United Methodist Women

Our Purpose

United Methodist Women (UMW) is a community of women who know God, develop creative and supportive fellowship, and expand concepts of mission. As the largest denominational faith organization for women, UMW has a long history of living this legacy.

Women with Purpose

UMW is a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.

It was organized for mission, and its women seek wholeness for themselves as well as others. Here’s how:

  • Centered relationship with God
  • Ministries with women, children, and youth
  • Local and global missions
  • Inclusiveness
  • Mission giving
  • Service, leadership development, and personal growth
  • Work with other organizations

Letter from Lynn

“Be joyful always; pray continuously; give thanks in all circumstances, for that is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
— 1 Thessalonians 5:16

Dear United Methodist Women,

It is my pleasure to be your president another year! I look forward to serving God, our church, and each of you!

As we go through this year together, it will be with a focus on GRATITUDE. As one of my favorite authors, Ann Voscamp, writes, “The only real prayers are the ones mouthed with thankful lips. Because gratitude ushers us into the heart of God-love, and all power to change the world resides in His love.”

I am grateful to be part of this caring group of women. Each of you is dedicated to supporting other UMW members; other women in our church; and women, children, and youth in need in our community.

Join us each month for our Luncheons & Programs. We will be looking at Traditions: Faith, Family, and Fort Worth. As we explore this fun topic, we will be filled with gratitude for where we live, worship, and what we hold dear in our lives!

With Love and Gratitude,


Letter from Phyllis

Dear United Methodist Women,

United Methodist Women has played a huge role in my life since I was 18 years old. Through my years of being involved with UMW I began to realize all the mission work that is done locally, nationally, and internationally. Because of women like you, UMW underwrote programs for women, children, and youth in more than 100 countries.

This summer I had the opportunity to participate in an international mission trip to Costa Rica. The team led Vacation Bible School for five different communities with approximately 200 children. The team took medical supplies and continued to build their church facilities. This UMW community helped make this trip possible.

UMW has changed me, and the grace of the Holy Spirit shines forth and warms the world because of all of you. Let us continue to grow in Christ’s love and in our understanding that every woman is our sister, every child is our child, and every youth is our youth.

Thank you for letting me serve as your pastor,


Rev. Phyllis Barren
Pastoral Staff Representative

UMW History 101

Since its start in 1869, UMW has grown from eight women to more than 800,000 members today. Even though its name and leaders have changed over time, its purpose and legacy remains the same. UMW celebrates the wise and wonderful women who took the first steps in this journey so many years ago.

Did You Know?
  • UMW inherits the vision and toil of women’s missionary societies of eight denominations.
  • Its legacy started when the Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society first organized in Boston in response to a lack of women’s health in India.
  • During this time in history, women and children were legally classified as “chattel, legally dead, non-persons,” so there was little service to them.
  • The ancient symbols on the UMW emblem, the cross and the flame that suggest change and mobility, also appear on the emblem of The United Methodist Church.

Go to the National UMW website to learn more.

2017 – 2018 Officers

Lynn Cockrell

Assistant to President:
Carol McCarthy

Vice President — Memberships:
Kathleen Reeves

Vice President — Programs:
Amber Shive

Co-Vice Presidents — Special Event:
Megan Fahey
Allison McMahon

Sheila White-Stewart

Sheryl Preston

UMW Endowment Fund Chair:
Nancy Bryant

Nominations Committee Chair:
Cynthia Fisher

Pastoral Staff Representative:
Rev. Phyllis Barren

Lisa Helm

Karol Fate
Anita McCrary

Luncheons & Programs 

All women are invited to Luncheons & Programs sponsored by United Methodist Women. Most are held at 11:30 am in Wesley Hall, and there will be a $15 cost for lunch. Save these dates!

RSVP for this Month's Luncheon

UMW Programs 2017 – 2018 | Traditions: Faith, Family, & Fort Worth

September Luncheon

Tuesday, September 5, 2017
11:30 am | Wesley Hall | $15
RSVP by noon on Friday, September 1
“Faith Traditions: Moving Forward Through Faith”
Marcie Finney Ditto, Founder of Mustard Seed Jewelry

UMW Sunday 

Sunday, September 24, 2017
All worship services

October Luncheon

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
11:30 am | Wesley Hall | $15
RSVP by noon on Friday, September 29
“Faith Traditions: Sharing Faith with Families”
Mark Burrows, Director of FUMCFW Children’s Ministries

November Luncheon

Tuesday, November 7, 2017
11:30 am | Wesley Hall | $15
RSVP by noon on Friday, November 3
“Family Traditions in the Kitchen”
Juan Rodriguez, Owner & Chef of Magdalena’s

December Luncheon

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
11:30 am | Wesley Hall | $15
RSVP by noon on Friday, December 1
“Fort Worth Traditions: Texas Ballet Theater & The Nutcracker”
Ben Stevenson, Artistic Director of Texas Ballet Theater & Officer of the Order of the British Empire

January Luncheon

Tuesday, January 9, 2018
11:30 am | Wesley Hall | $15
RSVP by noon on Friday, January 5
“Cowtown Traditions: Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo”
Bob Tallman, Voice of the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

February Luncheon

Tuesday, February 6, 2018
11:30 am | Wesley Hall | $15
RSVP by noon on Friday, February 2
“Family Traditions of Hospitality”
Katherine Sasser, Owner of Hurley House

UMW Traditional Tea & Little Lady Lemonade

Saturday, February 3, 2018
2:00 – 4:00 pm | Wesley Hall
“Traditional Acts of Kindness”

March Luncheon

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
11:30 am | Wesley Hall | $15
RSVP by noon on Friday, March 2
“Fort Worth Traditions: Fort Worth Connects Us”
Deborah Ferguson, NBC 5 Today Co-Anchor

Annual Fundraiser

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Ridglea Country Club

May Luncheon

Tuesday, May 1, 2018
11:30 am | Garden & Wesley Hall | $15
RSVP by noon on Friday, April 27
“Memorial Tribute and Closing Ceremony”

Annual Fundraiser 

UMW’s annual fundraiser event benefits women, youth, and children in our community. It’s a chance to give back to others while gaining inspiration on our own faith journeys.
Journey Through Faith


UMW is made up of many different groups, or “Circles.” No matter your personality, age, or schedule, we have a place for all women. We would be happy to welcome you to the UMW Circle of your choice!

Learn more

Chair-side Mary Magdalene Circle

  • Unable to attend on a regular basis
  • Still want to stay in touch
  • Chairs: UMW members

Circle of Eve

  • Work from home or not
  • Age 40s to 60s
  • All about variety and flexibility
  • Meet monthly in evenings or on Saturdays
  • Chair: Barbara Alderete (

Elizabeth Circle

  • Mothers of young children
  • Age 25 to 40
  • Meet monthly on second Thursdays from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm at FUMCFW for lunch, fellowship, and Bible studies
  • Chair: Brandi Luig (

Grace Circle

  • All life stages from single to married with children
  • Age 20s to mid-30s
  • Connected by friendship, fellowship, and grace
  • Meet monthly on first Tuesdays at local restaurants
  • Chairs: Samantha Morgan ( and Kelsie McGilvray (

Hannah Circle

  • Active in many church areas
  • Support all UMW service projects
  • Age 50+
  • Meet monthly on second Tuesdays at 10:00 am for lunch and fellowship in members’ homes to enjoy a variety of programs, including UMW studies
  • 2017 – 2018 Programs 
  • Chair: Lynn Harris (

Mary-Martha Circle

  • Varied backgrounds
  • Enjoy friendship and bonding
  • Age 70+
  • Meet monthly on second Tuesdays at 10:00 am in Room 231 of FUMCFW for food, fellowship, and interesting programs based on UMW Purpose
  • Chairs: Marsha Warren ( and Janet Yount (

Rachel Circle

  • Mothers of teens, college students, and young adults
  • Meet monthly on second Tuesdays from about 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at FUMCFW for lunch, fellowship, and varying programs
  • Chairs: Catherine Manno ( and Lisa Helm (

Ruth Circle

  • Friendly and open
  • Participate in UMW studies and activities
  • Meet monthly on second Tuesdays at 10:00 am, usually in Room 224 of FUMCFW (locations TBA for September, December & May), then eat out at favorite or new restaurants
  • Chair: Shirley Armour (817-292-4023)

Susanna Circle

  • Active in church and community
  • Age 60s to 70s
  • Meet monthly on second Tuesdays at 10:00 am in homes for a variety of programs with guest speakers
  • Chair: Deborah Sturdivant (

WinGS Circle

  • Develop lifelong relationships, support, and encouragement through God’s unfailing love
  • Meet monthly on second Tuesdays at 7:00 pm in restaurants or homes
  • Chair: Catherine Hollis (

Service & Pledges

UMW invites all women to join us in our mission to help women, children, and youth in our community. Through our service and pledges, we can make a difference in the lives of those around us.

Learn more

It is our mission to:

  • Provide opportunities to grow spiritually
  • Equip women and girls to be leaders
  • Provide transformative educational experiences
  • Organize for growth and flexibility
  • Work for justice through service and advocacy

How We Serve

At FUMCFW, we support the following programs within our church and community:

Here’s how UMW’s 2016 “Journey Through Faith” fundraiser benefited these organizations:

  • FUMCFW Children’s Ministries: $3,500
  • FUMCFW Youth Ministries: $1,000
  • Methodist Children’s Home: $3,000
  • United Community Centers: $2,000
  • Methodist Justice Ministry: $8,000
  • FSMM Food 4 Kids: $5,000

Letter from Sheryl

Dear Members,

There are no “dues” or membership fees in order to belong to United Methodist Women. Pledging is how we generate funds to pay for the operations of our local UMW, and to contribute to District UMW Mission Giving.

A “pledge” is a financial promise by each individual to contribute to UMW’s operating budget for the year. This is an amount determined by each individual member as her part of the total budget, and can be paid yearly, monthly, or however the member chooses. Pledges are generally made through Circle Treasurers and then forwarded to the UMW Treasurer, but they may be sent directly to the Treasurer.

Local UMW operational expenditures consist of expenses associated with UMW Sunday, monthly Luncheons & Programs, speaker/program honorariums, and other administrative and membership development costs. Funds from pledging sent to District UMW are in support of missions for women and children beyond our local community. Our local UMW sends 50 percent of our pledges as our Unit’s Pledge to Mission.

Our fundraising event does not go toward operational expenses or District Mission Giving. Those are funds that we raise in support of our local mission giving.

The amount of the pledge is not as important as the participation of every member. Together we make the difference. Challenge your Circle to be 100 percent!

Pledge — I celebrate and commit to supporting United Methodist Women’s local, national, and global mission outreach!

Faith, Hope, and Love in Action,


Sheryl Preston

Make Your Pledge

Make Your Pledge

We appreciate your pledge to be a part of our UMW community, contribute your time and resources both locally and beyond, and help make a difference in so many lives. There are three ways to pledge:

  1. Your Circle Treasurer
  2. UMW Treasurer Sheryl Preston
  3. Online Giving

Join Us!

All women are invited to join UMW. Just fill out the form below, or contact Megan Fahey ( or Emily Mehta (

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