United Methodist Women (UMW) is a supportive, inclusive Christian organization where women grow spiritually, develop as leaders, and work to create a world in which all women, children, and youth thrive. With approximately 800,000 members across the country, UMW supports mission activities in thousands of communities in the United States and and in more than 50 countries around the world. The Bend unit of UMW has approximately 100 members who nurture one another and support local, national and international mission projects with their prayers, volunteer efforts, and financial gifts.
We have five active circles that provide a way to worship, study and be in fellowship together in smaller groups. (See “Women’s Circles” for more information.) We also have a group of members at large who choose not to join a circle. Any woman who commits herself to the purpose of UMW can become a member. Each year UMW raises money for local mission projects by organizing the Holiday Bazaar at our church. The proceeds are allocated to local missions such as Family Kitchen, Bethlehem Inn, Compassionate Care, Back Door Cafe, Prayers and Squares, and the LOFT. (See “Helping Others” for more information on these local missions.)
UMW also raises money for national and international mission projects through Pledge to Mission and other channels of Mission Giving. For further information, email UMW President Jill Gentry at email@example.com or 541-280-0503.
The Bend Church unit of United Methodist Women (UMW) has five active circles that provide a way for women to meet regularly in smaller groups to worship, study, and be in fellowship with each other. Each circle has its own unique focus such as community service or spiritual study and growth. Most circles meet monthly. Two circles meet in the morning, two in the afternoon, and one in the evening. All of the circles come together a few times a year for unit meetings and special events. UMW members are not required to belong to a circle, but they are always welcome to join one that fits their interests and schedule.