United Methodist Women (UMW) - Women's Circles
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
- Circle of Friends: Third Thursday of each month at 5 pm. Contact Sandy Clausen ( email@example.com )
- Ruth Circle: Second Tuesday of each month at 10:00 am. Contact Joan Wheeler ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
- Shalom Circle: Fourth Monday of each month at 10 am. Contact Janis Durham ( email@example.com )
- Sisters of Faith Circle: Third Thursday of each month at 10 am. Contact Pamela Smith ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
All who are interested in working on crafts are welcome. The items made by the Crafters are sold at the Holiday Bazaar, and the proceeds are distributed to local missions.
For more information contact Jill Gentry
Family Supper Club (Previously: Round Abouters)
We are looking forward to gathering to share a meal, play, and offer one another support. All families with any aged children are welcome! Keep checking back for updated information! We will gather quarterly. October will be our next meeting time.
If you would like to receive email updates on gatherings, please contact Nicole Berry.
Dinner groups are a great way to meet your fellow church family in a
small group setting with food, fun and fellowship.
Twice a year, adults have the opportunity to join a dinner group of six to nine people. They generally meet once a month, each time in a different group member’s home, and bring dishes to share.
Contact Jeanine Bickett with any questions.
Men's Fellowship Group
This group gathers at a different Bend brewery each week on Tuesdays from 5:15 pm to 6:15 pm for fellowship and sharing of interests and concerns. The group also organizes and leads church community service projects such as the cleaning up of a section of Highway 22 near Sisters and cooking meals for the teens at The LOFT (see the “Helping Others” page to learn more about this mission).
Men who do not attend Bend Church are welcome as well. To get on the email distribution to be notified of each week’s meeting place and receive information on how to participate in the service projects, please call Rob Byrd at 541-389-1622.
Men's Coffee Group
Join men of all ages for coffee, fellowship, and sharing on Wednesday mornings at 8am upstairs in room 403.
Quilters / Prayers & Squares
Prayers & Squares is a prayer quilt ministry made up of women who enjoy sewing and fellowship. These quilters meet monthly on the third Thursday of each month in the Wesley Room upstairs at 10:00am, except during the summer (June through August).
This quilting ministry makes quilts for those in our church who are ill, recovering from surgery, home-bound, or facing a difficult time. The completed quilts are brought to the worship service so members of the congregation can tie a knot and say a prayer for the person who will receive the quilt.
For more information contact Jan Durham
In association with Bend Church’s focus on wellness, the church hosts several exercise classes each week. All classes except are supported by the donations of participants. Newcomers are always welcome. For more schedules see the Calendar or call the office, at 541-382-1672 Ext 0.
Balance class – offered Tuesdays at 10:45 am and Thursdays at 11:30 am. This class is designed to challenge our bodies with rhythmic movements to support our overall health, and prevent falls. Thursdays are more vigorous.
Yoga – offered on Mondays and Thursdays at 3:00 pm. This class is a series of postures and breathing exercises practiced to achieve control of the body and mind.