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

2nd Tuesday of each month at 9:00 AM & 7:00 PM, from September to May.

The next meeting will be, Tuesday, October 12. We will continue to meet in Cornerstone Commons. Refreshments will be served at both the morning and evening gatherings. Please plan on being with us, bring a friend, and share in the involvement of St. Mark’s women and the UMW projects. Our interest groups will begin meeting in October. Information for each interest group can be found below.

Please enter through Door #1 by Wesley Hall. We will follow the Church Task Force Protocol and wear masks in the church hallways. Come and bring a friend or neighbor as we share the joy of actually meeting in person.

If you are new to UMW, Welcome! Below are the groups available. Interest Groups will be meeting after the general meeting.

Morning Interest Groups

SPIRITUAL GROWTH

Pastor Mary Ann, Facilitator

We will use Daryl Stephens book:  Bearing Witness in the Kin-dom.  Daryl says in the introduction, “This book is about living into the kin-dom of God through the moral witness of the church. The moral witness of the church encompasses our participation as Christians in God’s response to suffering and injustice in light of what we believe about God and God’s intention to reconcile all creation.” I think this is a timely conversation for us as we are experiencing divisions in the world and in our church. 

BOOKWORMS

Gail Lee, Facilitator
A 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. Our October book will be The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kid. In November, we will discuss Bean Town Girls by Jane Healy. Gail will have copies from the Carmel Library “Books in a Bag program.” In January, we will discuss The Bookwoman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson. This is the book that was scheduled for last May before we decided to have the Mother, Daughter, Friend, ice cream social. This is a book that you will need to obtain on your own.

COLOR AND CHAT

Deirdre Robinson & Cathy Brinkman, Facilitators
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. Coloringfaith.com, rocksolidfaith.ca, bloggersforthekingdom.com, sarahtitus.com

CULTURAL INSIGHTS

Various Faclitators
This is a unique group which will review different locations from around the world. The leaders have lived in specific regions and will share some of their experiences. A keen awareness of not only the religious climat of the area, but additional ethnic traditions and customs will be shared. Absorb and savor this hands on/interactive learning opportunity.

CARE & SHARE

Sonjia Clodfelder, Facilitator
Enjoy the opportunity and fellowship of creating CARE & SHARE gift bags/baskets for those needing an extra “you are loved and we are thinking of you”. Your hands and hearts are the only requirements, all other supplies will be provided.

Evening Interest Groups

BOOKMARKERS

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

CARE & SHARE

Sonjia Clodfelder & Jodi Horst-Miller, Facilitators
Enjoy the opportunity and fellowship of creating CARE & SHARE gift bags/baskets for those needing an extra “you are loved and we are thinking of you”. Your hands and hearts are the only requirements, all other supplies will be provided.

CULTURAL INSIGHTS

Various Faclitators
This is a unique group which will review different locations from around the world. The leaders have lived in specific regions and will share some of their experiences. A keen awareness of not only the religious climat of the area, but additional ethnic traditions and customs will be shared. Absorb and savor this hands on/interactive learning opportunity.

If you were not in an interest group last year, but wish to join one this year, please contact Sonjia Clodfelder at clod1725@aol.com.

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: www.iumch.org
Vida Nuevo
Prevail
Ronald McDonald House
Hope Center Indy: www.hopecenterindy.org
Ascent 121: www.ascent121.org – 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

Have you wanted to join a a book discussion group but don’t have the time to read a book a month? If so, the UMW “Your Window to the World” National Reading Program is for you, we meet only five times a year.
One of the purposes of the United Methodist Women reading program is:  To expand understanding of and participate in God’s mission.
The books selected each quarter focus on one of five categories – Education for Mission, Leadership Development, Nurturing for Community, Social Action and Spiritual Growth.

September   27 Focus on Social Action
October       25  Focus on Spiritual Growth

The next book discussion will be Monday, September 27th from 7 – 8:30 PM and will be held in the St. Mark’s library. In person!

Visit the Reading Progrm website https://www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/readingprogram for a list of eligible books.

New participants are always welcome. To learn more about the reading program do not hesitate to contact Kathy Lentz at kathylentz@gmail.com

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 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.

UMW Fundraisers

Arts & Crafts Marketplace | November 6, 2021 | 9 AM – 3 PM

  • All crafts and art work will be home-made either by area artisans or by members of St. Marks UMW.
  • Refreshments will be available at the Candy Cane Café as well as the bake sale table. Profits made by the UMW support missions.
  • Vendors who wish to rent a table for the Marketplace may contact Gail Lee at 317-650-5352 to receive a registration form. Vendors may rent either one or two tables. Each table is $35.00. There are still a few tables available!
  • St. Mark’s Crafters may also donate handcrafted items to the UMW craft table. Popular items in the past have included matching knit scarves and hats, aprons, ornaments, American Girl doll clothes and jewelry.

 

PECAN SALE | Starts November 7

This will start on Sunday Nov 7th. Cost is still only $10 per bag. Flavors available will be: Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Cinnamon, Caramel Clusters, whole pecans and pecan pieces.

United Methodist Women
Indiana Conference 13th Annual Celebration | October 2, 2021 | 10 AM – Noon | Zoom

Special Guest Speaker: Rev. Annettra Jones Stephens
Indiana Conference UMC Associate Director of
Diversity, Missions, and Justice Ministries

The Annual Celebration Offering will be divided equally toward Mission Giving – Gift to Mission & Lucille Raines Residence. Information for giving will be shared. The program will conclude with a love feast. If you would like to participate, please have bread and juice or elements of your choice ready. Events include: approval of the proposed slate of officers, budget, pledge, Standing Rules revisions, and so much more! 

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.

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