United Methodist Women (UMW)
The statement of purpose of the United Methodist Women declares:
The organized unit of the UMW 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.
All women are welcome to join a group. Asbury has two circles that meet monthly.
- Love/Hope Circle
- Faith Circle
The Executive Board of the UMW meets the first Wednesday of each month.
These women, along with many women who consider themselves members at large and not a circle member, support many projects guided by the UMW. UMW sponsors a Fall Pantry, two pasty sales, two meatball dinners and a “Soup”er Bowl Sunday. These projects provide financial assistance to Asbury and outreach to the community through programs such as Heat Share and the Food Shelf. Other activities include rummage sales, gatherings with area UMW groups and Saturday Specials featuring guest speakers.
Asbury UMW’s annual Advent Tea is hosted by women of the church, with proceeds going to the UMW’s Layette Closet fund, a program coordinated with the Salvation Army for the benefit of new mothers in need. In all, we support 11 community projects, in addition to the projects of the Big Waters District and the Minnesota Conference. We are proud to have earned the status of being a Mission Today Unit and a Five Star Unit.
Members are encouraged to read books housed in the Wesley Room at Asbury UMC that are recommended by the UMW Mission Studies. A list of books is located in the Wesley Room.
School of Christian Mission dates for 2014 will be posted soon.
Pictured from left to right standing are: Bev LeClair, Pat Nelson, Judy Pearson and Mable Ridgewell.
Pictured from left to right sitting are: Phyllis Wolden, Lucille Vork and Bonnie Schroeder-Palmi.
Not pictured is Bobbie Gimpel.
The Knitting Klub meets year round on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 2.00 pm in Asbury’s Wesley Room. Members make prayer shawls, baby afghans, hats and scarves, mittens, scrubbies, dish cloths, bibs and burp cloths and special scarves for persons participating in the Special Olympics (scarves need to be made with specific instructions).
The comradery of this group is truly special. New members are always welcome. That includes MEN also!