United Methodist Women

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.


JOYGRAM from our Great Plains Conference President - March 6, 2017

My dear UMW Sisters in Christ:

I am sending you my first JOYGRAM to bring everyone up to date on activities.  I think we had a wonderful and productive first Leadership meeting in Hays, KS.  A special thank you to the UMW at the First UMC in Hays for their hospitality and support!

ACTION PLANS:  All committees were asked to develop three objectives for their group to be completed during the year and these would give direction for the year.  All goals and objectives would be placed on the website. 

The objectives for PRESIDENTS centered around communication within their districts.

  • By the next district meeting, each unit in the district would be assigned a "Shepherd", "UMW Sister",  or any name decided.  Each district officer would be assigned one or more units and be responsible to make contact within 30 days. The purpose is to develop a relationship with each unit.  Confirm email address for sending information related to district, conference and national activities.
  • In a timely manner, we will provide information and pictures on district activities to the conference website.
  • We will share program and activity suggestions.

I hope as presidents, you have been contacting local units.  This is the time to tell them about the METour, Mission u, and offering to help with UMW Sunday.  Reach out and contact each unit and establish a relationship.

During the past month, I have attended the legislative events in NE and KS.  There is quite the difference between the NE unicameral and the KS bicameral. But trafficking, LGBT, and the death penalty were discussed by both.  Lots of things to think about.  Both events were informative and thought-provoking. I hadn't attended before but will certainly be attending again in the future. 

I attended VOICES 2017 at Scarritt-Bennett in Nashville, TN.  What a wonderful retreat center,  and it is owned by UMW!  We learned about missionaries in Africa and also about providing a voice to women of different languages and cultures.

Last Saturday, I attended the Topeka District spring meeting in Atchison, KS.  Their theme was "Passport to Missions" and invited me to talk about my recent mission trip to Angel House in Tanzania.  As I was preparing, who contacted me but Holly Heyroth Opundo!  Holly is the missionary who I worked with at Angel House.  She came and brought along Tracy Rockhold, who is also a voluntary missionary at Angel House.  Holly is back in the states for a year and has offered to provide a program anywhere in the conference.


April 28-30 GP Spiritual Growth Retreat at Camp Comeca, Cozad, NE.

July 7-8  Summer Leadership meeting in Manhattan, KS at College UMC.

I CHOOSE JOY!   Nehemiah 8:10   ...for the joy of the Lord is your strength. 

Karen Dunlap, President Great Plains Conference United Methodist Women


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 (updated 3/03/17)

Now updated with Summer Leadership Meeting...Save the Dates of July 7-8!

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Instructions for Completing 2016 Membership Census

The membership census must be completed by units and individuals on-line by March 30, 2017.  If the person in charge of your report does not have computer access, the local church office may be able to assist, or contact your district Journey in Growth for help.


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Post Cards to NE Governor and State Senators - Take Care of Our Children Today!

A special emphasis of United Methodist Women is children, because women care for children.  If children are raised with safety, security, food, shelter, education, and basic human rights, these children will grow to be loving and secure adults.  United Methodist Women believe deeply in responding to Jesus' mandate to "care for the least of these."

Children often do not have a voice in this world, so United Methodist Women care for them and advocate on their behalf.  United Methodist Women commit to children globally through community centers, educational opportunities for refugee children, homes for street children, advocacy against sexual exploitation and child labor, educational institutions and much more. 

As Nebraska United Methodist Women, we are the voice of Nebraska's children in regard to proposed legislation and Governor Ricketts' budget and following are action steps we can take:

  • Follow the bills during the legislative session which are important to the welfare of children and youth
  • Visit with your senator either at the State Capitol or when they are at home in your district
  • Educate youself and your unit about changes in proposed legislation
  • Send postcards to the Governor and your State Senators. These postcards can be printed and shared with other women in your unit.   

Postcard message:  As a member of United Methodist Women, I am concerned about Governor Ricketts' budget cuts.  At the present, Child Welfare programs are already providing services on a shoestring.  It is important that programs for children become a priority and funded fully.  Nebraska needs to take care of children today so they do not end up in the prison population later or so their children do not end up in the Child Welfare system someday.  As an elected official, you hold the future of our children in your hands.

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2017 Great Plains Conference Spring Retreat

First ever Spring Retreat, "On the Path Home", will be held at Camp Comeca, near Cozad, Nebraska, April 28-30, 2017. This is a spiritual retreat based upon the lives of 5 Bible women: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary; and is being led by Carol Van Gorp from the National office of United Methodist Women. Register by Friday, April 14, 2017.

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2017 Great Plains Conference Cooperative Mission u

Mission u is open to everyone: clergy, laity, men & women, children & youth - Learning Together for the Transformation of the World! Mission u is sponsored the the United Methodist Women and Mercy & Justice Team, and will be held at three locations: Salina, KS, July 16-20; Kearney, NE, July 28-30; and Topeka, KS, August 18-19.

Spiritual Growth study: "Living as a Covenant Community"                                     

Geographic Study: "Missionary Conferences of the United Methodist Church"

Social Issue Study (Salina only): "Climate Justice"

Youth & Children (Salina only): "The Missionary Conferences"

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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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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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