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

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 – In Person!

Join us at 6:30 PM on the St. Mark’s Lawn

UMW Last General Meeting of the Year will be in person!!! It is a combined AM and PM Mother/Daughter/Friend Event. It will be a “HONEY” of an event! Handel’s ice cream will be served. (Single dip of vanilla ice cream in a bowl + toppings). Learn about Bees and Beekeeping from Girl Scout Allison Pasheilich and from Melissa Wrin of Sweet Melissa Honey and Hive. Reservations are needed so we have enough ice cream and a gift bag of goodies for everyone. Look for a sign up at soon or call 765/215-7773. All women of the church of all ages are invited. Bring your own lawn chair and beverage. This event is sponsored by the UMW.


Interest groups will not meet on May 11. However, your group may be scheduling a different meeting time. Watch for interest groups to return in the fall.

If you are new to UMW, Welcome! For information on how to connect on Zoom, please contact Mary Etta Yoho,  Below are the groups available. Interest Groups will be meeting after the general meeting via Zoom.

Morning Interest Groups


Pastor Mary Ann, Facilitator
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. Study book can be picked up at St. Mark’s, door #2.


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.  April 2021 Sourdough by Robin Sloan


Deirdre Robinson and Cathy Brinkman, Facilitator
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. Download these coloring pages.,,,


This group has been suspended until the Fall. 

Evening Interest Groups


Deb Skinner, Facilitator or call 317-574-1997 with any questions.
The evening Bookmarkers read anything and everything, and enjoy lively discussion, fellowship and support.
MayBecoming by Michelle Obama
Summer My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Gray


Holly Moore, Facilitator
This group will study Cultivating the Fruit of the Spirit:  Growing in Christlikeness by Christopher JH Wright.  Pastor Wright invites us to live a life in step with the Spirit by cultivating the fruit of the Spirit  (Galatians 5:22-23):  Books are $10 and available in the church entrance. 

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

UMW Special Mission Recognition Pins

Every year St. Mark’s UMW awards a special Mission Recognition Pin to one or more individuals who have gone the extra mile to promote mission in our UMW and church programs. At our virtual 2020 “Christmas Gathering” we were honored to recognize the following individuals who give so much of their time and talents for the benefit of others.  They are so very deserving of this recognition:  Joyce Click, Bill and Jane Fecht, & Gail Lee

“Timothy 1:6  I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is with in you
Congratulations to all of you and thank you for sharing the gifts that God gave you.

Ways to Support Our Missions

The St. Mark’s UMW donates to the following organizations supported
through fund raising efforts, personal giving, and collections of needed items.
Brightwood Center
East 10th Street Children’s Center
Fletcher Place
IHN-Family Promise
Indiana United Methodist Children’s Home:
Vida Nuevo
Ronald McDonald House
Hope Center Indy:
Ascent 121: – see below
Hamilton County Kids Coats
Operation Classroom
Through the United Methodist Women North Central District,
we also contribute to the Lucille Raines Home, the Red Bird Mission, and UMCOR.


Window to the World:  A UMW Reading Program

What is the Reading Program you might ask yourself? “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.”

“Window to the World” will be taking a break over the summertime. We will resume meeting on Monday evening, at 7:00 PM September 27. During the summer we will determine if we will continue meeting only by ZOOM, or if we will use a hybrid version with some gathering in person and others join via Zoom. “Social Action” will be our topic with books with a yellow tag. See you this Fall. Questions? Susan Salter 317-848-1194

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.

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.

Contact Susan Salter at for more information.

Mission u 2021 – July 10, 17, 24, 31

Mission u, like many activities in our lives, has moved online. While virtual, we are still creating paces for spiritual community, lifelong friendships, lessons that change us and our communities, and spiritual practices that arrive when we need them most. In a time when it looks like things are falling apart on us, God’s grace is still unfolding and life is being made new.
Indeed: There’s far more here than meets the eye. Will you join us? At our upcoming Mission u, we will examine anxiety, the culture of violence that impacts girls in public schools, and how we as God’s people can deepen our moral witness and respond faithfully.

Programming will start at 10:00 a.m. with music and our whole group Spiritual Growth study taught by Rev. Dr. Derek Weber. There will be a break for lunch, then we will come back from 1:00-3:00 p.m. for our two studies taught by Cathy Burris and Shannon Priddy. There will be opportunities for discussion during breakout sessions. Click here to download the registration form and find out more. 

UMW Fundraisers

Greeting Card Sale – just a few left of each design!

Now is the time to order these unique, lovely, 3-D cards.

UMW is selling a Spring collection of 3-D cards; you will be enchanted with these outstanding beauties! These are handmade keepsake-style cards, made with high-quality cardstock and beautiful accents. The Spring designs include Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, plus 2 all-occasion cards: a birdhouse design and cherry blossom, all of which are gorgeous! (Additional photos of individual cards are also posted on the UMW St. Mark’s Facebook page). All come with custom envelopes and will sell for $8.00 each. Remember, all proceeds will go to UMW-supported missions.

To order call/text Peggy Nicolai at 513-374-1371 or email Peggy will let you know when you can pick up. All proceeds go to UMW-supported missions.

Trinkets and Treasures | May 28-29

Donation drop off May 23-26

The Trinkets and Treasures sale will be in May this year. We can begin accepting donations on Sunday, May 23rd, 1-4 PM, and Monday May 24th through Wednesday May 26th, 9:30-3:30 PM. Remember, donated items should be in good condition, clean, and no clothing or Christmas decor is accepted. Dropoff will be at door #1. Masks are required at all times in the buildiing.

The sale will be Friday, May 28th, 8-4:30 and Saturday, May 29th, 8-noon. All COVid protocols will be observed, please wear a mask and keep a social distance of 6 feet. Volunteers are needed – sign up now to help. Any questions, please contact Linda Schenk at All proceeds will benefit UMW supported missions.

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.