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The Purpose of United Methodist Women:
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.
Carmel UMC Women's Circles:
Ruth Anna Circle
Ruth Anna Circle seeks to support the goals of the UMW. Meetings are planned to provide opportunities for Christian growth, fellowship, and service to missions. All ladies are invited - it is not necessary to be a member of the church. We meet at 9:30 am on the 2nd Tuesday of each month during the school year except for December and May. In those months, the groups meets at 10:30 am and concludes with a pitch-in lunch. Katie Kessler facilitates.
Moms Circle provides an opportunity for moms to connect with one another. This group is predominately about being in fellowship with one another and supporting each other through the many stages of motherhood. We pray, laugh and sometimes cry together. We have been known to do some Bible studies, craft projects, yoga classes, book swaps, helping with VBS projects, and eating delicious foods during our meetings. We meet on the 2nd Thursday of the month from 9:15-10:30 am in room 122. Childcare is available. Christy Nowlin facilitates.
The Dinner Bells have been meeting and eating for over 20 years! This is a group of (mainly) retired ladies who meet for fun and fellowship at a restaurant of their choice on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 6:15 pm. The Dinner Bells are open to have new people join them—all are welcome! Mary Kay Mann facilitates.
Lydia Circle was born with the purpose of becoming a circle of fellowship and support for working women. With time, it evolved into a more diverse circle, where a mix of working women, retired, and stay-at-home women meet monthly with the purpose of promoting fellowship among women in the church. The circle offers a variety of activities such as guest speakers, movie nights, dining out, and community support programs. Lydia Circle meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm. Cheryl Bourgea facilitates.