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.
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:
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.
Go to the National UMW website to learn more.
President Advisory Committee
Barbara Duckworth & Lynn Cockrell
Vice President — Memberships
Carol McCarthy & Barbara Duckworth
Vice President — Programs
Vice President — Special Event
UMW Endowment Fund Chair
Brittyn Brender and Patty Adams
Lynn Cockrell, Kelsie McGilvray, Chandler Walters, LeAnn Ayers
Pastoral Staff Representative
Rev. Phyllis Barren
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.
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!
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.
It is our mission to:
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:
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,
Alzheimer’s & Dementia
Preparing for Marriage
Congregational Care Ministers (CCMs)
Parish Nurse Ministry