United Methodist Women
United Methodist Women is the largest denominational faith organization for women with
approximately 800,000 members who raise up to $20 million each year for programs and
projects related to women, children and youth in the United States and in more than 100
countries around the world. Camp Aldersgate here in Little Rock is just one of these projects.
As United Methodist Women looks to celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2019, it is time to
make it plain in the 21st century that women still need to organize for mission and to make it
possible for future generations to do just that. At First United Methodist Church we continue to
invite all women to be a part of our United Methodist Women and let them know that we still
have a personal engagement with God that is shown through our mission study, our mission
service, our mission giving and our mutual relationships with our sisters here at home and
around the world.
GOD CALLS US. THE WORLD NEEDS US. WE NEED TO SERVE.
The United Methodist Women at FUMC support local missions such as Camp Aldersgate and
Harmony Health Clinic where women provide dinner for the doctors and workers in this free
health clinic. The UMW supports a ministry for Native Americans at Cookson Hills Center in
Oklahoma in October and invites the entire church to participate in “Christmas in October”
where members bring new gifts for their Christmas Store. Church members participate in
“Cookies and Cards for Prisoners” in December. Members have brought over 200 dozen
cookies and Betsy Hoffman has made over 750 Christmas Cards each year that are taken on
Christmas morning to Tucker Max Prison. We also want to be part of transforming laws and
institutions that oppress, exploit and marginalize persons in church and society.
At FUMC we have monthly General UMW Meetings and Lunches on Sundays after the First
Tradition Service during part of the year with a variety of programs about missions and about
justice issues that affect women, children and youth. We invite all church members to attend -
men as well as women.
We have three UMW Circles at FUMC. The Prayer Shawl Ministry makes handmade shawls
(either knit or crochet) for church members who are facing a hard road ahead. They are like a
big hug from our church. No formal meetings are held as members prefer to work at home.
The Sarah and Faulkner Circles meet during the school year. The Sarah Circle meets on the
fourth Tuesday evening of the month in members’ homes. The Circle was formed because the
women wanted to follow Christ’s teaching to do acts of love, justice and mercy and to share,
study, pray and learn in order to be able to go into the community and serve others.
The Faulkner Circle was organized for women who wanted Christian fellowship, to learn
about the needs of God’s community and to work on projects together in a small group setting.
The Circle meets the fourth Monday of the month at noon at the church in the Fellowship Hall.
All the Circles members have a genuine care and concern for each other and look forward to
each Circle meeting. New members are always welcome! For more information call Carol
Sherer at 501-219-3666.