United Methodist Women

What is United Methodist Women?

The General Conference of the United Methodist Church has declared that “In every local church, there shall be an organized unit of United Methodist Women.”

PURPOSE OF UNITED METHODIST WOMEN

United Methodist Women is 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.

Our PURPOSE helps us to know who we are, whose we are and for what purpose we have organized. We participate in God’s mission in all areas of life. The four mission emphases reflected in the PURPOSE are: Spiritual Growth, Social Action, Education and Interpretation, and Membership Nurture and Outreach. This community of women is:

  • Centered in relationship with God through Jesus Christ
  • Focused on ministries with women, children and youth
  • Involved in mission locally and globally
  • Committed to inclusiveness
  • Pledged to provide financial support for mission through Mission Giving

St. Matthew’s United Methodist Women Semi-Circle meets on the first Tuesday of the month in the Parlor at 6:30 p.m.

Each circle leader may select a structure that best meets their needs. They each focus on ministries inside and outside St. Matthew’s.

Some of the many ministries include:

  • Prayer Quilts made for members or family members
  • Mission studies presented by the United Methodist Conference
  • Participating in UMW Sunday
  • Easter Lily sale
  • Poinsettia sale
  • Choir Brunch for the Christmas Cantata
  • World Thank Offering
  • Senior Scholarship
  • Giving to Missions within our church
  • Giving to Missions outside our church

In return for our commitment of time, energy and effort, we develop a deeper understanding of mission, grow spiritually and are sustained by the knowledge that we are making a difference in the lives of men, women, children, and youth not only in our church but around the world.

The United Methodist Women are selling Poinsettias now to decorate the intersection, sanctuary as well as the narthex of the church. They will do the same at Easter with Easter Lilies.  As a member of St Matthew’s, you may be wondering what the ladies do with this money. With the money from poinsettia and Easter lilies sale plus the women’s pledges last year the United Methodist Women gave the following. 

  1. St. Matthew’s kitchen project…………..$1,000
  2. MAD CAP…………………………………………….$500
  3. Trinity Mission (Forest)……………………….$500
  4. Pediatric Brain Tumor Ride for Kids……..$500
  5. St. Matthew’s Senior Girl Scholarship....$500
  6. St. Matthew’s Honduras Mission Team .$500
  7. Methodist Children’s Home…………………$500
  8. Bethlehem Center……………………………….$500

All would be counted as a form of mission work even the kitchen because the kitchen provides meals for children and youth.  Buy your poinsettia Wednesday Nite Live or Sunday!

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       ATTENTION:                  Women of St. Matthew’s

Please save the date: February 15 & 16 for the United Methodist Women’s Retreat!  Susan Eaton will be our leader.

Mark your calendar more info to come.