Purpose of United Methodist Women

The organized unit of 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.


UMW Goals:

  • To help each woman personally know and live out the purpose of UMW.


  • To promote interest and knowledge about MISSION within our UMW membership.


  • To make sure that each woman in our church family who is not currently an active member receives a personal invitation and encouragement to become a member.


  • To continue our tradition of warm and loving fellowship with our sisters in MISSION at the local, district and conference levels.


  • To carry on the tradition of our honorary members through our commitment and service to all MISSION areas.


  • To increase our membership by five.


  • To promote and to have at least five members participate in the Reading Program.


  • To encourage increased participation in Church Women United.


  • To continue to be a Five-Channel Giving unit.


  • To be a Mission Today unit and implement the Charter for Racial Justice.


  • To continue our new e-mail circle, Waves of Grace.


UMW Circles

There are currently 3 circles within our United Methodist Women Fellowship for adult members. Each group meets monthly and has projects of its own, and also supports the general UMW and church programs. New members are always welcome and anyone may attend both adult circles, if desired.


Susanna Wesley Circle

Began as a "young mother's" group, with morning meetings to accommodate afternoon naps. The membership has grown to include women of all ages and interests. The group meets in the Taylor Room, at 9:30am on the 3rd Thursday of each month (except June-August) for coffee and a short program. Childcare is provided. Among the projects this circle is responsible for is the Mother/Daughter Event. This circle also "adopts" a family for Christmas, does Operation Christmas Child (shoe box) and Angel Tree (prison ministry). The chairperson is Tamara Young.


Priscilla Circle

Originally designed for women who worked outside the home during the day and wanted a Circle which met in the evening. The current membership also includes a few "retired" women and young mothers. Among the projects this circle is responsible for is the All Sons event. The group assembles new baby layettes for South County Community Services and "adopts" a family for Christmas. They meet on the 4th Thursday of the month at 7pm (except January and February) in the homes of members. The chairperson is Jean Philport.


Waves of Grace

Established in 2004. This is an email circle and any woman may join. Direct any questions to the church office.

  • Important UMW 2019 Dates


    Note: If you haven’t already received your 2019 UMW hand-book, there are extras at the Welcome Center!


    April 4 – 11:00

    UMW Team Meeting in library. 12:30 General Meeting in Taylor Room.


    April 29-30th

    Rummage Sale set up & drop off items.


    May 1-2

    Rummage Sale days!


    June 13th

    Evening of Missions, 5-8 pm at Schoolcraft UMC!


    July 10-14th

    Mission u at Albion College.


    August 1st

    Mission u Sampler, 9-2 pm at Dowagiac UMC.


    September 14th

    District Annual Meeting. 9-2:30 pm HERE at Vicksburg UMC!


    October 25-26th

    Annual Conference & Officer Training at Howell UMC.


    Mark your calendars!

    April 4 is the date of our first 2019 meeting.

    11:00 am Executive Team & 12:30 General Meeting.

    Come help us celebrate UMW’s 150th birthday!


    Priscilla Circle

    meets April 23, 1:00 p.m., with Barb Addis hosting!

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