The Beverly Smith Guild, formerly known as the Mattie May Allen Circle, was formed on January 15, 2014. Pastor Jim Elder said a blessing over the guild’s new name and prayed that the group would follow in the legacy of Beverly Smith, to love God and to embrace Mt. Zion with their whole hearts, their whole mind, their whole being.
The guild is open to all women of Mt. Zion UMC. The group meets once a month in the evening, most often at the home of members, to have devotional time and plan events and outreach. Meetings are announced in the bulletin and on the UMW Facebook Page.
While UMW circles focus exclusively on missions for women and children, this group, similar to the Men's Club at Mt. Zion, participates in a variety of activities and missions as stewards of Christ in our church and community.
During the past fall and winter seasons, the group has participated each year in The Minister's Cook-Off which raises money to benefit Safe Harbor II, sponsored a family in-need with Christmas gifts, polished the brass at Mt. Zion, and created hand-beaded Chrismons for the Chrismon tree.
The Beverly Smith Guild helps organize Mt. Zion's entry in the Minister's Cook-Off each year. It is a collaborative effort between the Guild members and the Minister. The guild members always look forward to participating in this fundraising event. There is always great fellowship between them and the other participating churches. Safe Harbor provides shelter and counseling for victims of domestic violence in Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties.
The Beverly Smith Guild looks forward to the wonderful work that God has in store for us as His stewards to Mt. Zion and our community.