Leading the way through Christ
“To know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ, to develop a creative, supportive fellowship and expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.”
We accomplish this purpose by being involved in missions in many ways!
Locally, we contribute to the Methodist Home for Children, Matthews Ministry, Brunswick Family Assistance Agency, Life Line Pregnancy Center, Communities In Schools, Brunswick County Meals on Wheels, Lower Cape Fear Hospice, Lump to Laughter, the Ocean View Human Needs Fund, and our Ocean View Youth, to name a few! On the district and conference levels, we contribute to the MATCH prison ministry, which allows children to visit with their incarcerated mothers; NCUMC Camp and Retreat Ministries and to general “Mission Giving”, which enables the monies to go where they are most needed.
To raise the needed monies, the general UMW and our circles hold fundraisers such as the Lenten Devotional, bake sales, cookbook sales, lasagna dinner, chicken pie sales, and the Fall Bazaar just to name a few.
Scholarships – We have established a college scholarship to honor the memory of Mrs. Marge Stuckey, a longtime UMW president at Ocean View, who was also very active at the district level for many years. Scholarship Applications are due by Friday, April, 27, 2018.
At the quarterly meetings of our UMW Officers we cover the business of our unit with prayer and devotion. The minutes from these meetings are sent to the UMW members for their approval. Officers meetings are open meetings for anyone that would like to attend. We have two circles which meet monthly, at various times to accommodate most schedules. There is also an “Outer Circle”, composed of women who don’t belong to a formal circle group, but are committed to the work of the UMW, and available to help when they are needed. All women of Ocean View are invited to become active in one of our circles. This is a good way to make new friends, and we welcome women of all ages including working women, stay-at-home moms, retired women and college women. You may join UMW even if you are not a member of Ocean View Church. Visitors are welcome to any circle or general UMW meeting.
We are excited about our work for 2018. We hope to become more involved in our community and world through “hands-on” projects that help children and women. We welcome and value new ideas and new ways of doing things!
For more information about being a part of Ocean View UMW, you can contact UMW President; Barbara Kennedy, phone: 910-269-1024
The Taylor Brown Circle meets the third Thursday of the month at 10 AM at the church in classroom 6. The main project of this Circle is making and selling chicken pies twice a year. Not only is it a great money raiser but also the fellowship of the making is very special. The money raised is used to support various missions and community needs. If you are interested in knowing more about the Taylor Brown Circle, you can contact either Co-chairperson; Beverly Case, phone: 201-4252 or Sandra Puckett phone: 278-3480.
Circle of Vision…
The Circle of Vision meets the third Sunday of each month, except July and August. The meetings are at 2:00 p.m. in the church Fellowship Hall. In addition to the business portion of the meeting, they take turns providing snacks and presenting a short inspirational reading or topic of discussion. There is lots of good fellowship! We have one big fundraiser a year – an annual Lasagna Lunch in the spring. Our projects are usually child centered and include support for Providence Home, first aid kits for migrant workers, financially supporting the church’s youth group and adopting a child for Christmas. We are always happy to welcome new members. If you have any questions about the Circle of Vision you can contact Chairperson Ann Faulk , phone: 910-617-3845. We’d love to have you drop by a meeting and see what we are all about!
The Outer Circle is a circle that does not have scheduled meetings. The UMW realized that there was a need for some of its church members that wanted to be included in the works of the UMW but could not commit to regular scheduled meetings. As an Outer Circle Member you may be called on to help on fund-raisers and any other needs that might arise. It is understood that as an Outer Circle member that you may not always be able to help but will help if you are able. If you have any questions about the Outer Circle you can contact Sandra Booth , phone: 910-523-1751.
Heavenly Crafters Circle…
Heavenly Crafters Circle meets every Tuesday at 10am at the church in classroom 5. Our purpose is Missions. We knit and crochet prayer afghans, lap throws, shawls, pocket shawls and many other items to give to people who are in need of comfort. We have a visitation Ministry, reaching out to those who are in Nursing Homes or sick at home. We have a card Ministry, sending messages of love and comfort to those who are hurting. If you are interested in knowing more about our Heavenly Crafters Circle, you may contact chairperson Diana Slate at 336-302-4002.
UMW Reading Program…
The UMW Reading Program encourages members to think critically about current issues through an annual selection of member-reviewed books. It offers an excellent opportunity to deepen your spirituality and to broaden your understanding of our mission work. Click on Reading Program Books for the list of book available in the Ocean View Library.