United Methodist Women (UMW)

Serving Others Locally & Globally

UMW is a community of women whose purpose is to: know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; develop a creative, supportive, fellowship; and expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church. Members of the United Methodist Women meet monthly in Circles for learning, fellowship, and service. Each Circle develops a close relationship with one another, praying for and nurturing its members. Circle activities include retreats, speakers, and mission projects.

We financially support UMW’s work in local, national, and global missions by our pledges and fundraising efforts. Fundraisers are held throughout the year to raise money. Our primary events are rummage sales in October and May.

Missions Supported By First Church United Methodist Women

  • Good Works Homeless Shelter
  • Appalachian Peace & Justice
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Athens Food Pantry
  • My Sister’s Place
  • Growing Tree Pre-School
  • Appalachian Visiting Nurses & Hospice
  • Gifts to Missions


President – Bonita Maze

V-President – Helen Slater

Secretary – June Safranek

Treasurer – Ouisie Grim


Miriam Circle – Meets 4th Tuesday at 9:45 a.m. (Leader —Barb Dingle: 740-593-7406)

Martha – Ruth Circle – Meets 4th Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. (Leader — Cheryl Dowler: 740-590-2893)

Lydia Circle – Meets 4th Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. (Leader—Carlyn Rickey: 740-592-1936)

Membership is open to women of the Church and all are welcome. For more information contact Bonita Maze at 797-2440.