Trinity United Methodist Women (TUMW)
The United Methodist Women (UMW) have had their own organization since 1869. The first meeting of a handful of women started on a rainy Wednesday night in Boston, MA, on Tremont Street. The women who attended wanted to help alleviate the suffering in foreign countries. They gave up wearing silk garments to help raise money to fund sending missionaries to India and China.
The women have always kept their focus on improving the life of women, youth and children. It is independent of the United Methodist Church structure, having its own budget and executive board and serving alongside of the missionary boards of the United Methodist Church.
Today it is an organization of approximately one million members whose purpose is to foster spiritual growth, develop leaders and advocate for justice. The members raise nearly $25 million each year for programs and projects related to women, children and youth in the United States and in more than 100 countries around the world.
A member of the UMW is anyone who commits herself to the PURPOSE and chooses to belong. Being a member of the United Methodist Church is not required nor is there any minimum age requirement. Out of a commitment for mission locally and globally with women, children, and youth, UMW choose to participate in meetings, prayer, financial giving, study, action and service.
The organized unit of UNITED METHODIST WOMEN shall be a national membership organization 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 global ministries of the Church.
The United Methodist Women's Book Club is open to all, men or women, who like to read. Each month books are chosen for discussion the next month. You are welcome to attend Book Club without having read the books. Book Club meets the second Monday of each month, 9:00 am, at Spiro's Pancake House, 1101 Hwy 17 South. Join us to share breakfast and a good book.
The Susanna Wesley Circle
Susanna Wesley Circle meets in the Fellowship Hall on the first Tuesday of each month. We meet and greet at 9:30 am and open the meeting at 10 am. We are a nurturing family of “sisters in Christ," helping one another and praying for one another always. Monthly programs and devotions help us grow spiritually.
Our mission's emphasis extends from global to local. In response to the national UMW Maternal and Child Health Care Initiative, we collected funds to train and supply three midwives globally. In response to the call to Eliminate Violence, we successfully lobbied our national and state legislators for strong laws against human trafficking and domestic violence. In response to the call for Quality Education for All Children, we tutor and mentor in local schools, fulfill the wishlists of teachers in schools in a disadvantaged county in South Carolina, and put together school kits for UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) to distribute where needed. Just for fun, we supply bingo prizes to North Strand Senior Center, make favors for Mobile Meals clients, and many other things.
Susanna Wesley works in our local church to sponsor special events, such as the Valentine reception for seniors 90+ and to participate in other events where needed. We applied the call to "Make the Church More Inviting to People of All Abilities" to Trinity and initiated improvements in the physical building as well as the services. We are currently applying the call for "Climate Justice" to making the recycling program at Trinity more effective.
Susanna Wesley welcomes all women. You can never have too many sisters! Call Gerry Ferguson, Circle Leader, at 843-360-5584 for more information.
The Circle of Love
The first organizational meeting of The Circle of Love was held in the Church Fellowship Hall on Saturday, January 20, 2001. The meeting was opened with a prayer by Rev. Gloria Davis. Martha Watkins and Lynette Cooper explained their involvement in researching the formation of a new Circle at the request of Rev. Davis. After a discussion and acceptance of a plan to go forward, it was decided to name the Circle “The Circle of Love." It was hoped that by having a Saturday morning meeting an opportunity would be available to participate in a Circle for those women who worked during the week and/or were unable to attend an evening meeting.
Betty Tate accepted the position of Leader/Chairperson with Lynette Cooper as acting Co-Chair.
Janet Osgood offered to be the Secretary/Treasurer until a Treasurer could be selected.
Original members included: Lynette Cooper, Bobbie Johnson, Janet Osgood, Alice Peterson, Doris Pollock, Nancy Rautner, Ann Sieg, Betty Tate, Martha Watkins, and Bonnie Weeks.
By November 2001, the membership had grown to include: Angela Dew, Syble Schultz, Emily Sharp, Zandra Swain and Betsy Ward.
Dr. John Mark Jones was Pastor.
The Circle has supported local charities: providing monetary gifts to Street Reach and Helping Hand of North Myrtle Beach, hand sanitizer to the local schools, flavored water for the recipients of Mobile Meals, health/school kits, and various supplies for those being housed at CASA.
The Circle of Love members have remained active in the Trinity United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women in many ways, including as officers of the Love Circle and the UMW as well as major officers in the church. They have been and are active participants as members of the Good Hands' Team, providers of Communion to shut-ins, organizers of the “Ladies Day Apart,” creators of prayer shawls, Flamingo flockers, the Church librarian, workers on arts and crafts for the successful Craft Fairs, Decorating Committee members who are also responsible for decisions regarding Sanctuary needs, and preparers and servers for the Wednesday Night suppers (Several members worked on the suppers with members of the other Circles and were known as “The Trinity Angels.”). Several are also involved in the newest meal undertaking at lunchtime for the homeless and needy, which is known as “The Master’s Meal.”
Currently, The Circle of Love meets the first Thursday of each month, except for July and August, at 9:30 am either in one of our homes or in the A. G. Greene building. We are proud of the participation and support we receive from our “snow bird” members. We welcome visitors and potential members.
THE CENTRAL CORE OF THE UNITED METHODIST WOMEN THEOLOGY OF MISSION IS THE UNDERSTANDING THAT WE ARE ENGAGED WITH GOD IN MISSION!
We Pray: Lord Jesus, all that I am, all that I have, I give to you.
Is a circle, no
beginning, no end.
It keeps us together like
Our Circle of Love. But the
Treasure inside for you to see
Is the treasure of friendship
You have granted to me.
Today, I pass the
The Dot Jordan Circle
The Dot Jordan Circle was organized on March 11, 1986 at the church parsonage. Madalyn Yeater, President of the UMW, was there to help with the organization of the circle. At the first meeting, it was decided to meet the second Tuesday of the month in homes at the same hour. The second meeting of this new circle was April 6, 1986 at the home of Shirley Wiant with Cynthia Stapleman elected as leader. The next meeting was held at the home of Betty Ableman where names for the group were discussed. The name "Dot Jordan" was suggested because Dot Jordan had been the first president of the WSCS when Trinity UMC was known as Ocean View Methodist Church. The group liked this linkage to the past; henceforth, it was named the “Dot Jordan Circle.” The circle has grown to over 32 members.
The Dot Jordan Circle is very active within the community of women whose purpose is to know God. Monthly programs cover a wide variety of educational topics. Circle members participate in mission projects at Trinity and local community projects. Circle projects have ranged from white socks for soldiers, money for homeless teenagers at North Myrtle High School for camp, new clothing for primary students, pet supplies for the Humane Society, food items for the Helping Hands pantry, warm clothing for Master’s meal individuals and Christmas for needy families.
We have four projects every year:
1) Supplies are given to the Master’s meal in February, such as hats, gloves, blankets or any items for warmth.
2) We support the Teen Angel project in April with food gift cards for the homeless teens.
3) In September we bring items for Sea Haven which is a group home for youth in the community.
4) We have fun and fellowship and enjoy serving the Lord! Come join us!
The Dot Jordan meets the second Tuesday of each month. It is the only circle which meets at night which enables those of us working to attend and keep involved.