United Methodist Women
United Methodist Women on the Move: 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.
Welcome to our home page as we transition to our new Great Plains Conference website. We are still Under Construction so please be patient with us as we make the transition. For now, we will put the most current information here on our home page. Please note that links on the left side are active, they are however still being created and updated.
Items that appear in blue 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.
- We are the The Great Plains United Methodist Women!
- The Great Plains United Methodist Women Logo Artist Statement
- Mission Do--UMCOR Kits for Annual Conference
- Thank You for Giving
- Great Plains Conference UMW Library
- Spring MMDC Trip
- 2014 Program Book Correction
- Links to Other Sites/Resources
The Great Plains United Methodist Women at Assembly 2014 in Louisville, KY - We Make it Happen!
On January 1, 2014, 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.
When the sun rises on the Great Plains Conference, the United Methodist Women will be anticipating the innovation and freshness that comes from joining together in mission in a new way. The crisp, clear view from the north and the south, the east and the west reveals brightness, creativity and commitment in our midst. We move forward in our newness, knowing that the God of All That's Old and All That's New is faithfully journeying with us, guiding and directing, nudging us and calling each by name. Our response to that call will shape a conference that is authentically in mission... faith.hope.love in action...on these Great Plains and beyond our horizon.
Deanna Holland, 2013
One of the goals of the Journey in Growth team is to implement four MISSION DO projects in 2014. We would like every local United Methodist Women’s group throughout our conference to participate in each of the MISSION DO projects. Each unit can however decide how they will participate. We will send out information about each of the topics prior to the time we are suggesting that everyone work on that MISSION DO project.
For our first MISSION DO project, we are designating May as UMCOR Kit month. We want everyone to make KITS, KITS, and more KITS. Information on Relief-Supply Kits is available at http://www.umcor.org/UMCOR/Relief-Supplies OR Helpful directions for assembling kits and other needed supplies are available at http://www.midwestmissiondc.org and click on Projects.
UMCOR kits will be collected at the Great Plains Annual Conference June 9-12, 2014 in Lincoln, NE. A truck to receive your donations will be located at the Great Plains Lincoln Office, 3333 Landmark Circle on June 10 and 11, 2014. Items received will be taken to the Midwest Mission Distribution Center at Chatham, IL. This is one of eight UMCOR Disaster Relief Supply depots located across the United States.
We have received a letter and certificate of appreciation from Martha Sherman Knight, the Treasurer of United Methodist Women National.
"It is with heart-felt appreciation that we congratulate your conferences for exceeding your pledge in 2013. Your abundant gift will be an inspiration to others in our collective mission with women, children and youth.
We thank each and every member of the United Methodist Church for her faithful and generous giving. After the example of Jesus you have reached out to the hungry, the homeless, the outcast and ministered to them. You have stood behind and with the woman trying to feed, clothe and make a better life for her children. You have helped to shelter women and children fleeing from danger and adversity. You have made a difference in their lives!
On behalf of each of those whose lives you have touched, encouraged and given hope, we thank you! We take Joy in being in the ministry of mission with you!"
Grace and Peace
Martha S. Knight, Treasurer
Avalyn Reissig, our Great Plains Conference UMW Treasurer, reports that we are well on our way to paying our 2014 Pledge to Mission in full. Thank you to all for your generous support to-date. Even though we may take a summer break from meetings, it is important to continue to send in our monthly mission remittances - our mission giving offers hope for thousands of women, children and youth. Together we will Make it Happen in 2014!
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. The books you receive are from the five-year listing of the books that we have on the shelves. 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. OR
If you are in the area, you come to the Library in person at Christ UMC, 4530 "A" Street in Lincoln, Nebraska on Thursday mornings between 9:00 and 11:00 AM (except for holidays).
To learn more, contact our Conference Librarian, Mary Ann Bede by email at: email@example.com 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!
Since 2004 United Methodist Women from Nebraska have traveled to Chatham, Illinois, a suburb of Springfield, IL, to volunteer at Midwest Mission Distribution Center. This Mission Distribution Center is one of eight located across the country., is a vital part of the UMCOR Network.
Women from throughout our Great Plains Conference are invited to participate. Teena Faubel will serve as the Great Plains UMW Leader for upcoming MMDC trips. Mary Ann Bede has served in the capacity since 2004 and will remain as the business coordinator for the trips. Information on contacts, resources and upcoming trips is below the photo.
Pictured above are the women from Papillion, Bellevue, Nebraska City, Geneva, Grant, Lincoln, Dorchester, Cozad, Valparaiso and Raymond, Nebraska who volunteered at MMDC April 8 through 10 with travel days on each side of their service days.
Interested in finding out more information or being one of the volunteers? There is a PowerPoint presentation, literature and DVDs available. If you would be interested in a presentation about this opportunity at your district meeting, contact Teena Faubel at 402-423-7329. More information is also available online www.midwestmissiondc.org. There you can see the activities, find patterns for projects, learn about the center’s work and distributions and access a list items to collect and donate.
To reserve a place on an upcoming mission trips to MMDC a $20 non-refundable is deposit is required. Contact Mary Ann at 402-421-8264 for more information about making a deposit. Because the Midwest Mission Distribution Center has so many requests, it is important that we mark our calendars and make our reservations now in order to insure being a part of this opportunity for friendship and service.
Here are the upcoming dates for MMDC mission trips for GP UMW – won’t you join us?
- October 27-31 of 2014 - This includes the two days used for travel
- April 20-24 of 2015
- October 26-30 of 2015
- April 18-22 of 2016
- October 10-14 of 2016
- United Methodist Women National Website
- Mission Resource Center
- Della Lamb National Mission Institution, Kansas City, KS
- Epworth Village National Mission Institution, York, NE
- United Methodist Ministries National Mission Institution, Omaha, NE
- New World Outlook Online Magazine
- Response Online Magazine - click on News on the Orange Bar and response magazine on the gray dropdown bar
- National UMW Online - click on the Green Online Icon
- National UMW Facebook Page
- South Central Jurisdiction Facebook Page
Click here to visit our Great Plains Conference UMW Facebook page.
Click here to vist the National United Methodist Women Pinterest online clipboard.