Reminder – Fall UMW Luncheon – Oct. 7, 2021
Well, my spring prediction about being mask-less by fall seems to have come and gone. Although we are once again masking up at Sunday services, our United Methodist Women are still, optimistically planning to have our fall luncheon on October 7. Hickman Farms, who was our planned program way back in April 2020,
is going to tell us about their outreach programs.

I feel our work has kind of gone invisible since Covid-19 entered our homes, but we did partner with the
Missions Committee in collecting school supplies for Dysart and Nadaburg school children. Over the summer months, our Mission Candle has burnt brightly many times for loved ones and special occasions. We truly thank you, our church family, for making this program a success. We will disburse those profits to many of our special charities.

Julie K., our secretary of Program Resources, has faithfully been advertising books in our church library that are recommended on the UMW reading list. The books and a synopsis of each appear monthly in the Enews. UMW, nationally, is very involved in social action issues and bears witness to the will of God for a
more just world. I hope you will take Julie’s reading suggestions and read some of these fine books.
Our Team secretary, church pianist, and all around devoted Christian woman, Cindy L., will be moving to
Wisconsin. She has been a pillar here at Shepherd. The United Methodist Women will truly miss her and all
of her talents. We hope she finds a church family who loves her and Curt as much as we do!!!
As part of the “New Season Kickoff,” our UMW ladies will be hosting, together with Memo’s Restaurant, a
pancake breakfast for our congregation and the community, on Monday, November 1 in the church
courtyard. We hope you will join us and support this very important outreach program.

As in the past, we plan to have our annual Christmas luncheon on Thursday, December 2. It is always a joyous time to bring books and puzzles, have fun and fellowship and celebrate the beginning of our Advent Season.

We invite all in our church family to attend this happy occasion.

UMW cares about women, children and youth around the world and we invite all women of the church to be
a part of our sisterhood as we work toward our goals in support of them. Pray for each other.
In Christian love,
Sandy B.



United Methodist Women Book of the Month

The United Methodist Women’s Reading Program provides an opportunity for personal and spiritual growth. Our church library has a large assortment of books from the program.

This year’s selection is a varied group of books that should appeal to all Christians, not just the women of the congregation.

Please stop by the library and peruse the selection and take a few home!

The book for September is Storming the Wall: Climate Change, Migration and Homeland Security
By Todd Miller-City Lights Books (2017)
This book connects the dots between climate-ravaged communities, the corporations cashing in on border militarization and emerging movements for environmental justice and sustainability. Reporting from the flashpoints of climate clashes and from likely sites of future battles, Miller chronicles a growing system of militarized divisions. Stories of crisis, greed and violence are juxtaposed with powerful examples of solidarity and hope in this urgent and timely message.


  Our Meetings:  Members normally meet for a luncheon and business meeting on the first Thursday at 11:30 a.m. Luncheon & business meetings are being planned for fall 2021, please watch for updates.

Our Circles: 

Mary Ruth meetings third Tuesday @ 9:30 a.m.

Miriam meetings fourth Wednesday @ 1:00 p.m.

Rebekah meets third Tuesday @ 7:00 p.m.
Sew Happy meets fourth Tuesday @ 10:00 a.m.

Even while meetings are NOT being held, our 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!