UMW Purpose

United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in global ministries of the church.

Stay Connected with UMW this Summer

Bingo Fun June 14 – August 31

Join the Fun!
UMW Bingo will run from Sunday, June 14th through August 31. The Bingo cards consist of a combination of spiritual and physical activities; both of which are good for the soul. Click here to find out all the fun details.

UMW Reading Program Continues September 28 | 7 – 8:30 PM via Zoom

You don’t need to be a UMW member to attend! We will be reading from the Social Action category. If you are interested in participating, choose any book from the Social Action category in any year from 2015 – 2020 to read. Click here to find out more.

 

Monthly Meetings

UMW meetings monthly, on the second Tuesday of each month from September to May. We offer two meeting times – 9:00 AM and 7:00 PM. We hope you will join us! Childcare is available by registering your child on Sign Up Genius at least 72 hours in advance.

Join your UMW sisters either in the morning or evening meeting. Members please pitch in for a morning Brunch & evening Salad Supper. All others, please be our guest!

Find out what great things are in store for the 2020-2021 year. Questions? Contact [email protected]

UMW Fall Kick-off

UMW Fall Kick-off will be on Tuesday, September 8th, 9 AM and 7 PM, via Zoom.

If you are new to UMW, Welcome! To join us by Zoom, we will need your email address. Please contact Mary Etta Yoho at [email protected]

Guest Speaker will be Greta Carroll from St. Mark’s. Greta will share pictures and stories of her mission experience to Sierra Leone working with Taiama Enterprise Academy, a new program of Operation Classroom, that continues to strive at educating to break the cycle of poverty. We hope to see you on Zoom!

Morning Interest Groups

SPIRITUAL GROWTH

This study will use Finding Peace in an Anxious World by Erin James-Brown. Based on a sermon series at Urban Village Church in Chicago, the text states: “The purpose of this study is to recognize the prevalence of anxiety today and its impact, as well as to explore ways to find peace through scriptural and spiritual disciplines so that we can be rooted in God and energized to live fully as disciples of Christ, using “The Serenity Prayer” as a scaffold.

The text is available on Kindle from Amazon. Paperback is available from UMW resources at a cost of $10.00. It will not be necessary to have the book before our first conversation.

BOOKWORMS

Gail Lee, Facilitator
This book discussion group that reads both fiction and non fiction. The books may or may not be related to Christianity, but we will often ask if the material points us toward redemption, reconciliation and grace. 

October 2020 The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict
November 2020 The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict
January 2020 The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende
February 2021 The Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley
March 2021 At The Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Cevalier
April 2021 Sourdough by Robin Sloan

MAKE IT AND TAKE IT

Simple crafts, fun, and fellowship! A craft with instructions will be emailed to you prior to the October meeting. Show and Tell will be on Zoom in October. If you were not a part of this group last year and would like to join us, please email Marilyn Roberts.
Kathy Dycus and Marilyn Roberts facilitate.

COLOR AND CHAT

Coloring isn’t just for kids! Come enjoy fellowship while coloring with UMW friends. This group will color and discuss pages with inspirational quotes and scriptures. Deirdre Robinson and Cathy Brinkman facilitate.

Evening Interest Groups

BOOKMARKERS

The evening Bookmarkers read anything and everything, and enjoy lively discussion, fellowship and support. The October book selection is The Crazyladies of Pearl Street by Trevanian.  Deb Skinner facilitates.

SPIRITUAL REFLECTIONS

This group will use an Adam Hamilton book called The Journey – Walking the Road to Bethlehem. The Birth of Jesus Christ will become more real and heartfelt as you walk along this road.  Holly Moore facilitates.

UMW Mission Outreach is Hope Center

Hope Center in Indianapolis provides housing and services for adults who are escaping human trafficking. Our UMW has supported Hope Center for several years. During the current pandemic, the staff is working hard to keep the facility clean and germ-free for the residents. In their recent newsletter, a plea was made for the following items:

wipes
disinfectant spray
ammonia-free glass cleaner
spray carpet cleaner
laundry detergent pods
liquid floor cleaner (like Pine Sol)

If you would like to make a donation, there are 2 ways to donate:
1. Bring them to St. Mark’s & place in the red tote located inside door # 2.
2. Pick up from your porch. Contact Linda Schenk for pick up. Phone/Text: 812-454-0661 Thanks for your continued support of Hope Center.

Window to the World:  A UMW Reading Program

The St. Mark’s United Methodist Women are going to continue the Reading Program through the summer. What is the Reading Program you might ask yourself? The following description is from the 2020 Reading Program catalog.

“The purpose of the Reading Program is to better understand and participate in God’s mission today, to increase sensitivity to all human beings, to explore contemporary issues, and to enhance and act on self-knowledge. In particular, the Reading Program committee has worked to select books that will raise the consciousness of our social, economic and political realities, including the interconnectedness of race, class and gender in women’s lives.

Reading Program books are divided into one of five categories (Bonus Books count for two categories each): Education for Mission, Leadership Development, Nurturing for Community, Social Action and Spiritual Growth. Books are available for people of all ages and reading levels.”

The next Window to the World meeting will be Monday, September 28 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM via Zoom

You don’t need to be a UMW member to attend!

We will be reading from the Social Action category. If you are interested in participating, choose any book from the Social Action category in any year from 2015 – 2020 to read. Come to the meeting ready to share your insights on the book or to just listen to what others have learned from their books.

There are several ways to view the book lists.

Via the UMW Reading Program website
Via the UMW Reading Program Book List
Via the Google Doc: UMW Book List

The next question you may be asking yourself is how do I get these books? Answers:

  • Some of them may be available in the St. Mark’s UMC library (noted on Google Doc). Call church office to arrange pick-up.
  • Some of them may be available in your public library (CCPL noted on Google Doc)
  • Purchase them from online booksellers, i.e. Amazon, Cokesbury, Barnes & Noble, etc.
  • Purchase them from a local bookstore
  • Share with other readers. Notify through email or Facebook.
  • Contact Julie Lyons for assistance getting books. If you are uncomfortable or unable to order books on your own, please contact Julie Lyons. She has offered to purchase books and have them delivered to you. Phone/Text: 248-505-8953. Email Julie Lyons

If you do order books through Amazon, please remember to visit smile.amazon.com, Amazon’s charitable giving page, and select “United Methodist Women” as your charitable organization. For all eligible purchases made on smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate 0.5% to United Methodist Women.

Any Questions contact:

Susan Salter
317-848-1194

Julie Lyons
248-505-8953

UMW Events

Arts and Crafts Sale | cancelled

Due to Covid 19 Restrictions, the St. Mark’s UMW has cancelled the 2020 Market Place Craft Fair. Checks that we have received have been mailed back to the vendors. It is our hope to schedule a 2021 Market Place in November of 2021.

Faith Talks – A United Methodist Women Podcast

Faith Talks are monthly conversations with United Methodist Women hosted by Jennifer R Farmer, Spotlight PR. Each conversation explores themes and resources that empower us to put faith, hope and love into action. To access Faith Talks podcasts, go to www.unitedmethodistwomen.org and look for Faith Talks in the blue box.