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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 March service group is Hope Circle.  Meals in Time of Need: Joy

March Schedule

  •  2, Executive Board at 6:30 p.m. in the Lounge
  • 8, Hope Circle at Noon in the Lounge
  • 9, Shalom Circle at 10:00 a.m., Joy at 1 p.m., and Faith at 7:00 p.m. All circles are in the Lounge
  • 11, District Spring Fling, Cedar Springs UMC
  • 14, Scoop meatballs for pigs in the blanket 3 pm – 6 pm
  • 15, Make pigs in the blanket 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • 16, Bazaar Workshop at Cindy Helder’s home 10 – noon
  • 24, Family Event, Fellowship Hall, 7 p.m.
  • 30, Executive Board at 6:30 p.m. in the Lounge

In other news

It’s time to start thinking “Tulip Time”! …so it’s Pig Making Time at FUMC! Mark your calendar for a Pig Workshop on March 14 & 15. Whether you’re a veteran “pig maker” or you want to learn how to make dough, scoop, squish, roll or tray….help us for an hour or four hours or more….we appreciate you all! We’ll be making 300 dozen pigs, so we’d like to know WHEN you can help, so please sign up on the form in the North hallway or call Mary Jo at 335-9522. That way we know we’ll have a steady stream of help. Tuesday, March 14, we will be just scooping from 3-5pm.

Wednesday, March 15, we’ll get started at 8:30am should be cleaning up by 1:00 pm.

There will also be pigs available for purchase on Wednesday, March 15 anytime between 10 am-2 pm. We’ll be selling 150 dozen before Tulip Time and if there are any left after the festival, more will be sold at that time. To guarantee your pig order sign up in the North hall at church or call Mary Jo Wiswedel (335-9522) Pigs must be picked up on the 15th.

Also, put March 24th on your calendars. We have a special program planned for the Family Event, 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall

UMW has given our 2016 Giving Report to the following missions: Children Advocacy Center, Community Kitch-en, Community Action House, Grand Rapids Community House, Clark Ret. Comm.–Benevolent fund, Lake Louise Camp – cabin building, Holland Community Health Cen-ter, 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, Pas-tor’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 !!!!

Save the date:

The 2017 Bazaar will be Friday, November 10. As always, lots of crafts and people will be needed. When you get your new calendar, make sure it’s on it!!

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 next meeting is January 12. 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.
  • The Henderson Settlement in Kentucky which is a Methodist Mission, is still collecting the small coupon found on all the Campbell products. They have actually been able to buy vans from collecting from churches around the country. The 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.