United Methodist Women works to improve the lives of women and children through education and health care supporting schools and women abroad as well as many community centers in the United States. Some of the money our local unit earn goes to our national office to support all of our projects in the United States and in foreign countries (schools and The Bible Women).
We participate in District & Conference events. We will again, as in 2017, host the Fall Annual Gathering which will bring 100+ women to FUMC on October 19-20, 2018.
At FUMC, our United Methodist Women raise funds through
- Rummage Sales
- Christmas Cookie Walk to help support other non-profit organizations such as St Joseph’s Health and Dental Clinic, The Women’s Center, Northcott Neighborhood House, Hebron House, and United Methodist Children’s Center.
In addition to an annual retreat, UMW women hold monthly circle meetings featuring programs of interest to the groups. Areas of focus include:
- Climate Change
- Domestic Violence
- Human Trafficking
- Immigration and Global Migration
Circles in large units of United Methodist Women are small groups of women who meet monthly to form friendships, to learn about the missions of the United Methodist Women, and to grow spiritually. In the days before women were active in the workforce, circles provided social relationships and support and undertook many of the functions that today are divided among committees. Today, circles have a program (speaker of interest to the group), a devotion, and a mission moment about one of the current UMW missions. These circles connect us to each other and continue to sustain close relationships formed over many years.
- Lockman Circle grew out of the Mothers Club (a club for mothers with young children). The name was chosen to honor Dorothy who with her husband Dick Lockman served as agricultural missionaries in Pakistan during the 1950’s and 60’s. Lockman circle meets monthly at 9:00 a.m. on the third Tuesday of the month.
- Martha Joy Circle was formed from two separate circles, the Martha Circle and the Joy Circle. Martha Joy Circle meets monthly on third Tuesday at 7:00pm.
Nationally, United Methodist women can connect with each other through a thoughtfully designed reading program. You can link with these resources here: http://www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/readingprogram
For further information, contact Ruth Greenwood at firstname.lastname@example.org.