UMW Calendar


Blue Ridge District UMW Annual Meeting - Saturday, August 26th, 9am @ First UMC Rutherfordton


UMW Mission Study - "Climate Justice, A Call to Hope and Action" - October 11th, 2017 from 10am - 1:30pm (Fellowship Hall)

United Methodist Women


Our Mission

The largest women’s organization in the world, the United Methodist Women (UMW), emphasizes services for women, youth and children by supporting missions in thousands of communities in every state and in over 50 countries around the world.


UMW are a community of believers in God and disciples of Christ who are called to deepen their personal faith and to provide vital corporate ministries of worship, education, mission, fellowship, and evangelism in the church and the world.



The organized unit of 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 a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.


You Are Invited

All women are invited to join one of the 6 UMW circles at Central Church. Come join women just like you—women of all ages; single and married; working and retired; moms, grandmothers and even great grandmothers. We are women who love to travel, quilt, cook, garden, read, do crafts, enjoy music and the arts. We learn from each other and make life-long friends.

If you would like to visit one (or more) of our circles listed below, please contact Maureen Carr at (828) 277-7065.



-Blue Ridge District United Methodist Women Annual Meeting: Annual meeting will be held, Saturday, August 26 at First United Methodist Church Rutherfordton. Registration will begin at 9:30am and meeting will start around 10am. If you have questions or need a ride, contact Maureen Carr, President, at 828-277-7065.

-Central UMW's Executive Committee: We will have a Mission Study, Wednesday October 11 from 10am - 1:30pm in the Fellowship Hall. The title is Climate Justice, A Call to Hope and Action. All members are invited. A lunch will be served.

-Celebrating: The United Methodist Women will begin celebrating their 148th year in ministry with women, children and youth throughout our District, Conference, and world-wide. We help support several programs in the US and around the world. During 2016 we had 20 mission projects. Our Unit has six circles: Anna, Deborah, Eve, Martha, Rebekah and Ruth. All women are welcome.

UMW Circles

Anna Circle

The Anna Circle was fortunate to have the Rev. Amy Leachman conduct a Convenant Renewal Service in the Chapel for their February meeting. It was a meaningful service based on Ecclesiastes 3: A Time for Everything. Many thanks to Amy for coming in on her day off to bring this important message to us! In March, our Pledge to Missions program was led by Clarita Burton and Nancy Kitch. We learned about the many missions, here and abroad, who benefit from pledges made by UMW. Our Circle continues to provide pillows each month for Hospice, as well as many other local service projects. Meetings are held the first Friday of each month at 10am in the Church Parlor. 

The Anna Circle will meet the SECOND Friday of the month. Please call Kim Lehnen (828) 687-0234 or Bunny Daniels (828) 684-0175 with questions. Circle members will be emailed the restaurant name and location when reservations are made.


Deborah Circle

Meetings are held the 1st Sunday of the month at 2 p.m. in members’ homes. All women are welcome. Contact person Maureen Carr (828) 277-7065.


Eve Circle

Meetings are held the 1st Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in members’ homes. Contact person Joyce Shepard (828) 684-7945 or Sharon Leduc (828) 225-0284.

Eve Circle will resume its monthly meetings on Tuesday, September 5.  We will meet at 10 am at the home of Glenda Patterson.  Sharon Leduc will be co-hostess.  Judy Peele will lead circle in a discussion of a book from the UMW reading list. 

Over the summer, we have been reading A Falling into Place - A Memoir by Hattie Kauffman.  Circle members are asked to bring their Agape Christmas boxes for Armenia to this meeting.  Please remember to enclose $5 in cash or check for transportation costs for each box.  New circle chairs will be decided, and plans will be sketched out for the new year.  Call Sharon LeDuc at 230-0464 if you have questions.

Martha Circle

Martha Circle is a group of women in our 30s, 40s, 50s, etc.  We’re always welcoming new members who are interested in journeying together as we seek God’s will for our lives. We would love to have any interested woman join us!

Meetings are held the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. in members’ homes. Contact persons Alexandra Holland (828) 280-1470 and Heather Cree (828) 684-7137.

Rebekah - Grace Circle

Meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 10 a.m. at Givens Estates. Contact person Donna Vaughn (828) 684-4569.


Ruth Circle

Meetings are held the 1st Monday of the month at 10 a.m. in members’ homes. Contact person Mary Margaret Ingle (828) 253-1068.