LogoReports from the 2010 Quadrennial

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Postscript

We wanted to share some statistics with you and also show you how generous Disciples Women have been.

QA Numbers:

  • 1,887 registrants
  • 648 first time attendees
  • 8 every time attendees
  • 76 husbands
  • 40 Tweeners
  • 44 states and 15 countries represented
$36,761.71 Total Offerings:
Blessing Box $12,388.95
Week of Compassion / Women’s Empowerment Fund $8,236.40
Bras for a Cause $4,452.50
Triad Ladder of Hope $4,377.80
Church World Service Hygiene Kits $3,595.46
Human Trafficking Project $1,537.50
International Disciples Womens Ministries $1,442.50
Disciples Mission Fund $320.70
Global Ministries $285.00
Office of Disciples Women $50.00
Just Women magazine $25.00

Contributions:

Disciples Women not only gave from their checkbooks, they also gave time and effort!
  • Everyone was amazed at the resounding success of the Books & Purses collection where women donated over 5,000 books and 5,000 purses!
  • Women made, knitted or crocheted 250 blankets for Project Linus!
  • 3,240 hygiene kits and 39 baby layettes were collected and sent to Church World Service
  • Over 60 units of blood was donated to the Red Cross
  • 293 men, women, and Tweener Mission Trip volunteers
We look forward to seeing you in 2014 for the 15th Quadrennial Assembly.

June 24, 2010

Where can you find 2,000 Disciples women gathered to worship, learn, pray, meet new friends, greet old friends, sing, serve, work, play, eat, relax and share their stories?   In 2010, the answer is very near to Georgia, in Greensboro, NC, as Disciples women from all over the U.S. and Canada, as well as global partners from around the world gather for the 14th Quadrennial Assembly presented by International Disciples Women's Ministries.

What's immediately apparent in only the second day of this gathering is that the Disciples presence in the world is so much bigger than many of our churches realize.  I've met women from across the U.S. - Oregon, Kansas, Nebraska, Mississippi, Michigan, Texas, California, Indiana, and of course Georgia and North Carolina.  But there are also many international visitors at the Quadrennial --  women serving as global missionaries in Brazil, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, the Republic of Georgia (Nana Doliashvili who was in our OWN Georgia just this past week), Ghana, Serbia, and many more.

There is much to learn here and to ponder:  the stories of women and children victimized by war and economic practices in the two Congo nations; the challenge to women to stand up and speak out against human trafficking (a particular Disciples Women cause for this year); and the impact women are having in ministries all over the world.  There has been outstanding preaching by Bishop Vashti McKenzie, the first woman bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and excellent teaching by Dr. Sharon Dowd, scholar and currently on staff at Decatur First Baptist Church in Decatur, GA.

Through it all, women are being encouraged by the theme of "Awake!"  From everything I've seen, we women are indeed "Awake"  -  awake to the Spirit, awake to God's presence, awake to Christ's call to compassionate service.

Rev. Kathy McDowell


June 25, 2010

It's only the second full day of the Quadrennial, the every-four-year event sponsored by International Disciples Women's Ministries, but it's been two-plus days of rich opportunities for worship, learning, fellowship, and service.   And speaking of service, here's what 2,000 women have done so far:  held a blood drive, built homes through Habitat for Humanity, collected thousands of purses and books for a local women's shelter, put together hygiene kits for Church World Service, and made fleece blankets for Project Linus.   Other women have spent some time today attending a health fair, participating in more than 100 different workshops, shopping and exploring in the exhibit area, viewing the Photographic Art Exhibit, and voting on the favorite "Designer Bra" in "Bras for the Cause," a fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.  (You really have to see this to believe the creativity!)

Preaching and teaching abound here at the Quadrennial; speakers have included JoAnne Kagiwada, who has spent her life in support of Asian Disciples work, and has represented the denomination at the National Council of Churches; Dr. Sharyn Dowd teaching on Psalm 57 and the way of praise in our lives; Jovana Savic, of Serbia, sharing the stories of girls and women who are caught up in the terrors of human trafficking around the world. 

From a personal perspective, this morning's plenary session was a great honor for me as I was one of 12 Disciples women affirmed as the new IDWM Executive Committee for 2010-2014. It is humbling to take on this particular leadership for and with so many incredibly gifted and spirited Disciples women.  I am looking forward to serving the church in this way at this time.  "It's an exciting time to be the church," as our General Minister and President Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins shared with the incoming IDWM committtee.  And there is no shortage of that excitement here at the 14th Quadrennial.

Rev. Kathy McDowell


June 26, 2010

The 14th Quadrennial Assembly of the International Disciples Women's Ministries is over, but I'm still humming the theme song "Awaken to the Presence." I'm also giving thanks for such an incredibly inspiring five days of wisdom, praise, and service with nearly 2,000 Disciples women from all over North America, plus dozens of mission partners from around the world. In one conversation, someone told me that the Quadrennial is the best event that Disciples do, and I would have to agree. From worship and music, to meals and hospitality, to workshops and exhibits, every detail is attended to with care.

But this was more than a great conference; the event opened the eyes of many to deep human needs all over the world. On Saturday morning during the plenary session, a drama team presented a moving call to action in a powerful skit about human trafficking. Later that evening, Rev. Amy Gopp, Executive Director of Week of Compassion, preached in worship, reminding us of our call to "bring good news to the poor, proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind" (Luke 4:16-19). She also announced a new opportunity through Week of Compassion, a Women's Empowerment Fund.

Saturday afternoon events offered something for everyone - including the "Bizarre Bazaar" - where Disciples churches from all over the country sold their crafts, cookbooks, and creativity. Later that afternoon, participants had a choice of attending unique themed worship services including Biblical Storytelling, Global Worship, Gospel, Human Trafficking, Spanish Worship, Taize, Sacred Song, Traditional, Family/Children's, and more.

Over the course of the 5-day event, the women in attendance also focused on mission. The numbers amazed us all: 5,000 books and 5,000 purses collected for a women's shelter; $12,000 in Blessing Box donations, 250 blankets for Project Linus; 3,240 hygiene kits; 21 men and women refurbishing 3 homes; $4,000 raised for the Susan G. Komen Foundation through "Bras for a Cause," plus hundreds of others volunteers in shelters, urban center, blood drive, VBS, and more.

The Quadrennial culminated in worship on Sunday morning, as the Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins, Disciples General Minister and President, challenged us to awaken to continued action in the world. In a moving communion service and a sign of commitment to each other and the world, each woman also poured a tiny packet of salt into a bowl, and all were reminded "until all the grains of this salt are separated, our covenant with one another remains."

Blessings from the Quadrennial and the Georgia delegation,

Rev. Kathy McDowell


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