United Methodist Women

 

United Methodist Women is a national organization of approximately one million members whose purpose is to foster spiritual growth, develop leaders, and advocate for justice. Each year members participate in programs and projects related to women, children, and youth in the United States and in more than 100 countries around the world.

 

Our local unit of the United Methodist Women (UMW) has been a strong part of St. Mark’s since 1957.

 

Our current UMW has a Mission Team that works on administrative tasks, mission, and fund raising projects. We also have 4 small fellowship groups called “circles” where our members spend time together getting to know each other and doing projects and programs together. Then we also have General Meetings 3 times a year where all our “circles” come together for meals, programs and business of the unit.

 

There are opportunities throughout the year for spiritual growth (Reading Program, Annual Retreat, UMW Sunday), mission education, membership nurture (Secret Sisters), and social action. We host two fund raisers each year to help fund mission activities. There are also activities through the District UMW that you can attend.

          

With the UMW purpose as our guide, our unit helps each of us as women grow in our knowledge of God, in our supportive fellowship and in our concepts of mission.

 

The UMW Purpose is: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.”

 

Every woman in our congregation is invited to join.

 

Circle Meetings:


Susanna Wesley Circle--4th Monday of every month at 7 pm

F.R.O.G. Moms---Tuesdays from 6:15-7:15 pm

Lydia Circle---4th Tuesday of every month at 7 pm

Ruth Circle---1st Wednesday of every month at 9:30 am

Dorcas Louise Circle--1st Wednesday of every month at 12:30 pm


Other Small Groups: 

 

2nd Wednesday Book Club: Enjoy reading? How about discussing books that you read? This group of women of all ages meets on the second Wednesday of each month in the Parlor at the church.    


Quilters: This group is a quilting bee that meets each Thursday at 10am.  


Shawl Ministry: Is an ongoing ministry of weaving prayers and knitting/crocheting yarn into prayer shawls that are given to others during times of need.


Needlecrafts from the Heart: Where on the 1st & 3rd Thurs. at 6:30 pm you bring your own crochet, knit, or needlework to work on while socializing.


Knit Wits: Meets to knit a variety of items for church or their own projects at 10 am on the 2nd & 4th Mondays. You are also welcome to come if you crochet, stitch or needlepoint.

 

Summertime Stitchers: A group that meets during the summer to make quilts for a variety of area ministries.

 

Annual Women’s Retreat: Is usually held in the spring and invites all women to join together for a day of reflection. The retreat is sponsored by UMW. Watch the church newsletter for information.

 

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