UNITED WOMEN IN FAITH
Leading the way through Christ
Ocean View United Women in Faith is a part of the larger Harbor District UMW and the North Carolina Conference UMW.
“To know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ, to develop a creative, supportive fellowship and expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.”
HOW WE ACCOMLISH OUR PURPOSE
Locally: We contribute to the Methodist Home for Children, Matthews Ministry, Brunswick Family Assistance Agency, Life Line Pregnancy Center, Communities In Schools, Brunswick County Meals on Wheels, Lower Cape Fear Life Care, Lump to Laughter, and the Ocean View Human Needs Fund.
District and Conference: We contribute to the MATCH prison ministry, which allows children to visit with their incarcerated mothers; NCUMC Camp and Retreat Ministries and to general “Mission Giving”, which enables the monies to go where they are most needed.
Marge Stucky Scholarship Fund: This fund was established to honor a longtime UMW president at Ocean View UMC Mrs. Marge Stuckey. She was very active at the district level for many years as well. Alexander Patterson was the 2022 recipient of the Ocean View United Women in Faith Marge Stuckey Scholarship.
THE UMW READING PROGRAM: YOUR WINDOW TO THE WORLD
The purpose of the Reading Program is to encourage United Methodist Women:
- to expand understanding of and participation in God’s mission
- to increase sensitivity to all human beings – their needs, interest, and concerns;
- to explore issues facing humanity today;
- to grow in understand of scriptures as it relates to Christian faith in contemporary life;
- to enhance self-knowledge and to act from that knowledge;
- to strengthen involvement in local and global Christian Mission..
To view or download more information on the UMW Reading Program plans click on Reading Program.
ALL ARE WELCOME!
All women are invited and encouraged to become active in one of our four circles. We are excited about our work for 2022. We hope to become more involved in our community and through “hands-on” projects that help children and women. We welcome and value new ideas and new ways of doing things.
You can join a circle at any time.
We have four active circles which meet at various times:
- Taylor Brown Circle
- Circle of Vision
- Outer Circle
- Heavenly Crafters Circle
The Taylor Brown Circle meets in the Multi-Purpose Room (MPR) at 10 AM the third Tuesday of each month, except the months of June-August. The main project of this Circle is making and selling chicken pies twice a year. Not only is it a great money raiser but also the fellowship of the making is very special. The money raised is used to support various missions and community needs.
The Circle of Vision meets the third Sunday of each month, except July and August. The meetings are at 12:00 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room (MPR). In addition to the business portion of the meeting they have an inspirational reading and a topic of discussion. There is lots of good fellowship! They have one big fundraiser a year – an annual Lasagna Lunch in the spring. Their projects are usually child centered and include support for Providence Home, first aid kits for migrant workers, financially supporting the church’s youth group and adopting a child for Christmas. They are always happy to welcome new members. The Circle of Vision would love to have you drop by a meeting and see what they are all about!
The Outer Circle is a circle that does not have scheduled meetings. The UMW realized that there was a need for some of its church members that wanted to be included in the works of the UMW but could not commit to regular scheduled meetings. As an Outer Circle Member, you may be called on to help on fund-raisers and any other needs that might arise. It is understood that as an Outer Circle member that you may not always be able to help but will help if you are able.
The Heavenly Crafters Circle meets every Tuesday at 10am at the church in classroom 6 Our purpose is Missions. They knit and crochet prayer afghans, lap throws, shawls, pocket shawls and many other items to give to people who are in need of comfort. They have a visitation Ministry, reaching out to those who are in Nursing Homes or sick at home. They have a card Ministry, sending messages of love and comfort to those who are hurting.
For more information about being a part of Ocean View United Women in Faith, you can email the OVUMW or by contacting the church office at 910-278-5973.