United Methodist Women (UMW)

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UMW Purpose

The organized unit of 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.

UMW Vision

Turning faith, hope and love into action on behalf of women, children and youth around the world.

UMW Living the Vision

  • We provide opportunities and resources to grow spiritually, become more deeply rooted in Christ and put faith into action.
  • We are organized for growth, with flexible structures leading to effective witness and action.
  • We equip women and girls around the world to be leaders in communities, agencies, work places, governments, and churches.
  • We work for justice through compassionate service and advocacy to change unfair policies and systems.
  • We provide educational experiences that lead to personal change in order to transform the world.

*** View this awesome video of our 2012 UMW Mission Proposal when you can. ***

UMW Benediction

(Psalm 90:12) So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. Amen


Mission Topic Emphasis for NC Conference UMW

  •    Maternal and Child Health
  •    Economic Inequality
  •    Climate Justice
  •    Criminalization of our Communities of Color (text: The New Jim Crow)

Additional Miscellaneous Information


Our Swansboro United Methodist Women (SUMW) meet monthly for Christian fellowship, study, prayer and missions.

There are seven 2017 circles that give a variety of time and mission opportunities from which to choose. Most of our circles meet on the second Wednesday of each month. If you are not yet involved with UMW, please join us! You may contact any circle member or our Coordinator for Membership, Nurture and Outreach, Nanette Jones. Continue reading for additional circle and meeting information.

  • Our morning circle (Dixie Moore/Mary Smith Circle), led by Tina Bell Midgett and co-leader Mary Ann Watkins, meets the second Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. at the church in bldg 2, room LL33. See the agenda for the year's activities.
  • There are two afternoon circles that meet the second Wednesday at 4 p.m.

    • Ethlyn Hurst/Nettie Merritt Circle, led by Debbie Wicker and Lacy Jenkins meets at the church in bldg 2, room LL33. This circle focuses on the Onslow Women’s Center, making over rooms at the shelter and holding a Mother’s Day shower with gifts for the women. In addition, this circle collects clothing and shoes for children who have been rescued from a difficult situation. They also contribute groceries and other items, and even some much needed funds.
    • Hazel Midgett/Mattie Tolson Circle, led by Gay Licko and Susan Stuart, meets in a member's home each month. Their major project is helping the Transition Center for Boys in New Bern. This home is part of the Methodist Home For Children. They have supplied toiletries, underwear, candy, paper products, games, and other needs. Many members visit the center frequently to pray, tutor, and spend time with the residents.
  • There are two evening circles that meet in members’ homes the second Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.
    • Charlotte Fields Circle, led by Bobbi Edge and Susan Teachey. One of their mission projects is helping others by serving food to those who gather at Hope Mission in Morehead City to enjoy a hot meal and spend time together. They also prepare and distribute “Comfort Bags” to guidance counselors at seven local elementary and middle schools. These bags are given to children who have experienced a physical, mental, and/or emotional trauma. Each bag includes items to boost the spirit of these children. Items include a ball to help them bounce back, a journal to say what they can’t speak, a stuffed bear for when they need a hug, and other items to help ease the pain for these children. In the summer of 2017 they took on another project. Each month they will help support the Coastal Carolina Center for Women’s Ministries by supplying needed items such as paper towels and toilet paper.
    • Lula Hatsell/Mary Underseth Circle, led by Rhonda Norris and Jan Butch. This  circle addresses special needs that arise in the community; and when the need occurs, the members collect a special offering to address it. One mission focus has been the SUMC Kids Karing group. These circle members also read and discuss four to six books from the UMW Reading Program each year. The members are a diverse group, ranging from active younger mothers to grandmothers.
  • There is one evening circle that meets in members' homes or the Barnum House (Bldg 4) the second Sunday at 7:00 p.m.
    • Mary Weeks (Creekside) Circle, led by Lynn Rouse. This circle makes clothes for children in Haiti. In addition to their monthly meeting, many also meet every Monday in the Barnum House (by the lower parking lot of the church) to gather, sew, and enjoy each other. Several members of this circle have been to Haiti on mission trips, and circle members sponsor two young students at a school in Haiti. In 2016 they focused on helping people recognize the needs of others and have presented several recommendations to the church trustees that would help our church campus be more “user friendly.” Because of this effort, the trustee and finance committees approved automatic door openers at at least one entrance of each of our three buildings.
  • Minnie Jones (Women with Children) Circle is open to all in the community! Please join other women and their children for kid friendly missions, fun and fellowship. Each year this circle collects hundreds of books for Silverdale Elementary School. They also spend time at the school tutoring students and assisting the teachers. Contact: Jennifer Faasii-Smith (jmfaasii@gmail.com) Restarting April 26, 6 pm in Room 128 LL Ministry Center (Bldg 3) (Purple room). Childcare will be provided.

All women are invited to participate in UMW events. Membership is open to women beyond Swansboro UMC who are interested in our mission and "living the vision." Dates and times will be publicized on the web and in the church bulletin as well as through UMW circles. Some of our women are very involved with Mission Monday opportunities. Check our Calendar / Events page and UMW Meeting / Events section below for details.

You are invited to join our SUMW and share in this opportunity for service to missions and fellowship. If you haven't yet joined a circle, we’d love to introduce you to our SUMW. It's a wonderful way to make new friends and enjoy Christian fellowship.

We provide the knowledge of the glory of God, enabling us and other women to become strong, independent, resourceful, and supportive of God's mission through the global ministries of the United Methodist Women.

For additional information you may contact
Adele Hyla-Brewster, 2017 SUMW President, (910.478.9727)
or Nanette Jones, Coordinator for Membership, Nurture and Outreach, (252.521.9068).













   






























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An Interesting Tidbit

The first written minutes of a Methodist women’s group in Swansboro were dated December 1932. At this time there was organized a ladies auxiliary which was called the Eunice Black Auxiliary after its president Eunice Black Godwin. Bessie Ward was the vice president and Mattie Privett was the secretary-treasurer. The auxiliary was divided into four circles with a total of 61 members and the members paid dues of ten cents a month. Business consisted of furnishing and maintaining the parsonage, paying the church light bill, cleaning the church, and taking care of each other.

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Upcoming Meetings/Events

Our UMW meetings and events are for all ladies of the church and we encourage all interested in UMW to attend.

Every Monday ~ Mission Monday/UMW CRAFT Days ~ fun and fellowship can be found at the Barnum House (by our lower parking lot) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Whether you're creative or not, you can get involved in several projects to benefit Haiti or local charities. Contact Lisa Potts or Lynn Rouse for more information.

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Past Meetings/Events


Wisdom of Women - The 2017 WOW retreat was held in the Ministry Center on September 30, 2017. "The Art of Courage, Learning to Love Recklessly" was the theme for 2017. Pastor Crystal DesVignes delivered the keynote speech that explored Exodus 2:1-10.

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September 13, 2017 - Pictured are some of the Charlotte Fields Circle members with most of the AGAPE boxes they prepared for children in Armenia. The boxes are part of a huge effort to help children in underdeveloped countries receive toys and necessary supplies at Christmas. This Project AGAPE is a collaborative effort of the North Carolina and the Western North Carolina Conferences of The United Methodist Church in a joint effort with the Armenian Apostolic Church.

 

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Fall 2017 - Our Charlotte Fields Circle continues to make Comfort Bags and distribute them to guidance counselors at local elementary and middle schools. The counselors give them to students who have been traumatized mentally, emotionally and/or physically. Photos show some of the bags and the tag that explains the contents of each bag.

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April 29 - Tea Time Among the Hymns. Thanks to all who made this a God-filled day. Members of 10 churches participated. Blessings abounded for the nearly 120 participants plus helpers at our 2017 Ladies’ Tea. We raised approximately $750 to benefit women/children. All proceeds were used to purchase gift cards for the Methodist Home for Children's Transition Home located in New Bern, NC. The residents will use these gift cards to purchase work clothes, school supplies, and other necessities. Click HERE to view photos from this event.(7.1MB)

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March 22, 2017 - General Meeting: Women Serving Women in Combat Zones. Guest forum discussion with women Marines from Female Engagement Teams working with women and children in conflict areas. Click HERE to view more photos and to read about our guest speakers, SgtMaj Robin Fortner and SgtMaj Raquel Painter.

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March 3, 2017 - The Charlotte Fields Circle, co-chaired by Bobbi Edge and Susan Teachey, serve, share and minister every month at the Hope Mission Ministries in Morehead City. Pictured are Betty Tidquist, Bobbi Edge and Susan Teachey in front of the Mission’s serving line.

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February 22, 2017 - In addition to our 2017 Call to Prayer and Self-Denial: MATERNAL & CHILD HEALTH opportunity, Linda Mitchell, a NC Conference UMC Missionary, presented a program about the Days For Girls program which helps young girls to attend school more days each month/year. Details are in this UMWNews article about the Epworth UMC in Durham NC church’s involvement in this mission. This Time for Global Action: Addressing Girls’ Menstrual Hygiene Management Needs in Schools writeup in PLOS, a peer-reviewed medical journal, details the situation in underdeveloped countries in medical/health terms.

After the meeting, some of our UMW posed for a “Happy Birthday” photo to send along with a card to Missionary Danial Godwin who is serving in Ecuador.

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February 8. 2017 - The Dixie Moore/Mary Smith Circle, let by Tina Bell Midgett and Mary Ann Watkins, had fun making Animal Valentines to share with patients at the Crystal Coast Hospice House in Newport, our SUMC Middle School Youth Group and the Circle's VIPs. Click HERE to view more photos!


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January 25, 2017 - United Methodist Women at a general meeting — Boxing Out Human Trafficking!



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January 11, 2017 - The Hazel Midgett/Mattie Tolson circle, led by Gay Licko and Susan Stuart, demonstrated one of our SUMW missions - Boxing Out Human Trafficking.



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Handmade Beads and Jewelry Mission Project

The Creekside UMW Circle/Mary Weeks Circle continues their hand made bead and jewelry project.  Proceeds from sales go to Haiti and other missions. We make the beads and jewelry on Mondays from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Barnum House (by our lower parking lot). Anyone interested in learning how to make the beads and helping will be welcomed. Each paper bead is hand rolled and the bracelets are individually designed and hand crafted. We need donations of colorful heavy weight paper to make the beads (calendars, brochures, maps, magazine covers, etc.). We also need assorted beads for spacers and extra decorations. These can be new or from discarded or broken jewelry. Donations can be left in the Bead Box by the church office. The bracelets cost $6.00 and up. Our friends in Haiti are learning to make the jewelry, so we hope to help them market their products in the future.

See some of our jewelry on our Facebook page at “Creekside UMW Circle at Swansboro UMC”
Call Lynn Rouse at 910.326.4095 or Deanna Scroggs at 910.326.4802 for more information.


 
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