UMW Embraces Flexibility During Pandemic

By Pam Braden

Like most organizations, the usual events for the West Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Women were canceled for 2020. However, the Leadership Team was determined to provide transformative education opportunities for the women around the Conference in 2021.

While we are not particularly skilled at using technology, we have been meeting monthly by Zoom to share a virtual presentation of an adapted worship program from the 2020-21 Program Book: Knitted Together for God’s Good Work, provided by the UMW national office. 

In April, women from around the conference joined us to share “Unbound to Share Good News,” a worship program designed to learn how women experience freedom in Christ through the stories of the unbound woman and the women at the empty tomb and to apply that understanding to the work of our Regional Missionaries.

Margaret Harrison, Communications Coordinator, organized the presentation and created slides to lead us through the discussion.

WV President Sue Dostal led the group in an opening prayer.

Pam Skotnicki, Coordinator of Program Resources, led the ladies in a discussion of some hard questions about how women around the world are challenged to stand up to discrimination and poor living conditions.

Vice President Becky Adkins described the conditions under which women in various countries strive to raise their families. 

Our 2021 Virtual Spiritual Growth Retreat will be held on Saturday April 24 at 10am on Zoom. Our theme is “Moving Forward Together: Living Water (John 4:1-29)” and our guest speakers are Rev. Amy Shanholtzer & Eva Faulkner.

Event details and zoom logon information are posted on our West Virginia United Methodist Women Facebook Page at

We invite you to Zoom in with us as we continue to serve women, youth, and children.