United Methodist Women (UMW) is a faith-based membership organization within The United Methodist Church. UMW members are committed to growing as disciples of Jesus Christ in community with other women and advocating on behalf of women, children, and youth around the world. United Methodist Women has been in mission for over 140 years.
At St. Paul’s, we are an active, faith-driven group of over 200 carrying the UMW mission and traditions forward through various ministries and programs.
The organized unit of United Methodist Women is 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 the concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.
UMW circles are small groups of UMW members who meet regularly for spiritual growth, missions, and social interaction. Circles are open to all. For more information or to join a circle, contact the circle chair.
The Reading Program is a study opportunity for UMW members. For 140 years, UMW has been involved in mission that includes prayer, study, and action. The purpose of the program is to encourage UMW members to:
Expand understanding of and participation in God’s mission.
Increase sensitivity to all human beings—their needs, interests, and concerns.
Encourage critical thinking about issues facing humanity today.
Grow in understanding of Scripture as it relates to Christian faith in contemporary life.
Enhance self-knowledge and act from that knowledge.
Strengthen involvement in local and global Christian mission.
"Mending Party" 10:00 am-12:00 pm in the Annex
Hostess: Be Healthy. Be Green. Taskforce
"Women's Day Apart"; Leader Rev. Cindi McKee; 9:00 am-2:00 pm in the Wesley Center
UMW Sunday to celebrate 150 years of United Methodist Women
District Spiritual Growth Day "Embracing Wholeness: An Earth Perspective for Covenantal Living" Leader: Lynn Calvert; St. Paul's UMC-Cedar Rapids. Hostess: Deborah Circle
April 9 & 10
Spring Thrift Mart
Taste of St. Paul's Fundraiser
"District Spa Day" 10:00 am-2:00 pm; For all United Methodist Women & Friends
Iowa City 1st UMC
UMC Annual Conference
"Day Trip" Little Brown Church in Nashua
Wesley Foundation at UNI in Cedar Falls
Kool Kool Luncheon; Lowe Park Arts & Environment Center-Marion
Hostess: Ruth Circle
District Mission Study Day - 9:00 am
"United Methodist Women in Mission: 150 Years & Beyond"
"Women's Retreat" at St. Paul's Cabin at Clear Lake
Fall Thrift Mart
District UMW Annual Meeting
at St. Mark's UMC, Iowa City
Unit Meeting-Coffee 9:00-11:00 am
Leader: Rev. Clint Twedt-Ball on Economic Inequality
Hostess: Martha Circle
Conference Annual Meeting
Staves UMC, Des Moines
Fall Mission u
November 6 & 7
UMW Christmas, 12:00 pm
Honors Luncheon, Installation of Officers, Holiday Fair Bazaar items for sale
Host: Elizabeth Circle
Women’s Day Apart The United Methodist Women of St. Paul’s invite all women to our “Women’s Day Apart.” Rev. Cindi McKee will present “Soul Weaving - Enjoying the Journey.” Try some weaving, experience our labyrinth, enjoy some pampering, and grow in relationship with God and one another. All women are included, so invite your family and friends. Saturday, February 9, in the Wesley Center. Gathering/coffee 8:30 am. Program 9:00 am-2:00 pm (includes lunch). $10 per person. Sign up and make payment at circle meetings or in the church office. Child care available upon request.
Thrift Mart News Are items accumulating at your house? These cold days are great for sorting and cleaning out. Please save your items for drop off at St. Paul's in March. We plan to have a Thrift Mart on Tuesday, April 9 and Wednesday April 10, 2018. Items of greater value please consider our Super store. Contact Jim Steggall about those items.