FALL 2020
Welcome from Wanona Redd

Greetings and Happy Fall Sisters!

This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Let me first say that I am really excited about the work that we will do together as women in ministry. 

As I approach the beginning of my term, as the President of IDWM, I want you to know that we are in this Kingdom work together.  So it is very important that we begin by building relationships.  Let’s talk to each other about what steps we need to be taking to do God’s handiwork.  

Please feel free to text, email, message me through Facebook or call if you have something suggestions or idea on how the IDWM Executive Committee can bring us together in this journey. 

Women of God, I am at your service. Sisters, let’s pray together for strength, courage, understanding and will power. 

Email: wanonar2@gmail.com; Phone: 276.732.1077

Much Love,
Wanona Redd
To meet virtually or not?

Amid a pandemic with safety a top priority, many have turned to virtual meetings, retreats, and conferences. Refraining from physical gatherings will help keep us from getting sick, finding safe ways to gather as a community will help keep us well.

Humans are relational, and even the most extreme introverts need community sometimes. Gathering in the safest ways possible is vital to maintaining healthy communities. COVID 19 is forcing us to get more creative and imagine possibilities beyond physical and virtual meetings. Some events are perfectly suited for Zoom or GoToMeeting. Other events, not so much. As one who has been involved in hundreds of virtual meetings over the last few years, I can tell you I’ve had some fantastic virtual meetings that were refreshing, and I’ve participated in some that were exhausting wastes of time that could have been an email.

I have often wondered:

Should we meet virtually, or will an old-fashioned conference call work well?

Should we meet virtually, or should we try a phone -tree check-in?

Should we meet virtually, or should we postpone until we can safely meet physically?

Should we meet virtually, or should we create a private Facebook group for sharing and discussing?

Should we meet virtually, or can we meet in a parking lot safely to sing songs together in each other’s physical presence?

Should we meet virtually, or could this be an email?

Should we meet virtually, or …?

A few questions to consider when making the difficult decision to gather virtually.

1. Who is your audience?

a. Is your audience virtual meeting and tech-friendly?

b. Do the majority of the people you envision participating have access to everything needed to participate? If yes, what is the plan for the minority that does not?

2. If your audience has never met virtually before, what is your plan for preparing and supporting your audience in this new configuration?

a. Will there be a dial-in voice option?

b. Will there be a practice run?

c. Will there be a person on standby during the gathering to aid with tech issues?

3. Have you researched what meeting system is best for your group (Zoom, Adobe Acrobat Connect, GoToMeeting, Google Hangout, etc.)?

4. Are you prepared to host a virtual meeting (do you have the right equipment, software, bandwidth, etc.?)

5. What is the purpose of the gathering?

a. How will you focus the gathering?

b. How will you adapt the schedule for optimal engagement and impact?

If you decide, a virtual meeting is best for your group gathering. Check out the links below for some guidance and best practices.

We want to know what choices your groups have made. Please email us at odw@dhm.disciples.org to share your experiences of alternative meetings with us. We will share them via #DWConnect and across social media that we may continue to stretch, learn, and grow together in faith and life.

DW Mission Project 2020: Sparking Joy

As you know, Disciples Women has a Mission Project each year and welcome all to take part in being a participant. Please click HERE to learn about the Sparking Joy Mission Project

DW requests that you send your “Sparking Joy” stories with photographs to included in the 2021 Bible Study. Please email to rsmith@dhm.disciples.org.


PRE-ORDERS for the 2021 Just Women Bible Study – Discover the Power and Possibilities
This is a pre-order – all 2021 Bible Studies will ship in January 2021.

As Christians, we know that encountering Scripture can be amazing… but it can also be confusing. It’s hard to know where to start, and even harder to engage in passages that are troubling. Fortunately, Disciples Women have the BEST resource to help them engage in Scripture at a deep level with top notch writers: Just Women Bible Study resource. The women who write for Just Women think about Scripture deeply and offer YOU prayerful insights so that you can take your relationship with God through Scripture to the next level.

Please click HERE to order!


A Prayer "For Direction"
from Common Prayer A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals
Lead me from death to life,
from lies to truth.
Lead me from despair to hope,
from fear to trust.
Lead me from hatred to love,
from war to peace.
Let peace fill our hearts, our world,
our universe with peace. Amen.