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The National Organization of United Methodist Women
United Methodist Women is an organization of approximately one million members whose purpose is to foster spiritual growth, develop leaders, and advocate for justice. Members raise nearly $25 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. Read more about UMW at http://new.gbgm-umc.org/umw/about/umw-101/.
The Purpose Statement of the 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 at First United Methodist of Santa Rosa
Back in January, 2009, about 35 women (both UMW members and non-members) attended UMW’s Planning and Dreaming Retreat at Santa Rosa’s CHOPS Teen Center. Several women in attendance (who are not members of UMW) were surprised to learn about all that UMW does. Before the retreat, they thought United Methodist Women were the “Snowflake Bazaar” and “Spring Fling” ladies. And they are…but so much more.
Mission and Service:
UMW of FUMC donated $5,500 last year to worldwide missions dedicated to the wellbeing of women and children. They donated $1,200 to local missions, including FISH, the Battered Women’s Shelter, Friends Outside, The Living Room, Women’s Recovery Services, FUMC Preschool, and the Children’s Village. In addition, they provided $200 for youth camperships to Vacation Bible School, donated $400 to send people to Mission Education events, and contributed an additional $800 to our local church budget, plus $200 to our Good Shepherd Fund. Along with financial contributions, UMW also makes lunches for VBS campers, bakes Christmas cookies for homebound church members, and frequently oversees all aspects of many of the memorial service receptions here at church, including preparation of sandwiches and sweets, table decorations, and service.
We currently have five “Circles” at FUMC. These groups meet once a month, September through June.
Meetings—some held at church and some in homes—usually include time for refreshments and conversation, a program, and ongoing mission planning. If you’re interested in joining a Circle, or even starting a new Circle, contact our FUMC UMW president, Diane Jackson. You can also contact the church office.