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United Methodist Women

The largest organization for women in The United Methodist Church. 

Holland First has a very active group.

The UMW will be coordinating meals to be brought to people in time of crisis. If you would like to participate in this mission please call Pat Barrett at 399-4354 or email BARRETTL@SBCGLOBAL.NET.

The October service group is Shalom and Faith Circles.  Meals in Time of Need: Hope Circle

A Big Thank You for all who are continuing to serve on our board. We will continue to carry on the work of being a Mission to our church, community, country, and around the world.

Coming Events

  • 10/5 Executive Board at 6:30 pm in the Lounge
  • 10/9 Bazaar Meeting 7:00 pm
  • 10/11 Hope Circle in the Lounge at noon for lunch
  • 10/12 Joy Circle at 10:00 am in the Gathering Place
    • Shalom at 10:00 am in the Lounge, and
    • Faith Circle at 7:00 pm in the Lounge
  • 10/21 West Michigan UMW Conference Annual, in Mt. Pleasant UMC
  • 10/26 Executive Board at 6:30 pm in the Lounge

October is the month for making delicious food to be sold at the 56th annual Holiday Bazaar. Our Bazaar this year is titled “The Miracle of Christmas” and it is on Friday, November 10th 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. Opportunities to help are open to all men and women of the church (not just members of the United Methodist Women). Here are just some of the things to remember as we prepare:

Sign up sheets to work and to purchase pigs are across from the church kitchen and will be distributed to circle members as well.

We also are encouraging members of the church to make cookies for our Bazaar. Please bring your home made cookies to the church on Thursday, November 9th.

Please save decorative cookie tins and shoe boxes to be delivered the week of the “The Miracle of Christmas” Bazaar. Crafters are asked to be creating items for the Handicraft Room. Homemade breads, snacks, and canned goods are needed for the Country Store.

Donations can be made to giant garage-sale room (referred to as the “Attic”). We like to offer lots of things in the Attic: housewares, dishes, linens, pieces of material, sewing notions, yarn, knitting supplies, toys in good condition, games, puzzles with all the pieces, luggage, lamps, holiday items, purses—just about anything but definitely no clothing. Please leave donations by the elevator beginning Sunday, Nov 5th and concluding Wednesday, Nov. 8th. For more information contact chairperson Abby Searls,, or (616)772-4306.

The Bargain Boutique is the place to donate one-of-a-kind items: antiques, hard-cover books, collectibles, jewelry. The chairperson for this “store” is Phyllis Boal,, or (616)399-0273 or Joy Rankin,, or (616)786-4717.

A Second-Chance Sale and Pancake Breakfast will take place on Saturday, Nov 11, in the Fellowship Hall. All proceeds from the Holiday Bazaar go to organizations that help families, and especially women and children.

Chairs for this year’s Bazaar are Tracy Garrett, Janet Hardenburg, Cindy Helder, and Liz Travis.


Be sure and put this important date on your calendar !!!!

The United Methodist Women proudly sponsor our college students with six issues of Relevant Magazine written specifically for the post high school youth. A subscription includes two summer issues that we do not mail because the students are usually not at their college address. The May-June issue is on the table next to the church office with names of those who have been receiving issues by mail. Please stop by and pick yours up by early June because there will be a July-August issue soon. By late June, any extra issues will be placed in the magazine racks beside the main doors for any one to take, and July-August issues will be on the same table by the office. We will resume mailing in September as soon as we have current college addresses. Thanks to the local UMW for doing this and let us know how you like these new magazines, please. Contact Marj in the office, LuAnne Stanley Hook, youth director, any UMW member or Jane Smith (616-294-1292)

2016 Annual Report

UMW has given our 2016 Giving Report to the following missions: Children Advocacy Center, Community Kitchen, Community Action House, Grand Rapids Community House, Clark Ret. Comm.–Benevolent fund, Lake Louise Camp – cabin building, Holland Community Health Center, Holland Hospital School Nurse Program, Holland Free Health Clinic, JFON/Intersection Ministries, O.A.R., Benjamin’s Hope, Nestlings Diaper Bank, Escape Ministries, His Harvest Stand, Kids Food Basket, My House Ministry, Grand Rapids Community House, Pastor’s Discretionary Fund, Henderson Settlement, Advance G.C.F.A. (missionaries), PET Holland MI, UMCOR – Disaster Relief.

Our total year end giving is over $25,000.

Thank you for the support helping raise these funds !!!!

United Methodist Women is turning faith, hope and love into action on behalf of women, children and youth around the world. Membership in UMW is open to every woman. This organization provides an opportunity for women of all ages to come together for friendship, fellowship and mission work. UMW is a community of women whose goal is to learn more about social issues facing women and children in our community and globally.

There are several UMW Circles in which to participate and those meet either the second Wednesday or Thursday of each month during the day. The newest Circle, Faith, meets the second Thursday of the month in the lounge at 7:00 PM. Faith Circle’s. We welcome new members to join us to learn more about UMW and how you can make a difference.


We are still collecting the aluminum can tabs for Grand Rapids Community House which is owned by UMW and serves a mission for people in their area. All of those little tabs add up to thousands of dollars for missions when all the churches in the West Michigan Conference collect and turn them into GRCH.

Collection  boxes are now located in the East hall near the custodian room. That same corner also receives the Styrofoam, cell phones, and the bags for PET. Keep saving the tabs, Campbell coupons and recycling.


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