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Small Groups Especially for Women

SPIRITUAL GROWTH
MISSOURI UNITED METHODIST WOMEN (UMW) is comprised of 13 small groups called circles or interest groups.
Although groups vary in structure and emphasis, all reflect the UMW purpose and incorporate its four aspects in
their programming or activities: spiritual growth, education, local and global missions, and supportive fellowship.
All of the small groups welcome new members. The Unit - the full body meets together three times a year and is
open to forming new circles and/or interest groups as requested. Each small group establishes its own meeting
schedule. All are welcome.

HANDS-ON MISSION PROJECTS


These UMW small groups focus more on mission projects that involve hands-on participation. When they gather,
they keep their hands busy sewing, quilting, and volunteering. All of these groups find ways to provide for the needs
EDUCATION of Gods people through tangible means. Groups that emphasize hands-on mission are Esther circle, Sophia Circle,
Prayer Shawl Ministry, and the MUMC Quilters.

FUNDRAISING FOR MISSIONS


Although most of the circles and interest groups find ways to participate in projects that raise funds for mission,
several of the small groups do major fund raising: Breakfast Group, Searcy-Feely Circle, Sophia Circle, and Vals Circle.

THE UMW READING PROGRAM


One way the organizing body of UMW supports education is through the UMW reading program. Each year, books
HANDS-ON MISSION are suggested in five categories: Nurturing for Community, Social Action, Spiritual Growth, Education for Mission,
and Leadership Development. Books from each category are available in the UMW closet off of the parlor, and
many of them can found at the community library. A complete list of suggested reading can be attained from the
Reading Program Coordinator.

BOOK CLUBS
Two book clubs have been formed as interest groups: First Monday Book Group and the MUMC Book Club.

LOCAL MISSIONS
The local UMW unit supports local mission in several ways. The Wardrobe is staffed by UMW volunteers the fourth
SUPPORTIVE FELLOWSHIP Wednesday of each month from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. In addition, the UMW budget supports eight local missions.

CONTACT INFORMATION
Unit President: Georgia Nolph 573-442-2747; nolphkg@gmail.com
Unit Vice-President: June DeWeese 573-445-2252; DeweeseJ@missouri.edu
Membership Chair: Sally Marble 573-446-0841; sallymarble@gmail.com
Coordinator of Communications: Diana Revelle 573-489-2228; drevelle@centurytel.net

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Group that fits your schedule
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UNITED METHODIST WOMEN


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meetings. beginning in 1869 when 8 women came together to
Mon FIRST MONDAY BOOK GROUP form an organization which became the Womans
First Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Foreign Missionary Society, the global organization has
homes of members. If the first Monday is a
holiday, the meeting will change to the second grown to 800,000 women now called United Methodist
Monday. Women. The nearly 200 women of the UMW of
Tue BREAKFAST GROUP Missouri United Methodist Church participate in
Second Tuesday, 8:00 a.m. Upper Crust, 3919 S several small groups called circles and special interest
Providence Rd
groups whose goals include education, out-reach,
VALS CIRCLE
hands-on mission and fellowship. Participating in
Second Monday: Lunch at 11:30 at designated
locations followed by the program at 1:00 in the mission locally and globally, the women of UMW raise Global Ministries
MUCM Parlor. money, and actively participate in activities and
Wed BRATTON-CUNNINGHAM CIRCLE organizations that promote mission.
Third Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. in homes of members
ESTHER CIRCLE
The second Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. in Room #304 THE PURPOSE
(and other Wednesdays as needed to work on OF UNITED METHODIST WOMEN
projects)
SEARCY-FEELY CIRCLE
Third Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. (January-May; The organized unit of United Methodist
The organized unit of United Methodist
September-November) in the Church Parlor or off Women shall
shall be
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community of of women
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MUMC BOOK CLUB whose PURPOSE is to know God and
whose PURPOSE is to know God and to
to
Second Wednesday in January, March, May, July, experience freedom
experience freedom as whole persons
persons
September, November at 10:00 a.m. in the CLC though
though Jesus Christ; to
Jesus Christ; to develop
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creative, supportive Fellowship; and and to
to
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY expand concepts of mission
expand concepts of mission through through
The second Wednesday of January, March, May, participation in the global ministries of
September, and November, at 1:30 p.m. in Rooms participation in the global ministries of
the church.
204-205 the church.
Thu GIBSON CIRCLE
Third Thursday at 9:30 a.m. in the CLC, rms 106-108 Fund Raising for Mission
FOR MORE INFORMATION
MUMC QUILTERS
Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. in room 303 Church Office: 573-443-3111; www.moumc.org
Membership Chair: Sally Marble
WESLEY CIRCLE
573-446-0841; sallymarble@gmail.com
Second Thursday at 1:00 p.m. in the MUMC Parlor

SOPHIA CIRCLE
Second Thursday at 7:00 p.m. in homes of members Missouri United Methodist Church
204 S. Ninth St. Columbia MO 65201
contact.us@moumc.org
573-443-3111
/Missouri UMC

www.moumc.org