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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.


President: Mary Fran Parkman, 919.846.4860, Email
Secretary: Martha Biggio, 919.847.9959, Email
Pat Kosak, 919.847.3088, Email
Membership Co-Chair:
Arlene Eckert, 919.761.9766, Email
Membership Co-Chair:
Gail Scruggs, 919.554.4824, Email


UMW Circles

At North Raleigh United Methodist Church, we currently have seven UMW Circles that are within our church. Each circle determines where God is calling them to serve and how the group can participate in God’s mission through United Methodist Women. We support a variety of missions through “hands-on” participation in service projects and through our fundraising activities which provide monetary support to local, national and international missions. UMW Circles meet monthly from September through May. Members of all the Circles come together several times a year for special events such as the Spring Tea, Spring Bake Sale, Salad Supper and our fall Holiday Market.

The Circles are:

Agape – meets on the second Thursday of the month at the church at 10:00 a.m. in room S4. Chairpersons are Lois Arnold (Email or call her at 919.846.5324) or Ruby Rosbach (Email or call her at 919.841.9687).

  • September 13th – A welcome back meeting for old members and greeting of new members. We will kick off our year long collection of snacks for Butner/Stem Elementary School. We will be planning our schedule for upcoming meetings. Special guest speaker will be Elizabeth Lebria, NRUMC Program Assistant for Children & Family Ministry.
  • October 11th – Our program will be World Thank Offering and what that means to us. We will be preparing toiletry bags for Family Promise guests. We will be working on our baskets for the Holiday Market silent auction and the Methodist Home for Children Gala. We will be finishing our crafts for the Holiday Market.
  • November 8 – Our program will be Penny and a Prayer. We will be preparing our jewelry collection for the InterAct Christmas store. We will also prepare Christmas baskets for our homebound members.

Circle of Joy – meets on the second Tuesday of the month at the church at 7:00 p.m. in room S4. Chairperson is Susan Mitchell: Email or call her at 919.847.7489.

  • September 11 – During this meeting we will complete a craft or two for the Holiday Market. We’ll also have a program from the UMW program book. We’ll be collecting items purchased for the silent auction basket.
  • October 9 – During this meeting we will finish crafts and do pricing for the Holiday Market items made and put our basket together for the silent auction. We’ll have a program from the UMW program book.
  • November 13 – During this meeting we’ll discuss how the Holiday Market went and what we’ll want to do for the next years market. We’ll also discuss what we want to do at our meetings in 2019. Plans will also be decided which charities to support with our collected money for Christmas.

Covenant – meets on third Monday of the month at 10:00-11:30 a.m. in Room Y1. Chairperson is Martha Biggio: Email or call her at 919.847.9959.

  • September 17, October 15 and November 19 – Programs are not yet determined. We will collect social action items and work on gift baskets for the NRUMW Holiday Market and the Interact Client Holiday Bazaar. An additional meeting will be held on approximately November 26 to assemble baskets for Interact.

Footprints – meets on the third Monday of the month at the church at 7:00 p.m. in room S3. Co-Chairpersons are Melinda Morrison (Email or 765.278.1064) and Kate McGinnis (Email or 919.302.2360).

  • September 17 – We will have a guest speaker Donna Tate from the United Methodist Home for Children.
  • October 15 – We will make baskets for the Holiday Market (1) and for the United Methodist Home for Children Gala (1) and collect for the World Thank Offering.
  • November 19 – Our program will be Associate Pastor Ashley Will presenting on Methodism symbols, why, and other traditions.

Koinonia – meets on the third Thursday of the month at the church at 9:00 a.m. in room S4. Chairperson is Sharon Sondergard: Email or call her at 919.848.7766.

  • September 20 – Our planning meeting. Lunch afterwards at A Place at the Table.
  • October 18 – We will volunteer at A Note in the Pocket. Lunch to follow…
  • November 15 –We meet to prepare our basket for the Holiday Market.

New Beginnings – meets on the third Monday of the month in member’s homes at 7:30 p.m. Co-Chairpersons are Jean Weikel (Email or call her at 919.846.6631) and Jan Lapp (Email or call her at 919.847.1803).

  • September 17, October 15, and November 19 – Each month this circle meets at a member’s home, and that member is responsible for being hostess and planning a program for the meeting. New Beginnings has ongoing toy/clothing support of a special needs Hilltop Home child, monthly food & canned goods collections, pop top & food label collections, donations of silent auction baskets, preparation of health kits, and financial donations to various UMW national/international charities.

Reflections – meets on the third Thursday of the month in Room S2 at 10:00 a.m. Chairperson is Ellender Mills: Email or call her at 919.847.4099).

  • September 20, October 18, and November 15 are the meeting dates and the circle will work on items to contribute to UMW combined activities.

Women who would like to participate in UMW activities but are not a member of a Circle can become a Member At Large. Information is sent out to these members on a regular basis about upcoming events and participation in activities is encouraged. Contact either Mary Fran Parkman, UMW President, (919.846.4860 or Email) or Natasha Bolick, MAL Coordinator (Email or 919.395.6904).

Please feel free to contact any Circle Chairperson for more information about their individual circle. We invite you to attend a small group circle, a large group event, become a Member-at-Large or volunteer for a fundraising project. There’s a spot for you in United Methodist Women!

UMW Mission Initiatives

The entire program and organization of United Methodist Women focuses on mission. Our mission initiatives include:

  • Providing opportunities to grow spiritually
  • Equipping women & girls to be leaders
  • Providing transformative educational experiences
  • Organizing for growth & flexibility
  • Working for justice through service & advocacy

UMW Focus on Women, Children & Youth

From its beginning, United Methodist Women has focused on ministries with women, children, and youth.

Missions at NRUMC

In 2017, the North Raleigh United Methodist Women raised over $17,000 which was donated to 34 different missions that benefit women and children. Listed below are a few of those we support:

Local missions – 17 including:

Global Missions – 6 including:

Local Church Missions – 11 including:

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Location & Service Times

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Traditional: 8:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m.,
and 11:15 a.m. in the Sanctuary

Contemporary (Souljourn):
9:45 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall

Children's (SHINE):
Begins in 11:15 Traditional, then moves to Room S2


8501 Honeycutt Road
Raleigh, NC 27615
(919) 847-1536