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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

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.

Officers

President
Sarah Harris

President Advisory Committee
Barbara Duckworth & Lynn Cockrell

Vice President — Memberships
Carol McCarthy & Barbara Duckworth

Vice President — Programs
Kathleen Reeves

Vice President — Special Event
Kelsie McGilvray

Secretary
Nancy Fisher

Treasurer
Sheryl Preston

UMW Endowment Fund Chair
Linda Vigness

Nominations Chair
Lynn Cockrell

Auditors
Brittyn Brender and Patty Adams

Lunch Committee
Lynn Cockrell, Kelsie McGilvray, Chandler Walters, LeAnn Ayers

Pastoral Staff Representative
Rev. Phyllis Barren

Staff Representative
Lisa Helm

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 $17 cost for lunch.
UMW Events  RSVP for Luncheon

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.

Circles

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!

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Chair-side Mary Magdalene Circle

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

Circle of Eve

  • All about variety in everything
  • Variety of ages; mostly 40 to 70
  • Variety of programs, fun, and mission
  • Variety of meeting times and places; usually at night or on weekends
  • Chair: Julie Donovan (jdonovanvolunteer@gmail.com)

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

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 second Tuesdays at local restaurants
  • Chairs: Kelsie McGilvray (kelsie.mcgilvray@gmail.com)

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
  • Chair: Ann Tennison (eattennison5@gmail.com)

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
  • Chair: Linda Brown (lbrown6961@sbcglobal.net)

Rachel Circle

  • Interesting, active women who love friendship, fun, and study
  • Meet monthly on second Thursdays from about 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at FUMCFW for lunch, fellowship, varying programs and occasionally meeting in the evenings
  • Chairs: Sheri Dewar (sheri.dewar7@gmail.com), Lisa Helm, Julie Bergen, and Dawn Potter

Ruth Circle

  • Friendly and open
  • Age 50+
  • Participate in UMW studies and activities
  • Meet monthly on second Tuesdays at 10:00 am, usually in Room 331 of FUMCFW, then go out for lunch (December & May meetings are at a local restaurant)
  • Business meetings are not held during the summer, but Ruth members still meet for lunch on the second Tuesdays of June, July, and August
  • Chair: LeAnn Ayers (mojophsmla@sbcglobal.net)

Susanna Circle

  • Active in church and community
  • Supports FUMCFW service projects
  • Age 60s to 70s
  • Meet monthly on second Tuesdays at 10:00 am in homes for a variety of programs with guest speakers
  • Chair: JonAnna Reidinger (JKPDR@bellsouth.net)

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: UMW Members

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.

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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

Sheryl Preston
Treasurer

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

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