Purpose: The organized unit of United Methodist Women (UMW) shall be a community of women whose purpose is to know God and 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 mission of the church.
UMW members are women who choose to support our purpose through participation in meetings, prayer, giving, study, action, or service. Any woman may join this fellowship that encourages growth in knowing God, spirituality, and being in mission to self, others, church, community, nation, and world.
Countryside UMW supports mission giving for women, children, and youth as a district, conference, and throughout the world via our Pledge, Fellowship and Faith Ministry, Countryside Youth, Ministry to Incarcerated Families, Higher Education Endowed Scholarship, and Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
Unit meetings of UMW are held on the fifth Tuesdays at 6:30 PM. Dinner is typically available for $5.00. Look for the sign-up sheet on the UMW bulletin board in the Commons area. Child care and children’s meals are provided at no charge for unit meetings.
Susanna Circle meets on the third Wednesday at 1:00 PM every month in the Parlor. This circle answers ro0ll call with a scripture verse using a word related to the program, usually one from the UMW Program Book. They use the UMW Prayer Calendar and excerpts from Response & New World Outlook to give them insight to mission work of the UMW. They participate in the UMW Reading Program. A Call to Prayer and Self-Denial Offering, the World Thanks Offering, Pennies for Missions, and individually donate items to the Bishop’s Roundup, Doorstep, Marion Clinic, and Rescue Mission. They send cards throughout the year to Sarah Circle ladies.
Blessing Circle meets the second Monday at 6:00 PM of every month at the Classic Bean. They are the “Sunday Driver” on the first Sunday of every month. They provide holiday meals at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter for the 126 residents of the YMCA’s Center for Safety and Empowerment (formerly Battered Women’s Taskforce), as well as provide monthly dinners on Craft Night. They have contributed a share to Women United. They provide breakfast for inmates and their children during a retreat experience. They have collected toiletries and other items for Bishop’s Roundup. Many monthly programs focus on educating members to the needs of women and children in our community. They have made and donated baby blankets. Sometimes their meetings are at her agency of service, i.e. Midland Hospice House, Ronald McDonald House, and Prison Ministries Church Camp.
Stepping Stones Circle meets on the first Tuesday at 7:00 PM of every month in the Parlor. Their members enjoy getting together but are also very serious about helping others. When their own members was ill, teams were formed to make periodic visits and help out in various ways. The entire membership takes part in sending cards to members in need and to Sarah Circle members, at least monthly, followed by a mission project. They usually adopt a local mission and provide things like diapers, hygiene kits, school supplies, kitchen items, personal hygiene items, books, and games. Many of the agencies that have been helped are Battered Women, CASA, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Rescue Mission, Doorstep, and the Ronald McDonald House. On a more global scene would be making birthing kits to be sent to Haiti and health kits for the Bishop’s Roundup. Locally and for our church we have worked at many funeral dinners, pastoral luncheons, receptions, and helped fix a breakfast for the Women’s Prison. At Christmas we make a contribution to the Pastor’s Contingency Fund to help Countryside members who might need some help.
Koinonia Circle meets on the third Wednesday at 9:00 AM of every month on the Parlor. This group of “Top of the Morning” women enjoy spiritual and social growth and eating refreshments! The fellowship is meaningful and supportive. Each month we are offered UMW Prayer Calendar, tidbits from Response Magazine, and inspiring/informational programs. We participate in Pennies for Missions and send greeting cards for the Sarah Circle ladies. Missions vary as needs are realized locally. They have donated black socks for Youthville, bath towels for faith and Fellowship, sewn tote bags for Sager Brown and made birthing kits for Haiti.
For more information on how to get involved, contact Rev. Morgan Whitaker Smith or call 266.7541.