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.

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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.

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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.

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2018 Report by Karen Dunlap to Annual Conference on GP United Methodist Women

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2018 Great Plains UMW Conference Leadership Team

New Conference Officers at LDD, Tempe, AZ

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2018 Great Plains Conference UMW Calendar

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2018 Mission u Event

Topeka Mini, Countryside UMC, Topeka, KS - August 17-18.

Early bird registration deadline is August 10th for Topeka! Late fee $25.00.

2019 Mission u Studies include "The Gospel of Mark" and "United Methodist Women in Mission: 150 Years and Beyond". Save the dates July 26-28, 2019 for Kearney, NE.

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2018 Great Plains Conference UMW Annual Meeting

Date:  September 14-15, 2018

Location:  United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, 13720 Roe Ave, Leawood, KS, Bldg B Phone: 913-897-0120

Theme:  "150 Years; Our Past, Our Present, Our Future, Our Legacy"

Featured Speaker:  Harriett Jane Olson, General Secretary, National United Methodist Women

Registration

Conference will cover $40.00 registration cost for conference and district officers. Registration covers meeting, Friday night Kansas City BBQ, and Saturday lunch.  ($30.00 Friday only) Registration deadline: August 31.

Online registration is SUPER SIMPLE! Once you register online an email confirmation will be sent with maps of the campus, where to park and directions to the campus from local highways so this is a BIG benefit of online registration.  This will not be sent to those who choose paper registration. For in-kind giving and hotel details, refer to Paper registration.

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Great Plains Conference Seminar - Mass Incarceration:              Re-member Those Who Are in Prison

December 3-5, 2018

Church Center for the United Nations, New York, NY

Let mutual love continue....'Remember those who are in prison, as though your were in prison with them; those who are being tortured, as though you yourselves were being tortured.    Hebrews 13:1, 3 (NRSV)

How is it that the United States with only 5% of the world's population incarcerates more than 20% of the world's prison population?  What does it mean as people of faith to actively re-member members of our family and society who are incarcerated, isolated, and removed from our communities?

You are invited to join United Methodist Women's Seminar Program in New York City to bring a faith lens as we critically explore our country's criminal justice system, the prison industrial complex and how our current "War on Drugs" and anti-immigration climate disproportionately incarcerate black, brown, and poor whites.  With Mass Incarceration as our current UMW priority issue, what might be our collective role as United Methodists in responding to this crisis?

Registrations are due November 1st. Scholarship applications are due October 1st.

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2019 L.E.A.F. (Legislative Event for Advocacy in Faith)

"Unity of Spirit" - February 17-18, 2019

Topeka First UMC, 600 SW Topeka Blvd, Topeka, KS

2019 Nebraska Ecumenical Legislative Day - February 9, 2019, Christ United Methodist Church, 4530 A St, Lincoln, NE

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2019 GP Conference Spring Spiritual Retreat

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

"Sensible Shoes" by Rev Billie Blair

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!

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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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The Great Plains Conference UMW Library

 

Let's read!

The Library includes the books from the current United Methodist Women’s Reading Program (2013-2018).

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 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 2018 and 2019:

  • October 8-12, 2018
  • April 1-5, 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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