United Methodist Women (UMW)

Brat Sale Proceeds – $950! Final calculation of proceeds from the Brat Sale is $950! Those funds will be available for the Wellspring Meals for the Men’s Shelter mission program. Thank you so much for everyone who worked the Brat Sale.  Another fun event raising funds for local mission.

August 26 – UMW Sunday and Ice Cream Social To all those who attended UMW Sunday on Aug. 26 and the Ice Cream Social following the service, we hope you found it to be joyful, inspiring, and informative. Special thanks to Eileen Porter and Barbara Dick for their beautiful and passionate musical contribution to the service. We hope you continue to act BOLDLY on UMW’s four priority social justice issues: (1) maternal and child health, (2) mass incarceration-school-to-prison pipeline, (3) economic inequality, and (4) climate justice. The ice cream was as sweet as the people enjoying it.  
September Prayer Shawl Meetings Due to the Labor Day holiday, the first September Prayer Shawl meeting will take place on Monday, Sept 10. The second September date will be the following Monday, Sept. 17. You are invited to come pray and knit with us.
South West District Annual Gathering, Sat., Sept. 22, Bethany UMC, Please join your UMW sisters in singing, listening, learning, and worshiping at the District Annual Gathering which is being held at Bethany UMC here in Madison. Rev. Linda Vance will give the keynote presentation titled “Sacred Spaces.” Registration is at 8:30.  Event ends at 3:30.  Forms are on the UMW bulletin board and in the August edition of South West District’s Mission Matters. The registration fee is $15. Registration deadline is Sept. 10.  
Wisconsin Conference Annual Gathering, Oct. 19-20, Waukesha First UMC All are invited to the Wisconsin Conference United Methodist Women Annual Gathering on Fri.-Sat., Oct. 19-20. The focus will be on Sacred Spaces:  Encounters with God and Neighbor. Please also consider attending the pre-conference tour of United Methodist Children’s Services on Friday afternoon, 2:00 – 4:00. Conference registration:  5:30-6:30 pm Friday evening. Program begins at 6:30 pm. On Friday evening Harriett Jane Olson our UMW CEO will be featured in a video explaining why UMW is holding Conversations on A Way Forward.  It will be presented by Mary Lainberger, National Program Advisory Group.  Saturday’s speaker: Sharon Day, Anishinaabe grandmother and Water Walker will lead morning worship. Mary Lainberger and Sue Plasterer will provide information and breakout sessions on “A Way Forward.” Information about lodging and registration forms are on the UMW bulletin board and in the August edition of South West District’s Mission Matters. Carpooling will be arranged. Contact Blanche.  
Unit Officer Election for 2019 All members are encouraged to serve in a unit leadership role. Election for those roles will take place in Sept. Election details will be sent to members by email. December 1 Christmas Market New this year: Children’s Santa Store. See Kathy Schittone for details. Back this year: Cookie Walk, Used Book Sale (start saving your books), Gift Baskets, and Gift Centers (Fashion, Kitchen/home, Christmas, and items $6 or less). Donations from crafters are encouraged. Proceeds go to UMW mission programs.   See the 2018 UMW Directory for upcoming events and member contact information.
CONTACTS: Blanche Emerick; 217- 766-0821, blanche.emerick@gmail.com; Carol Randall, 608-798-2243, randall.carol27@gmail.com; Sue Plasterer, 608-274-0275, seplasterer@charter.net; Nedra Ebsen, 608-441-0664, nedraebsen@yahoo.com; Pam Moe, 608-271-4669, plivers1@wisc.edu