United Methodist Women
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.
Who we are
The United Methodist Women at National UMC is a community of almost 200 women of all ages and interests. Members participate as at-large members or as part of small groups, which we call circles. Our seven circles meet for fellowship, mutual support, study, devotion, and mission work. Circles are self-selected based on interests, spiritual desires, and stages-of-life. You can read full descriptions of the circles below -there’s something for everyone. We encourage you to come and visit any of our circles that you feel might interest you. All women are welcome.
- Circle 2 – meets monthly on the 2nd Wednesdays of the month, in the morning or at lunchtime, Retirees
- Circle 6 – meets every other month on Sunday afternoons, Intergenerational
- Circle 7 – meets monthly on the 3rd Sunday mornings of the month, Young Professionals and Moms with Young Kids
- Circle 8 – meets monthly on the 1st Tuesdays of the month in the evening, Intergenerational
- Circle 9 – meets monthly on the 1st Wednesdays of the month in the morning, Retirees
- Circle 10 – meets monthly on Sunday or Monday evenings, Professionals and Moms with Older Kids
- AU Circle – meets weekly on Wednesdays at lunchtime, College students
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 on UMW at National UMC, email MetroUMW@gmail.com, follow us on Twitter @metropolitanUMW or Facebook MetropolitanUMW, or drop a note in the physical UMW mailbox via the receptionist at the National UMC office.
CIRCLE TWO – PRIMETIME WOMEN
Mostly women in their fifties, sixties and seventies, Circle Two enjoys a variety of activities including lunches out. They include mothers of adult children and grandchildren and newly retired women. Circle Two is a daytime circle and meets the second Wednesday of the month.
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 Sunday afternoons at noon (after the second service), usually every other month.
CIRCLE SEVEN – YOUNG PROFESSIONALS AND MOMS WITH YOUNG KIDS
This newly formed group of young women includes a mix of single, married, professionals, and moms with young kids. The circle is explores issues related to their personal faith journeys, parenting, work-life balance, Bible study and social outreach. Meeting are generally on the third Sunday mornings of the month during the study hour at Metropolitan.
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 7:30 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 - SHARING, SERVICE, AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
This circle meets in the evenings on alternating 3rd Sundays or Mondays of the month at the Metropolitan Memorial campus. Their small group focus is on sharing questions of faith and supporting one another throughout the changing stages of life: from raising teenagers through caring for aging parents, and beyond. Circle gatherings often center around service and social justice issues that touch our families and communities, though they enjoy purely social activities as well.
AU CIRCLE – COLLEGE STUDENTS
This group of students meets weekly on Wednesdays at lunchtime on the campus of American University.
One of the most anticipated events of National UMC’s year is the UMW Bazaar, held on the first Saturday of November. 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.
HOW TO DONATE
Donations are accepted June through October. 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, UMW Bazaar coordinator at email@example.com or MetroUMW@gmail.com.
HOW TO HELP
Volunteers are needed June through October to help sort, price, and store donations for the bazaar. 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 at firstname.lastname@example.org or MetroUMW@gmail.com.
Book & Bake Sale
The annual Book & Bake sale is held every February. Each year, beneficiaries are designated to receive proceeds from the sale.
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.
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, e-mail MetroUMW@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @metropolitanumw.