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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 August  service group is Joy Circle.  Meals in Time of Need: Shalom & 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.

On Monday, August 7th, at l:00 p.m. we will assemble the program books in the Lounge.

There are no circle meeting or board meetings for the month of August.

Coming Events

  • September 7th for the first Board Meeting of the 2017-2018 year.
  • September 13th: Hope Circle will meet at noon
  • September 14: Shalom at 10 a.m.
  • September 14: Joy at 1:00 pm.
  • September 14: Faith at 7 :00 p.m.
All women of the church are welcome, and we look forward to welcoming new circle members.

Cookie workshops will be August 5th  9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

An additional date is being scheduled please contact Linda Den Uyl for details.

Donations of ingredients (white and powdered sugar, flour, and cocoa) may be left in the church kitchen and labelled “cookie workshops.” Everyone is welcome to join in the fun !! If you would like to help or have questions, call Linda Den Uyl (616-298-2781).

It’s 4 months away !! That seems like along time, but United Methodist Women are working on the 56th annual Holiday Bazaar—“The Miracle of Christmas”, which will be Friday November 10th from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Workshops to make handicrafts, candy, desserts, and pigs will be announced in the coming months. As you are downsizing or cleaning out storage areas, keep the Attic Specials and Bargain Boutique rooms in mind. You can con-tribute housewares, toys, linens, tools, artwork, etc. Chairs for the Bazaar are Tracy Garrett, Janet Hardenburg, Cindy Helder, and Liz Travis.

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 !!!!

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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