United Methodist Women
Faith – Hope – Love in Action.
In 1869, 6 women met in Boston to discuss the desperate physical and spiritual needs of women in India. They went on to organize the Methodist Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society, and within months, raised funds to send a teacher and doctor to India. The various missionary societies merged with the Ladies Aid Societies in the 1940s, and in 1973, the United Methodist Women (UMW) became the women’s mission arm of The United Methodist Church. The UMW has a global presence–now 800,000 women strong–committed to the following 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.”
Macedonia’s UMW has a long and rich history of actively supporting local, national, and global missions both financially and through hands-on service. Locally, we provide monthly teacher appreciation gifts for staff at neighboring Swift Creek Elementary School and Macedonia’s Preschool, hold an annual school supply drive to help meet critical needs of students, and provide financial support, as needed, in the form of Preschool scholarships. We also support local crisis assistance ministries such as the Helen Wright Center, Raleigh Rescue Mission, Wake County Guardian Ad Litem program, Methodist Home for Children, and the Methodist Retirement Home. We have also been active partners in national and international missions through the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), church-supported mission trips, and organizations such as Stop Hunger Now, Habitat for Humanity, Zoe Project, and Appalachia Service Project. These important mission efforts are supported financially through funds raised from our annual pledges and fall Bazaar.
We also offer opportunities for spiritual growth through our Reading Program, annual Children’s Sabbath, conference-sponsored mission studies and spiritual enrichment events, and programs featuring guest speakers on issues of particular relevance to women and children. Events such as our “Bunco Bashes” and annual Christmas Open House provide fun and uplifting times for Christian fellowship with our UMW sisters. Our annual Bazaar—a great place to purchase home-made jams, jellies, pickles, apple pie filling, salsa, cakes, pies, breads, casseroles, candies, and crafts– also provides a wonderful time of fellowship with our friends and neighbors in the surrounding Swift Creek community.
We welcome all women to be a part of the UMW community at Macedonia and to share in this powerful and rewarding sisterhood by participating in one of our UMW Circles:
- Friendship Circle: Meets 6:30pm, 1st Monday of the month (1st Tuesday in September). Does not meet June-August. Contact: Nancy Worth (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Genesis Circle: Meets 9:00am, 2nd Saturday of each month. Contact: Sally Davis (email@example.com)
- Inner Life Circle: Meets 2:00pm, 3rd Monday of the month. Does not meet July-August. Contact: Jay Huffman (firstname.lastname@example.org).
To learn more about Macedonia’s UMW and how you can get involved, please contact Cindy Nolte, UMW President (email@example.com). Additional information about the global ministries of the United Methodist Women can be found at: http://new.gbgm-umc.org/umw/, while information about NC Capital District UMW events is available at: http://capitalumw.com/.