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 emblem for UMW is the the same as that used by Women's societies and Wesleyan Service guilds during the past quadrennium. It affirms our continuity as women organized for mission, even as its symbolism affirms our newness and renewal.
The emblem combines ancient symbols of the church dating back to the days of Christ and Pentecost. The cross and a flame symbolizing the Holy Spirit evoke images of sacrifice, witness, and service.
"I now remind you to stir into flame the gift of God which is within you..." -II Timothy 1: 16
1st Tuesday of every month except June, July & August.
Program at 9:30 a.m. in the Parlor.
March 23, 1869, 150 years ago, on a rainy, stormy day, eight women came together at the Tremont Street Church in Boston to form the Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church. They prayed and listened to stories told by missionary wives recently returned from India, then “they covenanted together and with God” and a “resolution to organize was taken.” When the uniting conference in 1939 created the Methodist Church, the WFMS programs and responsibilities were merged with five other organizations to form the Woman’s Society of Christian Service and Wesleyan Service Guild. In 1968 the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church formed the United Methodist Church and the women’s organizations became the United Methodist Women. The Victoria First United Methodist Women met on April 2nd and had a “Tea Party” with a cake to celebrate our birthday. Each of us told how we became involved in the women’s groups in the Methodist Church. Some said a certain woman repeatedly asked them to come. Others told how their grandmothers and mothers were involved and instilled in them the desire to join. Having a nursery for small children enabled some of the women to get out of the house. Working women were able to attend meetings that were held at night. Everyone talked about how meaningful it was being in a small group, the relationships that had developed through the years. Tim Brewer brought some old books from his collection about women’s organizations in Methodist Church’s beginning in the 1800’s that were interesting to look at.
At the Mission Fair, we had a display consisting of a poster with pictures from our meetings and activities, flyers about UMW, and Study Books from the last two years.
Our next meeting will be May 7th at 9:30 a.m. in the Parlor. Nancy Farris will lead a program about Deaconesses.