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Membership in United Methodist Women is open to all women who seek to be a part of a supportive community committed to the UMW PURPOSE. Members may participate in one of our small group circles or, if unable to participate that way, may be members-at-large. Our circles have varied meeting times that provide opportunities for women with different schedules. There are over a million members of United Methodist Women worldwide.

The 2020 Western Jurisdiction Quadrennial Event for UMW will be in Tempe Arizona this Spring!

April 17-19, 2020
Event cost $240 Saturday Only including Banquet $120
For more information go to


Central Church has two active circles that all women are cordially invited to join.

Esther Circle meets in the Church Parlor the second Thursday of the months January through May and September through December. We have refreshments, programs or speakers. During the summer months (June-Aug) we meet at various locations for food, fun and fellowship.  For more information about this circle please contact Deanne Handlong.

Lydia Circle meets in the Church Parlor the second Monday of the months of January through May and September through December. This circle is for working women and women who enjoy a meal with the program. We have good conversation with supper, followed by programs or speakers.  During the summer months (June-Aug) we meet at various locations for food, fun and fellowship.  For more information about this circle please contact Marilyn Seese.

Other Projects

The April Bakeless Bake Sale, the October Red Sock Party and the December Holiday Bake Sale are our three annual money-raising projects. 

Reading Program

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The United Methodist Women prints a flyer each year listing books under the categories of Spiritual Growth, Education for Mission, Nurturing for Community, and Social Action. There are four different Reading Plans you can participate in.  Books must be chosen from the UMW Reading Lists.  You can learn more about the program and download current reading lists on the UMW Reading Program Resources page.


Book Club hosted by United Methodist Women

(Men, Women and Children)
Central’s book of the month list can be downloaded by clicking here or you can find the full list of books by clicking here. All participants, men and women, get recognized, and there are even books for children, and books in other languages. Track your selections on the form found by clicking here. For more information contact Amy Pate, 602-284-8501 or

Click on any of the links below to learn more about our      conference and national United Methodist Women and find us on facebook

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In the early days of Methodism women were limited in what they were allowed to participate in as members of the church. As churches were built and staffed, much of the promotion and funds to support mission locally and overseas were instigated by women. As they gathered together to cook, sew, knit or quilt they organized The Ladies Aid Society. In 1872 a group formed at Central United Methodist Church which was later named The Wesleyan Service Guild; then in 1940 it became The Women's Society of Christian Service; with the merging of the United Brethren and the Methodist Churches in 1968 they became The United Methodist Women.

"The achievements through the years have not been just in administration of the work, raising vast sums of money or the lives salvaged, children educated, sick cared for, or communities uplifted. Through this organization, hundreds of thousands of women have had the opportunity to develop and enlarge their own lives and at the same time engage in Christian humanitarian service..."