United Methodist Women (UMW)


United Women of Faith / United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop creative, supportive fellowship, and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.

Officers:  President-Janie Reeder;  Vice President-Marcy Elmore;  Secretary-Elsie Dedrick;  Treasurer-Nancy Schrader

The Rebecca-Ruth Circle meets the second Thursday of the month at 10am in the lounge.  However, our next meeting will be our Annual Rebecca-Ruth Christmas Party to be held on Thursday, December 8, 2022, at 11:00am at the home of Nancy Briggs.  Please bring a dish to pass and a wrapped $10 gift for a gift exchange.  Secret Prayer Partners will also be revealed.  Anyone who needs a ride should contact one of the Officers and one of us will be happy to help get you to the party.

The women in this fellowship meet to develop a deeper connection to Christ and to embody the work of the Lord through raising funds that find their way to help the people of God, here in our community and beyond the borders of Newark. You are most welcome to join us.

RUMMAGE TEAM:  We meet on Tuesdays from 9:30am to 11:00am to sort and mark incoming rummage.  Help is always welcomed and appreciated.
NOTEThank you to all who helped with the 2022 Fall Rummage Sale which occurred Thur., October 13 thru Fri., October 15.  Our sales total was over $3,200.  Our next sale will be held in April 2023.
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS COOKIE SALE:   The Annual Christmas Cookie Sale is scheduled for Saturday, December 17, 2022.  More information will follow.  Methodist Women will be making phone calls to sign up bakers and helpers.

FELLOWSHIP MEAL:  The UWF hosted a Fellowship Meal the evening of August 13th.  Guests enjoyed a wonderful dish to pass meal, great company, and musical entertainment by Nancy Schrader.  We also celebrated the installation of the new church kitchen stove and ovens which were generously donated by Elie & George Bump and the Arend Family in honor of their parents.  Free Will Donations were received, and we were able to donate $253 to the Emmanuel Free Lunch Program.

2022 Fellowship Hall Flooring Project:

The United Methodist Women (UMW) recently completed the Fellowship Hall Floor Project (Dining Room).  This project was possible due to our entire church family’s support and help at our various fund raisers such as the Rummage Sales, Spring Bazaar and Christmas Cookie Sale.  Also, Thank You to Don Combes, Rusty Havert and Scout Troop 122.  The Scouts removed the old piano from the dining room, moved the numerous chairs and tables from the dining room into the kitchen, and then back again after completion of the project.

Starting late last Fall, a UMW subcommittee of Nancy Schrader, Rita Clark, and Eileen Godfrey, met with three vendors to obtain quotes and consider flooring material options. The UMW chose carpet tiles for the material.  If we have a large stain, we can pop out a tile and replace it.  We purchased some extra tiles to have on hand if a repair is needed.  Previously the carpet had been replaced in 1972 (picture below) and 2001.

We chose BB Binding located in Palmyra as the vendor, and the installer was Tom Kirsch, his son Tom and helper Jonah.  After removing the old carpet, the underlay was very rough so we decided to move forward with new subfloor before installing the carpet.  Tom & Tom began the installation on February 14, 2022, and completed the project on February 24, 2022.  The entire project cost was $12,621.  Once the project was completed, the final step was to patch the paint along the baseboard.  This was completed by Janie Reeder.

To celebrate the completion of the project, the UMW hosted a Coffee Hour in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, March 13th at 11:00am.

CRAFTERS:  Meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at 11:00am until 12:30pm in the kitchen and scout areas.


Some of our missional purpose is committed to giving our time and talent toward:

Funeral Receptions
Missions / Camperships for youth
Sunshine Group – cards to sick, homebound, and hospital
Hannick Hall – gift bags of personal items provided to women in need
District Missions
Mission Reading Books
Campus Ministries
Prayer Shawls
Annual Day Trip
Kitchen & lounge kitchenette maintenance
Semi Annual Rummage Sales
Annual Christmas Cookie Sale
Bi-Annual Bazaar

2021 Christmas Cookie Sale.  Thank you to everyone who helped and attended the 2021 Christmas Cookie Sale held in memory of our dear friend Carole Nary.  Our members were very generous with their time, talent and wonderful baked goods, and we had numerous positive comments from our customers all of whom were so thankful to have us once again holding a cookie sale after a year off due to Covid.  Blessings to all in the New Year.


2021 Fall Rummage Sale.  Thank you to everyone who helped to make the 2021 Fall Rummage Sale a Huge Success.

Spring Bazaar, June 19, 2021

December 14, 2019, Annual Cookie Sale was a huge success.  Thank you to the many volunteer bakers and workers, and to the community for supporting this annual event.  Here are a few pictures:

April 11-13, 2019 Rummage Sale:  A heartfelt thanks to all those who helped with the Rummage Sale, and to our many wonderful customers.  The sale was a great success, even with the limited parking due to ongoing Main Street Construction.

2018 Annual Christmas Cookie Sale:  Thank you to everyone who baked, decorated, helped with box building, setup and filling trays, helped at the cookie sale on Dec. 15, and to our wonderful community who visited us and made our cookie sale a huge success.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Dec 2018 Cookie Elves

2018 UMW Christmas Luncheon:

A heartfelt Thank You to Pastor Yang for hosting the annual UMW Christmas luncheon at the Parsonage on Thursday, December 6th.  We enjoyed fellowship, a delicious dish-to-pass lunch (like only Methodist women can do), and a fun Secret Santa gift exchange.  Below are some pictures from the event.  We wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and many blessings in the New Year!!!

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