UNITED METHODIST WOMEN
"The organized unit of 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."
The Shandon UMW is composed of close to 200 women with eight Circles that meet regularly during the school year. The age groups and individual goals may vary, but the purpose of all the United Methodist Women is always the same. During the year, there are four general membership meetings, two in the evening with supper and two are at lunchtime. The UMW also honors the Shandon Woman of the Year and four individuals with Special Mission Recognition Awards. They also sponsor an annual Garage Sale that has become a shopping staple in the Columbia community and a successful fundraiser for the UMW.
New members are always welcome for wonderful for fellowship, spiritual growth and service.
Bruner/Major/Richardson Circle is a combination of three smaller circles. They currently have 30 members and four special friends and meet the second Tuesday of each month at 11:00 a.m. The circle studies together, enjoys fellowship and participates in all programs that are part of Shandon’s UMW. Their study leader does an excellent job of bringing meaningful messages, and they welcome new members to enjoy the fellowship.
Louise Munnerlyn Circle meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 4:00 p.m. in Wesley Hall with an average 12 members. In January of each year, they have a pledge service encouraging each of their members to pledge what they can toward the United Methodist Women. Through their gifts, they support Killingsworth Home, Wallace Family LIfe Center, our friends in Petersfield, SC and others. Their Sunshine Chair remembers "Special Friends" with cards throughout the year. And they welcome anyone to visit anytime.
Mary Campbell Circle is a group of Christian women who enjoy growing together in their faith as they study together, share their lives and support the needs of others. They meet the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00 or 6:30 p.m. in the evening at members’ homes or at the church. They are a diverse, multi-age group. They support the mission programs of the UMW through donations of time, talents and money. As a group, the Circle has sponsored the Adopt-A-Child project out of Guatemala since May 1986, and they also adopt multiple families for the "Families Helping Families" Christmas project each year.
Mary and Martha Circle is comprised of about 25 women who enjoy growing spiritually together and sharing their faith and support with each other as well as those in need. They are a diverse group with children ranging in age from preschool through early 20s.This circle meets the second Tuesday of each month at 12:45 p.m. in Wesley Hall and enjoys a short program, fellowship and lunch. They support the missions and projects sponsored by the UMW. And in particular, they support the Shandon Methodist Youth Mission Project and the Ronald McDonald House.
Susanna Wesley Circle is over 25 members strong and growing daily. Many of the members are women with children or working women who find it easier to make evening meetings rather than morning/lunch meetings. They meet on the second Tuesday or the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in homes of members or at the church, which are usually on Wednesday nights. At their meetings, this circle enjoys both short programs and fellowship. They select a book to be read over the summer to be discussed in the fall, and they have adopted cooking for the Ronald McDonald house as a mission.
Ola B. Taylor Circle, though small in number, is a caring, committed group of ladies ranging in age from 60s to 80s. They meet on Tuesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. in members' homes and enjoy refreshments. They have two talented study leaders who lead them on a journey through different Christian study books every month. They cheerfully support all United Methodist Women missions, their pledge to missions, their "special friends" and the annual garage sale, heading up the bake sale.