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 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.

Conference Leadership Team

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Thank You for Giving!


We did it again! We exceeded our Pledge to Mission in in 2015! 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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SCJ Quadrennial Meeting, April 15-17, 2016  

The theme was "A Fresh Wind Blowing" - 'The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can't tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can't explain how people are born of the Spirit.' John 3:8 

We had thirty participants from the Great Plains Conference. The meeting was an fantastic opportunity for United Methodist Women from across the Jurisdiction to come together for workshops, worship and fellowship. It was a wonderful learning opportunity and a chance to experience the impact of United Methodist Women beyond the local church as well as to get great ideas to use back home.

  • Amy Pinger and Denise Larsen were our two scholarship recipients.
  • Janice Elmore and Deanna Holland were our two nominees for National Board.
  • Esther Hay, Becky Pishney and Diane Thompson were our three voting delegates.

Our appreciation to our two Great Plains Conference representatives on the 2013-2016 Leadership Team, Jeanette Grenz who served as the SCJ Treasurer and Anita Jost who served as a member of the SCJ Committee on Nominations.

The business of the meeting was the election of the 2017-2020 SCJ Leadership Team and the election of 4 members of the National Board of Directors. Those elected to the National Board of Directors are Stacie Hawkins, Texas Conference; Lynn Baker, Arkansas Conference; Daryl Junes-Joe, New Mexico Conference; and Cynthia Rives, Central Texas Conference.

2017-2020 SCJ Leadership Team

The Great Plains is honored to have two of our own members serving on the SCJ Leadership Team for the 2017-2020 Quadrennium. Charlotte Morrow is the SCJ President and Louise Niemann is the Chair of the SCJ Committee on Nominations. Congratulations Charlotte and Louise!

Photo by Oklahoma United Methodist Communications

The 2017-20 leadership team for South Central Jurisdiction United Methodist Women, from left: President Charlotte Morrow, Great Plains Conference; Carolyn Schumacher, Arkansas; Barbara Mobley, Rio Texas; Carolyn Celestine, Missouri; Louise Niemann, Great Plains; Helen Emerson, Arkansas; Alicia Almanza-Leyva, Rio Texas; Jo Ellen Reed, Oklahoma; and Alexis Robinson, Missouri.

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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 (2011-2016).

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 are asked to submit a list of the books you have already read. 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.   

Join us and let’s get reading!

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Midwest Mission Distribution Center (MMDC) Mission Trip

We have a group of Great Plains United Methodist Women who volunteered at MMDC in Chatham, IL 10-14, 2016.

Upcoming Dates

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

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.

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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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