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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!

The Mission Link newsletter is published 4 times a year (February, May, September, December).

See the 2020 Calendar for all planned events.

April 28 Book discussion: “We Pray With Her” and “The Magnificent Story”

On Tuesday, April 28, at 6:30 p.m., Almaden Hills UMW is hosting a Zoom book discussion of two Spiritual Growth books.  If you would like to join in, email us to get the link.

Available in print and Kindle formatsWe Pray With Her Available in print, Kindle, and audio book formatsThe Magnificent Story


2021 Spiritual Retreat dates – your opinion requested!

We are beginning plans for our 2021 Spiritual Retreat.  While unfortunately we were not able to hold our retreat this year, due to Shelter-in-Place restrictions, we are expecting that next spring we will again be able to offer a renewing spiritual experience in the redwoods of Santa Cruz Mountains.

Typically the retreat is held the second weekend in March.  We’ve heard from several groups that they also have another event that is routinely scheduled for that same weekend. So we  would like to find out your preferred retreat dates. Note that in 2021, Easter is April 4.

If you would be interested in attending the retreat, please take the quick poll below – click the button to the left of the date you prefer, then click Submit..  (One entry per person, please.)

For either date, the event would start Friday evening just before dinner, and end Sunday just after lunch.

“Faith Talks” podcast offers special COVID-19 live events

Faith Talks podcastThe coronavirus pandemic has led to school and business closures, job loss, overwhelmed grocery stores and sick and stressed out family members. Places of worship are thinking through how to remain connected amidst mandates for social distancing to slow the spread of the virus. Even in the face of fear and uncertainty, we know faith is possible. Join host Jennifer Farmer and other women of faith for a live recording of the @UMWomen #FaithTalks podcast. To accommodate you, we will host two separate recordings on Thursday, April 2. You can join one or both sessions.

The first recording is from 2:00 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET  (11am to noon PDT) on April 2 and I will interview United Methodist Women Executive for Spiritual Growth & Formation Nora Cunningham and guests Dr. Melany Silas, Minister Onleilove Alston, Rev. Jim Keat. The session will be held via Zoom Video Conference and you can register here:

The second one is from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET (3pm to 4pm PDT) on April 2 and I will interview Nora Cunningham, Rev. Katey Zeh, Pastor Gail Dudley, Valerie Ashford Brown. To listen to this session, which will also occur via Zoom, register here:

In these special #FaithTalks recordings, we will gain insights on remaining faithful in the face of fear, connecting spiritually during social distancing and strategies for online worship.

Prior to the call, you’ll want to download Zoom on your phone or computer. Once you download Zoom, you’ll have the option of joining via computer or phone. Should you have questions for the panelists, please email them to me at

See other topics in the Faith Talks series of podcasts here:

Interrupting the Cradle-to-Prison Pipeline, Part 2 – Event postponed

Cradle-to-Prison PipelineThe CA-NV Conference United Methodist Women Social Action Event, “Interrupting the Cradle-to-Prison Pipeline, Part 2”, originally scheduled for April 25, 2020, has been postponed due to COVID-19 health concerns.

With the current statewide “shelter in place” order, which may be in force into May, the event team is considering other options, including hosting a “virtual event.”

The original plans for this event are on the CA-NV Conference UMW website.  Please check their site for updated information.