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.


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.


2019 GP UMW Annual Conference - Sept 20-21 at First UMC in Lincoln, NE. Registration opens July 30th and ends August 31st.

Note: Though paper registration shows ConnectioN Point tours at 3:00 and 4:00 PM, there will only be ONE tour at 3:00 PM, which may limit numbers able to participate. First come, first serve basis.

Optional: Special 150 Birthday GP UMW Tshirt or Polo Available to order NOW through August 26th. Two styles of each in three colors: purple, royal blue, or red. GP UMW logo on chest and 150 on sleeve. Free shipping if you pick up at annual conference.  After you enter your shipping address it will ask you where you want it shipped.    Pick Shirts101.  They will be at annual conference on September 20 if you pick this option.

Click on the "Great Plains United Methodist-Home" link below to order.

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2019 Mission u - Mini Mission u August 9-10 in Topeka KS

2019 Great Plains Conference Cooperative Mission u is sponsored by United Methodist Women & Mercy & Justice Team and is open to everyone:  clergy, laity, men & women, children & youth "Learning Together for the Transformation of the World"!   Mission u offers three opportunities:  A weekday study was held in Salina, KS, July 14-18th for adults, children, and youth; a weekend study was in Grand Island, NE July 26-28th. Mini Mission u is coming up at Countryside UMC in Topeka, KS August 9-10th.  Registration deadline for Topeka August 1st.

Studies will include "Practicing Resurrection - The Gospel of Mark and Radical Discipleship" with study leader, Rev. Jerry Brabec, and "Women United for Change: 150 Years in Mission" with study leader Karen Dunlap.

2019 Mission u Information and Paper Registration Pages: (You may print only what you need)

Online Registration option:            

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Karen Dunlap's June 2019 INFOGram

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2019 Great Plains UMW Conference Leadership Team

Flat Jesus was with us at Chimney Rock/Scottsbluff for our June Leadership meeting!

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2019 Great Plains Conference UMW Calendar

"Happy Birthday United Methodist Women-150 Years on March 23, 2019!"

Note: 2020 GP UMW Conference Annual Meeting will be September 18-19, 2020 at Garden City, KS! Shannon Priddy, National UMW President, will be our keynote speaker, so you'll want this on your calendar NOW!

150th UMW Birthday Video

Here is a link to a 4 minute video prepared by National UMW for use in celebrating our 150th either locally or at your district level meetings: https://youtu.be/h-WWKMFuG5s

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Epworth Village UTube Video from Louise Niemann

Below is a link to recent Beatrice United Methodist Church service in which Louise was the guest speaker and presented on Epworth Village. The presentation begins at 24:00.  Please watch, it is a dynamic presentation!


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2019 GP Conference Spring Spiritual Retreat

Camp Comeca, Cozad, NE -May 3-5, 2019

"Sensible Shoes" with Rev Billie Blair

Jenelle Erb, past Journey in Faith, Rev. Billie Blair, facilitator; Lori Collins, Journey in Faith

These 2 ladies attended Camp Comeca in its beginning year - 1950!

A few of the 39 pairs of "sensible shoes" worn over the weekend.

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2020 METour dates are set! May 30 - June 7, 2020 we are headed to Red Bird Mission, Upper Room, Cookson Hills Center, and more in the Southeast. Registration begins now through April 1, 2020.

METour Graphic             METour facebook page

Dates are set! Put May 30 - June 7, 2020 on your calendar and travel with us to Red Bird Mission, Beverly, KY, Upper Room, & Cookson Hills Center, Cookson, OK. We will be leaving from and returning to Topeka, KS, again in 2020.

For more information, please contact the METour director, Venedith Vargas, or via phone at 308-352-8085.

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2019 Program Resource Change

UMW Mission Resources will no longer stock Reading Program books, or offer consignment orders. Books may be ordered from Cokesbury, Amazon, etc, or obtained through interlibrary loan.

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South Central Jurisdiction UMW Meeting - March 26-29, 2020

Little Rock, Arkansas - Downtown Marriott & Little Rock Convention Center

Registration begins September 15, 2019
Save the Date! Read the latest SCJ Newsletter below to find out more about it!

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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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Midwest Mission Distribution Center (MMDC) Mission Trip

Upcoming Dates in 2019:

  • October 14-18, 2019

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.midwestmission.org or e-mail them at office@midwestmission.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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