Wisconsin United Methodist Women answered A Call to Community by attending a spirit filled Annual Gathering at First UMC Waukesha on Friday, October 20th and Saturday, October 21st. Mac Weddle gave an overview of Northcott Neighborhood House to the 30 women who toured the community center on Friday afternoon. They learned that a major concern for Northcott is the leaking roof over the gym. Friday evening included District Officer training, and an update on Northcott by Adrianne Griffin.

In total, 110 United Methodist women and 5 District Superintendents (Scott Carlson, Sue D’Alessio, Forrest Wells, Deborah Thompson, and Kate Croskery Jone) participated on Saturday. Donations were collected for Harbor House and Crisis Shelters. The Limitless young women led us in our Purpose in English, Spanish, and Hmong. Barbara Dick was the keynote speaker on Saturday morning. Her speech, “A Call to Community” is posted on the Wisconsin UMW website

The Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition was the keynote speaker in the afternoon. Continuing with the theme of “A Call to Community,” Janan Najeeb presented a PowerPoint presentation on building bridges, and dispelling Muslim stereotypes. The audio file of Janan’s presentation is available from Ruby Dow at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. One individual stated she learned that Muslims believe in the God of Abraham. Through special offerings, they received $1,717 for the Legacy fund and $1,196 for UMW missions. The day ended with the installation of 2018 Conference UMW officers, and communion officiated by Pastor Greta Hietpas.

Next year the UWM annual gathering will be on Oct. 19-10 at First UMC Waukesha.

Article courtesy Ruby Dow