The Beverly Smith Guild
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 Mount Zion United Methodist Church with their whole hearts, their whole minds, and their whole beings.
The guild is open to all women of Mount Zion United Methodist Church. The group meets once a month in the evening, most often at the home of one of the members, to have devotional time and plan for events and outreach. Johnnie Walker is the president and Karen Martin is the treasurer of the Beverly Smith Guild. Meetings are announced in the church bulletin, in the church newsletter, and on the United Methodist Women’sFacebook Page.
Stewards of Christ
While United Methodist Women “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. So, t hey are affectionately referred to as our “electronic circle” since they communicate with one another via e-mail. They support the United Methodist Women at Mount Zion financially as well as by participating in our annual Valentine’s Day Soup Luncheon/Covered Dish Dinner with their culinary skills.
Supporting the church
The guild polishes the altar brass at Mount Zion in preparation for the Advent Season and they also clean and decorate beautifully the sanctuary for the Hanging of the Greens worship service.
Several years ago they hand made the Chrismon decorations for our Chrismon tree. In addition to their labor of love, the Beverly Smith Guild also sponsors a family in-need with Christmas gifts.
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.
At the Minister’s Cook-Off to support SAFE Harbor, the Beverly Smith Guild placed as First Runner Up in the SWEET TOOTH AWARD Best Recipe category in 2019. Pictured above on the left is Ginger Allen accepting the award on behalf of the guild. It was Ginger’s recipe that the guild used as their entry in The Ministers’ Cook-Off. Pictured in the center are some of the Guild members: Kathy Still, Karen Martin, Johnnie Walker, Janet Crenshaw, Pam Baker, Peggy Bodie, and Vicki Miesbauer.
Stained Glass ornaments
As a fund raising project, the guild sold stained glass window ornaments. They chose the largest stained glass window at Mount Zion for this project. Trent Allen photographed the window on the east wall which faces Church Street in Central. The stained glass window, dated 1921, was given to the glory of God in memory of James D. Gassaway and Maria H. Gassaway. The inscription on the window reads “Suffer Little Children To Come Unto Me.”
If you have any questions about the Beverly Smith Guild’s activities, you may contact the church at email@example.com.