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

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.

Stop by the Purchase With a Purpose table on Sunday mornings in the parlor to place an order or buy from our regular inventory of cards including Amazon, Darden Restaurants, Home Depot, iTunes, Jewel, Kohl’s, Mariano’s, Meijer, Panera Bread, Speedway Gas, Starbuck's, Target, Ulta Cosmetics, Walgreens, Walmart and Downers Grove Downtown Dollars.

The order form has just been updated with new vendors and restaurants that have opened in the area. If you don't see the gift card that you want visit www.shopwithscrip.com click on vendor list and if you find something you'd like to order write it on the new order form.

At this busy time of year take advantage of the convenience of ordering online from home at our new provider www.shopwithscrip.com. You can buy your usual gift cards and pick them up on Sunday, buy a gift card via email or even reload money onto a card already purchased. If you would like an account it will take a few days to set up so ask Ina at inamairi@mac.com soon.

The Benefit Mobile APP for your smart phone is another very convenient way to buy gift cards as and when you need them. Download the APP, register with First United Methodist Downers Grove, Purchase With A Purpose and set up your bank account for direct debit or a credit card. Many retailers allow you to buy the exact amount of your bill at the checkout so you never have to carry a balance on the card.

Download PWP Order Form: PDF | Excel

News and Events

Home Run Inn - UMW Fundraiser

Please enjoy a wonderful meal and support the United Methodist Women on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at Home Run Inn Pizza in Darien. Between the hours of 11:00 a.m and 9:00 p.m. present the flyer below when paying for your order and 20% of the purchase will go to UMW.

Thank you for your support! We hope to see you there!

Home Run Inn - 75th and Lemont Road - Darien
Thursday, January 4, 2018 - 11:00am

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

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