Women's Ministries

United Methodist Women: Celebrating Over 150 Years in Mission in 2021!
The Methodist Women's Ministry is an organized unit of United Methodist Women and 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. The Methodist Women's ministry offers short term Bible studies, book discussions, retreats, and various programs. They also participate in missions both locally and internationally. For more information, please contact Rev. Dr. C. Kay Fuino at 770-476-3776, ext. 117, or by email at ckfuino@duluthumc.org.


United Methodist Women Officers
President:  Sue French
Vice President/Program Chairperson:  Terrie Adkins
Secretary:  Kathy Anderson
Treasurer:  Gail Waigand
Membership:  Karen Smith
Secretary of Program Resources:  Annette Pierce

Chairperson of Nominations:  Sharon Swisher

Yearbook Editor:  Victoria Ladd

Mission Coordinator for Spiritual Growth - Linda Kepler
Secretary of PR/Communications - Suzanne Gavett

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: Legacy Fund - $200-; Salt Light Center of Family Promise - $753 (High Tea); United Methodist Children's Home - $615 (Baby Recognition and Yard Sale); Wellspring Living -$125, Family Promise -$125, Murphy Harpst -$125, Happy Sacks -$500 (all from yard sale); World Thank Offering -$155;  Fugees Academy -$551 (Christmas Brunch); 18 Hygiene Kits for UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief). We would like to thank each of you for your generous donations to these worthwhile missions.

For additional information about United Methodist Women, or to contact one of the UMW officers, please contact Sue French by e-mail at bramsu@bellsouth.net or call 770-476-9106.


Listing of Circles


Agape Circle meets the 2nd Saturday of the month at 9:30 a.m. in members’ homes.

Leader – Karen Smith, 770-241-1651, smith-ga@att.net.


Hannah Circle meets the 1st Wednesday of the month at 7:30 a.m. at various locations for a meal and a meeting. The circle supports the Christmas box program and helps deliver meals to shut-ins.

Leader – Gail Robinson, 678-481-3137, mellgail@hotmail.com.


JAM (Jesus Among Mommies) Circle is for women with young children. The JAM Circle meets the 3rd Sunday of each month at 12:00 p.m. in the Duluth First UMC Family Life Center, room F-151. Come join us as we fellowship together and get involved with missions around our community. Leader – Victoria Ladd, 678-502-6352, torisanders01@gmail.com.


J.O.Y. (Jesus, Others, You) Circle

Leader – Pat Akin, 404-226-8116, pakinphn@gmail.com.


Mary-Martha Circle meets the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Duluth First UMC Family Life Center, rooms F-145/146 for programs. Leader – Gail Waigand, 770-623-4120, waigandgail@charter.net.


Rainbow Circle meets the 1st Wednesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. in in room F-145 for programs and fellowship. Rainbow Circle coordinates support and fellowship to senior members of Duluth First UMC. Leader – Ann Reifert, 770-622-8081, annreifert@bellsouth.net.


United Methodist Women Circles at Duluth First UMC
Click on UMW Circles to download a copy of the listing of Duluth First UMC's United Methodist Women circles.

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



United Methodist Women Announce Their New Book Club
The United Methodist Women (UMW) are excited to announce our new Book Club. All ladies are invited to join us in this National UMW Reading Program, which offers a variety of books on subjects near and dear to our mission purpose. Each month we will focus on one area with a selection of books available for check-out. An online Zoom meeting will be offered at the end of each month to discuss the books we have read.

The focus for June is “Nurturing for Community” and some of the titles available include:
Passing It On: How to Nurture Your Child’s Faith Season by Season by Kara Lassen Oliver;
Glory Happening: Finding the Divine in Everyday Places by Kaitlin B. Curtice
Seamless Faith: Simple Practices for Daily Family Life by Traci Smith

Books will be available for pick-up in the 2nd drawer of the dresser located outside of Rev. Beth Brown Shugart’s office, located on the 1st floor of the Family Life Center. Please sign the check-out sheet with your name, title of book, date, and e-mail address. You will have until the end of June (when we have our online Zoom meeting) to read the book. Guidelines for the reading program will also be located in the drawer. This two-year program will conclude in December 2022.

Please join us in this new exciting adventure. Our goal is to broaden our mission mindedness as we read good books.