United Methodist Women's Sunday will be observed at Brainerd United Methodist Church, 4315 Brainerd Road, on Sunday, with one combined service at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary. The Rev. Rosemary Brown, with Monroe Street/Jordania churches in Nashville, will be the guest speaker. Her topic will be "Breathe on Me, Breath of God," with text from Matthew 3:13-17, Mark 1:9-11 and Luke 3:21-22. A Back to School Breakfast for K-12 grades will be at 9:45 a.m.
Rev. Brown, a native of Elizabethton, TN, has been pastor of the two United Methodist churches for 25 years. A graduate of Wesleyan College in Macon, GA, with a B.S. degree, from Scarritt College in Nashville with a M.A. degree, and Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville with a M.Div. degree.
Prior to her ordination 35 years ago, she was a director of Christian education in Fort Lauderdale, FL, and in Nashville. During those 17 years she also served as a deputy sheriff with Youth Guidance in Nashville. She also helped originate Outlook Nashville, a program for persons with handicapping conditions, and worked with the Appalachia Service Project, a work project for youth.
Rev. Brown served as a director on the General Board of Global Ministries for eight years, during which time she traveled to the former USSR and made a mission trip to Trinidad. Her efforts with United Methodist Women have involved her in many Schools of Mission, Day Apart services, special retreats and was the Bible Study Leader for the World Federation of Methodist Women in Singapore in 1991. She has preached at 24 United Methodist Annual Conferences.
On the first and third Thursdays at 6 p.m. in the Truman Brooks classroom, the Rev. Terri Lowe is leading a study of the Book of James, sponsored by Seasoned Women.