united methodist women

by yvonne harris & barbara Robertson

UMW 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. 


The UMW was organized in 1938 with Mrs. Virginia Anderson serving as first president. This group of women ran from 1938 until 2005 and was then disbanded. 


UMW accomplished many ministries and events throughout this time. Listed below are some of them. 


Five circles were started: Virginia Anderson, Helen Rewis, Ida Brown, Sallie Fletcher and Grace Cooper. They met at least once a month at the church or in individual homes. A combined meeting of all circles was held once a month at the church. We enjoyed guest speakers, and Bible studies. A Mother-Daughter Banquet was held each May. Together with the District, we participated in the Prayer Breakfast, the Spiritual Life Retreat, and the School of Christian Missions. 


Duties: Refreshments for New Member receptions Greeters at each Sunday service

Chrismon tree (Several members made ornaments to be displayed on a tree erected in the church for the Christmas holiday.) Kitchen maintenance


Bazaars: (Thursday thru Saturday) in November for many years beginning sometime during the 1980's. All UMW members contributed to this huge event with handmade crafts, and baked goods. On Thursday, opening night, delicious desserts were served and a luncheon on Friday was attended by many people of the community (they were lined up around the church before entering).The bazaars were always a highlight in the community. 


For one of the bazaars, a full size Dresden Plate quilt was made by the Grace Cooper Circle and given for a silent auction. Under the direction of the very talented Betty Cole, the construction of this beautiful quilt took place in the renovated basement of the parsonage. The pastor's wife, Ann Williams, assisted in the construction. 


Income through pledges and fund raisers were given to Conference Mission Projects, Local Missions (school shoe/clothing fund, Jail ministry, Vacation Bible School, Lights for Life), and kitchen supplies. Cookbooks were created in 1980 and in 2003. The green chairs used in Memorial Hall were purchased by UMW as was a new kitchen stove.