United Women in Faith, UWF (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.

2023 Officers:  President-Elsie Dedrick;  Vice President-Marcy Elmore;  Secretary-Janie Reeder;  Treasurer-Nancy Schrader

The Rebecca-Ruth Circle meets the second Thursday of the month at 10am in the lounge.  Our monthly meetings resumed on March 9, 2023, at 10:00am.  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.

August 10, 2023 UWIF Meeting Minutes are found by clicking this link:  UWF Minutes Aug 2023
July 13, 2023 UWIF Meeting Minutes are found by clicking this link:  UWIF 07132023 Minutes
NEW POTS FOR CHURCH KITCHEN:  Some UWIF Ladies traveled to Henrietta on June 1, 2023, to purchase new pots for the church kitchen including two 12 quart pots with lids and one insert, plus two sauce pans with lids.  We plan to put these to good use.  Also, if you haven’t done so already, be sure to stop by the church kitchen to see the new refrigerator area.  We now have two full size refrigerators in the kitchen which will be so handy for dinners, funeral receptions, cookie sales, etc.

SPRING RUMMAGE SALE (May 4-6, 2023):  The rummage sale was very successful as we made $2859.72.  We had one pick-up load to go to Goodwill.  Mary Hallagan took the load.  We had one load of clothes which Rita and Roger Clark took to a St. Pauly’s collection site.  We want to THANK everyone who helped empty the rummage room, set up and mark items, worked the sale and helped with clean-up.  Great job everyone.
FELLOWSHIP MEAL (Feb. 11, 2023):  Thank you to all who attended and helped out at the Fellowship Meal at Newark First UMC.  It was a most enjoyable evening with delicious food and great entertainment provided by the Cornwell Family – Jason, Kathy, Luke and Mara.  The event was hosted by the United Women of Faith who provided decorations, ham, potatoes, tableware and beverages for this dish to pass dinner.  Donations were accepted to benefit the Wayne County Nursing Home Activities Department.



19th Christmas Cookie Sale Results:  The 19th Annual Christmas Cookie Sale was once again a success thanks to the generosity and support of our entire church family and friends. Net cookie sales totaled $2,262 which will support the missions of our church.  A heartfelt Thank You to everyone who provided baked goods and/or donations for the Cookie Sale.

Also thank you to our many volunteers who put in countless hours frosting, filling trays, preparing the dining room, building and labeling boxes, and of course the day-of-sale helpers.  They are listed here:   Esther Bowens, Rita Clark, Don Combes, Kathy & Mara Cornwell, Elsie Dedrick, Gail DeFisher, Anne Farrell, John Greene, Eloise & Ron Miller, Kirk Palmatier, Susannah Reafsnyder, Janie & Rod Reeder, Nancy Schrader, Leah Talbot, Christine Taylor, Jessica & Lindsay Wells.

Thank you to those who attended the sale and purchased cookies.  Merry Christmas and may God bless you and your families in the New Year.

Nancy Schrader & Elsie Dedrick, Cookie Sale Co-chairs


On Thursday, December 8th the Circle members met at Nancy Briggs’ home and enjoyed fellowship and a wonderful meal at our Annual Rebecca-Ruth Christmas Party.  The 2023 Officers were elected and approved (see above).

NEW REFRIGERATOR:  During the past month, the UWF purchased a new refrigerator which is now in the church kitchen.  Some of the cupboard space is being renovated to make room for the new appliance.  Stop by and check it out.  In 2022 we also installed new flooring in the dining room and replaced the 10 burner stove and ovens (thank you Arend family who donated the stove).  We also hosted funeral services, a Fellowship Meal in August, and assisted with the Veterans Tribute Concert reception. Thank you everyone for the many hours of work on rummage, sales, etc., which help to make these types of events and improvements possible.
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.

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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