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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: Meets a weeknight during the second week of the month at 7 p.m. in area restaurants.

Love Circle: Meets the 2nd Wednesday at 1 p.m. in the church Parlor. Programs are aimed at interests of both career women and homemakers.

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.



UMW Rummage Sale

2017 Rummage Sale Dates:

     Spring Sale – May 19 & 20

       Fall Sale – October 13 & 14

October 2016 Rummage Sale Results:  Thank you to all who volunteered and donated items.

Over $19,100 was raised to share with local missions!  In addition, the Salvation Army collected two larges trucks full of items.


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

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.



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St. Paul’s United Methodist Women award 2016 Mission Recognition Pins

On January 8, 2017, the UMW recognized Sue Evans, Amy Schultz, Paula D’Ambrosio and Thelma Childress for outstanding service to the missions of the United Methodist Women and to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.  A monetary donation in their honor was made to the Women’s Division of the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church.  See more.



St. Paul’s UMW Donates $50,250 in 2016

Did You Know? On December 8, 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 very successful year, they had $21,000 to donate on top of the $10,400 in extra giving and $18,850 budgeted giving already donated during the year. Many groups will receive money including:  
• Alternatives for Girls
• Baldwin Center
• Cass Community Social Services
• Grace Centers of Hope
• Haven House
• House of Providence
• Neighborhood House
• Red Bird Mission
• Samaritan House
• Turning Pointe

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



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 2012-2016 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 eleven new books to the St. Paul’s library:

  • Living into Hope: A Call to Spiritual Action for Such a Time as This (Large Print)
  • Where The River Runs: How a Forgotten People Renewed My Hope in the Gospel
  • Extraordinary Grace: How the Unlikely Lineage of Jesus Reveals God’s Amazing Love (Large Print)
  • Falling Into Place: A Memoir of Overcoming
  • Not Safe for Church: Ten Commandments for Reaching New Generations
  • Broken & Blessed: God Changes the World One Person and One Family at a Time
  • Pre-Post-Racial America: Spiritual Stories from the Front Lines
  • The Perfect Place
  • Class Lives: Stories from Across Our Economic Divide
  • Boundless: What Global Expressions of Faith Teach Us about Following Jesus
  • The Soda Bottle School: A True Story of Recycling, Teamwork and One Crazy Idea

Check them out!



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UMW Cookbook

Available for in the Church Office
The new cookbook is full of good food recipes.  Over 800 recipes were included from members, staff and former members. Cookbooks ($15) are in and will be on sale at the That Takes the Cake sale and at Cookie Walk. Cookbooks can also be purchased in the Church Office. Contact Karen Rider at 248-651-9361.
Thank you to everyone who contributed!