United Methodist Women

The UMW Purpose

The organized unit of United Methodist Women is a community of women whose purpose 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.


Joining this group of committed women is a unique opportunity to move in harmony with other women who have been responding to this Purpose with their gifts and services for over 135 years.

United Methodist Women invite you

To become part of our supportive fellowship and ...

  • To get to know other women who have similar interests and values
  • To join in efforts of mission out-reach to women and children in need
  • To join your talents with others in meeting humanitarian needs
  • To affirm your spiritual sense of purpose and commitment to God

To become involved…

  • By joining a circle that meets at a convenient time for you
  • By becoming a “member at large” who can’t meet regularly but would like to be a contributor of time, talent, and finances at special times
  • By attending Connection Events—open to all women of the church.


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Leadership Rosters, Members Directory,
Events Calendar and more.

2019 becomes the final Annual Rummage Sale

The Rummage Sale was an annual FUMC UMW
 summer event for the past 27 years with great success.
It enabled the UMW to contribute monies
to support local and non-local charities,
to provide service to the community
and support mission and ministry of our church.
Thank you to all who supported this event throughout the years. 
Click title to read UMW President Rachel's Wegener statement. 

Connection Meetings

9:30 AM Saturdays, three times a year
Events rotate between First Church Campuses
Large goup gatherings for all UMW members
Open to all women of the church

First Church UMW CIRCLES

These small groups meet monthly
Some take summer months off,
check schedule with leader,
all offer good fellowship, food and friendship.

Good Fellowship

9:15-11:00 AM first Wednesdays
Meets at the downtown church
Book reviews, speakers, projects
Call Lois Dutcher, 856-1325

Noon Luncheon

Noon-1:00 PM, first Wednesdays
Meets at the downtown church, lunch provided
UMW projects and guest speakers
Call Dianne Throop, 841-1408

New Act

1:30 PM, second Wednesdays
Meets in members homes or downtown church
UMW Program Book, speakers, and projects
Call Mary Margaret Rowen, 842-8847

Fifth Dimension

7:15 PM, first Mondays
Meets in members’ homes
Book studies or topics of special interest
Call Lori Madaus, 331-4576

Just Us

7:30 PM, third Thursdays
Meets in members’ homes
Book reviews, current events, or speakers
Call Patricia Mayhew, 312-8711

The Reading Program

Encourages members to think critically about current issues through an annual selection of member-reviewed books. It offers an excellent opportunity to deepen your spirituality and to broaden your understanding of our mission work.  The purpose of the program is to: Expand understanding of and participation in God’s mission. Increase sensitivity to all human beings—their needs, interests and concerns. Encourage critical thinking about issues facing humanity today. Grow in understanding of Scripture as it relates to Christian faith in contemporary life. Enhance self-knowledge and act from that knowledge. Strengthen involvement in local and global Christian mission.
For more information on the Reading Program, contact Barb McQuitty, jtmcq1@sunflower.com

United Methodist Women award Special Mission Recognition Pins

Thank you to these four women for their support of missions and especially women, children, and youth.
Aileen Ball is being recognized for her service in supporting the following: Jubilee Café, UMW Prison Ministry Clothing Closet, Chancel Choir, Celebration Ringers, and Justice Matters.
Lois Dutcher is being recognized for her service in supporting the following Friendly Hands UMW Circle and the Forget-Me-Not members of that group, Family Promise, and Jubilee Café.
Jackie Elliott-Denney is being recognized for her service in supporting the following: being an active member of Sarah Circle, attending and supporting UMW Connection events, transporting books to the Topeka Correctional Facility as part of the Ministry to Incarcerated Families, and her willing support of this ministry with enthusiasm and financial gifts.
Deb Engstrom is being recognized for her service in supporting the following: serving as a board member of LINK, Community Christmas Dinner, Community Drop-In Center, DARE Center, and Communities in Schools of Mid America.

Some of our Local Mission Projects

For more information, contact Cindy Koester.

Haskell Indian Nations University
We support by donating school supplies at the beginning of the school year as well as snacks during finals week.

The Willow Domestice Violence Center
We support financially.

Ministry to Incarcerated Women

Clothing Room

This ministry housed at First Church provides women being released from the Topeka Correctional Facility clothing and a purse to empower a fresh start. Volunteer Opportunities available click the image to sign up.

Read with Me

This ministry provides Mothers incarcerated at Topeka Correctional Facility
an opportunity to send a special git to celebrate their children's birthdays.
Our volunteers match storybooks with stuffed animals and send them to the Great Plains Ministry to Incarcerted Women.

If you have questions, please contact UMW Local President:  Rachel Wegener at 766-9598 or by e-mail at: drwegener@reagan.com