Purpose of United Methodist Women


The Purpose is adopted by the General Conference of The United Methodist Church as the official mission statement of United Methodist Women.

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.

Out of the Purpose are four mission foci that relate to the mission initiatives and priorities of United Methodist Women.

  • To be a community of women

  • To know God

  • To develop a creative and supportive fellowship

  • To expand concepts of mission


UMW Circle Meetings

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First United Methodist Women has three active circles that all women are welcome to participate in.  Circles meet at a variety of times and locations and do various activities.


JRP (Julia Reed Paxton) Circle:           Chairwoman:  Ginger Karcher


  • Meets 3rd Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in room 109 (Sept - May)

  • Involved in a wide variety of community-oriented mission projects

Sarah Mary Esther Circle:                     Chairwoman:  Ann Burns 

  • Meets 3rd Thursday at 10 a.m. in room 109

  • Has a UMW Bible study each month

Lydia Circle:                                          Chairwoman:  Verna Dahlquist

  • Meets the last Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. in Paxton Hall. Note the change in time.

  • They share a meal and do a UMW study

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