Bethany’s UMW unit is part of a one-million member organization, the United Methodist Women. We are a community of women whose purpose is to know God, to experience freedom in Jesus Christ, and to develop a creative, supportive fellowship. We also support mission work to assist women, children, and youth around the world and at home (the United States, Wisconsin, and Dane County).
General meetings for all women of Bethany are held each spring and fall (potluck-style). All women are also welcome to participate in a weekend-long retreat to Pine Lake in the spring and to assist with United Methodist Women Sunday in the fall. To raise money for our mission contributions, we also host a spring salad luncheon and a coffee shop/bake sale and lunch at Bethany’s fall craft sale.
Bethany’s UMW unit consists of the following sub groups, most of which meet monthly and all of which welcome new members. If you see a group that interests you, please feel free to drop by for the next meeting or contact the leader for more information.
Women who come together for a light evening meal, fellowship, and an informal program or service project. Recent programs include talks from a Wags representative on service dogs, from a lawyer on leaving a lasting legacy, and from Geeks on a Bicycle on technology questions. Other programs include making cards for the Bethany card ministry and book reports from everyone on what they are reading. Meet 6-8 PM on the 2nd Wednesday of each month in Bethany Room 228. Contact Sally Gaard or Vada Mayfeld .
Women who meet for friendship, inspiration, and knowledge. A recent program was on “Bees and the Production of Honey”. Meet 1-3 PM on the 1st Wednesday of each month at either the Bethany library or a member’s house. Contact Judy Loveless or Faith Bauman.
Women who enjoy reading and meet for a book review by one of the members. Members have recently reported on “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed, “Empty Mansions” by Bill Dedman, and “The Dr. Wore Petticoats” by Chris Enss. Meet 9:30-11:30 AM on the 3rd Tuesday of each month in the Bethany Library. Contact Eileen Dunne.
Women who meet to knit, crochet, or embroider and perform an annual service project. They also collect Campbell’s soup labels to send to Northcott Neighborhood House in Milwaukee. Meet at 9AM on the 2nd Saturday of the month. Contact Eileen Rech.
Women who sew different projects for missions. Contact JoAn Brock.
In order to help its members think critically, grow spiritually, and gain a broader understanding of its mission programs, UMW offers an annual selection of member-reviewed books. There are several reading program plans you can follow (5, 10, 15, or 20 books per year) to explore a range of current issues in categories such as Nurturing for Community, Social Action, Leadership Development, Spiritual Growth, and Education for Mission. The Reading Program brochure can be found here and detailed book lists and reading plans can be found here. Contact Vada Mayfield for details on how to receive a certificate.
Global UMW Resources
The worldwide UMW organization offers a host of resources on their website. Find the UMW magazine (Response) as well as plans for bible studies and spiritual growth studies, educational materials on social justice issues, and much more.