United Methodist Women (UMW)

The purpose of the organization:
“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 Meaning of Membership:
Membership in United Methodist Women is voluntary. Any woman who chooses to belong may become a member. Members are committed to the PURPOSE, and are willing to be involved in global missions through United Methodist Women. Membership in the United Methodist Women offers each woman the opportunity to plan and evaluate the program in which she participates. Regardless of all designations of age, race or financial/marital/employment status, each member is regarded as a person of unique value.

Membership in United Methodist Women can be expressed in one or more of the following ways:

  • attendance at meetings
  • undesignated giving to support global mission
  • intercessory prayer
  • meaningful community involvement
  • participation in varied events, projects, issues and concerns of the Women’s Division
  • accepting leadership responsibility

All women of The United Methodist Church are not automatically members of United Methodist Women; however, all are welcome and are encouraged to belong. Though the majority of members of the organization will also be members of The United Methodist Church, membership is open to any woman who chooses to fulfill the conditions of membership indicated above.

When the UMW is asked to participate in an activity, we are honored to be asked and are willing, ready and able to do what we can. If you are not presently a member of our Unit and would like to visit with someone about UMW or visit a Circle meeting, please contact any of the UMW officers.

2014 UMW Officers:

  • President – Betty Cook
  • Vice President – Joan Pierce
  • Secretary – Von Williamson
  • Treasurer – Pat Humphries

Circles:
Sheridan First UMW Unit is composed of two Circles with 58 members whose purpose is to know God and to envelope Christian ways in what we do and what we stand for. The Circles meet monthly from January through May and September through December:

Day Circle   – 3rd Monday at 2:00 p.m. – Chairperson: Betty Robinette (942-2755)
Night Circle – 2nd Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. – Chairperson: Von Williamson  (942-4003)

Other activities the Unit and Circles participate in:

  • District and Conference meeting
  • Yearly pledges to UMW Global Ministries to support institutions and programs to improve the lives of women, youth, and children locally, nationally and globally
  • Graduating Seniors Breakfast
  • Monetary donations to Camp Aldersgate, Cookson Hills Mission; Church Youth; Arkansas Children’s Home; MiWatch; Faith House
  • Mile of Pennies
  • Local Angel Tree at Christmas
  • Mission Recognition Awards
  • Annual celebration of UMW Sunday
  • Hospitality hostesses at church events
  • Salad Luncheon in October
  • Po Boy Luncheon in January
  • Meals for Families in Crisis
  • Support for MacDonald United Methodist Children’s Services, Inc., Houma, LA
  • Annual Charter for Racial Justice Program

UMW Reading Program:
The purpose of the Reading Program is to encourage United Methodist Women to:

  • Expand understanding of and participation in God’s mission
  • To increase sensitivity to all human beings – their needs, interest, and concern
  • To encourage critical thinking about issues facing humanity today
  • To grow in understanding of Scripture as it relates to Christian faith in contemporary life
  • To enhance self-knowledge and to act from that knowledge
  • To strengthen involvement in local and global Christian mission

Our local unit has a library of books you may check out free of charge. These books are located beside the nursery area. If you read four or more books, one book in each of the categories (Education for Mission; Nurturing for Community, Social Action, and Spiritual Growth) you will receive recognition as part of the UMW reading program.

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