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United Methodist Women at Church of the Resurrection

United Methodist Women at Church of the Resurrection

Who Are United Methodist Women?
United Methodist Women is a supportive, inclusive Christian membership organization where women grow spiritually, develop as leaders, and serve and work to create a world in which all women, children and youth thrive.  Our members nurture one another in community, support U.S. and international projects and partners with their prayers, volunteer and advocacy efforts, and financial gifts.   (from the Pledge to Mission Brochure)

A Story of Inspiration

When I learned about the Bobbi Jo, Under the Influence documentary, I was eager to watch and learn more about her story.  You see, our UMW unit has provided grants to Healing House, a faith-based recovery center founded by her in 2003, for a number of years.  Those grants have helped furnish rooms for mothers and babies and purchase playground equipment for their daycare center, car seats, pack & plays, and more.  I was familiar with her story of addiction and recovery, but not to the extent of how she has impacted others and transformed an entire neighborhood, all in service to God.
Bobbi Jo’s initial goal was to help 10 women succeed in recovery each year. That was her plan.  She soon learned that God had bigger plans.  Healing House started out with one home serving women in recovery; now the ministry has 14 group homes and two apartment buildings serving 180 adults and 25 children each year.  In her own words, “I kept doing it because it was the next right thing to do.”  By demonstrating love and compassion without judgment, she has offered hope to over 8,000 individuals since starting her ministry.
Her story reminds me of God’s promise in Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you . . .”.  Bobbi Jo had good intentions, but God had plans for her to accomplish even more.  Best of all, she listened, acted in faith, and provided hope and a future for thousands of others.  Be inspired by her powerful story.  Watch it here:


The March 25th virtual Lenten Luncheon was an event of many blessings, but one that could not have occurred without the help of so many. UMW would like to thank the following people for their part in making this a memorable occasion:
  • Pastor Angie McCarty for her inspiring devotional,
  • Ginger Rothhaas for her strong message of hope and encouragement,
  • Michelle Funk for her planning support and ZOOM hosting,
  • Lane Goodin for her graphic art support,
  • Angela Meyer and the staff of The Well Bookstore for ordering HOPE mugs and opening the Global Market,
  • Chef Tony and the catering staff for our lunch creations, and
  • the Lenten Luncheon planning committee chaired by Reba McQuinn with Kay Ridgeway, Pat Bayless, Susan Sims, Bev Roy and Teresa Provost giving publicity support. 
Mark your calendars for April 7, 2022, when we hope to host next year's Lenten Luncheon in person.

Global Market – Open Through April 1

Shoppers take note.  There are just 4 days  left to shop at the Global Market.  There are still a number of deeply discounted fair trade items such as earrings, necklaces, bracelets, ornaments, purses, crocheted bunnies, and more.  The Well is now open Monday-Thursday, 9am-4pm, for in-person shopping by appointment only.  Call 913-544-0240 to make arrangements.  Otherwise, visit and select Lenten Luncheon under Categories to begin your shopping experience. 

Circle News

Hope Circle

Tuesday, April 13 at 10am via Zoom  
Hope Circle will gather virtually April 13 at 10:00 a.m. with  social time at 9:45 a.m. We are so pleased to welcome Erin Chacey, a fellow Resurrection member, who will share with us about the EarthCOR Ministry at Church.  As a volunteer, she has led this group at Resurrection since 2015. The title of her program will be Creation Care Essentials (How better to love God and neighbor by reconnecting to the first commandments).
Erin lives in Leawood with her husband, two school-age children, and three rescued pets:  a dog, a cat and a goldfish.  She encourages all of us gathering to visit their website. There is lots of useful information there, plus links that may hopefully spur questions that others may hope will be answered also.  Visit the site and bring your questions for the end of her presentation.
On April 6, exactly one week prior to our Circle meeting, you can contribute to stocking the Salvation Army Lodge in Olathe.  Items can be dropped off from 10:00-11:00 a.m. in the Circle Drive of Bldg. A.  April requests are:  plastic cutting boards, hand can-openers, and reusable, microwave safe kitchen plates and cups.  OR a check can be made out to:  Salvation Army Lodge with Olathe on the Memo line.  MAIL CHECKS TO:  Judy Burke, 10303 Grant Ln, Overland Park, KS, 66212 OR drop off at the Circle Drive of Bldg. A on April 6.
Upcoming Hope Programs
Karen Kerkhoff, Supt.

Maverick Circle

Monday, April 12 at 10 am via Zoom
It all began in Malawi in 2009 when Peter and Emma Maseko, along with their daughter Dr. Anne Alaniz, created Pothawira (Safe Haven) Christian Mission Organisation.  Their objective was simple.  They wanted to help alleviate the poverty and suffering that afflicts so much of Malawi through a holistic approach that provides individuals, especially women and children, with the opportunity to live, dream and achieve their full potential.  As a result, they worked with multiple non-profit organizations to help create a community village that includes an orphanage, a medical clinic, a primary school and a church.   
Today Pothawira (Safe Haven) is thriving.  Anne's story of coming to America and achieving her dream is inspiring, but the entire Pothawira story is amazing. You will fall in love with Anne and gain a deeper understanding of poverty in Africa as well as learn about what a huge difference one dedicated family can make. 
Update:  The March program about the Kansas City Autism Training Center is now available for viewing if you missed it.   
Upcoming Maverick Programs
Dr. Burns, KU Landen Center
All women are welcome to participate in Hope and Maverick Zoom meetings.  If you are not a member of Hope or Maverick Circles, click here to register for a link to attend a specific meeting.



April 9-22
United Methodist Women have organized an online book fair with Scholastic to benefit the Resurrection Bookmobile and Partner School Ministry.  Beginning April 9 visit the website to order books from Scholastic for students in grades K-6.  Instructions for online ordering or making a cash donation will be included on the website.   
Free shipping will be available for orders over $25.  Scholastic will ship online purchases directly to Resurrection for replenishing the Bookmobile.  Book donations will also be given to students as incentives, included in spring break bags, and distributed via other methods to promote reading habits and improve skills. 
For those of you who would prefer to buy your books elsewhere or have gently used books you would like to donate, there will be donation bins set up in the Narthex of Building A during the duration of the book fair. These carts will be accessible during services on Sunday, April 11 and 18 as well. 
Students at our partner schools, and other urban schools, are allowed to select and keep two books during each Bookmobile visit.  Here are some of the most frequently requested books/series. (If you can find an English/Spanish version that’s even better.)
K-1st Grades
Any book by Mo Willems
Paw Patrol series
Unicorn & Yeti series
Pig the Pug series
The Good Egg/The Bad Seed/The Cool Bean
If you give a mouse/dog/moose series
Any Spanish books
2nd-3rd Grades
Unicorn Diaries
Who Would Win series
Stat (basketball series)
Cat Kid (graphic novel)
What if you had . . . series by Sandra Markle
Dragon Masters series
Any Spanish books
4th-6th Grades
Any book by Raina Telgemeier  
   (graphic novel)
Track series
Titanic series
Crime Biters series
I Survived series (graphic format)
The Last Kids on Earth series
   (graphic format)
The Wimpy Kids Diary series
Please note:  DONATIONS OF BOOKS ONLY.  Unwanted donations include:  tchotchkes, books with tchotchkes, trinkets, pencils, posters, diaries, calendars, 3-D glasses, toys, etc.  

Collection for Salvation Army’s Family Lodge

March weather cooperated when donations for the Salvation Army’s Family Lodge were collected by Hope Circle volunteers. Members dropped off blankets, body wash, and liquid hand soap, as well as cash donations of nearly $280. Donations are collected each month.  This Hope Circle mission project began years ago and continues even while having to deal with COVID-19 protocols. 


Appreciation for Service:
We extend our thanks to Avalyn Reissig for her many years of service to UMW.  She is a long-time UMW member who served as treasurer for the Great Plains Conference for a number of years. Avalyn stated that the greatest benefit from her service was the relationships she formed and has maintained over the years.   We appreciate your years of service and dedication, Avalyn!

Pledge to Mission:

If you wish to submit a Pledge to Mission, please mail to:
      Sylvia Williams
      14567 Granada Ct
       Leawood, KS 66224

Partner School Update

The Hygiene Drive earlier this month was a big success.  Thanks to all who donated.  If you were unable to participate, there’s still an opportunity to donate.  The Partner School Ministry team has created an Amazon Wish List of personal hygiene, cleaning supplies, and snack items.  The need for these items is ongoing throughout the school year.  If you have a desire to provide any of these much-needed items, check out the Amazon Wish List here.  Be sure ‘Gift Registry Address’ is selected so donations will be shipped directly to the Partner School Ministry team.  (Please note that tampons cannot be accepted, but pads are acceptable.  Also, small containers of laundry detergent are preferred.)

Learning Opportunities

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.  Moms Demand Action is a grassroots organization fighting for public safety measures that can protect people from gun violence.  Learn more here.
The Climate + Energy Project (CEP) builds resilience in Kansas through equitable clean energy solutions and climate action.  Learn more here
What Matters Podcast 57: Grace.  A discussion with Susie Davis about experiencing God in the moments of listening and mentoring young women in her church community.  Available on the Rez Women YouTube channel.
March 29
6:30-8:00 pm
Great Decisions Meeting – Struggles Over the Melting Arctic.  Hosted by Johnson County League of Women Voters.  Registration not required.  More information here.
March 31
12:30-1:30 pm
Gun Violence in Missouri: Seeking Solutions.  Webinar discussion will focus on economic mobility and how the public health approach to gun violence could improve outcomes for Missouri.  More information/Register here.
April 6
6:30-8:30 pm
Setting Big Dreams and Achieving Them in Retirement.  Retirement Roundtable. Register here.
April 11 –
  May 30
3:00-4:30 pm
Be the Bridge:  Racial Reconciliation Online Class.  Experience grace in this 8-week journey to unpack spiritual and systemic root causes of racism. $10 fee.  Register here.
April 13
6:30-8:00 pm
Grandparenting with Love and Logic.  
Join Leah Rundle, from The Parents Place, as we learn how to develop relationships with both adult children and grandchildren.  Register here.


July 11-17, 2021
Mark your calendar now for the 2021 Rummage Sale!  It’s official.  UMW will host a scaled-down version with a Furniture/Lamps only sale July 11 – 17.  Drop-off dates will be July 11 and 12.  Shopping dates will be July 15 and 16.  More details will become available in the coming months.

Upcoming Events

Donation Drop-Off for
   Salvation Army
Circle Drive, Bldg. A, 10-11am
Gum Moon - Jeffrey L. Staley
Maverick Zoom Mtg
Story of Malawi
Strangers No More
Coffee & Conversation
Hope Circle Zoom Mtg
Green Earth
Strangers No More
Coffee & Conversation
4/09/21 -
Online Book Fair to
   Benefit Bookmobile &
   Ptr School Ministry
Rummage Sale –
   Furniture/Lamps Only
*Contact Sharon Page regarding the Tues AM Book Club;
*Contact Bev Roy regarding the Thurs PM Book Club

Relevant Website Links


2020 UMW Board of Directors

Lynda Shillito
Vice President
M.J. Walden
Cathy Giessen
Charlotte O’Keefe
Michelle Lentell
Teresa Provost
Send any questions related to UMW to Lynda Shillito; any newsletter submissions or roster updates to Teresa Provost.

2021-2024 Social Justice Priorities

Climate Justice--with focus on Just Energy 4 All campaign
Mass Incarceration/Criminalization of Communities of Color—with focus on the Interrupting the School to Prison Pipeline campaign
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