United Methodist Women (UMW)

The United Methodist Women

We are women of purpose, vision, faith and mission. Through our work and financial support we make a positive difference to many here in our community and around the globe. The United Methodist Women’s 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

The UMW Vision

Turning faith, hope and love into action on behalf of women, children and youth around the world

Women Are A Force

Our Wesley United Methodist Women are directly connected to our Vermillion Valley River District sisters, the women of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference, and ultimately to national and worldwide UMW 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. Through individual pledges and group fundraising, Wesley UMW supports worldwide, national, district and local missions. In 2020 our mission and love gifts totaled $22,134! Those gifts are being used to empower women and children in need, in places where they can best serve.

Fellowship Programs

Three times each year Wesley UMW hosts fellowship events which include a meal, an inspirational program/speaker and fellowship. Join us on September 21 at 6:00 pm in Wesley Hall for “The Seven Pillars of Self Care” presented by Catherine Porter, Executive Director of the Carle Health and Fitness Center. Reservations may be made today in the Garden Room and the cost is $10. We welcome all who wish to attend.

Fellowship Groups – Join Us

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.

GEMS – Growing Each Mom Spiritually

GEMS members are mothers of young children who meet the third Tuesday of the month at the church. Childcare is available for $3/child. Contact Liz Tomera.

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 UMW co-sponsors the annual rummage sale, serves funeral meals, cooks and distributes casserole meals to new mothers and shut-ins, and hosts the biannual Golden Wedding Anniversary celebration. We are there when other women need support or a boost up. Join us by contacting co-presidents Nancy Bollman or Sharon Trowitch.