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Women's Retreat Ministry

UMW Circles

Social Action

Social Action assists women in the Church in study, action and reflection regarding current and emerging social, economic, environmental and political issues.

Areas that fall under Social Action are Thanksgiving baskets, Easter baskets, and Christmas gifts for the children (Angel Tree) delivered to needy families.

Member Nurturing

Membership Nurturing is the outreach that helps women members of the Church to see membership in UMW as a great opportunity for spiritual growth, leadership development, involvement in mission and meaningful participation in study and social action.

Service Opportunities

Women of our Church stand right beside the men…we usher, act as greeters and readers, sing in the choir, serve on commissions as well as clean-up crews following dinner and programs, deliver food baskets, purchase gifts and bake cookies – and that’s only within the Church.

Women of our Church also:


  • Layettes, Health kits, school and sewing supply kits for ingathering


  • Easter Baskets, Thanksgiving baskets and Christmas Angel Tree gifts
  • Hygiene Items for Women, Youth & Children (HIWYC) for local and surrounding area schools & charities – shampoo, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, bar soap, hand lotion, combs, and brushes.
  • COH celebrates Grandparents Day with Undie Sunday. Underwear, socks, and sweats are collected for schools at Fountain Lake, Jessieville, Mountain Pine and Cutter-Morning Star. These items are distributed by the nurses and counselors.


  • Campbell’s Soup and other Campbell’s product labels, as well as General Mills’ box tops
  • Cancelled stamps are sent to a Methodist retirement home in Gaithersburg, MD where they are sold to benefit the needs of seniors who have outlived their retirement funds.
  • Costume jewelry for sale at Methodist Outreach.

*See UMW bookcase at the west end of Fellowship Hall for collection baskets and information about additional volunteer opportunities.

Reading Program

  • The purpose of the Reading Program is to encourage United Methodist Women:
  • To expand understanding of and participation in God’s mission;
  • To increase sensitivity to all human beings – their needs, interest and concerns.
  • To encourage critical thinking about issues facing humanity today;
  • To grow in understanding of Scripture as it relates to Christian faith in contemporary life;
  • To enhance self-knowledge and to act from that knowledge; and
  • To strengthen involvement in local and global Christian Mission.
  • The Reading Program relates to each of the five mission emphases of the organization of the United Methodist Women:
    • Education for Mission
    • Leadership Development
    • Nurturing for Community
    • Social Action
    • Spiritual Growth

The United Methodist Women’s Division chooses the books. Each book has been read by three evaluators before the book is put on the reading list.The Division does not intend the readers accept each word or idea.You may or may not agree – either is all right. They care and want you to be a knowledgeable and caring Christian about current issues.

In the Library, there are also copies of the “Response” and “New World Outlook Magazines.”

The books are located on the East wall of the Church Library.

Fund Raisers:

  • Pledge to Missions – The funds collected provide the foundation for COH UMW missions in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Spring Fund Raiser – All net proceeds support UMW projects and local missions.
  • Mail-Out Fund Raiser – “Finding Peace” – All net proceeds support UMW projects and local missions.
  • Mile of Pennies – Funds collected are sent to the South Central District to support missions worldwide. Donations can be made in the special “Mile of Pennies” jar in the Fellowship Hall on the UMW Bookcase and at Circle meetings.
  • Rummage and Bake Sale – All net proceeds support local missions.
  • Fall Fund Raiser – TBD
UMW supports many different mission projects through the giving of their time, talents and money.