Women's Ministries

United Methodist Women: Celebrating Over 150 Years in Mission in 2020!
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 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. 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.


Women’s Christmas – A Retreat: “What the Light Shines Through”: January 9th


Jan Richardson, celebrated author, artist and United Methodist Pastor, each year offers a Women’s Christmas retreat.  The introduction to her retreat explains:

Whether your domestic commitments are many or few, Women’s Christmas offers a timely opportunity to pause and step back from whatever has kept you busy and hurried in the past weeks or months. As the Christmas season ends, this is an occasion both to celebrate with friends and also to spend time in reflection before diving into the responsibilities of this new year. The Women’s Christmas Retreat is offered in that spirit.


We will celebrate Women’s Christmas – A Retreat, on Saturday, January 9th, beginning at 10 a.m. and closing at 3 p.m. with a prayer service.  Come for the whole time or a part of the time. This very casual retreat includes reading, writing, art, and lots of talking. Due to the current gathering practices masks are required with social distancing. The retreat will also be offered online via Zoom.  The location in the church will depend on how many people register for in-person attendance.


Here are some comments from Jan Richardson about her writings for this retreat:

This year’s women’s Christmas retreat invites you to ponder the practices by which wholeness happens. With reflections and images from my ongoing journey to find new patterns among the pieces, the pages of this retreat offer a welcoming space for you to pray, to imagine, to rest, and to dream as you contemplate how restoration takes place in your life, and how it calls you deeper into the life of the world.


The retreat includes all of her readings and art for the program. We are asking for a $7 donation to be sent to Jan Richardson for “Sanctuary of Women” which will be shared with the A21 Campaign, an organization devoted to ending human trafficking and providing sanctuary and healing for those rescued from slavery.


If attending in person please bring lunch for yourself, as well as treat to share with other women. You will need to package your treat to share in individual packages so they can be easily picked up.  Coffee and tea will be provided, along with childcare if needed.


Please register for the retreat by Tuesday, January 5th, by contacting Tracy Brinker by e-mail at tbrinker@duluthumc.org or calling 770-476-3776. Let Tracy know if you need childcare for the day, and if you will be attending in person or online via Zoom.  If you attend on Zoom please arrange to pick up the packet of readings the week before the gathering or receive it electronically. For childcare bring lunch for your child and any snacks they may enjoy.  For questions or if would like to assist with the retreat, please contact Rev. C. Kay Fuino, by e-mail at ckfuino@duluthumc.org or call 770-476-3776, ext. 117.


Blessings and joy for Advent as you prepare for the Christ child to shine in your heart and for your family.  Celebrate all you have done with a retreat together in January.