As “United Methodist Women” (the name which was adopted in 1972) refreshes its look and continues its mission outreach, it is now embracing a new name – “United Women in Faith,” United Women in Faith remains the official women’s organization of the United Methodist Church. 
We continue the mission focus that our organization has followed for 150 years, seeking to put our love into action as God calls us.

Hi Everyone!!

Happy New Year!!

Many thanks to all of you who contributed to the Books and Puzzles project and special thanks to Peggy P. and Sondra S. who delivered the items to Wesley/ Golden-Gate and the Dysart Community Center.

Jan said the pledges are coming in and I am ecstatic to say we are reaching $5000.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!  I knew we could do it!  We have promised at least $3000 of that to the National Office but it gives us money to work with for local charities and other needy organizations.  If you have ideas of where our monies should go, please approach anyone on the Team and let us know.

We value your ideas!!

Attached you will find a list of items to bring to the February luncheon for the children in the After-School programs at Wesley/Golden-Gate Community Center.  Our speaker on February 2nd will be Danna Garcia, a registered dietician, who works at all the Wesley facilities.  As a Unit, we are also making a monetary donation to the Lactation Program at the Health Centers.  When I questioned many of the items on the list, she said some can be purchased at Walmart and Target.  She emphasized that they are just trying to encourage healthy treats and anything similar to those items will be welcome.  If you are unable to attend the luncheon, I will have a box in the Narthex for your treat donations.

Many thanks to all of you who signed up to help on United Women in Faith weekend, February 18th and 19th.  I will contact you further after our February luncheon.  We decided to do an in-kind donation project to celebrate that weekend and the chaplain at UMOM said the residents would really appreciate journals, other stationary items and pens and pencils.  We are asking the congregation to help us out with this project and you will see ads in the Voice and weekly Bulletins.  I have started a donation box.  It is in front of the office.  I got my items at the 99c store, Walmart, and Office Max.

As you can see, we are off and running.  You are such a wonderful, generous and

hard-working Unit.  We are blessed here at Shepherd.  I hope you all can make it to the Luncheon—and bring a friend!!

Blessings, Sandy
Wesley Youth-Snack List
Bare Baked Crunchy Variety Pack
Skinny Pop
Veggie Chips
Bob Snail-Fruit Stripes
Mini Packets-Almonds, Cashews, Pecans, Pistachios
Unsweetened Applesauce
Grass Fed Beef Sticks
Turkey Snack Sticks
Grains & Seeds Oatmeal Variety Packs
Pepper Jack Crisps
Multigrain Tortilla Chips
Nutter Butter Bites
UNREAL – Chocolate
Seaweed Snacks
Whisps Cheese Crisps
Sheil’s G’s Brownie Brittle
Nature Bakery – Fig Bars
Hippeas Variety Pack
Friendly Grains Crunchy Rollers
Made Good Soft Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies



To help celebrate UWF weekend, the congregation is invited to help with an in-kind project that will benefit the residents of UMOM. Chaplain Ron at UMOM said the residents would love some journals or other stationary items, pens and pencils. For ideas, please see the display in front of the church office. We will be collecting these items until Saturday, February 19. Thank you for helping us help others.


The Rebekah Circle will meet on Monday, January 23 at 2:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall Meeting Room. Please contact Carol Davis if you have any questions.



The Miriam Circle will meet on Wednesday, January 25 at 1:00 PM in Fellowship Hall. For more information, please contact Peggy Pollay.

Our Meetings:  Members normally meet for a luncheon and business meeting on the first Thursday at 11:30 a.m


Our Circles: 


Miriam meetings fourth Wednesday @ 1:00 p.m.
Rebekah meets third Monday @ 2:00 p.m.
Sew Happy meets fourth Tuesday @ 1:00 p.m.

 Sew Happy circle has been at work at home, making masks for United Methodist Outreach Ministries, Justa Center, and our church and staff. If you like to sew, and want to join us in this work, please contact the church office at or 623-584-2280 and ask to be connected to the Sew Happy Circle!


2022 Installation of UMW Officers
Thursday, January 6, 2022
Installation officiated by Janet
President, Sandy B.
Vice President, Peggy P.
Secretary, Sandra S.
Treasurer, Jan B.
Seated: Spiritual Growth, Maleta C.
Standing to right: Communications, Gail C.
UMW Reading Program Chair, Julie K.
Historian, Carol D.
(Back Row L-R): Jan B, & Julie K
(Middle Row): Sandra S, Carol D, Sandy B, Gail C, Peggy P.
(Seated): Marian H. & Maleta C. 
Taco Salad Luncheon was served with Cake.
A program by Janet T. informing members of RISE classes and how to play the hand bells. 





Some of the Books and Puzzles donated at Annual Christmas Luncheon


Julie K. Receives UMW 2021 Mission Pin


The close of one year and the beginning of another is a good time to reflect on people who have made a difference in our lives and in the community.  There’s likely someone you know whose service to the church or community has gone uncelebrated, or whose advocacy has led to change for women, children and youth.  A great way to honor this person is through United Methodist Women Special Mission recognition.  This recognition is one of the 5 channels of mission giving and each person that receives this recognition is awarded a pin and certificate.

Today’s recipient was brought up in church.  Her love for Jesus and the Bible have gone through many phases.  She is a retired nursing instructor and had a reputation of being uncompromising in patient care.

She arrived at Shepherd and became in November of 2017 and immediately became involved with the Church and Society and UMW.  She also now serves on the Mission and Education Committees.  She has been one of the individuals who has been a rock that our Care Ministry is built on.  She is a congregational care minister. 

Today’s recipient does details.  She remembers to follow up.  She ties up loose ends.  She makes sure that things are done before she moves on.  She has taken on the challenging UMW job of Secretary of Program Resources.  She has done a very efficient job setting up our Reading Program section in the church library.   She orders and reviews books that are recognized as part of our National Reading Program.  She has faithfully submitted book synopses in the e-blast to encourage us all to be UMW readers.

It is a great pleasure to award this Mission Pin to Julie K.

Julie K. (left) & President, Sandy B.

Annual UMW Christmas Luncheon 
Pancake Breakfast Photos – United Methodist Women and United Methodist Men helped host the event. Memo’s Bistro donated the pancake, sausage and staff.
Thank you Memo’s.

A Special Mission Recognition pin to Maleta C.

Special Mission Recognition is one of the United Methodist Women’s five channels of Mission giving.  It is a way to honor those who serve and to show our love and appreciation for all they have done.

Maleta has a long history at Shepherd.  She joined this congregation in 1989.  In the same group with our always admired Pastor Franklin Green.

Her dedication to God and her church family has been shown in many ways.  She was a Stephen Minister and Leader and chaired this program with her husband.  She has been chairman of the Education Committee and Chairman of the Foundation.

She served on the Health and Welfare Committee and was President of the Singles Group. For many years she has been a dedicated member of the UMW and has served on the Team for over five years.

This Christian woman has inspired us with her special devotions and prayers.  She helps us center in our faith before Team meetings and at all of our UMW luncheons.  She brings calm when we especially need it. This congregation and especially we in UMW thank her for her devoted service.  She is an outstanding example of true Christian love and faith.

Maleta C., is our Mission Coordinator for Spiritual Growth.