United Methodist Women (UMW)
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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.
Turning faith, hope and love into action on behalf of women, children and youth around the world.
UMW Living the Vision
An Interesting Tidbit
The first written minutes of a Methodist women’s group in Swansboro were dated December 1932. At this time there was organized a ladies auxiliary which was called the Eunice Black Auxiliary after its president Eunice Black Godwin. Bessie Ward was the vice president and Mattie Privett was the secretary-treasurer. The auxiliary was divided into four circles with a total of 61 members and the members paid dues of ten cents a month. Business consisted of furnishing and maintaining the parsonage, paying the church light bill, cleaning the church, and taking care of each other.
UMW Action Network and Alerts
Every Monday ~ Mission Monday/UMW CRAFT Days ~ fun and fellowship can be found at the Barnum House (by our lower parking lot) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Whether you're creative or not, you can get involved in several projects to benefit Haiti or local charities. Contact Lisa Potts or Lynn Rouse for more information.
Creekside UMW Circle and Mission Monday Ladies expanded their Monday activities at the Barnum House. "Beading Sisters" was formed in January 2017. Girls and ladies (middle school age to adult) meet from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. every Monday at the SUMC Barnum House to make bracelets for mission projects. Some bracelets will be used as gifts and others may be used as fundraising projects for mission activities. To sign up for this new group, contact Lynn Rouse (910.358.3572) or Susan Fulp (252.422.8900).
June 24, 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. ~ Sound District UMW Spiritual Day Apart, Pine Valley UMC, 910 Pine Valley Rd, Jacksonville. Guest Speaker: Rev. Linda Taylor. Registration Deadline: June 17.
July 27-29 ~ Mission U ~ Methodist University, 5400 Ramsey St, Fayetteville, NC 28311
2017 Topics include
- Spiritual Growth: A Covenantal Community (Part 1)
- Geographic: The Missionary Conferences of the United Methodist Church
- Social Justice: Climate Justice
- Youth & Children: The Missionary Conferences
As details become available, more information will be published here.
2018 Mission U topics will include
- Spiritual Growth: Seeking Health and Wholeness
- Geographic: The Missionary Conferences of the United Methodist Church
- Social Justice: What About Our Money
- Youth & Children: What About Our Money
September 15-17 ~ Mother-Child Retreat ~ As details become available, more information will be published here.
April 29 ~ Tea Time Among the Hymns. Thanks to all who made this a God-filled day. Members of 10 churches participated. Blessings abounded for the nearly 120 participants plus helpers at our 2017 Ladies’ Tea. We raised approximately $750 to benefit women/children. All proceeds were used to purchase gift cards for the Methodist Home for Children's Transition Home located in New Bern, NC. The residents will use these gift cards to purchase work clothes, school supplies, and other necessities. Click HERE to view photos from this event.(7.1MB)
March 22, 2017 ~ General Meeting: Women Serving Women in Combat Zones. Guest forum discussion with women Marines from Female Engagement Teams working with women and children in conflict areas. Click HERE to view more photos and to read about our guest speakers, SgtMaj Robin Fortner and SgtMaj Raquel Painter.
March 3, 2017 ~ The Charlotte Fields Circle, co-chaired by Bobbi Edge and Susan Teachey, serve, share and minister every month at the Hope Mission Ministries in Morehead City. Pictured are Betty Tidquist, Bobbi Edge and Susan Teachey in front of the Mission’s serving line.
February 22, 2017 ~ In addition to our 2017 Call to Prayer and Self-Denial: MATERNAL & CHILD HEALTH opportunity, Linda Mitchell, a NC Conference UMC Missionary, presented a program about the Days For Girls program which helps young girls to attend school more days each month/year. Details are in this UMWNews article about the Epworth UMC in Durham NC church’s involvement in this mission. This Time for Global Action: Addressing Girls’ Menstrual Hygiene Management Needs in Schools writeup in PLOS, a peer-reviewed medical journal, details the situation in underdeveloped countries in medical/health terms.
After the meeting, some of our UMW posed for a “Happy Birthday” photo to send along with a card to Missionary Danial Godwin who is serving in Ecuador.
February 8. 2017 ~ The Dixie Moore/Mary Smith Circle, let by Tina Bell Midgett and Mary Ann Watkins, had fun making Animal Valentines to share with patients at the Crystal Coast Hospice House in Newport, our SUMC Middle School Youth Group and the Circle's VIPs. Click HERE to view more photos!
January 25, 2017 ~ United Methodist Women at a general meeting — Boxing Out Human Trafficking!
January 11, 2017 ~ The Hazel Midgett/Mattie Tolson circle, led by Gay Licko and Susan Stuart, demonstrated one of our SUMW missions - Boxing Out Human Trafficking.
Creekside Circle / Mission Monday ladies assembled Birthing Kits at the Barnum house.
Below: Creekside Circle ladies made dresses to send with Birthing Kits to families in Haiti.
October 24 ~ Many thanks to our UMW ladies who prepared food for our 2016 Frozen Food Sale and to all of those who came by and supported this project by buying almost every bit of the food offered. Once again, the wonderful participation by our church members made this a successful endeavor raising $1,245. Our local mission projects will benefit from your generosity. A special thanks, also, to the ladies who helped out at the sale. It is wonderful to have such a great group of worker bees.
September 14 - Our Charlotte Fields Circle gathered Comfort Bags made by UMW and distributed two bags to guidance counselors at each of 8 middle and elementary school to be given to students who have been traumatized mentally, emotionally or physically. Photos show the bags and the tag that's attached to each bag.
August 24 ~ Our General meeting included music, devotions, business and a wonderful program about disabilities. Our UMW 2016 mission is: Our Church Responding to People with Disabilities. Some of our women presented a wonderful play and Gloria Sanders was our guest speaker -- telling about disabilities and sharing a detailed PowerPoint presentation.
Summer 2016 ~
The sewing sisters were back at work making dresses for little girls and
shorts for the boys in Haiti.
Linda Mitchell had a special guest with
her this summer. Sarah Delma, from Fond Doux, Haiti, visited until
Handmade Beads and Jewelry Mission Project
The Creekside UMW Circle/Mary Weeks Circle continues their hand made bead and jewelry project. Proceeds from sales go to Haiti and other missions. We make the beads and jewelry on Mondays from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Barnum House (by our lower parking lot). Anyone interested in learning how to make the beads and helping will be welcomed. Each paper bead is hand rolled and the bracelets are individually designed and hand crafted. We need donations of colorful heavy weight paper to make the beads (calendars, brochures, maps, magazine covers, etc.). We also need assorted beads for spacers and extra decorations. These can be new or from discarded or broken jewelry. Donations can be left in the Bead Box by the church office. The bracelets cost $6.00 and up. Our friends in Haiti are learning to make the jewelry, so we hope to help them market their products in the future.
See some of our jewelry on our Facebook page at “Creekside UMW Circle at Swansboro UMC”
Call Lynn Rouse at 910.326.4095 or Deanna Scroggs at 910.326.4802 for more information.
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