United Methodist Women




March dates
Mon. 11 th – Rachel Circle – 6:30pm – Parlor – Carol Reiman – Hostess
Tues. 12 th – Naomi Circle – 10:00am – Parlor – Shirley Rardin, Jean Bubert – Host
Sun. 17 th – Thank Offering service and reception
Thurs. 28 th – Mission Team – 9:30am – Bethany Room

April dates
Mon. 8 th – Rachel Circle – 6:30 pm – Parlor
Tues. 9 th – Naomi Circle – 10:00am  – 7:00pm – Parlor
Mon. 22 nd – ALL set up for Rummage Sale – 6:30pm – Fellowship Hall
Tues. 23 rd and Thurs.25 th – All set up for Rummage Sale – 9:30am – Fellowship Hall
Fri. 26 th – Rummage Sale – 9:00am – 5:00pm – Fellowship Hall

Sat. 27 th – Rummage Sale – 9:00am – Noon – Fellowship Hall

United Methodist Women      March 2019

Dear Ladies,

These have been stressful times for our beloved United Methodist Church. The Inability of the
leaders of the denomination to agree on our stance on LGBTQ has been both sad and very
disturbing to many of us. I am citing here some of the words of the general director of the
United Methodist Women, Harriet Jane Olson. “Our sisters and brothers who are LGBTQ have
been living with pain over the church’s stance and how it has been debated at General
Conference for decades. For these sisters and brothers, the past few days have been
excruciating … United Methodist Women members know that we can be held together by
bonds of love. Please demonstrate ‘supportive, creative fellowship at this time’.” To me it is
clear where we are to stand regarding our United Methodist Women sisters! ‘

We have our annual Thank Offering service in a very short time. On Sunday, March 17 th , Rev.
Brittany Isaac will be our guest speaker. She is the Chicago Northwestern District
Superintendent. Rev. Brittany is a vibrant, young pastor who brings a perspective of doing the
church “differently”. I am excited to experience her excitement and enthusiasm as she speaks
on 1 Corinthians 13. Martha has done a wonderful job of sending out info and requests for
support from you ladies. If by chance you did not yet sign up to help, now is your opportunity
to get your name on the list of choir member, usher, greeter, or help Jan in the kitchen. This is
your United Methodist Women, be a presence in the church that day. We accomplish so many
good things, show the congregation who you are!

Our Mission Team is diminishing in size. We only meet once a month, but we oversee the
workings of our unit. If you could possibly see yourself joining us, we would do the happy
dance and embrace you with open arms! We meet the fourth Thursday of the month at

Please keep these dear ones in your prayers: the Gleason/Shaver family, the Rardins, the
Elsners, and Erwin Singelaub

                                                                      Peace, Joy and Love,  Carol Wixson

Here is the information on this summer’s UMW Mission U:
Greetings!  During this cold weather, I bring you something to remind you of summer!

We would like you to know that plans are being made for  terrific Mission u events this summer.  There are two events, a weekend event, Thursday through Sunday, July 11-14, and a one-day event, Saturday, July 27. Both events will include a special celebration time to observe the 150th anniversary of United Methodist Women.

The weekend event is at a new location:  Carmelite Spiritual Center in Darien, IL (see photos below).  Accommodations will be double rooms with private baths; single rooms available for additional fee. The facility is air-conditioned and rooms have individual air conditioning controls. Home-cooked meals will be served . There is a Meditation Garden on site for outdoor prayer and contemplation.  Each participant at the weekend event will participate in a spiritual growth study: Practicing Resurrection: The Gospel of Mark and Radical Discipleship  and choose an additional 8 hour study:  Women United for Change: 150 Years in Mission or What About Our Money? A Faith Response.   Interesting studies… a quiet, reflective atmosphere… knowledgeable and trained dynamic leaders… fellowship and worship… it adds up to a memorable weekend.


If you aren’t available for a weekend, we invite you to attend the One Day Event at South Suburban Korean United Methodist Church in Flossmoor. This event features a highlight of all three studies in English. Spanish and Korean classes using the spiritual growth study, Practicing Resurrection: The Gospel of Mark and Radical Discipleship will be offered.  Another highlight of that day are the classes for children (ages 5-11)  and youth (ages 12-17).  Children and youth classes will focus on the Gospel of Mark. The leaders are trained, as well, and have received great reviews in past years. There is also time for worship and fellowship this day; light breakfast and lunch will be served.  Childcare (ages infant-4 years) will be available.We hope you will consider attending one (or both!) of these illuminating events. A flyer is attached to help you save the date; a brochure with more information and registration form will be available soon. In the meantime, please contact any of us if you have any questions!

We hope to see you there!

2019 Mission Studies

Spiritual Growth:  Practicing Resurrection:  The Gospel of Mark and Radical Discipleship

  • Children’s Study:  Marked:  A Mission Journey with Jesus in the Gospel of Mark
  • Youth Study:  Who Do You Say That I Am?  Meeting Jesus through the Eyes of Mark

Special Publication:  Women United for Change: 150 Years in Mission

Issue Study:  What About Our Money?

Linda Osikowicz, Registrar, Lmosikowicz@comcast.net, 847-540-5634 (leave a message)
Deb Ketzel, Mission u Dean, dketzel@msn.com
Bonnie Cannon, Assistant Mission u Dean, kinneybonnie123@gmail.com

Methodist Women Pillow Ministry

32+ folks of all ages meet every other month on a Saturday to make pillows!! See those happy faces working and sharing their time together!


SATURDAY, March 23rd, a great group of people (pictured above) gathered to make 193 pillows!!

Plan to join us for our next Pillow Day – TBD

Our care pillows are available for folks who have had surgery and would like some extra “love” to get them through their recuperation. Pillows are available at the back of the Sanctuary, or ask an Usher to point out the ladies that can get you more pillows.

If you are a hospital, recovery center, etc. please call the church office and leave a message for Carol Wixson, or contact church at MediaRelations@FirstUMCLombard.org.  We will get back to you and supply you with additional pillows.

Please consider donating to the UMW so we can purchase stuffing and fleece.   Thank you for your help and support!

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