WHAT IS UMW?
United Methodist Women is the largest denominational faith organization for women with approximately 800,000 members whose mission is fostering spiritual growth, developing leaders and advocating for justice. One of the WLAUMC United Methodist Women’s main functions is supporting mission projects within our community and around the globe. Funds are raised through their bi-annual Holiday Boutique and other fundraising projects.
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.
Our church’s United Methodist Women support mission projects within our community and around the globe. Presently, our women meet to work on projects and enjoy regularly meeting to discuss important current issues.
YOU CAN BECOME A MEMBER of the United Methodist Women by submitting a Membership Form and $10 Membership Fee to Sharon Kinoshita-Gill, UMW Treasurer. Every woman of the congregation is welcome to participate in UMW meetings, craft workshops, the annual Women’s Retreat, and other special events. Join today and become a part of this global organization that supports missions and fellowship!
Here are some of the organizations and programs that the United Methodist Women support:
WESLEY FOUNDATION 580 CAFE provides support for UCLA students, particularly those who face food in security. By hosting weekday meals, students are physically and spiritually nourished during their academic programs. Deaconess Jeanne Roe Smith leads the campus ministry program which the UMW supports with funding, food, toiletry bags, and other necessities.
LAYETTES FOR ALASKAN NEWBORNS are purchased, packaged, and sent to organizations that distribute them to families.
THE CENTER FOR ASIAN PACIFIC FAMILIES provides safe transitional housing for Asian and Pacific Island domestic violence survivors. Through the Center’s various programs/services, these individuals have the opportunity “to acquire the necessary skills and personal strength for self-sufficiency and violence-free lives.” This center is located in Los Angeles.
DAVID AND MARGARET YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES provides a wide range of services for youth and families that foster emotional, spiritual and identity development. The home originally began in 1910 as an orphanage, transitioned into a treatment center for girls, and now has varied programs for both girls and boys, such as foster family placement, learning problems center, mental health counseling and services, and a Transitional Living and Care Program to provide housing and support services for young adults who have come of age to leave foster care. David and Margaret is located in LaVerne, California.
PATH – PEOPLE ASSISTING THE HOMELESS provides transitional housing and employment assistance to help veterans become self-sufficient in their journey to becoming independent, productive citizens. UMW members prepare and serve dinner for these residents once or twice during this year. PATH is located in West Los Angeles.
A WOMEN’S RETREAT is hosted by the church each year at a lovely retreat center. UMW members participate in this annual gathering as well as friends.
CAL-PAC ANNUAL CONFERENCE CAMPING PROGRAM offers summer camps for persons of all ages. In 2017, the UMW gave a donation to support the camping program.