From North East District President, Tracey Richey

Northeast District President, Tracey Richey : 

Dear Northeast District United Methodist Women,   

     I can’t believe it is almost the middle of August.  Where has the time gone?  Today I am praying for much needed rain in northeast Arkansas.  School started yesterday, and I am hoping for a colorful fall.  I hope each of you are doing well and are supporting your local United Methodist

Women Units.   

    The Fall meeting is September 22nd at St Paul UMC Searcy; be sure to read the details and make plans to be there.  The newsletter also contains the proposed  2019 budget,  bylaws

changes and slate of officers.  There is a place for you to serve on the district leadership team. 

Please notice the openings and if you would like to know more, contact Gayle Silberhorn,

nominations chair.   

This will be my last article as president of the Northeast District.  I wanted to thank everyone for

the support given to me while serving the district during the last ten years. I have enjoyed

serving in a variety of offices including nominations, treasurer, vice president and president.  It

has been a wonderful experience and one I would recommend to each of you.  I wish the best

for each unit and each member of United Methodist Women in the Northeast District.   

I know each of you will support the newly elected officers when they begin their term of service

in January.  I look forward to seeing all of you around the district.   

I will leave you with one of my favorite verses; Micah 6:8: 

But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do, 
    what God is looking for in men and women. 
It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor, 
    be compassionate and loyal in your love, 
And don’t take yourself too seriously— 
    take God seriously. 


With gratitude and warm regards,  

I am sincerely yours,  

Tracey Ritchey

"Getting to Know You..."

Katherine Britt has been hired as the new director of Little Saints Child Development Center.  Katherine grew up in Beebe.   She began working at Little Saints in 2008 and has worked in every age group classroom.  Her husband, Joshua, is a home builder and is currently involved in three building sites as well as their own new family home in Floyd.  Katherine stated she hopes to be in their new home by Christmas of 2017.  They are currently living in the Higginson area. 

They have two children, Jacob who is 9 and enrolled at West Side Elementary and very involved in Little League baseball.  Last year his team won State and the World Series!  Then for fun he played Fall Ball in Cabot 2 nights per week.  Their two year old daughter, Brooklyn, is enrolled at Little Saints. 

In August Katherine plans to enroll in Liberty Universities’ on-line program for Early Childhood Development. 

Katherine is well liked by her staff and says that she loves her job and considers Little Saints to be her second home.  All of her employees are CPR certified and up to date.  The hours are from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday with 10 full time employees and 10 part time employees.  The current enrollment is 70 students. A summer program for a maximum of 26 school aged children is planned for the summer months.  Kathryn and Amy Coleman are working together to find a Bible curriculum that can be used across all of the Little Saints classrooms and also tie in with the chapel programs that Amy does for all of the students on Fridays. 

Let’s introduce ourselves to Katherine and welcome her as Director of our Little Saints program. 


By: Mary Kay James, SPUMC Communications