United Methodist Women


Purpose

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.

Who is a Member?

A member of the United Methodist Women is anyone who commits herself to the PURPOSE and chooses to belong. United Methodist Women (UMW) celebrates an inclusive membership and welcomes all women who want to become members. Members are women like you: women of diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, employed and unemployed, Women with disabilities; housewives and business-women, teen women, young women, middle-aged women, older women; college/university women; multicultural and multiracial women; and retired women committed to mission and can follow the Purpose.

Being a member of The United Methodist church is not required nor is there any minimum age requirement. In commitment for mission locally and globally with women, children and youth, UMW chooses to participate in meetings, prayer, financial giving, study, action and service.

Why Become a Member?

The UMW is a national membership organization with nearly one-million members whose purpose is to foster spiritual growth, develop leaders and advocate for justice! Members raise approximately $20 million a year for programs and projects related to women, children and youth in the United States and in more than 100 countries around the world!

MEETING AND ACTIVITIES

The UMW general meetings occur four times per year. There is always an interesting program and speaker at each, a short business meeting, refreshments and ample time to socialize with each other. The summer meeting is a "picnic" in June, and the Christmas dinner is always enjoyable at the Medford Village Country Club.

In keeping with our purpose to support local and global missions the UMW runs various fund raisers thru out the year, such as the famous Hearts for Mission Silent Auction in February; Flower Sale, and Dining for Dollars in May and the Flea Market in September. Through these and other fund raisers we have been able to contribute to the Camden Neighborhood Center, The Christian Caring Center, CrossRoads, Red Bird Mission, Nothing but Nets, Sudan and North Katanga Missions to name some.

Circles

Circles are small groups of women who meet on a more frequent basis for fellowship, book study, and activities to support mission. There are currently three circles of Medford UMW:

SARAH CIRCLE: meets the first Tuesday of each month, September to June at 9:30 AM in Room 104. They concentrate on projects to earn money for missions. For information contact Margaret Link: [maggielink@hotmail.com; 856-988-8497] or Carolyn Scheffler [609-953-0760].

LOIS CIRCLE: meets the fourth Tuesday of the month, at 1PM in Rm 104 of the Church. They do a bible study and support various missions. For information contact: Lesley Koengetter [kkoengetter9@verizon.net; 609-268-9043] or Lyn Popler [856-235-9053].

MARY MARTHA CIRCLE: meets the second Wednesday of the month (September to June) at 7PM in the Johnson Lounge. They do book studies and a yearly project to raise money for missions. For information contact: Joyce DeBarger [jdebarger@yahoo.com; 856-396-3151].

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UMW: SANDY HAMPTON [seh1962@comcast.net; 856-753-0912].