United Methodist Women





Important May Dates

Sun. 12th – Blanket Sunday

Mon. 13th – Rachel Circle – 6:30pm – Parlor – Terry Schumacher, hostess

Tues. 14th – Naomi Circle – 9:30am – Lexington – Linda Patch , Lorraine Eggerton  hostesses

Thurs. 30th – Mission Team – 9:30am – Bethany Room


Important June Dates

Tues. 11th – Joint Circle Luncheon – Lexington Square – Noon – Speaker from First Things First

United Methodist Women                                                                  May, 2019

Dear Ladies,

The May/June issue of the Response Magazine celebrates its 150th anniversary.  It “continues the tradition of women not remaining silent when they hear God’s instructions.”  It was the women who came before us who listened to Jesus and did not remain silent. They fought against lynching, internment camps, and for suffrage and racial justice, even when the church stated otherwise.  Our foremothers fought for full clergy and laity rights and refused to recognize the racially segregated Central Jurisdiction. They did not remain silent!! United Methodist Women cannot remain silent about what is happening in our United Methodist Church!  The church and the world need us!

As you know we just finished our spring rummage sale.  We are tired and worn out, but excited with the “fruits of our labors”.  We made a profit of just under $1600 this year! The meaningful, exciting outcome is that we were already able to help so many beautiful women!  First, we donated $100 on behalf of our own Caroline Ost. She is joining her college this summer on a mission trip to Zambia. I feel that she is doing this on behalf of all of us who say that it is something we should do, but never will.  Last week a family from Guatemala stopped by the church needing help. Pastor Luis was able, because of help from the United Methodist Women, to fill their gas tank so they could continue their journey to Minnesota. He also gave them clothes and food!  What an incredible blessing that we can help our brothers and sisters through our ministries! Finally, we are helping to financially support female clergy of color who have recently come out. On May 18 Laity and clergy will gather in Minneapolis to discuss the future of the United Methodist Church’s stand on the status of our LGBTQ sisters.  Pastors of color are often not treated as equal clergy. We were asked to give $100 to help offset the cost for these pastors of color. That very evening I was with my dear friend, Thais, who sells things for us on Ebay. She handed me a check for $200! An unexpected blessing, whose timing was perfect. We signed the check over to Pastor Luis to go to the women who need it the most!  

Please don’t forget that Sunday, May 12th is our annual Mother’s Day Blanket Sunday!  The blankets serve not only as covers, but shelters and comfort.  Every $5 donated buys a source of warmth and love for women and children around the world.  I always donate $5 in honor of every woman in my family! My blessing now becomes a blessing to others!

We have many loved ones in need of prayers.  Please remember; Tracey Sauerman, Ellen and Mike Wolatz, Hans and Jan Elsner, Shirley and Rich Rardin, the Shaver/Gleason families, Loretta Tanis, and Danny Hopstead.


     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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