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, February 9, 2021 (via Zoom)

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

Happy New Year!  We made it but how we wish we could meet and greet each other in person.  Since that is not possible at this time, let’s join together via Zoom on Tuesday, February 9th, at 9 am or 7 pm for our general meeting.  

Interest Groups will be meeting after the general meeting via Zoom.  It’s not too late to join an interest group.  If you are new to UMW, Welcome!  To join the meeting, contact Mary Etta Yoho at maryetta.yoho@gmail.com with your email address.  If you need information on how to connect to Zoom, contact Steff Mabe at steffmabe@yahoo.com   Looking forward to seeing you next Tuesday, February 9th!

 

Morning Interest Groups

SPIRITUAL GROWTH

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.

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.
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

This group has been suspended until the Fall. 

COLOR AND CHAT

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. 

Evening Interest Groups

BOOKMARKERS

Deb Skinner, Facilitator
The evening Bookmarkers read anything and everything, and enjoy lively discussion, fellowship and support.
February The Midwife of Hope River by Patricia Harman
MarchThe Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn
AprilThe Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
MayBecoming by Michelle Obama
Summer My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Gray

SPIRITUAL REFLECTIONS

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 maryetta.yoho@gmail.com.

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.

UMW Education and Interpretation: 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
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 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.”

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

February will be an “off” month for our reading group. The next meeting will be March 29, via Zoom. Leadership is the category for March. You can find books with a yellow tab on their spine, in the St. Mark’s library by looking on the UMW shelves. The church library is open Monday, Wednesday & Friday during office hours. 

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 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

Please send a list of books you read and the category, in 2020 to Susan. She will be sending our complete list to the conference. 

UMW Fundraisers

Greeting Card Sale

UMW will be selling custom 3-D cards again. There are 4 designs: Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and 2 all-occasion cards. Cares will sell for $8 each. The cards will be made in limited quantities, so please order early. To order call/text Peggy Nicolai at 513-374-1371 or email panicolai@aol.com. Pick up will be in early March. All proceeds go to UMW-supported missions.

Trinkets and Treasures

The rummage sale is tentatively set for May 28-29. Stay tuned for updates!

 

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.