United Methodist Women circles at St. Paul UMC prepare 'care packages' for Wesley Stage Park


Clockwise from left: Frances Lawson, Glynda Whitlow, Al Filippelli, Terry Cummings and Nancy Filippelli busily assemble care packages for the residents at Wesley Stage Park. Submitted photo.

By Janice McCallen, Memphis Conference Lay Leader and member of St. Paul United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women

For the past several years, the Susanna Circle of the United Methodist Women (UMW) at St. Paul United Methodist Church (UMC) in Lakeland, Tennessee, has been organizing Bingo game night at Wesley Stage Park, a Wesley Living community for older adults, located in Memphis. 

This was always a highlight of our year, as we would gather annually in the fellowship space at Wesley and bring refreshments and an assortment of Bingo prizes. The residents would arrive and claim their Bingo cards and their space at the table, many playing with six or more cards. It’s a very competitive group and it was always fun and entertaining to watch them play and compete for the prizes that were displayed on the prize carts.

This year, due to the pandemic, our circle members could not play Bingo with the residents, but we didn’t want to miss our annual Wesley mission project. So, the Susanna and Ruth Circles at St. Paul UMC set out to collect various essential household items and prepared 65 care packages for the residents that were delivered to them earlier this month. 

Although we missed our time at Wesley this year, we look forward to returning to play Bingo with the residents when it’s safe to do so.