Beverly Hills United Methodist Women
United Methodist Women shall be 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.
Turning faith, hope, and love into action on behalf of women, children, and youth around the world.
The organization and programs of United Methodist Women are dedicated to:
- Equipping women and girls for leadership in mission
- Providing opportunities to grow spiritually
- Fostering transformative educational experiences
- Working for justice through action and advocacy
Our local unit of United Methodist Women consists of 43 women who are organized into three active circles:
- Rachel Circle (meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00pm in the evening)
- Priscilla Circle (meets the second Tuesday of each month at 10:00am in the morning)
- Leah Circle (meets the second Thursday of each month at 1:00pm in the afternoon)
These circles meet each month to complete the worship program activities in the UMW Program Book, to share information and give reports, to collect individual members’ Pledge to Mission and other donations, to record spiritual growth and service activity hours, and to send cards and visit to shut-ins and persons of special concern.
United Methodist Women interprets the biblical passage from Luke 4:18 as a model and mandate for Christian social action-“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.” We are women of faith and action dedicated to community service and advocacy on social issues affecting women, children, and youth, including: Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking, Substance Abuse, Economic Justice, Global Migration, Food Justice, Health Care, and Climate Justice.
Just last year, our circle members at Beverly Hills reported 864 general Community Service hours, 333 hours working in our Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry, and 1701 hours in the Prayer Shawl Ministry making shawls for Hospice of Huntington. Also, our United Methodist Women also reported 987 service hours for Local Church Activities such as performing invaluable food preparation and other duties for bereavement dinners, church celebrations, fellowship times, and other important events in the life of the church.
Our local unit is quite generous in Mission Giving at the global, national, state and local level. In addition to our annual Pledge to Mission of $4,000 to support United Methodist Women’s missions in the US and abroad, we support: UMCOR, Brighter Future for Children and Youth, World Communion Scholarships, Legacy Fund, Love Gift for WV Church and Community Workers, Celebration of Mission Event (for WV Missions), and the Marshall University United Methodist Students. Also, we gather School Supplies (backpacks, notebooks, binders, art supplies, educational toys, etc.) as well as children’s socks and underwear during Undie Sunday to support the childcare and after-school programs at our local mission- Ebenezer Community Outreach Center. Fundraising Activities include: Soup and Sandwich Luncheon, Rummage Sale, MU Homecoming Chili Sale, and Christmas Bake Sale.
Our circles meet together twice a year to share brunch, have a worship program, and collect donations for the Call to Prayer and Self-Denial and World Thank Offering. Also, members of our local unit always participate in Western District UMW Annual Spring and Fall Meetings so we can fellowship, worship together, hear inspirational speakers, and exchange information and ideas with our sisters in other local churches. Also, our local unit awards annual scholarships so members can attend WV Conference educational events such as the Spiritual Growth Retreat at Cedar Lakes in April, Mission U at WV Wesleyan in July, and the Annual Meeting held in different locations around the state in October.
Join Beverly Hills United Methodist Women! Together we can carry this long-time tradition of generous mission giving and dedicated service to God, to Church, and to Community into the future.
For more information, please contact our President, Nancy Hazeldine, at 304-697-5667.
Visit the United Methodist Women website at http://www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/