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.

Monthly Meetings

UMW December Gathering

Tuesday, December 8, 2020, 7 pm (via Zoom)

Join us via Zoom for our annual celebration of the joys of Christmas! We will not be able to share hugs or food this year but we can plan to wear something festive, decorate the background area of our computer screen-view and connect via Zoom with all of our wonderful UMW friends. We will be entertained with music, games and inspiring message from Pastor Mary Ann. We look forward to sharing this very special evening together. 

If you are new and need information on how to connect to Zoom, please contact Mary Etta Yoho at [email protected]

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 (via Zoom)

Join us at 9:00 AM and/or 7:00 PM

f you are new and need information on how to connect to Zoom, please contact Mary Etta Yoho at [email protected]


Morning Interest Groups


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.


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.
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


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.


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


The evening Bookmarkers read anything and everything, and enjoy lively discussion, fellowship and support. Deb Skinner facilitates.

January – The Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon and Shana Kcizhnik
February – The Midwife of Hope River by Patricia Harman
March – The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn
April – The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
May – Becoming by Michelle Obama
Summer – My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Gray


This group will study Cultivating the Fruit of the Spirit:  Growing in Christlikeness by Christopher JH Wright. Books have been ordered and are available at the church. Contact Holly Moore for more info or to receive a book.

If you were not in an interest group last year, but wish to join one this year, please contact Mary Etta Yoho at [email protected].

UMW Education and Interpretation: Ways to Support Our Missions

During this time of social distancing and Zoom meetings, there are still ways for UMW members to continue to individually support our missions. As the end of 2020 draws near, these agencies are still looking for support to provide the much-needed services for the individuals they serve. The following mission opportunities are available to you. Also more information is found at UMW website.

Ascent 121:
Monetary donations can be made through the website. You can also donate needed items from their Amazon Wish List, as well as choosing Ascent 121 as your charity of choice on Amazon Smile.

Hope Center Indy:
Financial donations and Amazon Wish List donations are also needed for Hope Center. You can find links to donate on their website. Donations of women’s clothing is also appreciated. If you would like to donate clothing, please contact Linda Schenk at [email protected], if you will be leaving donations in the Red Tote inside door 2 at the church.

Indiana United Methodist Children’s Home:

Since we were not able to schedule a tour of the Children’s Home this fall, you can still take a virtual tour on their website. There are many ways to give and support the services provided for the teens enrolled in their programs. If you would like to donate items (you can find a list on ), please leave them in the Red Tote marked for the Children’s Home.

Since we will not be delivering the Christmas gifts to Fletcher Place this year, please check the Missions page for information on how you can be involved.

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, October 26 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, Amazon’s charitable giving page, and select “United Methodist Women” as your charitable organization. For all eligible purchases made on, Amazon will donate 0.5% to United Methodist Women.

Any Questions contact:

Susan Salter

Julie Lyons

UMW Fundraisers

Pecan Sale and Greeting Card Sale

Thank you for your support of this fundraiser!

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 and look for Faith Talks in the blue box.