United Methodist Women

United Methodist Women
“Serve one another in love…” Galatians 5:13

United Methodist Women is a community of women whose purpose is to:

  • Know God and to experience freedom as whole people through Jesus Christ
  • Develop a creative, supportive fellowship
  • Expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church

Membership is open to any woman who desires to belong and participate in the global mission of the church through prayer, giving, and service

Circles provide a great way to get to know a smaller group of UMW women. The monthly meetings generally feature a short program, discussion, and social time. The circles also work together to support the  UMW mission projects. All women are encouraged to visit the circles and find one that fits their needs.

Charity Circle (Members-at-Large): There are no monthly meetings, but these women attend general meetings and participate in fund raisers and other UMW events.

Faith Circle: This group meets the 2nd Thursday of the month at 1 p.m. in the Parlor. Varied and interesting programs for all ages.

Joy Circle: Contact Amy Lundquist for meeting information.

Love Circle: Love Circle members are encouraged to join Faith Circle meetings when possible.

New Hope Circle: Meets the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m. in members’ homes. Working women, homemakers, and lively retirees alike will find this a great place for fellowship.

Patience Circle: Meets the 2nd Thursday at 9:30 a.m. in the Parlor. Babysitting is provided for all meetings. With a mixture of age groups and varied programs and speakers, there is something for everyone.

May 2019 sale raised $25,528

With a record amount of donations flooding in on Tuesday and Wednesday, the St. Paul’s army of volunteers worked hard to be ready for the sale on Friday and Saturday. Extra hands were needed after the sale to clean up and get the leftovers to charity. The record proceeds will be given to charities supported by the United Methodist Women. Thank you to ALL who made this sale a GIANT success!

Rummage Sale


2019 Sale Dates:

Spring – May 17 & 18

Fall – October 11 & 12

UMW Scholarship

St. Paul’s United Methodist Women offer educational and camp scholarships.  Applicants must be members of St. Paul’s. 

Application deadline is April 15.  See more

United Methodist Women’s Prayer Chain

The UMW has a traditional telephone prayer chain and an email prayer chain.

The email prayer chain quickly relays prayer concerns. Email your prayer requests to UMWPrayer@stpaulsrochester.org.

For those who do not use email, prayer concerns can be given to the church office at 248-651-9361. Please specify that the prayer concern is for the UMW Prayer Chain.

Mission Pin Recipients

Each year, St. Paul’s United Methodist Women recognize dedicated individuals for outstanding service.

On Sunday, January 13, 2019 Diane Donoghue, Pat Centurione, Pat Holden and Jane Chamberlain were recognized for their dedicated service in 2018 to St. Paul’s and to the UMW mission work.

St. Paul’s UMW Donates $49,650 in 2018

Did You Know? On December 13, 2018 the UMW Executive Board met for their annual Spend-Down meeting to decide where to donate the un-budgeted money raised during the year. Because of your generosity and a successful year, they had $30,000 to donate on top of the $1,400 in extra giving and $18,250 budgeted giving already donated during the year. In 2018 the UMW donated $49,650 to missions!

Thank you for your generous support of the UMW and all its projects!

2019 Reading Program

The UMW Reading Program encourages members to think critically about current issues through an annual selection of member-reviewed books.  It offers an excellent opportunity to deepen your spirituality and broaden your understanding of our mission work.

To participate, read at least 5 books from 5 different categories (Leadership Development, Education for Mission, Nurturing for Community, Social Action, and Spiritual Growth) from the 2014-2018 reading lists found in the Church Library.

Regular reading of Response magazine, available in the Library, is also required.  Keep a record and submit a list to the Program Resource chair or your circle chair by August 15.  Our UMW unit receives credit with the national UMW for each participant.

The UMW has donated fifteen new books to the St. Paul’s library:

  • Eleanor: A Spiritual Biography – The Faith of the 20th Century’s Most Influential Woman by Harold Ivan Smith
  • Nobody! A Story about Overcoming Bullying in Schools by Erin Frankel and Paula Heaphy
  • The Hidden Life Awakened by Kitty Crenshaw and Cathy Snapp, PhD
  • The Same Sky:  A Novel by Amanda Eyre Ward
  • The Soulmaking Room by Dee Dee Rishe
  • Threading My Prayer Rug – One Woman’s Journey from Pakistani Muslim to American Muslim by Sabeeha Rehman
  • Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh by Uma Krishnaswami
  • We Are All Fast-Food Workers Now – The Global Uprising Against Poverty Wages by Annelise Orleck
  • When Did Everybody Else Get So Old? – Indignities, Compromises and the Unexpected Grace of Midlife by Jennifer Grant
  • Where Do We Go From Here – Chaos or Community by Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King

Check them out!