Women’s Division’s General Deputy Secretary Harriett Jane Olson will speak at the first gathering of the new United Methodist Women of Indiana on Saturday, Oct. 17. At this time the North and South Conferences of United Methodist Women will officially unite as one conference. This historical event takes place at Zionsville United Methodist Church, 9644 Whitestown Road in Zionsville, Ind.

Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner will serve communion and install officers. The new conference and all ten districts will elect 2010 officers, approve Standing Rules, budgets and pledges to mission. Newly elected officers will number between 180 and 200 women. These women have the awesome task of leading the organization into the future as United Methodist Women of Indiana.

Their PURPOSE remains the same as it calls women: To know God, experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ, to be a supportive community, and to expand concepts of mission. Their mission focus continues to be predominately to women, children and youth.

Reservations strongly encouraged. Registration with lunch is $15, without lunch $10. Registration form available online at www.gbgm-umc.org/indumw/organizational_flyer.pdf. Registration deadline is Oct. 12.

Carolyn Maxey serves as the North Indiana Conference United Methodist Women’s communication coordinator.