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 meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 9:30 AM & 7:00 PM, from September to May.

Hope you are soaking up the warm “Summer Time” and sharing activities with family and friends. All church women and UMW Members are excited about our September 14th Kick Off in person! Circle that calendar date for sure! Additional information and details will be coming soon!

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. I look forward to our discussions and time together.

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. At the September Kick-Off there will be a brief preview of our group. 

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

MAKE IT AND TAKE IT

Kathy Dycus & Marilyn Roberts, Facilitators
This group is a little crafty, a little creative, a little messy, and a lot of fun! No special craft skills needed, and we supply the materials! We will charge a small amount for craft materials. At the September Kick-Off, there will be a brief preview of our group.

Evening Interest Groups

BOOKMARKERS

Deb Skinner, Facilitator
The evening Bookmarkers read anything and everything, and enjoy lively discussion, fellowship and support.
Summer My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Gray

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.

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.

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

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.
  • 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.

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.