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.

We are The Great Plains United Methodist Women!

We officially became the Great Plains United Methodist Women on January 1, 2014. On that date the United Methodist Women of Nebraska, Kansas East  and Kansas West officially united to become the Great Plains Conference United Methodist Women. We have approximately 27,000 members. Click here to find out more about The Great Plains Conference United Methodist Women.


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 Peggy Walters.

President Esther's Final Message...

Dear UMW Sisters,

Today, December 31 is my last day as the President of the Great Plains Conference United Methodist Women. What at one time seemed so far away is now just minutes away. As I close the final moments of my presidency, I want to take this one last opportunity to say “Thank You” to all of you - Thank you for sharing this incredible journey as the Great Plains Conference United Methodist Women with me, Thank You for your commitment to United Methodist Women, Thank you for being my sister,  Thank you for your prayers and support! Thank you for your Gift to Mission through a $1000 Special Mission Recognition Pin. Whenever, I wear it, I think of you and all the memories we’ve made together.

It has been an honor to serve as the first President of the Great Plains Conference United Methodist Women. Together we have accomplished much over these past three years. We have much to celebrate - too many things to begin listing them all. Good news! Earlier today, I received word that for the 3rd year in a row, we will meet and exceed our Pledge to Mission! Thank you for your generosity in mission giving - our mission gifts help make a difference in the lives of women, children and youth throughout the world! 

Together, we joined that long line of saints, mentors and women of action who have lived out our PURPOSE. Just as our foremothers before us, we have found and will continue to find ways to use our voice as we put faith, hope and love in action and become a part of helping transform the world!  

Again, thank you for the honor of serving as your President these past three years. I have been blest beyond words! 

The future is bright as we open a new chapter in our journey as the Great Plains Conference. God has brought us safe this far and God will lead us on. We are called to Go Forward! We welcome Karen’s leadership of our conference and I know that you will join me in offering her our prayers and support. It’s a great time to be a United Methodist Woman! We are the Great Plains United Methodist Women!

I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas and I send prayers for a healthy, happy New Year to you and your families!

Again, my thanks!

Blessings always!


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.

Conference Leadership Team

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2017 Great Plains Conference UMW Dates

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2017 METour

Dates: Saturday, May 27- Saturday, June 3, 2017

Destinations: Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa and Nebraska

Registration Deadline: April 1, 2017

For women ages 15-20 

For additional information contact METour director at metourdirector@yahoo.com or via phone at 402-683-0034.

METour Application Form coming soon

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2017 Legislative Days

Be Informed. Stand Up. Speak Out. Let Your Voice Be Heard.

The Great Plains United Methodist Women participates in two legislative days that educates and engages members of the faith community on issues that are being addressed within the state legislatures.  The purpose of the legislative days are to provide a forum of education on social justice issues, create a context for how the issues intersect with faith and prompt ways that the faith community can respond in advocacy.  Great Plains United Methodist Women are encouraged to use the legislative days as platforms to learn more about issues on the local and state levels and identify ways to add a voice as a faith community.  Both events are ecumenical and open to all.

Nebraska Ecumenical Legislative Day

February 11, 2017, Lincoln, NE

Downloadable Brochure w/Registration Form and Workshop Descriptions

Online Registration for Nebraska Ecumenical Legislative Day--Open Until February 1, 2017

Kansas L.E.A.F. (Legislative Event for Advocacy in Faith)

February 12-13, 2017, Topeka, KS

2017 LEAF Workshops

2017 LEAF Registration Form  Postmarked by January 30, 2017

Online Registration is up - see UMW Events

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Thank You for Giving!


We did it again! We exceeded our Pledge to Mission in in 2016! 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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Congratulations to our new SCJ Officers and Program Advisory Group Members.

The Great Plains is honored to have two of our own members serving on the SCJ Leadership Team for the 2016-2020 Quadrennium. Charlotte Morrow is the SCJ President and Louise Niemann is the Chair of the SCJ Committee on Nominations. They were elected at the South Central Jurisdiction Meeting in April. Congratulations Charlotte and Louise!

The Great Plains is also honored to have Rose Roberts selected by the National Organization Committee on Nominations to serve as a member of the Program Advisory Group Member for the 2016-2020 Quadrennium. As SCJ President, Charlotte Morrow also serves on the Program Advisory Group. 

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New National Officers and Committee Chairs for 2016-2020:

  •    President: Shannon Priddy  (Indiana Conference)
  •    Vice President and Chair of Planning and Assessment Committee: Clara Ester (Alabama West Florida Conference)
  •    Secretary: Cindy Saufferer (Minnesota Conference)
  •    Chairperson of Governance Committee: Gail Douglas-Boykin (New York Conference)
  •    Chairperson of Finance Committee: Estella Wallace (Pacific Northwest Conference)

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Invitation to National Assembly 2018

Greetings! It is with great pleasure that I invite you to plan to attend United Methodist Women's 2018 Assembly in Columbus, Ohio, May 18-20, 2018. This Assembly is particularly momentous – it marks both the official celebration of our 150th anniversary and a return to the location of our first Assembly in 1942. Our theme is The Power of Bold, and throughout theaction-filled weekend we will revisit the journey of Mary, who boldly risked safety and security to answer "yes" to God's call to service.

Our movement was launched in 1869 by the bold action of women who saw a need and claimed their power as disciples of Jesus Christ to address it. They sent women leaders - Isabella Thoburn (an educator) and Dr. Clara Swain (a doctor)—to India to serve women and children. This daring continued throughout the movement when leaders took a bold stand for racial justice and moved their first Assembly in 1942 to Columbus, where black and white women were welcomed at hotels and other public accommodations.

The Power of Bold will be evident again at the 2018 Assembly, when 8,000 women come together in faith to address priority challenges of our day: mass incarceration, economic inequality, maternal and child health and climate justice.

Assembly 2018 will be a forum for United Methodist Women members, partners and new attendees to gather, worship and learn about the needs of women, children and youth in the 21st century. We are claiming our 150-year history as women who know how to organize and serve and are willing to be challenged to grow in our faith as we build deeper connections with one another, church leaders and partners in the work of mission for all God's children.

As we mold our legacy for the next 150 years, your participation and presence would make a great contribution. I also encourage you to make plans to attend and look forward to welcoming you at Assembly 2018.

With Best Regards,





Harriett Jane Olson                                                                                                                               General Secretary                                                                                                                              United Methodist Women

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Great Plains UMW Standing Rules

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The Great Plains Conference UMW Library

Let's read!

The Library includes the books from the current United Methodist Women’s Reading Program (2012-2017).

While the physical location of the Library is in Lincoln, Nebraska, the services of the Library are available for all United Methodist Women in the Great Plains Conference, no matter where you live.

Here’s how you can participate…

To avoid sending you books you have already read, you will be asked to cross those out in your packet with a highlighter. This way we will both know your reading history. The books from the Library will be 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. Orders generally range from 4 to 10 books.  You can request the books for two months with a renewal extension offered. Your responsibility/cost 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.   

Do join the readers using the Great Plains UMW Library. The books are supplied and shared by all.  You will have access to many more "reads" this way.  Be enriched and ready for service and goodwill!

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Midwest Mission Distribution Center (MMDC) Mission Trip

Upcoming Dates in 2017:

  • March 27-31, 2017
  • October 23-27, 2017

Upcoming Dates in 2018:

  • April 16-20, 2018
  • October 8-12, 2018

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 her for answers to your questions. Send your $20 non-refundable deposit to treasurer, Teena Faubel at 5201 Bison Drive, Lincoln, NE  68516-2415. 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.

For additional information, go to www.midwestmissiondc.org or e-mail them at office@midwestmissiondc.org or find them on facebook at www.facebook.com/midwestmission.  Also by phone at 217-483-7911.


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Links to Other Sites/Resources:



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


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


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