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May 20, 2006

For Stephanie White ...

Church is always with her

(Continued)

FAIRMONT —

The UMW helps missions in the area, such as Scott’s Run Settlement House in Morgantown, Heart and Hand in Philippi, and HOPE Inc. in Fairmont. UMW also helps missions in China, Cuba, Africa and Austria.

She’s also active as a board member of the Wesley Foundation at Fairmont State.

“The Wesley Foundation is a good organization. We help with spaghetti dinners (to raise money to help students). There’s that food and fund-raising again!”

The foundation is also offering free soup and sandwiches for lunch on Thursdays.

She returned last week from the Assembly of United Methodist Women held May 4-7 in Anaheim, Calif. The three-day meeting is held every four years, with the next in St. Louis.

With the theme “Rise! Shine! Glorify God!” the event brought together thousands of women from all areas of the church and society to confront them with areas of critical need and concern, to challenge them to responsible action and to help achieve a sense of unity in worship and in mission.

White had a scholarship to go. But to get there, she had to fly. Not something she likes to do ... or had even done before.

“It was very nerve-wracking. I’d never flown. A friend had never flown before, either, but she was cool with it. She just looked out the window and was fine.

“We get in the air and I started praying. ‘Just let us land OK, at the right spot, at the right time.’ Then we had a layover in Missouri. Once I got in the air, I was OK.

“I was more worried to leave my mom than anything. She had (a medical condition) and just had surgery on her teeth for infection.”

Not all Christians are understanding, she says. Some are downright hypocritical, as she found out at the assembly.

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