United Methodist Women is the largest denominational faith organization for women with approximately 800,000 members worldwide and whose mission is fostering spiritual growth, developing leaders, and advocating for justice. We are a global, creative, supportive fellowship of women, united in our purpose to put faith, hope, and love into action on behalf of women, children, youth, and families.
As followers of Christ, “we long for a world that moves from brokenness to wholeness, from suffering to healing, from injustice to justice, from scarcity to abundance, from estrangement to reconciliation and from despair to hope.” [Dana L. Robert, Joy to the World! Mission in the Age of Global Christianity, p. 147.]
Our work in missions arises out of our desire to seek God’s kingdom here on earth. Members of Embry Hills United Methodist Women (EHUMW) believe that we are partners in God’s mission to bring about the transformation of the world.
This year, we are embracing the United Methodist Women’s 2014 theme, “Making It Happen”, and invite you to join us as we seek to follow Christ’s way of living and serving in this world. We’ll have fun in fellowship, while doing good work. Won’t you join us?
Frequently Asked Questions:
- Who Can Join the United Methodist Women (UMW)?
- What are the Requirements for Membership?
- What does it Cost to Join?
- What does EHUMW do?
- What is a Circle?
- What Circles does Embry Hills UMW have?
- Do I have to join a Circle to be a member of the UMW?
- What is the UMW Reading Program?
- What is the Purpose of the UMW?
- There is SO much to the UMW! Do I have to participate in ALL of it?
- I Still Have Questions – Whom can I ask?
Frequently Asked Questions:
Women of all ages are members of the UMW worldwide. Any woman who wants to be a part of our fellowship and who supports our purpose is welcome to join us. You don’t have to be a member of Embry Hills United Methodist Church to join our UMW.
The only requirement for membership in our UMW is that you be a woman with a desire to be a part of our fellowship and support our purpose.
There are no set dues for membership in the UMW. However, we do have pledges. A pledge is a promise of financial support.
Each member may pledge her financial support, generally through monthly or quarterly contributions, in an amount that meets her family’s budget. The amount of a member’s pledge is up to that member.
If you don’t have any money to spare, join us anyway. We understand. Use your talents to help us bring about God’s kingdom here on earth.
We have fun together while we are putting our faith, hope, and love into action on behalf of women, children, youth, and families locally, regionally, and globally.
We Support Local Charities
Much of our local budget is donated or used in mission work to support charities that we feel do a wonderful job helping “the least of these.” Those charities include:
The United Methodist Children’s Home (http://www.umchildrenshome.org/)
Murphy-Harpst Children’s Home (http://www.murphyharpst.org/)
The Foster Care Support Foundation (http://fostercares.org/)
Action Ministries (http://www.actionministries.net/)
Breakthru House (http://breakthru.actionministries.net/)
Women’s Community Kitchen (http://atlanta.actionministries.net/programs/programs.html)
Bethlehem Senior Center (http://www.wesleycenters.org/programsandservices/bethlehemseniorcenter.html)
We Do Hands-on Mission Projects
Part of our local budget is used to support our own hands-on mission projects. Some of our annual projects include:
Tying Up Love – a project that involves the whole congregation in making fleece blankets to give to children who have not had the best start in life. Each year, we select an organization to which we donate the blankets. Past recipients include the children at Murphy-Harpst and The United Methodist Children’s Home.
Stockings of Love – a project each year in which we collect toiletry items, warm socks, and some “goodies” to give to homeless women at the Women’s Community Kitchen
Meals Made with Love – we make meals and serve and/or eat with women who are homeless (Women’s Community Kitchen) or in recovery from addictions (Breakthru House).
We Participate in Educational and Enrichment Programs
A small portion of our budget goes to the purchase of materials for spiritual growth book studies, our UMW Reading Program, and for enrollment in mission studies or other social justice and educational seminars. We seek to become educated about social justice issues and aware of the needs around us, and we learn ways other women are putting their faith, hope, and love into action.
We Support Our Connectional UMW Ministries
A big part of our budget goes to support the mission work of the larger UMW organization at the district, conference, and global levels. After all, as a Methodist organization of women, you know we’re going to be connectional!
For more information on the mission work that is done beyond our local church and community, please visit http://new.gbgm-umc.org/umw/about/ and click on the PROGRAMS tab.
We Advocate for Women, Children and Families
The UMW and predecessor organizations have been challenging social injustice for more than 140 years. Occasionally, a bill comes before Congress or our State Legislature about which we feel strongly the need to act on behalf of women, children, and families. In such cases, we encourage our members to write letters or e-mails to their representatives regarding such legislation.
The national organization has a web site for social justice action at http://new.gbgm-umc.org/umw/act/ where you can view and sign up to receive “Action Alerts,” electronic notification about legislation and issues affecting women, children, and families.
We Have Fun Together!
While we do work hard to support women, children, and families, we’re still a fun-loving bunch of women. We laugh as we work, and sometimes we just get together for fun. One of our Circles has an annual retreat up in the North Georgia Mountains for a “Girls Weekend Away.” So if you’re looking for a way to get to know more women at Embry Hills while doing good and having fun, the UMW is the place to be!
Our fellowship happens mostly in small groups, called Circles. Most of our Circles meet monthly, except over the summer, when we take a break. Sometimes, a Circle will meet once in the summer, just to do something fun together.
What happens in each Circle meeting varies, because each Circle is different. Some of the things that may happen in a Circle meeting include sharing a meal, discussing a book, pondering a devotional reading, organizing or doing a service project, sharing prayer concerns, and so forth. Circles are a great way to get to know other women and share your passion for making a difference in the lives of women, children, and families.
The Shiners meet on the third Tuesday morning of each month at 10 a.m. The location varies but is generally in one of the members’ homes. The Shiners’ leader is Jo Pittman.
The Eisemann Circle meets at the church, usually in the morning on the first Tuesday of each month. The Eisemann Circle leader is Elaine Eisemann.
The Friendship Circle meets at diverse times and locations, most often during the day. Sue Ownbey is the leader.
The Square Pegs meet in the evenings on an ad-hoc schedule to plan service projects and for fun just to socialize. The Square Pegs leader is LeyAnna Messick.
Watch the Weekly Source or listen for an announcement in church to find out when and where each Circle will meet next. Or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll get you that information.
Most of our members do choose to belong to one of our Circles, but it is not a requirement of membership in the UMW. The only requirement for membership in our UMW is that you be a woman with a desire to be a part of our fellowship and support our purpose. So, if you want to help us with our service projects but not be in a Circle, we welcome your participation.
We encourage you to try out our existing Circles, though, because you’ll find a wonderful fellowship with women of diverse ages and backgrounds. Each Circle is different, so feel free to check out any and all that meet when you can come.
Of course, if you and some of your friends want to form your own Circle, we’ll be happy to help you do so! Contact us at email@example.com to find out how.
The Reading Program is a way for UMW members to grow in faith, learn about social justice issues, and expand our concepts of mission. It involves reading from a list recommended books in five categories, along with one or two mission magazines. Participation in the Reading Program is wholly voluntary, but we find that the Reading Program spurs us to put our faith, hope, and love into action!
Books in the UMW Reading Program are organized into the following five categories, each hyperlinked to this year’s Reading Program selections:
Our UMW has a book shelf in the library where we keep our Reading Program books and copies of response and New World Outlook magazines. There are books for children and youth in the Reading Program, and we have a few of those as well.
Some of our members read the books on their Kindles or Kindle apps, and some of those e-books are lendable. A list of the lendable e-books and a contact for each is located on the UMW bookshelf in the library.
There are different levels of participation in the Reading Program. At the basic level, our members read one book in each of the five categories, along with response magazine. At higher levels of participation, members read more books in each category and add New World Outlook magazine.
The magazine of the UMW is Response: the Voice of Women in Mission. Our UMW unit has a subscription, and we share each issue among our membership. Some of this magazine’s content is available for free online at http://new.gbgm-umc.org/umw/response/.
New World Outlook is the mission magazine of the United Methodist Church. Again, our UMW unit has a subscription, and we share the issue each month. New World Outlook offers a digital subscription and generally has one article online for free at http://www.umcmission.org/Find-Resources/New-World-Outlook .
For more information about the UMW Reading Program, ask one of our members or visit
The official purpose statement of the UMW reads:
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.
The Purpose is adopted by the General Conference of the United Methodist Church as the official mission statement of United Methodist Women.
Simply stated, our purpose is to:
- Foster spiritual growth
- Develop leaders
- Advocate for justice
- Work in mission and outreach
- Support one another in fellowship
In a word, no! You’ll find a level of participation that meets your schedule and desire for fellowship. Just know that we’d love to have you as part of our creative, supportive fellowship!
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be glad to answer any questions you may still have. Thanks for your interest in learning about the UMW!