United Methodist Women

Purpose of United Methodist Women
The organized unit of United Methodist Women 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.

Pledge of United Methodist Women
I pledge my prayers that I may experience growth and renewal in my relationships to God and to my sisters and brothers; my time that I may respond to human need through study, action and reflection; my gift through United Methodist Women that I may share in the global ministries of the church.

UMW 2019 Officers

President - Carol King - 704-477-6259
Vice-President - Gayle Park - 704-732-0536
Treasurer - Chris Ausband - 704-732-4259
Past President - Rosalind Welder - 704-472-0128

Committee on Nominations
Vickie Andrews - 704-742-6291
Mary Anna Rankin - 704 240-2333

Mission Coordinators
Spiritual Growth - Diane Hames - 704-735-3605
Education - Kay Lowe - 704-735-5054
Social Action - Patty Blackwell - 704-740-6539
Membership/Nurture/Outreach - Kathy Dedmond - 704-735-2963

Program Resources
Lisa Cherry - 704-735-4792

Circle Chairs
Jill Owen - Vickie Andrews - 704-742-6291
Gratefully Helen Combs - Betty Parker - 704-435-9042
Ruth Quinton - Joann Parker - 704-477-1791

Bible for Newborns
Rita Cronland - 704-732-2764

Memorial Garden
Jody Cronland, Chair, Lisa Cherry, Rita Cronland, Lois Lineberger, Sherry Noles

Nursing Home Contact
Susan Boyd - 704-732-2769

Bereavement Contact
Mary Ann Rankin - 704-240-2333

Tony Matthews - 704-918-3585

Calendar of Events 2019


8:45 AM UMW Executive Board Meets 1st Sunday of Month
January Begin selection of Mission Recognition Nominee
February 2 FUMC Dallas- CVD Spiritual Growth and Memorial Event
February 10 UMW Church-wide Breakfast- Deb Richardson-Moore
March 10 Girl Scout Sunday
March Circles submit Mission Recognition Nominee
March 6 - April 21 Lent - Easter
March 23 Happy 150 Birthday CVD Walk for Mission- Eastridge, Cleveland,

Valley Hills Malls

April 2 1st Tuesday - Birthday Parties at Nursing Homes
April 6 Messiah UMC Lincolnton CVD Mission Study- What About Our Money
April 27 St. Andrews UMC, Winston-Salem- UMW Legislative Day Andrews
May 5 UMW Special Recognition Sunday
June 14-15 WNCC Spiritual Growth Event - Lake Junaluska Conference Center
June 21 - 23 Annual Conference Lake Junaluska, WNCC UMC
July 18-21 WNCC Mission U, Pfeiffer University Meisenheimer
August Prepare for Children’s Sabbath
August 17 CVD Annual Meeting - FUMC, Cherryville
September Order UMW Program Books, Prayer Calendars
September Executive Board Meeting - Choose 2020 Officers
Sept 13-15 WNCC Annual Celebration, Lake Junaluska Conference Center
September 15 UMW Church-wide Breakfast and Program
October Pledge Service
October12 WNCC UBUNTU Day
October 20 Children’s Sabbath
November World Thank Offering
November 2 CVD Leadership Development Training- Bethlehem UMC Claremont
November 10 Circle Leaders give pledge amounts to Chris Ausband
December 1 Yearbook information deadline
December Christmas Events

Gratefully Helen Combs Circle

Meets when scheduled at 2:00 pm, first Tuesday in Annex

Chairwoman: Betty Parker
Vice Chairman: Suzanne Peeler
Secretary: Faye Morris
Treasurer: Letha Owen
Vice Treasurer: Randi Kolseth
Program Leader: Pris Mauney

Amy’s House: Betty Parker
Birthday Parties: Betty Parker and Randi Kolseth
Christian Ministries: Lou Beal
Lenten Lunches: Kay Lowe
Transportation Co-Ordinator: Betty Parker

Special Projects

  • Birthday Party – Cardinal Care, coordinated by Randi Kolseth
  • Birthday Party – Brian Center, coordinated by Betty Parker
  • Amy’s House – Monthly contribution of goods
  • Christian Ministry – Donations
  • Lenten Lunches - coordinated by Kay Lowe

Jill Owen Circle

Chairwoman:  Vickie Andrews
Secretary/Treasurer: Patty Blackwell

Special Projects

  • Lenten Luncheon
  • Soup Kitchen
  • Hesed House
  • Card Ministry
  • Bereavement Meals
  • Birthday Party - Lincolnton Rehabilitation

Ruth Quinton Circle

Meets first Monday of each month at 10:00 am in the Philathea Class.

Chairwoman:  Joann Parker
Treasure:  Teresa Shives

Phone Assistant:  Lisa Cherry
Memorial Garden:  Lisa Cherry

Special Projects

  • Birthday Party - 1st Tues in April - Heath House 732-1113, No homemade foods
  • Bereavement Meals
  • Girl Scout Troop 20740
  • Lenten Luncheon
  • UMAR
  • Desserts for Soup Kitchen
  • Dressing Love Feast Candles


Community Lenten lunches for 2019 will be served beginning on Wednesday, March 6 and continuing through Wednesday, April 10. Meals prepared by the UMW circles will be served at noon in the Fellowship Hall followed by a Lenten service by one of the pastors from Lincolnton. A $5.00 donation is suggested.

The UMW Reading program encourages members to read one book in each of five categories – Social Action, Leadership Development, Nurturing for Community, Spiritual Growth, and Education for Mission – during a calendar year to qualify for Level 1 of the program. In 2018 eight readers qualified: Cheryl Cole, Kathy Dedmond, Jane Finger, Carol King, Pat Lawing, Letha Owen, Gayle Park, and Rosalind Welder. Books are available for check out on the UMW bookshelf in the church library.

Each circle participates in sponsoring a birthday party or two at a local nursing home for the residents who have a birthday on a particular month. Residents are treated to cake, chips, and a beverage in addition to small appropriate gifts and interaction with circle members.

Bereavement meals are served to bereaved families by small groups of volunteers. The plan is flexible in that the meal may be served at the church or in the home, whichever is more convenient for the family. Carole Howell is the chair of this committee.

Twice a year the UMW sponsors a church wide breakfast and enlists the UMM to cook the breakfast. These well attended events feature a speaker, a hands-on mission, a table offering for a mission, and often the children’s choir. Past speakers have included John Hall, director of the Hesed House, and Deb Richardson-Moore, pastor of Triune Church in Greenville, SC and author of The Weight of Mercy, one of the reading program selections.

When a member of First United Methodist Church enjoys the special honor of becoming a parent to a newborn the UMW presents a Bible Story Book to each new baby.