United Methodist Women (UMW)


We seek to connect and nurture women through Christian spiritual formation, leadership development, creative fellowship, and education so that they can inspire, influence, and impact local and global communities.

UWF Vision

We are a powerful, fearless force driven by God’s love and united in sisterhood. With a focus on women, children, and youth, we act for justice and transform communities.

We face the realities we see in the world, even when they are not the ones we want to see. However, our goal is not to bear witness to harm but to God’s love by acting boldly to change those harms.

Bold action, like faith, takes courage. Our bravery is inspired by God’s love and our powerful commitment to improving the lives of women, children, and youth. United Women in Faith works for justice through compassionate service and advocacy to change unfair policies and systems that harm women, children, and youth—from racial and gender injustice to economic inequality, climate issues, and more.

2023 FEB_ UWF_ call to prayer


Our Wesley United Women in Faith are directly connected to our Vermillion Valley River District sisters, the Illinois Great Rivers Conference women, and ultimately to the national and worldwide UWF Fellowship. We are hundreds of strong women of faith, a powerful force, and we use that force to assist women and children who need our support.

Wesley UWF supports worldwide, national, district, and local missions through individual pledges and group fundraising. In 2021 our mission and love gifts totaled $30,515. Those gifts empower women and children in need in places they can best serve.


Wesley UWF hosts three fellowship events yearly, including a meal, an inspirational program/speaker, and fellowship. Join us on September 20 at 6:00 pm in Wesley Hall to learn more about the Child Protection Network. Reservations may be made today in the Garden Room, costing $10. We welcome all who wish to attend.


Hope Circle – Spiritual Gathering Time

Hope Circle consists of working and retired women and meets the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm for refreshments and social time, followed by a study or program at 7:00. Contact Mary Ann Knudson.

G.E.M.S. – Growing Each Mom Spiritually

GEMS members are mothers of young children who meet the third Tuesday evening of the month at the church from 7-8:30. Childcare is available for $3/child. Contact Carli Barnett.

LOL – Ladies Outreach and Lunch

LOL provides opportunities for women with flexible schedules to serve, grow and socialize. Members meet on the first Monday of each month for lunch and fellowship, and on the third Monday, they have lunch and participate in a service project. Contact Nancy Erickson.


Wesley UWF co-sponsors the annual rummage sale, serves funeral meals, cooks and distributes casserole meals to new mothers and shut-ins, hosts the biannual Golden Wedding Anniversary celebration and raises funds in a variety of ways, including the Hershey Snowmen Project and the sale of mittens.  We are there when other women need support or a boost. Join us by contacting co-presidents Nancy Bollman or Sharon Trowitch.