United Methodist Women – Purpose
The organized unit of the 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.
Activities & Circles
All ladies of the church are invited and we welcome new members to come out and learn about the UMW and the work we do for missions. We have 4 active circles meeting monthly and a Dinner and Gathering several times a year. Child care is provided at our dinners and gatherings Circle meeting times and information are below. We have many fund raisers throughout the year to meet our budget. Most of our budget goes to Missionaries and projects throughout the country and abroad. We hold a fall and spring Rummage Sale and a Holiday Shoppe in November. An auction is also held once a year. In December, we go Christmas caroling to several nursing homes. Miriam Circle and friends hold 2 fund raisers- a Baked Potato Luncheon in October and Chocolate Festival in February. In 2014 we published a cookbook containing recipes sent in from church members and friends. Contact the church office (732) 458- 2080 for information about obtaining one. The office can also relay information about activities or UMW and circle’s schedule.
The Miriam Circle
Miriam circle is mainly composed of. women in a wide age range. Some members work full time, some work part time and some are full time homemakers and some retired. We meet the second Tuesday of the month in the library at 7pm. The meetings start off with refreshments and devotions. Prayer requests and sharing come next. UMW business is discussed. Sometimes we do crafts at the meeting, although usually we do crafts at a member’s house. In June we have a barbecue at a member’s home (leaving the kids and spouses at home). In December we go to a member’s home for Christmas gift exchange. At that meeting each member brings either a dessert or and hors d’oeurves to share. (Everyone knows those are the best part of the meal!). A prayer chain is available throughout the year for emergency prayers.
The Lydia Circle
Lydia Circle meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:00P.M. at a member’s home. At each meeting we fellowship, support each other and grow spiritually through open discussion of a chapter in our Christian women’s reading material. While enjoying a delicious dessert, we discuss UMW business and plan our participation in the upcoming UMW events. Throughout the year we support various missions and our church by combining our creative gifts and talents. In June we enjoy a “dinner out”, in August a “Summer Supper” and in December we have a lively Christmas celebration including a grab bag game and Secret Pal exchange. New Members are always welcome.
The Martha Circle
Meets the second Sunday, at 10:45 in the church Library – free child care provided; The Martha Circle is a group of ladies that get together to support each other, to enjoy fellowship, and to take a break from the routines of daily life. We usually meet on the second Sunday of every month, at 10:45 a.m. in the church library. This date and time was set to encourage women who work full time and/or have children to be a part of the UMW. We offer free child care during meetings for moms with young children. Our meetings consist of prayers, UMW business, bible study and fellowship (snacks are always welcome!). Our group also helps with UMW-led events throughout the year. Women of all ages and backgrounds are welcome, and new ideas for meetings and activities are encouraged!
The Rebeccah Circle
We meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month (except July & August). We have a luncheon meeting in the church library from 12:00 noon till 2:00 pm. In June and December we go out for lunch.
The Rebeccah Circle is a group of ladies that support each other through prayer, laughter and tears. At our meetings we have prayers and concerns and a member leads in a devotion. When a member or the spouse of a member passes, we make a donation to the Church Improvement Fund in Memory of the deceased.
Our circle members work at the Rummage Sales and support other fund raising events such as the Elegant Tea, the Auction and Holiday Shoppe On the Sundays that the women usher, our members participate.
The Sarah Circle
Sarah Circle is comprised of 10 ladies who are retired and able to get together during the day. We meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 12 noon at a member’s home. We begin with lunch and go over any upcoming events for the UMW. After lunch we discuss the current chapter of our devotional study. We finish by sharing our prayer requests. Since we are a new circle, we have yet to plan summer activities, but we expect to celebrate Christmas with a party at which time we will reveal our secret pals. As we are able, we will help at the annual Rummage Sales, the Holiday Shoppe and any other UMW events