United Methodist Women is the official women’s organization of the United Methodist Church. We are approximately 800,000 strong in membership internationally and will celebrate our 150 year anniversary in 2019. We at fsfumc are part of this autonomous organization within the greater Church. The work of United Methodist Women is mission, which includes advocacy and service. As United Methodist women we give voice to the unheard, raise up women leaders through education and leadership development, and perform in acts of service, we are engaged in mission both locally and internationally. We provide Deaconess’ and Home Missioners to programs or agencies of The United Methodist Church. Now structurally separate from Global Ministries, United Methodist Women continue the same work, but have the same needs for fundraising. Our funding comes from the local United Methodist Women like us at FUMC, who make a monetary pledge annually, plus we have major fundraisers to support the annual pledge to our NW District, which in turn supports our Arkansas Conference of United Methodist Women. Our mission partners are worldwide.
United Methodist Women members join in God’s mission to be transformed by their relationship with God through prayer, study and the empowering of the Holy Spirit. They raise awareness of social justice issues and engage in service and advocacy on behalf of women, children and youth globally. Our Circles provide education on the focused issues of United Methodist Women and engage in Bible studies for spiritual growth. Mission Giving provides the necessary support for the goals of United Methodist Women as an integral part of the whole mission of The United Methodist Church to make Disciples of Jesus Christ.
If you would like to join United Methodist Women, membership is voluntary and open to all women committed to or engaged in mission (making a pledge) who affirm the PURPOSE. Membership in the United Methodist Church is not required. We are reminded by Paul, For if the eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has—not according to what one does not have. I do not mean that there should be relief for others and pressure on you, but it is a question of a fair balance between your present abundance and their need, so that their abundance may be for your need in order that there may be a fair balance. As it is written, “The one who had much did not have too much and the one who had little did not have too little. 2 Corinthians 8 12-15