United Methodist Women (UMW) has had a strong purpose for over 100 years: we are organized for mission. We seek wholeness for ourselves and for others, especially women, children, and youth. We seek to be followers of Jesus Christ as we live our faith in acts of justice and mercy.
We are catalysts for needed change. We are mobilizers of human and material resources. We are creators of new arenas of participation throughout the church and the world. Ours is a “sisterhood” of Faith, Hope, and Love in Action. “For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.” – Romans 12:4-8
How We Organize: Hennepin’s UMW is part of over 800,000 United Methodist Women around the world who have been united in faith, in hope and love for 146 years! We pray, read, volunteer and raise millions in mission dollars. But there’s still much to do. As Jesus told his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” (Matthew 9:37-38) UMW advocates for the oppressed and dispossessed, supports the needs of women, children and youth, seeks to build a supportive community among women, and helps foster growth in the Christian faith, mission education, and Christian social involvement.
How We Serve: The UMW offers grants through the Jane E. Balch Memorial Fund grant program. We make ~$8,000 available in grants to organizations or ministries inside and outside Hennepin that benefit the needs of women, children and youth. Please request an application by contacting Jennifer Hipple or Nancy Gale, or download a grant application here.
Susannah Wesley Circle
1st Wednesdays at 7:00pm
Contact: Susanne Mattison (612.987.3336)
2nd Thursdays at 1:30pm
Contact: Nancy Gale (763.350.2354)
1st Thursdays at 9:30am
Contact: Marie Hard (651.644.8132)
Every Wednesday at 9:30am
Contact: Marjorie Heggestad (952.881.5990)
Our Gifts of Support Make a Difference
In 2014, Hennepin’s United Methodist Women provided over $9,500 in grants and gifts to a variety of programs and ministries that support women, youth and children in many meaningful and life impacting ways. Our budget is supported by the pledges of Hennepin women, earnings from the Jane E. Balch Memorial Fund, our annual Thank Offering (June 5, 2016), and individual gifts of support.
Here are some of the ways our ministry is making a difference in the lives of others:
- $200 for HAUMC third-grade Bibles
- $2,000 to Simpson Housing Services for their Educational Advocacy Program
- $1,500 to the HAUMC Parish Aid Fund
- $750 to UMCOR Sager Brown
- $500 to the Groveland Food Shelf
- $500 to Joyce Preschool
- $450 for providing sandwiches to the Dignity Center
- $500 to the Ain Dah Yung Center (St. Paul, for native American youth and their families)
- $1,161 to finish a remodeling project at Emma Norton Services
- $1,000 to Emma Norton Services for scholarships to the United Methodist Women’s Assembly in Louisville, KY
- An additional $1,000 for the Twin Cities District United Methodist Women
In addition to these special gifts, Hennepin’s UMW provide annual pledge support to the national office of UMW to support national and international programs that address social justice issues, sex trafficking, mothers’ health initiatives, education, and more.