal leadership team, Bishop Theodore Larry Kirkland and Mrs. Mary Kirkland. This was truly a time of new beginnings. The officers elected at this 2011 convention were:
Thelma J. Cunningham
FIRST VICE PRESIDENT
SECOND VICE PRESIDENT
THIRD VICE PRESIDENT
ASSISTANT RECORDING SECRETARY
MEMBERS AT LARGE
The Midwest Conference Women’s Missionary Society moved forth with fervor, enthusiasm, peace and faith. Faith in our God who we knew would give us His Grace to maneuver around all stumbling blocks and climb all mountains in our quest to embrace new opportunities, new projects, new challenges, and renew programs. The work that we did spoke for us as we completed a fabulous year and celebrated our 4th annual convention Sept 19th - 21st, 2011. Most of the officers were reelected for a fourth term with the following changes:
Debra Norman and Patricia Grimmett
MEMBERS AT LARGE DISTRICT EXECUTIVE BOARD
God has His way of sanctioning your work and He does it well. The Midwest Conference Women’s Missionary Society members traveled to Los Angeles, California to celebrate the fulfillment of a vision of our Episcopal Supervisor, Mrs. Mary L. Kirkland…and the leadership of our Episcopal President, Mrs. Beverly Thomas.
The First Fifth District Acad AME Awards Banquet in October, 2009. We were presented with nine (9) awards, namely:
Most Valuable Missionary (MVM) Award – Mrs. Thelma J. Cunningham
Local WMS President Leadership Award – Ms. Kelly Rhea, St. John/Topeka, KS
Ecumenical Relations WMS Leadership Award – Mrs. Thelma Williams, St. Timothy/KCMO
Conference WMS President Leadership Award – Mrs. Thelma J. Cunningham
Most Outstanding Missionary Extravaganza
Most New Members
New Conference Initiatives/Projects
Most District Initiatives = YPD
Conference Traveling Trophy
We continue to embrace and love this missionary journey through 2010 and beyond.
We applaud our Presiding Elders Donna Roberson and Steven Cousin and our Pastors and Ministers for their support all along the way. We are the Midwest Conference Women’s Missionary Society and we are shoring up the walls already built by outstanding missionaries through the years. Along the way we will add new rooms to accommodate expanded programs and projects as we live by the 23rd Psalms.
THE MAKING OF HISTORY
Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever. (Psalm 125:1)