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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 July service groups are Shalom and Faith Circles.  Meals in Time of Need: Hope Circle

There are no Board Meetings or Circle Meetings in the summer.

Even though it’s still summertime and all are enjoying this super weather, the United Methodist Women are definitely talking about the 56th annual Holiday Bazaar. This special event will take place on Friday, November 10th, from 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. here at the church. The theme is “The Miracle of Christmas”.

Something Old: Abby Sears wants you to save house-hold items, children’s toys, puzzles, and such–but no clothing–for the Attic Specials room.

We are asking everyone to save cookie tins and shoe boxes that can be used for the Cookie Room. These containers go fast when customers are buying dozens of delicious cookies.

Something New–Cindy Helder says the Kids Korner will offer items for babies and for children up to age 5, like cloth books, bibs, aprons, games, and stuffed animals. This will be a popular place for parents, grandparents, and aunts/uncles to find that spe-cial gift for their kids, grandkids, and nieces and nephews.

All summer shoppers be on the lookout for ideas for tree decorations–snowmen and others–and new possi-bilities for crafts of any kinds.

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


Everyone is welcome to join the workshops to make cookies for the November 10 bazaar.

They will be held July 22, August 5, and August 22 in the church kitchen. No experience is required. Come any time between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. A simple lunch will be provided.

If you have questions or would like to sign up to help, please call Linda Den Uyl at 616-298-2781.

July 13-15, at Albion College, Mission U is offering 3 studies: “Living as a Covenant Community”, “Climate Justice-A Call to Hope and Action”, and “Missionary Conferences of the United Methodist Church in the United States”.

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 !!!!

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. 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.