Come grow spiritually through worship, Bible study and prayer • Celebrate the person you are becoming in Jesus Christ • develop meaningful and lasting relationships • share who you are and your gifts • take action and make a difference in your community and the world.
Who are we?
We are women, who find meaning in our church and want to combine fellowship with study, worship and outreach opportunities. We are women with gifts to share with others. We seek to realize our own sense of purpose and commitment to God within a supportive community.
Joining this group of committed women is a unique opportunity no matter who or where you are in your life. It’s an opportunity to move in harmony with other women, who have been responding to this Purpose for over one hundred years.
If you are interested in becoming involved and need more information, please email the UMW at email@example.com.
Recent Event – UMW Rummage Sale
UMW Rummage Sale a HUGE Success!
The United Methodist Women raised nearly $6,000 to support our Local and Global Missions last Saturday at their annual rummage sale. This amount was double the amount of previous Rummage Sales! Typically, the UMW uses funds from these sales to cover administrative costs of the UMW Bazaar (now known as the UMW Holiday Marketplace). These funds benefit a variety of programs such as the ZOE Child Empowerment Program, prison ministry and the East Winter Garden community.
The congregation and the community enjoyed shopping from the beautiful displays set up by the UMW. Some of the collected items were donated to our ministries. Here are just a few:
- Prison Ministries received clothing for the re-entry program
- EWG Circle Leaders received vouchers for shopping
- The new St. Luke’s Youth Center received pictures
- A doctor from Haiti purchased items to ship home
- Salvation Army took items which were left over to benefit their thrift store
These ladies (and husbands) worked tirelessly as they fellowshiped together to serve our church family and the community. We have a special thank you for the Boy Scouts who helped with the clean-up at the end of the day.
Thank you all for a very successful day!
Join us for the Purses with Purpose event. Learn more about human trafficking and how One Purse uses the power of the purse to provide sex trafficking survivors with an opportunity to live free, embrace redemption and pursue a confident future. Come shop for gently loved handbags that others have generously given.
Date: Saturday, September 8
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Barnes Learning Center, 2nd Floor, Room BLC200
Your donation in exchange for that new-to-you handbag will help to restore the dreams of a survivor in need of your help. For information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
* * * * * *
UMW Annual Meeting
The United Methodist Women invite all women of St. Luke’s to attend their Annual Meeting. During their time together, they will share their direction for 2019, share reports on their support for an adoptive child from Ethiopia, as well as their support for the ZOE Children’s Empowerment working group.
This meeting will also include nominations for Board Members, as well as recognition and presentation of awards.
Date: Thursday, September 27
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Building C, 2nd Floor, Attic
No experience necessary! Crafters meet Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the West Oaks Mall. Bring a bag lunch and come join the fun!
Jellies, pickles, salsa, tomato sauce and okra are some of the “yummy” items that will be lovingly prepared to be sold at the UMW bazaar next November. We will teach you to preserve and buy all the ingredients. We are looking for participants and folks that would be called to organize this fun-filled ministry. If you are interested, please contact email@example.com. Come join the fun!!!
Faith – started in 1988, our “senior circle” awaits you with warm smiles and a caring embrace. The circle meets on the 4th Monday of each month at 1:30 p.m. in members’ homes September to May. In the summer, we meet at the Village Inn.
Friends – a diverse group of women ranging in ages from 40 to late 60’s, who come fro different professions and cultural background. The circle meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in members’ homes from August to May.
Hope – a group of 55+ women who are interested in deepening their faith. The circle meets on the first Monday of each month in members’ homes or at church from September to May. June-August, we meet for lunch at local restaurants.
Sarah – a group for 50+ women, who are committed to supporting missions of UMW and the needs of the St. Luke’s Community. We meet on the third Thursday of the month at 9:30 a.m. in the Special Events Dinning Room in Bldg. C (September to May)
Sisters in Faith – is for women of all faiths and it is very much like a covenant group. We meet on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in at St. Luke’s Building C Room 200-201.
Mom Connection is an exciting, fun, supportive St. Luke’s Cluster Group for mothers. From pregnancy to preschool to empty nesters, all moms are welcome. For more information email the group.
Annual Holiday Marketplace
Over 14 different shops for you to do all of your holiday shopping at great prices!
* * * * * *
There are several different Mission ministries, both locally and globally, that are touched by the proceeds from the Annual Holiday Marketplace.
A plaque was set up at the entrance to a peach orchard in Armenia, where there are more than 700 peach trees planted and being cared for, with the help from just a portion of the proceeds from the last Holiday Bazaar.
The bounty of love resulting from the Bazaar reaches both near and far!
Forty Fourth Annual Conference Annual Meeting
To find out more information and to register, please visit flconfumw.org, and click on Conference Annual Meeting Registration in the Navigation column.
Other Upcoming Events and things to look forward to:
The United Methodist Women recently hosted their annual UMW Great Exchange on Saturday, July 14, 2018. Clothing and household items were exchanged and everyone went home with NEW things for their wardrobe and home.
This annual event is open to everyone. All are invited to make their favorite covered dish to share and bring the recipe. Enjoy this luncheon, while sharing friendship and fun for an afternoon.
They also collected many new or gently used purses for the “One Purse” fall project.
* * * * * * *
UMW Annual High Tea
Take Time for Tea 2018 was enjoyed by many on Saturday, May 5. There were homemade delicacies, themed and decorated tables, and wonderful fellowship! We even had a boutique shop at the tea for interested shoppers. And how wonderful it was to see so many wearing their spectacular hats!
* * * * * * *
UMW Spring Retreat
We recently hosted our St. Luke’s woman’s Spring retreat, entitled “Joy is a choice”, on Saturday, April 21.
Our feature guest speaker was Ann Joyner, a published Christian author. She shared her faith journey, how she has found joy along a rocky path and ways for Christian women to celebrate joy every day. Retreat guests also enjoyed a continental breakfast, the retreat program, craft activity, catered lunch, and a copy of Ms. Joyner’s book.
It was a day to grow in your walk of faith and meet new friends!!
* * * * * * *
UMW Conference & Fellowship Event
This Conference was recently hosted on Thursday, September 28, 2017.
There was a time of fellowship prior to a presentation by our featured guest and speaker, Marla Silliman, Senior Executive Officer at Florida Hospital for Women. Marla discussed how women are different from men at the cellular level as well as how that impacts everything from the affects of medication to hormones and depression.