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This page has news, local events and activities sponsored by our CA/NV Conference UMW, District UMW, and local units. Let us know if you have an event you wish to invite others to!

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Feb. 20, 2021: Connect & Learn – It’s a New Day!

Saturday, Feb. 20, 2020 – Zoom meeting
In the last year, our world changed dramatically, socially and politically. And even in our District United Methodist Women, we have changed the way we are organized and how we connect with each other.  Be part of Connect & Learn 2021 as we develop more new ideas and new commitments to the work of United Methodist Women. 


About Connect & Learn

Connect & Learn is our annual gathering of El Camino Real District United Methodist Women, focused on leadership training and resources.  This year, due to shelter-in-place protocols, we are holding it as an online “Zoom” meeting.

After the meeting is opened, our keynote speaker, Rev. Linda Holbrook, will explore what leadership looks like today.

Following the keynote, two sets of breakout groups will be offered to prepare women for leadership roles in UMW, and to explore what UMW is about.

The first breakout session will focus on organizational roles. Participants can choose one of these breakout groups:

  • President/main contact, treasurer
  • Vice President and program planning
  • Reading Program and program resources
  • Secretary and communications
  • Being a member of UMW

The second breakout session will focus on mission and ministry.  Participants can choose one of these breakout groups:

  • Educate to Transform (includes Education & Interpretation)
  • Grow Spiritually (includes Spiritual Growth)
  • Serve & Advocate (includes Social Action)
  • Organize for Growth (includes Membership Nurture & Outreach and Nominations)

All women are invited and encouraged to attend.  Whether you are an officer, or just curious about UMW and its mission, ministry, and involvement in social action issues, there will be something here to rekindle your spirit.

Keynote Speaker Rev. Linda A. Holbrook

Rev. Linda Holbrook

Rev. Linda Holbrook

Linda is an ordained elder in the California Nevada Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.  She was ordained in the Central Texas Conference and moved to California in 2011.  Linda retired in 2018. 

Prior to going to seminary and becoming a pastor, Linda was in the business world as a consultant focusing on visioning and strategic planning, change management, team building, leadership training, and conflict resolution.  While working in the business world she heard the call to leave the business world and go to seminary. 

Linda attended Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas Texas.  She earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Claremont School of Theology with an emphasis in leadership. 

Registration is closed.

Feb. 7, 10, 11, 2021: McCurdy Ministries Virtual Mission Trip

McCurdy Ministries Community Center

McCurdy Ministries Community Center

The Susquehanna Conference (Pennsylvania) of The United Methodist Church is offering a VIRTUAL MISSION TRIP to McCurdy Ministries Community Center in Española, NM.  Zoom sessions will be Sunday, February 7, Wednesday, February 10 and Thursday, February 11, all beginning at 3:30PM PST (6:30 PM EST). No previous Volunteer in Mission (VIM) training is required. No previous McCurdy experience is required. This trip is open to absolutely everyone who wants to learn more about the difference that is being made in the name of Jesus Christ at McCurdy. 

 The trip will be led by Jason Schwartzman, pastor in the Susquehanna Conference in Pennsylvania and frequent McCurdy VIM Team Leader, Linda Gilgore, also a McCurdy “super volunteer” and Michelle Schwartzman, the Volunteers in Mission coordinator for the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church. 

Register and get more info here.

Jan. 25, 2021: Lay Leader Micheal Pope featured in “Raise Up Your Voice Against Racism” webinar

Click to register for event

Click to register for event

California-Nevada United Methodist Lay Leader Micheal Pope will be featured in the third in a series of webinar panel discussions entitled “Raise Up Your Voice Against Racism” Monday, January 25, 5pm PST.

The Asian American Language Ministry Plan, the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS) and the New Federation of Asian American United Methodists (NFAAUM), have launched a series of six webinars entitled “Raise Up Your Voice Against Racism”. 

In this webinar will hear from our African American brothers and sisters. How is racism viewed for the perspective of our African American brothers and sisters? What would our African American brothers and sisters like to say to the Asian American United Methodists at such a time as this?

Micheal Pope will participate alongside the Rev. Quentisha Davis Wiles, Pastor at Pittsburg UMC in the Bay District, and Erin Hawkins, the Executive Director of Connectional Ministries in the California-Pacific Conference and former General Secretary with the General Commission on Religion and Race.

See the summary of the event here. A link to the video is available there as well.

Unit/Local Group Survey

Over the past five years, the United Methodist Women census has moved beyond just a numbers-reporting tool to more of a survey about the health and vitality of United Methodist Women units. This year, we are asking unit/local group presidents to select the area(s) in which their members and units are thriving. This will help inform the national office and conference leadership on strengths and areas for their improvement.

The deadline is March 30, 2021.
After this date, the survey will not be accessible.

The 2020 Unit Survey link is

Tip:  Many people find it easiest to view the Survey, print it out, write the answers to the questions on the printout, then go back to the Survey and fill it in. 

Need help? Please contact us and we will have a District UMW team member work with you to get the survey submitted.