United Methodist Women


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Who we are

The United Methodist Women at National UMC is a community of 200 women of all ages and interests. Members participate as at-large members or as part of small groups, which we call circles. Our six circles meet for monthly fellowship, mutual support, study, devotion, and mission work. Circles are self-selected based on interests, spiritual needs and stages-of-life. There’s something for everyone. Visit any of our circles any time.

  • Circle Two - Primetime Women
  • Circle Three - Young Professionals
  • Circle Six - The Eclectics
  • Circle Eight - Intergenerationals
  • Circle Nine - Retirees
  • Circle Ten - Mothers with Kids at Home

If you don’t find a group that’s right for you, we’ll work with you to start a new circle. For more information, contact Ann Michel, Membership Coordinator. UMW Circle Meetings and Events can be found on the event calendar


Circle Two – Primetime Women

Mostly women in their forties, fifties, and sixties, Circle Two enjoys a variety of activities, including many outings and day trips. They include mothers of college-age and adult children and newly retired women, all who share “Sandwich Generation” concerns. Circle Two meets the second Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m. at the church.


Circle Three - Young Professionals

A group of women in their twenties and thirties, both married and single, this group meets at mutually agreeable times for fellowship, study, and service. The group gives special emphasis on mission outreach and community-service activities.


Circle Six – The Eclectics

An eclectic group of women age 40 to 80, that includes members who are married, single, divorced, widowed; mothers and those without children; working women and retirees. This group encompasses a wide range of interests including reading, crafts, Bible study, and community service. Circle Six meets the second Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at the church.


Circle Eight – Intergenerationals

An inter-generational group that includes working women and retirees. The circle frequently meets to discuss topics relevant to the Methodist Church and to plan events for the congregation. They meet the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the church.


Circle Nine – Retirees

This group of retired women gets together for fellowship, educational programs, refreshments, and an occasional luncheon. The circle meets the first Wednesday of every month at 10:30 a.m. in the Choir Room at the church.


Circle Ten – Mothers With Kids at Home

Most members are moms of kids school-age and younger, but anyone is welcome. The circle gathers for interesting programs, to work on service projects, swap good books, discuss parenting issues, and provide support to each other. Social highlights include our Christmas cookie exchange and summer pool party. Circle Ten meets monthly, alternating between evenings and weekdays. 

Annual Events

UMW Bazaar

One of the most anticipated events of National UMC’s year is the UMW Bazaar. Each year, thanks to the efforts of many, this event raises significant funds that the UMW passes on to projects aiding the welfare of women and children locally, nationally, and around the world. Each year, thanks to the efforts of many, this event raises significant funds that the UMW passes on to projects aiding the welfare of women and children locally, nationally, and around the world.

After months of collecting and sorting donated prized possessions, the UMW throws open the rooms throughout the church allowing people to shop for new and vintage jewelry, collectibles, kitchen gadgets, home furnishings, handcrafts, used children's books and toys. Of particular note is the Attic Treasures section, which features an incomparable array of used items.


You can donate all manner of gently-used items, such as: Kitchen Items; China and Collectibles; Puzzles and Games; “Attic Treasures”; Christmas Decorations; Jewelry and Accessories; Boutique-quality ladies’ wear; Hand-made crafts. Please, no electronics, no furniture, no books, no magazines, and no crutches – none of these sells well. Questions? Contact Barbara Gaskill


Volunteers are needed throughout the year to help sort, price, and store donations for the bazaar. Sorting and pricing of donated items continues, and there's plenty to do! Daytime, evening, and weekend volunteer times are possible. Hope you can pitch in! For more information, contact, Barbara Gaskill, UMW Bazaar coordinator.

Great Day of Service

Each Spring, the United Methodist Women of Metropolitan Memorial sponsor a church-wide service day at St. Luke's Mission Center that includes a food drive, packing health kits for Educare, creating birthday cards for senior citizens, visiting Grand Oaks, and working at the DC Diaper Bank. For more information, contact UMW Social Action Coordinator, Anita Seline.

Book & Bake Sale

The 2018 Book & Bake sale will be a three-day event, February 23-25.
Hours are:
     Friday 9AM – 4PM
     Saturday 8AM – 4PM
     Sunday 9AM – 11:15AM

Donations will be accepted February 18-19, 2018 in the church parking lot from 10AM – 3PM. We will unload your books and give you a receipt.

For donations, we accept all types of books, DVDs, CDs, and vinyl records. However, we cannot sell cassette or VCR tapes, textbooks, magazines or outdated travel books, published more than five years ago. A wonderful bake sale rounds out the event, with a beautiful array of cookies, quick breads, brownies, and two selections of homemade soups.

The United Methodist Women are proud to announce that proceeds from the 2018 sale will benefit low income kids of DC from diapers to diplomas: Capital Partners for Education and Jubilee JumpStart, an early education program in Adams Morgan will receive funds from the sale. For more information, email the UMW at metroUMW@gmail.com or tweet @metropolitanumw.

For more information, email the UMW or tweet @metropolitanumw.

United Methodist Women (UMW) is the country’s largest denominational faith organization for women with approximately 800,000 members. Nationally, the UMW’s purpose is fostering spiritual growth, developing leaders and advocating for justice. Members 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.

Our Purpose at NATIONAL UMC


The National United Methodist Church unit of UMW is 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. We achieve our purpose by working for justice through service and advocacy. Our members are concerned about issues affecting the well-being of women and children. We invite experts to speak to our group about education, immigration, homelessness, human trafficking and other issues. Our unit supports missionaries around the world and works to educate local members on the needs of the global community. When legislative issues arise that pertain to our core issues, we make our voices known through letter writing, protests and lobbying. We are engaged in helping our local community through our annual Great Day of Service, when we collect food, make health kits, and work on other activities to help those in need. Nurturing one’s faith is one of the focuses of the United Methodist Women, and National UMC’s UMW provides a number of opportunities to grow closer to God and develop spiritually during each person’s faith journeys.