We are a community of women whose purpose is to know God and in so doing, express His love through our fellowship and service.
We participate in local, regional, and global mission projects. Our membership is open to any woman who indicates her desire to belong.Some of us choose to become members of one of our five circles, which meet monthly. Each circle is a mirror that in its own unique way reflects the sisterhood, spiritual development and charity of the St. John's United Methodist Women. Whether Circle members or not, we are all General Members of St. John's United Methodist Women. Circle and general meetings are open to any who choose to attend, without special invitation. Please call Arlene Williams (215-355-0162) and or President, Linda Barr (215-773-9865) for futher information. Please let Arlene (firstname.lastname@example.org) know if you would like to receive emails about UMW projects and programs. We have a bulletin board in the narthex that you may wish to review to learn more about us. We hope to hear from you and look forward to the opportunity to warmly welcoming you to St. John's United Methodist Women.
In September, all women of the church and their friends and family are invited to gather for a welcoming meal. We usually have a guest speaker who represents a mission focus or spiritual growth message, as well as an update on happenings in the larger UMW organization.
In December, circle members bake and deliver plates of cookies or flowers to our shut-ins.
In March, we gather for breakfast and a Lenten devotion with communion.
Our Spring Banquet in May includes dinner and various entertainment. Most of these events are held in our fellowship hall. Throughout the year, our five circles perform individual mission projects.
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What is a Circle and what do they do?
It is a group of women that meet once a month, Sept.-June. Some Circles meet in member’s homes and some have their meetings at the church. Each Circle decides on their own study material for the year and then at their monthly meetings they have devotions, their study lesson, discuss the upcoming projects of UMW & the church, have refreshments, and lots of “girl talk”. There are no commitments to hosting a circle in your home or of being a lesson leader. How much you want to be involved is totally up to you.
There are currently five UMW Circles at St John’s. All of the circles welcome new members. For information contact Arlene Williams, ArleneW13@aol.com , 215-355-0162
Deborah Circle Leader: Laura Paulus (215-794-8764)
They meet the 3rd Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. at church. After having snacks provided by the hostess and lots of conversation, they review any UMW matters followed by a book study.
In December 2018 Deborah Circle sent a Christmas present to students in a school in a rural part of Ecuador. Every student in the school received a notebook and pens. The town is called Barcelona. Arlene Williams learned about the school from her naturalist guide on her trip to the Galapagos Islands, Mariuxi Prieto Pino. In addition to being passionate about the plants and animals in the Galapagos, Mari loves the people who struggle in the area south of the big city where she lives, Guayaquil. It is the area where she was born. It is a long trip on a bus to get to the school, but Mari makes several trips a year. After she delivered the notebooks and pens she had some money left which she used to purchase Vita C for all the children. Deborah circle received several thank you notes.
Deborah Circle learned about Fonkoze, Haiti's leading microfinance institution from the book, "To Fool the Rain". This circle decided several years ago to not go out for dinner to a restaurant as was the custom at Christmas. Instead they planned a covered dish dinner and have given the money to a charity. This year Fonkoze was chosen, https://www.fonkoze.org/ . Since this institution focuses on identifying very poor women they can be help through intense counseling and financial backing , since United Methodist Women advocates for the health and welfare of women and children, they felt it qualified for support from our circle. These Haitian women are taught to handle money, stand up for their rights, and develop a business that can support themselves and their children. The circle was able to send a donation of $460.
Joanna Circle Leader: Elaine Cassidy (215-293-0303)
They meet the 2nd Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at a member’s home. Most of the 12 members in their 60s and 70s are retired. They have a devotion and a Bible study that they take turns presenting each month. They catch up on UMW and church happenings. They take part in Interfaith services and also collect food twice a year. A prayer chain is used for all of those who need our prayers. Of course, being Methodists, they enjoy cakes and desserts also with fellowship.
Naomi Circle: Co-Leaders: Carol Campbell (215-364-0942) & Linda Barr (215-773-9865)
Members meet in the church parlor the 2nd Tuesday at 7:00pm. Each meeting begins with snacks and updates from circle members about their families. Upcoming UMW events are discussed, followed by a short devotion and a study which is selected by the members in June. The meeting ends with a circle formed lifting up prayers of joys and concerns.
Mission projects this past year included circle members donating food items for Jesus Focus Ministry in June; sending a cash gift in December to a young woman in Georgia who was awaiting a heart transplant; organizing the collection of tabs and delivering them to the Ronald McDonald House; cards are being sent to church members who are on the shut-in list to let them know they are being thought about and in our prayers during the holidays and on their birthdays, and organizing a collection at St. John’s in June 2021 of bath towels, hand towels and washcloths to be sent to the Red Bird Mission in Beverly, Kentucky.
Members also cut out cancelled stamps from envelopes during the year and the stamps are sent to the Alliance Stamp Ministry in Ft. Myers, Florida. This ministry sells the stamps and the income from their sale goes to support preparation, publishing and distribution of a Spanish language curriculum for Sunday Schools in Latin America, Spain & even in the USA.
Rebekkah Circle Leader: Ruth Bowyer (215-441-4013)
They meet in the church parlor on the 2nd Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. and consists of our senior members (12). They have devotions and a lesson. Some of their good deeds include purchasing hams for the needy at Christmas, contributing to the Thank Offering and Prayers and Self Denial Offering, and providing postage for the shoe box mailing. They generously provided funds for the Philippines Typhoon Relief.
Salome Circle Leader: Kathy Keppol (215-357-7404)
Meets the 3rd Monday at 7:30 p.m. in members’ homes or at church. In September, they decide who is hosting each month. The meetings are started with a devotional (e.g. prayer, story, poem) by a circle member followed by an update of upcoming events. The evening is filled with food and fellowship. The committee lends a helping hand to the Social Action Committee with all the events throughout the year. One or twice a year, they travel to the Ronald McDonald House to prepare breakfast.
St. John's Angel Tree was continued in 2020 but in a slightly different manner. We went virtual. There was an on-line list of families and their gift requests. We were able to select a name and purchase a requested gift that would let them know we care.
The United Methodist Women was able to collect food on all four Sundays in February 2021. Our donations this year went to the Jesus Focus Ministry located in Southampton. Following Jesus' example of feeding the many, we can do our small part to help feed families in need.
The St John's UMW conducted an ingathering in September, 2020. Items were taken to United Methodist Neighborhood Services in Philadelphia. Items collected included:
Pajamas: Men, women, children, toddlers and infants
Underwear: All sizes, Adult, teens, children and infant
Diapers: Children toddler, infant
Adult Disposable underwear: Men and women, all sizes
Socks: Men, women, teens, children and infants
Baby Clothes and blankets: All sizes
New Personal hygiene items: Tooth brushes, tooth paste, deodorant
UMW Harvest Welcome Breakfast - September, 2019
Spring Banquet - May 1, 2019 at 6:30 PM.
AUTHOR LAURA SCHROFF VISIT
Author Laura Schroff visited St. John's to speak about her book, Angels on Earth, and the importance of kindness