United Methodist Women

Turning Faith, Hope and Love into Action

United Methodist Women is the largest denominational faith organization for women with approximately 800,000 members whose mission is fostering spiritual growth, developing leadership, and advocating for justice.

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We are The Great Plains United Methodist Women!

We are celebrating our 1st Birthday as the Great Plains United Methodist Women. It was on January 1, 2014, that the United Methodist Women of Nebraska and Kansas officially united to become the Great Plains Conference United Methodist Women. We have approximately 27,000 members.

 

2016 Great Plains Conference Leadership Team

 

Welcome to our home page. All of the links on the left side of our home page are active, they are however still being created and updated. 

Items that appear in blue on this home page are clickable and will take you directly to that information/email. You can reach this home page directly by typing the URL www.greatplainsumc.org/umw into your browser. Take a look around the site. If you have questions, comments or items that need to be included on our web page, email Lisa Maupin

On this page you will find information about the following...

Items that appear in blue are clickable and will take you directly to that information/email.

Thank You for Giving!

Hallelujah!!!

We exceeded our Pledge to Mission in in 2014! We pledged $600,000 and gave $716,201.89. We also gave another $86,287.75 in Designated Giving and $120 to the Legacy Fund for a total of $802,609.64 given to mission.  We are #1 in the South Central Jurisdiction in giving and #2 in the U.S.! Way to go Great Plains United Methodist Women!!!

Thanks to each and every member of United Methodist Women in the Great Plains Conference for your faithful and generous giving. Through your giving, you have reached out to the hungry, the homeless, the outcast and ministered to them. You have helped feed, clothe, provide shelter and make a better life for women, children and youth throughout the world.  You have made a difference! Together, we make it happen!

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Scholarships Available for the SCJ Quadrennial Meeting, April 15-17, 2016  

The SCJ Quadrennial Meeting will be April 15-17, 2016 in Oklahoma City, OK.  The meeting is an opportunity for UMW members from across the Jurisdictional to come together for workshops, worships and fellowship.  It is a wonderful learning opportunity and a chance to experience the impact of UMW beyond the local church as well as to get great ideas to try at home.  Registration is $200 and does not include hotel.  For more information and to register visit www.umwscj.org.

Scholarships for women under the age of 35 are available to offset the costs associated with the meeting.  The deadline for application is November 30, 2015.  

Download the Young Women's Scholarship Application

Download the SCJ UMW Newsletter

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Have You Heard About The Great Plains Conference UMW Library? Reading Books

The Library features the books from the United Methodist Women’s Reading Program. While the physical location of the Library is in Lincoln, Nebraska, the services of the Library are available for all the units of Great Plains UMW, whether or not you live in or near Lincoln. Gifts to the Library and funds in the conference budget are used to purchase the Reading Program books for the Library. 

Here’s how you can participate…

You can request to have books from the Library mailed to you. Since books are coming and going all the time, the books you are sent are selected from those books that are on the shelves at the time of your order. The books sent to you are books from the current five-year reading list. You are asked to submit a listing of the books you have already read so that you will not be sent books you've already read. Orders range from 4 to 10 books.  You can request a box of books for two months with a renewal extension offered. Your responsibility/cost as a local unit is to pay for postage to and from the library. Even with the increased cost of postage, it is still a bargain plus you don’t have to find a place to keep all those Reading Program books in your house or church. 

If you happen to be in Lincoln on Thursday mornings between 9:00 and 11:00 AM (except holidays), you come to the Library in person at Christ UMC, 4530 "A" Street in Lincoln, Nebraska.

To learn more, contact our Conference Librarian, Mary Ann Bede by email at stringbedes@windstream.net or by calling 402-421-8264.  We will gladly make a plan that works for you and the Library.  

The Conference UMW Library is a great tradition for our readers. United Methodist Women and their predecessor organizations have benefited from the services of our Library since 1940.   

Won’t you join us? Let’s get reading!

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Midwest Mission Distribution Center (MMDC) Mission Trip - April 20-24, 2015

A group of 18 Great Plains United Methodist Women volunteered their service at Midwest Mission Distribution Center (MMDC) at Chatham, IL April 20 through the 24th of 2015. 

In our vehicles we carried 1,161 pounds of kits & supplies to donate to MMDC. Women also turned in gift checks of over $1,000 for materials and the development of the facilities.

MMDC is a disaster-relief facility operated by the North Central Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church and has been a cooperating depot in the UMCOR Relief-Supply Network since 2009.

MMDC is a nine acre campus and has a huge warehouse, dorm, RV parking for workers, administration workroom, a Twice Giving store and several houses.

Our first day was a unique experience when we worked side by side with Comcast volunteers and members of First UMC of Springfield.  Comcast celebrated their community service day and provided us with a tee shirt, breakfast and lunch and donated $25. for each of us as volunteers to MMDC.  It was a busy kind of buzz but very productive.

Great Plains women checked and boxed 2,009 school bags, boxed 384 dignity kits, sewed 186 school bags, built 10 school desks, sanded and stained 8 desks, painted 5 donated picnic tables, shopped in the Twice Giving Store, kept fit by walking and enjoyed different activities each evening. Some even went to Springfield to experience the Abraham Lincoln Museum.

You too can experience MMDC by picking a trip date and make a non-refundable deposit of $20. The leader of our Great Plains trips is Teena Faubel.  Call 402-217-3775 or email at tfaubel@yahoo.com for answers to your questions.The treasurer for the trips will be Mary Ann Bede.  Send your $20 non-refundable deposit to her at 7240 Carmen Drive, Lincoln, NE  68516 or call with questions to 402-421-8264. The cost of the supply fee, the housing fee, food at the dorm, office supplies and travel tends to be around $200.00.  Many women receive part of this cost from their local unit.

Upcoming Trip Dates:

  • October 26-30, 2015
  • April 18-22, 2016
  • October 10-14, 2016
  • March 27-31, 2017
  • October 23-27, 2017

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Links to Other Sites/Resources:

 

 Click here to visit our Great Plains Conference UMW Facebook page.

  

Click here to vist the National United Methodist Women Pinterest online clipboard.

 

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