United Methodist Women

UMW LogoThe mission of the United Methodist Women is to know God and 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.


Membership in UMW is open to all women of the church. We invite you to join us anytime.


Mary Elizabeth Circle

Meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month in the Chapel Hall at 1:00pm. Childcare will be provided upon request.

Rachel Circle

Meets on the fourth Thursday of every month in Room 213 at 9:00am. Childcare is provided.

Ruth Circle

Meets on the fourth Thursday of every month in Chapel Hall at 12:45pm. Childcare will be provided upon request.

Sarah Circle

Meets on the fourth Monday of every month in Room 213 at 7:00pm.

Purchase with a PurposePurchase With A Purpose

Stop by the United Methodist Women’s Purchase with a Purpose table in the Parlor and check out the gift cards available for purchase or to order. Help raise money for missions and get that holiday shopping done!

We have Amazon, Dairy Queen, Home Depot, iTunes, Jewel, Kohl’s, Meijer, Panera Bread, Speedway Gas, Starbuck's, Target, Ulta Cosmetics, Ultra Foods, Walgreens, and Downers Grove Downtown Dollars ready to pick up at the table every Sunday!

During the Christmas season we will place an order every week to make your shopping convenient! Simply turn in the order form with your check on Sunday, and your gift cards will be ready for pick up the following Sunday. Arrangements can also be made to pick up your gift cards in the church office.

Would you like to take your time and order the gift cards from the comfort of your home? This new opportunity is available at http://www.mannaorders.net for anyone who would like to order online and pay directly from their checking account. The cards will still be delivered to church with our regular order but you can browse the gift card selection at home and don’t need to remember your checkbook on Sunday morning! Contact Ina Osborn for login details and a password.

Purchase With A Purpose is our year round program where we make gift cards, redeemable at many local stores and restaurants, available for purchase in the Parlor on any Sunday morning. They may be used by the purchaser or given as gifts. For every gift card sold, a percentage is earned by the United Methodist Women to fund their ongoing mission.

Don’t forget that you can pay your Kohl’s charge card bill with gift cards in $25 (available every week) and $100 denominations. When you receive your bill, order the cards you need on Sunday so that you’ll be in time to pay your bill.

The order form is regularly updated with new vendors and restaurants that have opened in the area. If you don't see the gift card that you want visit http://www.mannagroup.net, click on vendor list and if you find something you'd like to order write it on the front of the order form.

Download PWP Order Form: PDF | Excel

News and Events

December UMW Meetings

Celebrate the holidays with UMW!

Thursday, December 14th - Rachel Circle - contact Stacy Klepper

Thursday, December 14th - Ruth Circle - 12:45 p.m. - Chapel Hall


Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 12:45pm

Annual UMW Christmas Tea

We continue to encourage all women of our church to be a part of the UMW by either participating in one of the Circles that meet monthly or participating as a “general member." Plan to join us in fellowship at our annual Christmas Tea. This year the meeting and program will be in the evening to enable many of our working women to attend. Hosted by the Sarah and Rachel Circles, the tea will feature a tasty buffet of fruit, cheese & crackers, and cookies and will include a brief meeting to install our officers for 2018 followed by a holiday program. The program will be a delightful musical presentation by the Downers Grove South Madrigal singers.

Truly a great evening is in store for us so make plans to attend. If you are in need of a ride that evening, please contact either Shelly Davenport at 630.512.0370 or our Outreach Coordinator, Wendy Nystrom, at 630.330.0581 or your circle coordinator and a ride will be arranged for you. Come get in the holiday spirit and share in the fellowship with other women in our church.


Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 6:30pm

UMW Bake Sale

The UMW will host our annual holiday fundraiser bake sale on Sunday, December 3. Plan to stop by to purchase some tasty baked goods provided by our many Circle members. As always, the proceeds go towards the many mission projects, both local and global, supported by United Methodist Women. Your support is appreciated and you get to enjoy some tasty holiday goodies. We will again provide the baked goods in smaller packages, what we call “Grab & Go” so you can choose many items to share with your family and/or friends. See you in the Parlor on December 3rd!

Sunday, December 3, 2017 - 9:00am

BOO! Did that scare you into going to a circle meeting?

Please join us at one of our United Methodist Women circle meetings this October!

Monday, October 23rd - Sarah Circle - 7:00 p.m. - Room 213
Wednesday, October 25th - Mary Elizabeth Circle - 1:00 p.m. - Chapel Hall
Thursday, October 26th - Rachel Circle - 9:00 a.m. - Room 213
Thursday, October 26th - Ruth Circle - 12:45 p.m. - Chapel Hall

Various Locations - See details above
Monday, October 23, 2017 - 7:00pm

Get Your UMW On!

Get your UMW on!

Upcoming events to attend:

September 23 - 8:30 a.m. - Aurora District Annual Celebration, Lockport UMC

September 25 - 7:00 p.m. - Sarah Circle - Room 213

September 27 - 1:00 p.m. - Mary Elizabeth Circle - Chapel Hall

September 28 - 9:00 a.m. - Rachel Circle - Room 213

September 28 - 12:45 p.m. - Ruth Circle - Chapel Hall

Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 8:30am

Blessing of the Backpacks

On Sunday, August 27, please join the United Methodist Women in celebrating children and youth all over the world at the 10am Childrens Sabbath service. Children and youth from our congregation will be greeters, lay readers and ushers.

Be sure to bring your school backpack (or even your work briefcase!). John Smoke will give a Blessing of the Backpacks to get the new school year off to a great start!

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