What is the UMW? What does it do? Where does the money go?
The United Methodist Women get these questions all the time, so let us clear up some of the confusion.
This is the largest denominational faith organization for women with approximately 800,000 members.
The mission: fostering spiritual growth,developing leaders and advocating for justice.The UMW meets on the second Monday at 7:00 pm.
Every other meeting is a general meeting with a program.
The next month’s meeting is an executive board planning meeting to which everyone is welcome.
The organizing unit of United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose purpose is:
- To know God
- To experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ
- To develop a creative, supportive fellowship
- to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church
Each year we ask the women of the church who want to be part of the UMW to give from their hearts what they can afford to Missions. Mission giving is used to provide funds for national and international missions. It also supports conference and district activities such as schools of Christian Missions, Spiritual Enrichment Retreats, and mission studies. Ways to give include Pledge to Missions (the foundation of our mission work), Special Mission Recognition Pins, Gift to Mission and in Memory Cards, World Thank Offering, Candle Burning (in honor of or in memory of anyone) at our district and conference annual meeting, and Penny and a Prayer Offering.
At Faith Harbor the UMW is involved with many missions. The main one we have helped for several years is the Methodist Home for Children. We have been involved with the Summer Back Pack feeding program, Agape Shoe Boxes, School Supplies for local children, Robeson County Church and Community Center, Hope Center in Wilmington, Interfaith Refugee Ministry, Flood Buckets for flood victims, and others.
The UMW has three circles: the Reading Circle reads books recommended by the UMW and meets once a month to discuss them on the first Wednesday at 10 am in Room 6; the Rainbow Circle is a service focused circle that meets on the second Wednesday at 10:00 am in Room 6; and the Prayer Shawl Circle meets on the second Tuesday at 10:30 am in Room 6.
The Circles and the United Methodist Women welcomes all who would like to be a part of a supportive group of ladies.
For more information please contact Anita Phillips at 919-818-1330.
- New Beginnings (youth halfway house)
- Red Bird Mission
- Full Belly Project
- Matthew 25 Center
- Operation Compassion
- PB&J Ministry (Summer Only)
- Stop Hunger Now
- Soles for Souls
- Quilting Fabric
- Reading Program for Nursing Home Residents
- Meals for Members
- Card Ministry for Incarcerated Women