United Methodist Women

UMWlogoUnited Methodist Women is the largest denominational faith organization for women with approximately 800,000 members whose mission is fostering spiritual growth, developing leaders and advocating for justice.

Members raise up to $20 million each year for programs and projects related to women, children and youth in the United States and in more than 100 countries around the world.


United Methodist Women are a community of women whose purpose is:

  1. To Know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ
  2. To develop a creative and supportive fellowship
  3. To expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.

United Methodist Women and The United Methodist Church’s principles and values include:

  • Promoting the empowerment of women, children and youth.
  • Promoting anti-racism and multiculturalism.
  • Promoting inclusion and equity.
  • Promoting fair labor practices.
  • Promoting economic and environmental stewardship and sustainability.

UMW Circles

The Lydia Circle meets on the third Tuesday evening of every month at 6:30 p.m. in member’s homes.

Lydia Circle adopted a boy from Uganda, named Henry, through Raise the Roof.  They are also planning a trip to Red Bird Mission in Kentucky.

The Mary-Martha Circle meets on the second Sunday of every month at 2:00 p.m. in Room B-136 at our Main Campus.

Mary-Martha Circle has selected a project of helping in The Giving Garden. They are currently working on a new program book that has coloring pages for each of their lessons as a fun addition to their monthly meetings.

The Susanna Circle meets the first Monday each month [except September (Labor Day) when they meet the second Monday] at 9:00 a.m. in Room B-136 at our Main Campus.

Susanna Circle sponsors the Red Cross Blood Drive in March and September. They make personalized Christmas books for babies born each year. They also assist with the prayer wall in the Prayer Room.

The Sisters Circle meets on the fourth Sunday of every month at 5:30 p.m.; alternatively in homes and at church.

Sisters Circle has a fall and/or spring picnic at our Green Campus to leisurely explore God’s Creation and check on our bluebirds. They also provide a scholarship for one of our young friends, Astrid, in Guatemala. They send care packages to her with words of encouragement.

The Quilting Circle meets every Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m. in Room A-213 at our Main Campus.

The Ruth Circle meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 1:00 p.m. in Room B-136 at our Main Campus.

Ruth Circle is involved in the Love Card Ministry. They send cards to church members residing in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

The Pointed Circle meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month in alternating homes. Since most of our young women have children, childcare is provided.

Pointed Circle has created bi-monthly events, with middle school and high school age girls in the church, to foster inter-generational connections. Some examples of these gatherings include cooking, painting, weaving, and sewing.

Contact Mary Ann McGinley, UMW President for additional information on any of the circles mentioned above.


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The Purpose is adopted by the General Conference of The United Methodist Church as the official mission statement of United Methodist Women.

United Methodist Women shall be 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.