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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 November service group is Joy Circle .  Meals in Time of Need:Shalom and Faith Circles

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

  • 11/1 Hope Circle meets at noon in the Lounge
  • 11/2 Shalom Circle at 10am in the Lounge, Joy Circle at 10am in The Gathering Place, and Faith Circle               at 7pm in the Lounge
  • 11/8-9 Bazaar Setup, Church Building
  • 11/10 “The Miracle of Christmas” Bazaar 9:30am – 5pm, Church Building
  • 11/11 Second Chance Bazaar Sale and Pancake Breakfast, 8 – 11am, Fellowship Hall
  • 11/16 Service Project at Community Action House General Store (see more information below)
  • 11/18 Holiday Kerstmarket 9am – 3pm
  • 11/24 – 25 Holiday Kerstmarket 11am – 8pm and Saturday 9am – 5pm
  • 11/28 Holiday Kerstmarket 3pm – 8pm (Parade at 6:30pm)

 It’s that time of year when things get busy and exciting for United Methodist Women as we make final preparations for the 56th Holiday Bazaar, “The Miracle of Christmas” on Friday, November 10th, from 9:30am to 5pm. The event, sponsored by United Methodist Women and assisted by many others of our church family, will include coffee and goodies from 9:30am to 11am. There will be lunch from 11:30 am to 1 pm (a kids’ menu will be available, and pigs-in-the blanket may be purchased).

These are the special rooms: Kids Korner, Attic Specials, Handicrafts, Bargain Boutique, Country Store, and Cookie Corner. Trim the Tree is the Bazaar’s big, beautiful Christmas tree in the Fellowship Hall. Help make the tree beautiful by contributing one or more decorations. Or help make the tables festive by providing a fall or Christmas-themed centerpiece. Bring in your items on Wednesday, November 8th or Thursday, November 9th. Contact Dorothy Chamness at (616)396-3292.

Those who wish to bake cookies for Cookie Corner are asked to include a list of ingredients or the recipe. Cookies should be delivered to the church on Thursday, November 9th, as soon after 9 am as possible. Contact Linda DenUyl at (616)298-2781.

Also, on Thursday, November 9th, contributions to Country Store will be accepted. Shopping bags with handles are requested for the Country Store. Contribution to Attic Specials (no clothing), Bargain Boutique, and Kids Korner may be delivered on Sunday, November 5th, or Monday, November 6th. Items for Handicraft Room should be at church on Monday or Tuesday of that week.

Anyone who is able to help the day of the bazaar and has not already been assigned a place may contact Tracy Garrett, (616)283-2539 or Your help is gratefully appreciated! All profits from both events go to missions.

Don’t forget the Second Chance Sale in Fellowship Hall on Saturday, November 11, from 8am. to 11am. You’ll find bargains galore on items from the Bazaar, plus a delicious pancake breakfast.

UMW General Membership meeting will be held at the Community Action House on Thursday, November 16th at 10am. It’s a great time to give back to our community. They might want us to separate clothing items or determine what needs to be cleaned. We end our meeting by gathering at a local restaurant for food and camaraderie.

Mark your calendars for December: The United Methodist Women’s annual Christmas Luncheon will be Friday, December 8th at 11:30am in Fellowship Hall and everyone is invited – women and men. Come celebrate another successful year of being in service to others. Catering Concepts will be providing food. The cost is $12.00 per person. Sign up and pay in advance at a Circle meeting or sign up on the UMW bulletin board and leave your check in the church office. Another option is to send your check made out to “UWM” to G. Virta at 12330 James St Suite H100 Holland, MI 49424. (Sorry, no walk-in’s or paying at the door.) We are excited about the program! The ten member Chamber Choir, and the Concert Choir (30+ members) from Black River School will be performing. They are brought to us by Rachel Andrews, (Abby Searls’ daughter who is the music director at Black River).


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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