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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)

We Didn't Give Up

It was around July of 2020, that the Executive Board of UMW agreed that our unit needed a newsletter as another way to keep us connected. I asked Teresa Provost, our board Communications Chair, what she thought of making that happen. She said “yes” to the challenge, and in August of 2020, our first UMW Newsletter was sent out electronically. And for the next 9 months, Teresa has been connecting us with information on upcoming events and learning opportunities that are available to us.  I know you will agree with me when I say that I can’t thank her enough for the fantastic job she has done in launching this much valued communication piece. 
What we have accomplished in these months of virtual meetings and activities has been amazing! As I answered Michelle Funk in her Podcast when she asked me “What Matters most right now to the women of UMW?” I said, that we have not given in, not given up, we have not quit in finding ways to carry on the mission of UMW, and to stay connected to one another. 
There are several ways in which we have not quit on doing the work of UMW. For example, Susan Sims, in her recent devotional at the UMW board meeting, pointed out how in one of Pastor Adam’s sermons he had listed all of the ways we can be, and do for “One Another.”  She said in effect, that this is who we are in UMW. We know how to do the “one anothering” that is needed to maintain our calling of putting faith, hope and love into action, even if we do it over ZOOM. We have not quit finding the ways to live into that list of “One Anothers.”
Thanks to Michelle Funk and the technology that church has allowed us to use, we have kept on with our monthly women’s meetings. In May of last year, shortly after we had to end our times of meeting in person, we ended our programing season with a joint meeting of the Maverick and Hope groups and heard a message of “Resilience” from Joyce Vancrum, one of our own members.
By September 2020 our groups had made new programing plans, which were all held over Zoom, that included a deeper dive into the topic of Racial Justice, from Ron Smith, a former KC police Commander and COR member, and a wonderful tribute to Joan Rodkey for her many years of and varied service to the Hope Circle and UMW organization.
Other group meetings included guest speaker and author, Dr. Amy Oden, who discussed her book, Christian Mindfulness. And both groups heard from Audra Petersen and Jeff Shafer who discussed the needs of the students and the programing of City Year, and their efforts to stop the problem of “School to Prison Pipeline” issues.
Dr. Anne Alaniz, a gynecological oncologist, born in Malawi, but practicing in the US, spoke to us about her mission project, Pothawira; Safe Haven, a Christian Mission organization, back in Malawi. She described the work of this organization, and how the mobile sonogram machine which was a grant to her organization from our Rummage sale Grant process, will be a life-saving tool for the women in this area. Her’s is a powerful story and one you can see again here.
Hope Circle brought genealogy to the fore with their speaker from the Genealogical Society, heard about Climate Justice from Erin Chacey with EarthCOR, and took a virtual tour of the Arboretum, here in Johnson County.
The Maverick women ended their year with a discussion on Alzheimer’s, with Dr. Jeffery Burns, the co-Director of KU Alzheimer’s Disease Center.
Stitch ‘n Thyme, our quilter’s group, even figured out how to quilt together while Zooming!
While gathered in Zoom format, we were able to create Birthday Bags, (a kid’s birthday fixings in a bag) and donate those bags to various food pantries and other agencies who support families, host a wonderful virtual Lenten Luncheon with Ginger Rothhaas as our guest speaker, and host an online Book Fair for the Book Mobile.  From reserve funds, this year we were able to extend grants to:  City Year for mental health counseling for the student mentors, Giving Grove for the planting of fruit trees, and Grooming Project for kits to start women who trained through the project, into the grooming business.
And we’re not done yet!! Rummage Sale is Coming!!!  Be sure you read the information you will find in this newsletter about the upcoming event.  We’ve modified the sale this year, but I think you will find it an exciting way to step back into the “in-person” thrill of working together for a greater good.
As a UMW unit, we have survived the physical distancing that Covid-19 required of us, but we have stayed socially and spiritually connected.  We have donated to projects and needs as they have been presented to us, and we have continued our quest to be life-long learners.  We did not give up, and this valuable newsletter has been a positive tool in our effort to be UMW together.
Thank you to all of you in UMW who helped to make this year, a different year for sure, a year of continuing the reason we exist; to serve the needs of women children and youth, even as we do for each other the acts of “one anothering.”
I’m hopeful that the fall season of meetings will allow us to be together in person, but if not, we have learned well how to Zoom with “one another.”
Furniture and Lamps Only
July 11-17
Building B, Leawood Campus
13720 Roe Avenue, 66224
Online volunteer registration is now open!  Register here to help with our Furniture/Lamps only Rummage Sale in July.  Adult and youth shifts are available daily, Sunday, July 11 through Saturday, July 17.  Youth can earn community service hours for their help.  There will be no early volunteer shopping this year; however, volunteers may ‘early preview’ instead.
To help keep our volunteers fortified during their hours of service, please consider donating commercially packaged healthy snacks (nuts, crackers, baked chips, etc.).  Mark your calendars for the Pre-packaged Snack Drop Off on June 22, 9:30-11am, in the Circle Drive of Building A.  Cash donations in the form of a check are also welcome.  Make check payable to UMW GPC-UMW COR and mail to Sylvia Williams, 14567 Granada Circle, Leawood, KS 66224.
If you have furniture or lamps to donate, those may be handled in one of three ways:
  • Online Furniture Drop Off Registration opens June 1-18.  Register here to reserve a limited time slot for those living within 10 miles of the church.  Furniture will be picked up from home’s ground level or garage.  Furniture pick up dates are July 11-14. 
  • Curbside Drop Off – Sunday, July 11, 2-7 pm or Monday, July 12, 8 am-7 pm.  Enter from 137th & Nall or 137th & Roe to drop off furniture along the curb of Building B.  Volunteers will help unload.  Donation receipts will be available.
  • Hire Bungii, ‘Your Friend with a Truck,’ at or download their app.  They will pick up and drop off your donations for you.  Use discount code RUMMAGE21 to receive 20% off.
ACCEPTABLE DONATIONS (All items must be in good condition):
Living Room, Dining Room, Bedroom (no mattresses), Outdoor furniture and Lamps
Broken, damaged, stained items
Large entertainment centers
Sleeper sofas
Large metal/office desks
Filing cabinets
Ceiling Fans
Baby Beds
Shopping days will be Thursday and Friday, July 15 and 16, from 9 am – 6 pm.  Shoppers may park in Lots ‘B’ and ‘C’ and must remain in their cars until 9 am.  Masks and social distancing are required.  Entrance will be through the East doors of Building B.  Shoppers will exit and/or load purchases through the South doors.  Shoppers must be able to transport their purchases.  Visit for more details.

Summer Breaks

Hope and Maverick Circles will take a break over the summer months. Both groups will resume meetings in September.  
The UMW newsletter will not be distributed in June or July.  Watch for the next issue in late August. Check our United Methodist Women at Resurrection Facebook page for updates during the next few months.

Grace United Community Ministries

Hosts Grand Opening of Food Pantry 

Grace United Community Ministries (GUCM) is hosting a special Grand Opening of their refurbished Food Pantry, from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m., Saturday, June 5, 2021, on the lawn of the church at 811 Benton Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64124. There will be guided tours of the facility, refreshments, and live music; this event is open to the public. GUCM has provided food and other essential needs to the public for over 25 years.
The Food Pantry supports a globally rich but economically poor community. The homeless, individuals in transition, large families, refugees, immigrants, and others are welcomed at the Pantry. The Food Pantry feeds over 5,000 individuals and families annually, more than a third of whom are children.  The Food Pantry is one of the outreach services of Grace United Community Ministries, which include an Early Childhood Center/Preschool, After-School Enrichment Program, Summer Youth Program, Clothing Closet, and Community Garden.
GUMC is a partner agency of Church of the Resurrection, as well as a UMW grant recipient.  Proceeds from past Rummage sales have enabled them to purchase a commercial refrigerator and freezer, a security system, technology items, and more.

2021-22 Maverick Leadership Team

Debbie Cooley, Kim Galbraith
Marilyn Shireman
Leah Meadows
Sharon Ritter, Charlotte O’Keefe,
  Nancy Royer, Linda Vande Garde
Teresa Provost, Marsha Jones
Nancy Royer, Jeanie Adams
Program Planning
Eleanor Brown
Trish Riley, Terry Petersen
Sandy Julian
Sharon Page
Sharon Forbach

Learning Opportunities

What Matters
Episode 66 – Never Give Up with Lynda Shillito, UMW Unit President.  Michelle Funk talks with Lynda about What Matters to the women of UMW.  Don’t miss this informative episode with our fearless leader!  Click here to view on YouTube.
Maverick Circle
Take a Look at Alzheimer’s – May program.  Presented by Dr. Jeffery Burns, co-Director of the KU Alzheimer’s Disease Center.  Click here to view.
Heartland UMW
  District Mtg.
View an interview with the author of So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo.  Click here.
June 5
 10 am –
Great Plains
  Conf. UMW
I Deal in Hope -> Ideal Hope Spiritual Growth Retreat. Register here by May 29. 

Virtual Book Fair

The final results are in.  Due to the generosity of many of you, and those who shopped or donated through the online book fair, $26,000 was raised! Thank you to all who contributed.  Students at our nine elementary Partner Schools will benefit from these efforts. 

Strangers No More:

Women Building Bridges to Understanding

Strangers No More will not meet in July or August.  However, they are planning to attend the Auschwitz exhibit at Union Station this summer.  Watch for an email with more information, and be sure to check the Strangers No More Facebook page for updates.
        June  Meetings
  7:00 pm
11:00 am

Partner Schools Update

 Two Girl Scouts from Troop #3673
 (Prairie Star Elementary 4th Grade),
 under the leadership of Sylvia
 Williams and her co-leader, collected
 1,550 snacks for Welborn

Upcoming Events

10 am
Tues AM Book Club*
  by Robert Ellsberg
7  pm
Strangers No More
Coffee & Conversation
7 pm
Thurs PM Book
  by Marcie Rendon
Rummage Sale
Pre-Packaged Snacks Drive –
  Circle Drive, Bldg A
11 am
Strangers No More
Coffee & Conversation
10 am
Tues AM Book Club*
  by Stephen A. Jorovics
Rummage Sale
10 am
Tues AM Book Club*
  by Katey Zeh
7 pm
Thurs PM Book
  by Katey Zeh
Great Plains
Annual Meeting
*Contact Sharon Page regarding the Tues AM Book Club;
**Contact Bev Roy regarding the Thurs PM Book Club

Relevant Websites

2021 UMW Board of Directors

Lynda Shillito
Vice President
M.J. Walden
Cathy Giessen
Sharon Ritter
Sylvia Williams
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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Resurrection Women's Ministry

13720 Roe Ave., Leawood, KS 66224

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