The United Methodist Women (UMW)
was established at Washington Street United Methodist Church in 1879 as the
Woman's Missionary Society. Though this organization
has gone through several name changes, its mission has always remained
the same. The purpose is threefold: (1) To know God and to experience freedom
as whole persons through Jesus Christ; (2) To develop a creative, supportive
fellowship; and (3) To expand the concepts of mission through participation
in the global ministries of the church.
There are eight UMW circles which meet monthly, September through May. Two meet in the morning, two in the afternoon and four at night. Some circles have members of the same generation, while others are intergenerational. All offer an opportunity to study, to grow spiritually, to participate in ministries and to become better acquainted with each other. All ladies are invited to join the UMW.
The UMW has four general meetings a year, January, April, September and November. These meetings bring all circles together for special programs and fellowship.