Women's Ministries

The United Women in Faith
The United Women in Faith (formerly United Methodist Women) is a sisterhood acting in faith to tackle the hard work of the world without hesitation. Driven by God’s love and united in sisterhood, we work to improve the lives of women, children and youth. Every day, we show up, take action, and get it done. We invite you to join us as we seek to connect and nurture women through Christian spiritual formation, leadership development, creative fellowship and education so that they can inspire, influence and impact local and global communities.

Over the years the United Women in Faith have had many name changes but still the same purpose.

Perhaps you have heard of a few:

  • 1869: Methodist Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society founded by wives of 2 missionaries sent to India. They raised money to send Isabella Thoburn and Dr. Clara Swaim to start a school and a hospital for women. Both of these institutions are still there today.
  • 1872: Wesleyan Service Guild
  • 1880 & 1890: Two Woman’s Home Missionary Societies form.
  • Early 1900’s: Ladies Aid Society
  • 1940: Women’s Society of Christian Service
  • 1972: United Methodist Women became the first women’s mission organization under the United Methodist Church’s Board of Global Ministries.
  • 2019: United Methodist Women celebrate 150 years of helping the underprivileged around the world.
  • 2022: United Women in Faith. Today as our name changes our legacy continues with the same purpose: to stand up for the lives of women, children, and youth.

We would love for you to join us in our projects, our service, our circles. Let us know how we can help you get involved by contacting Karen Smith at by -email at smith-ga@att.net or call 770-495-7978.

United Women in Faith Officers
President:  Sue French
Vice President:  Linda Kepler
Treasurer:  Gail Waigand

Spiritual Growth: Terrie Adkins

PR/Communications - Anita Curry

Program Resources:  Annette Pierce

Membership:  Karen Smith

Happy Sacks Liaison:  Terrie Adkins
Clergy Representative:  Rev. Dr. C. Kay Fuino

In addition to our district giving, we would like to highlight our giving over the last year. From our love offerings: Music Ministry ($374); Baby Recognition ($95 to Wellroot Ministries); High Tea ($1500 to Family Promise); Christmas Program ($365 to Hugs for Soldiers); Vegetable seeds ($50 to UWF East Central District); 1 UMCOR bucket. We would like to thank each of you for your generous donations to these worthwhile missions.

Announcements and Upcoming Events

Bishop’s Call to Action
The United Women in Faith invite you to make a difference in our state. Bishop Robin Dease sent out a call to action encouraging people to write to their legislators to approve a bill to remove sales tax from diapers and wipes in Georgia. A sample letter and list of legislators can be found in the Narthex, the Atrium, or by clicking on SAMPLE LETTER and LEGISLATOR LIST. The list and sample letter will be made available to Sunday School in their mailboxes. We ask that you handwrite your letter and mail it directly to your legislator.

A big “Thank You” to those who donated diapers, pullups, and wipes to the United Women in Faith’s Diaper Challenge event held in September. A trunk load of donated items was given to Sheltering Arms in Lawrenceville, and they were greatly appreciative of the donation. They too are asking their parents to write letters to the legislators.

Women Studying Together Studying Original Blessing: Putting Sin in Its Rightful Place
All women are invited to join Women Studying Together, a Thursday morning study group, as they discuss the book Original Blessing: Putting Sin in Its Rightful Place by Danielle Shroyer. The author states “Our relationship with God started with blessing. And it’s time we tell that beautiful story.” As the study progresses, we will read parts of the Book of Genesis and sections of the New Testament.
The study, led by Jenny Masterson, meets from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in room F154, located on the 1st floor of the Sheldon Family Life Center, and will continue through November 16th. The book may be purchased online at Amazon. Please bring your Bible and a copy of Original Blessing to the first class. There is no need to read in advance. If you would like more information, please contact Jenny Masterson by email at jennybobm@comcast.net or call 678-591-0800.

Listing of Circles

Agape Circle meets on the 2nd Saturday of the month at 9:30 a.m. in members’ homes. We fellowship and support each other in prayer. We are also involved in mission projects. For more information, please contact Agape Circle leader Karen Smith by e-mail at smith-ga@att.net or call 770-241-1651.

Hannah Circle - Project Focus for Community Benefit and Faith in Actions. We meet when we organize for projects and provide opportunities for fellowship.  Do you have a busy schedule? Drop in participation is welcome! Virtual projects and meeting opportunities are possible to coordinate in a more creative way. Hannah Circle is an open group evolving to meet the needs of others and to spread God’s spirit which becomes more special when we care and share. For more information, please contact Hannah Circle leader Gail Robinson by e-mail at mellgail@hotmail.com.

Mary-Martha Circle meets for programs on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. in rooms F-145/146, located on the 1st floor of the Sheldon Family Life Center for programs. We are involved in mission projects for women, children and youth supported by our unit.  For more information, please contact Mary-Martha Circle leader Gail Waigand by e-mail at waigandgail@charter.net or call 770-623-4120.

Rainbow Circle meets on the 1st Wednesday of the month at 11:30 a.m. for a covered dish luncheon at Nina Sanders home, loacted at 3705 N. Berkely Lake Rd. in Berkeley Lake. They support Happy Sacks. For more information, please contact Rainbow Circle leader Nina Sanders by e-mail at ninarsanders32@gmail.com.

United Women in Faith Yearbook
Please contact kwilli@duluthumc.org to have a copy sent to you.