United Methodist Women

The UNITED METHODIST WOMEN shall be a community of women whose PURPOSE is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.

Welcome

United Methodist Women of Indiana is a statewide organization of women engaged in mission and advocacy and a part of the North Central Jurisdiction UMW. More information from the United Methodist Women National Office can be found at www.unitedmethodistwomen.org.

Thank you from BIBs Pantry

We sure had a great time at Mission u a few weeks ago at University of Indianapolis AND the UMW of Indiana Conference made a difference in the local community through the 2019 Mission u Hands-On Mission Project!  Below is a thank you from Amie Walls at the BIBs Pantry.

UMW Indiana Mission u participants,
A huge thank you to all of you and your churches for the outpouring of love and generosity towards the Better Indy Babies (BIBs) Pantry at UHUMC. I apologize for not being better prepared and for being unable to express my gratitude to each of you personally.  The monetary gifts, diapers, wipes, clothing, blankets, toys, food, hygiene items and baby supplies will touch the lives of hundreds of underserved families in central Indiana. After your visit on the evening of Wednesday, July 17, I contacted volunteers who were scheduled to work the following Thursday and asked them if they could arrive early and help sort, organize and put away the donations you ladies so kindly brought to the pantry.  One of the volunteers, upon seeing the extent of the work ahead of us, said, “What a wonderful problem to have.”  It took three of us about two and a half hours to stock the food, put away diapers, wipes and other supplies and move the clothing, blankets and other baby and hygiene supplies to the work room. We probably could have taken less time if we hadn’t occasionally held up an outfit, toy or shoes for the others to “ooh and aah” about. It will take a while to get everything organized, but each time we retrieve a package of diapers, fold blankets or match clothes we will think of all of you and your kind, generous spirit.

Blessings,
Amie Walls

The BIBs Pantry is located at University Heights United Methodist Church. It is sponsored by the church family with more than 20 volunteers. The purpose of BIBs is to assist expectant mothers and their newborns with needs. These families are referred to the Pantry through Healthnet Community Health Centers. You can access a flyer about this special ministry and a shopping list of the needs, by going to https://www.uhumc.com/bibs-pantry.

Register for Mission u 2019: July 16-19

Each year, United Methodist Women of Indiana prepare for faithful living and action by devoting time to learn more about mission. Mission u 2019 will be held July 16-19 at the University of Indianapolis. This year’s event, themed “Learning more for the transformation of the world,” will offer three mission studies, including a geographical, a topical, and a spiritual growth study. These studies are designed to motivate, inform, and enrich our commitment to global ministry. Registration ends July 1.

Scholarship Applications

We are committed to connecting to all the women who want to be a part of our organization. Here is what we want to achieve in 2019:

2019 Conference Goals

Membership – Grow membership in each district by 1%.  Recognize units at risk of becoming inactive 

 Action steps

  • Promote conference events and programs with the goal of improving attendance/ participation
  • Intentionally recruit new members (widen the circle). INVITE! INVITE! INVITE!
    Assess meeting times and make adjustments
  • Rebranding/ renaming events
  • Offer alternative ways of engagement via clusters, online groups, creative partnerships
  • Each conference and district officer visit at least 3 local units yearly to encourage, support, and educate.
    Mission Giving- meet or exceed pledge

Action Steps

  • Encourage giving to a mission in honor of Legacy women
  • Educate- share where the money goes, emptying the treasury at year end, special year-end giving
  • Communicate- improve engagement and communication through local unit visitations (LUVs)
  • Share our stories
Download | Share 2019 Conference Goals

One of the exciting elements of being a part of United Methodist Women is the reading program. Each year relevant books to support and inform our purpose are selected and made available through the UMW Mission Resource Center e-store. Find a listing of all of the books from 2013 to 2019 HERE.

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