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United Women in Faith Purpose

United Women in Faith 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 regular meeting will be, Tuesday, September 13. 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 United Women in Faith projects. Our interest groups will meet each month except December and May. Information for each interest group can be found below.

Please enter through Door #1 by Wesley Hall.  Come and bring a friend or neighbor as we share the joy of fellowship.

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

Morning Interest Groups


Led by Pastor Karla Elliott
Will be studying The Book of Joy which is a collaboration between the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. This summary is from the book’s publisher: “In April of 2015, Archbishop Tutu traveled to the Dalai Lama’s home in Dharamsala, India, to celebrate His Holiness’s eightieth birthday and to create what they hoped would be a gift for others. They looked back on their long lives to answer a single burning question: How do we find joy in the face of life’s inevitable suffering?” Books are being collected and ordered for this study and a syllabus of the monthly chapters for discussion will be coming soon. This group will be gathering in room B/C .


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.  Gail will have copies from the Carmel Library “Books in a Bag program.”

October 2022  All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai
November 2022  My Beloved World by Sonya Sotomayor
January 2023  The Doctors Blackwell by Janice Nemura (Please obtain your own copy)
February 2023  The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
March 2023  The Stars are Fire Anita Shreve
April 2023  The Dutch House Ann Patchett


Various Faclitators
Each month a different presenter will be sharing experiences from various locations or cultures. In October, Susan Anderson will be taking us to Japan and sharing glimpses of the opportunities and situations she witnessed while living there. This group will be meeting in rooms G/H.


Deirdre Robinson & Cathy Brinkman, Facilitators
Enjoy a relaxing time of adding beautiful colors to cards and bookmarks as scriptures are studied and shared. This meaningful group provides support and encouragement to those participating. The group meets in Cornerstone Commons.

Evening Interest Groups


Deb Skinner, Facilitator
reading “The Secret Keeper” by Kate Morton for October.  During that meeting we’ll decide the books for the year.  All are welcome, regardless of whether you have read the book or not. 

Off Site Interest Group

Basket Expressions Ribbons of Hope ~ Secured in God’s Love

All donations of ribbons, cards, tissue paper, bags & baskets, snacks, lip balm, treats, and items for the Outreach Expressions are greatly appreciated. The items may be brought to the monthly meetings or placed in the clear plastic “Ribbons of Hope” bin inside the church entry doors. Names for recipients may be given at the monthly meetings.

If you were not in an interest group last year, but wish to join one this year, please contact Sonjia Clodfelder at clod1725js@aol.com.

Ways to Support Our Missions

The St. Mark’s United Women in Faith donates to the following organizations supported
through fund raising efforts, personal giving, and collections of needed items.
Ascent 121: www.ascent121.org
Brightwood Center www.brightwoodcc.org
East 10th Street Children’s Center east10th.org
Fletcher Place fletcherplacecc.org
IHN-Family Promise familypromise.org
Hope Center Indy: www.hopecenterindy.org
Hamilton County Kids Coats kidscoats.org
Vida Nuevo UMC / Abundant Harvest UMC abundantvidanueva.org
Lucille Raines Residence (owned and operated by United Women in Faith of Indiana) inumc.org/engage/adults/united-methodist-women/lucille-raines-residence/

Indiana United Methodist Children’s Home: www.iumch.org  Click here for a list of current needs.

Red Bird Mission in Southeastern Kentucky rbmission.org
United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) umcmission.org/umcor
Operation Classroom, Inc. Partnership with the UM Churches of Liberia/Sierra Leone, W. Africa www.operationclassroom.org

Window to the World:  A United Women in Faith Reading Program

All women of the church are invited to participate in the United Women in Faith National Reading Program “Your Window to the World”
Book Discussions take place 5 times a year in the church library. Book discussion dates for the 2022 calendar year are Monday:
August 29 Social Action
October 24 Spiritual Growth

Visit the Reading Program website https://uwfaith.org/resources/2022-reading-program/ for a list of eligible books.

For more information or to be added to the reading program email distribution list 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.

United Women in Faith Fundraisers

Arts & Crafts Marketplace

Saturday, November 5 | 9:00 AM—3:00 PM

Calling all crafters and bakers. Your help is needed for the United Women in Faith craft table and Bake Sale table.
If you wish to co-chair this event or rent a table for yourself, please contact Steff Mabe at steffmabe@yahoo.com.

If you are interested in renting a table for the craft fair, please complete the form and email to Steff Mabe at steffmabe@yahoo.com.

Faith Talks – A United Women in Faith 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 uwfaith.org/resources/podcasts/

Join United Women in Faith at our 14th Annual Celebration as we celebrate exciting NEW BEGINNINGS! *
Friday-Saturday, October 7-8, 2022
St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
100 W 86th St Indianapolis

Click here to download the registration – deadline September 5, 2022

All women of St. Mark’s UMC are invited to sign up for the
Closed Facebook Group.

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