UNITED METHODIST WOMEN
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 a Bazaar just to name a few. Due to the pandemic, we are unable to continue our in-person fundraisers, but intend to resume them when the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. With reduced income we have had to prioritize some of our support, but have continued our contributions to agencies that provide relief for human suffering.
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. The 2021 Scholarship Application is due Friday, May 3, 2021. Click on Marge Stuckey Scholarship to access and print the application.
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, as well as a circle that meets Tuesday mornings. 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 UMW meetings.
At the beginning of the COVID pandemic, the women of the UMW made cloth masks for our church members and others in need of one. We have begun a partnership with Methodist Children’s Home beginning with supplying approximately 100 masks made by our members, and donating money that was designated for them to buy disposable masks.
We are excited about our work for 2021. 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; Sarah Leatherman.
Women’s Circles of Ocean View
During COVID-19 restrictions, we have suspended meetings, and other in person gatherings. Circles continue to stay in touch with their members – by phone and/or email – to let them know we care about them. You are invited to join a circle during this time, or wait till they start meeting again – at which time, you are invited to any and all of the circles.
The Taylor Brown Circle meets in classroom 6 at 10 AM the third Tuesday of each month, except the months of June-August. 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.
Circle of Vision…
Circle of Vision The Circle of Vision meets the third Sunday of each month, except July and August. The meetings are at 12:00 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. 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.
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.