United Methodist Women

United Methodist Women is 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 global ministries. More information about the United Methodist Women as an global entity is available at their webpage.   Small study groups or circles meet monthly. The general meeting offers informative and inspirational programs.


Members of Ogden by the Sea Circle

Members of Enice Bowen Circle

Members of Enice Bowen Circle

UMW Circles

If you are interested in attending one of the circles listed below, the church office can have one of the United Methodist Women officers contact you.


Upcoming Events

August 27, 2019 General Gathering Meeting

Common Thread Ministry

2019 Officers

Executive Committee

Nancy Coppedge

Vice President:
Fay Whitfield

Melissa Ciamillo

Sandra Canady

Susie Lupton

Secretary of Program Resources:
Susie Lupton

Staff Liaison:
Charles George

Circle Chairpersons

Common Thread: Carol Bordeaux

Enice Bowen:
Cathy Gragg and Sherry Rich

Mary Ellen Whitfield: Marylee Gross

Ogden by the Sea: Pam Craig

SALT Life:
Shannon Owens

Mission Coordinators

Education & Interpretation:
Pam Stallings

Spiritual Growth: Shannon Owens

Social Action:
Meg Smith & Sidni Tacia

Membership Nurture & Outreach: Linda Page

Historian: Beverly Cheers

Nominating Committee: All Circles - SALT Chair

Leslie Littlefield receives the John Kaiser Home and Heart

Leslie Littlefield receives the John Kaiser Home and Heart

At Welcome Home Angel's brunch each year, we award the John Kaiser Home and Heart Award to someone who has volunteered for the organization and has gone above and beyond to help the children we serve. The winner is given the award for their "unwavering and selfless service in providing joy to children with significant health or life altering conditions in the Wilmington region." 

This year, our winner was Leslie Littlefield! 

She created such amazingly detailed documentation of her project's budget and work plan - everyone said she had the best work plan they'd ever seen! We now use her work as examples for new Design Team orientations! 

She also used only about half the $7500 budget, which included new carpet in the bedroom and living room, and a beautiful custom bed. 

The other thing we loved about Leslie's work this year is that she took care to make sure each volunteer didn't just show up on the day of. Everyone was involved in some part of the planning process - everyone got to "own" something. The group responsible for this incredible project for a sweet girl named Gabby was the Ogden by the Sea UMW Circle - each one of them contributed to making Project Gabby such a huge success! 

- Article submitted by Logan Thompson, Executive Director for Welcome Home Angel. The mission of Welcome Home Angel is to bring joy to children with significant health or life altering conditions and relief to their families by creating happier and more functional living spaces 

Tara Lain, Minister at Oleander UMC in Wilmington was the speaker for the 2018 UMW Sunday services.

Tara Lain, Minister at Oleander UMC in Wilmington was the speaker for the 2018 UMW Sunday services.

The 2018 UMW Sunday was held on Sunday, April 22 during the 8:30 AM and 11:00 AM worship services. Tara Lain, Minister at Oleander UMC in Wilmington was the speaker. Tara Lain grew up at Pine Valley UMC and shared how the UMW and Pine Valley shaped her ministry. This day, the United Methodist Women also recognized and celebrated those who have been married for at least 50 years and also those who are 80 years or older.


Common Thread won the 2017 Health Care Heroes Award by Lower Cape Fear Hospice in the Volunteers category! The nomination was made by Rose Hunt. This year there were more than 150 nominations in 11 categories. The judges, who make up sponsors and community leaders in the health care industry, deliberated and narrowed down the nominations to three finalist in each category. Health Care Heroes is an annual awards program and event organized by Greater Wilmington Business Journal. Common Thread was one of 30 other organizations/people  featured in the Oct. 20 Business Journal issue and honored on Nov. 11 at the Health Care Heroes event at the Country Club of Landfall.  Jeanne Scott was presented with the award.

NC Diaper Bank Donation

NC Diaper Bank Donation

The Social Action Committee for UMW sends a huge THANK YOU to all who donated diapers and wipes for the NC DIAPER BANK for our 2018 General Meeting.  We were able to deliver 3,041 diapers and 1,228 wipes and the Diaper Bank Volunteers were thrilled!  Here George is surveying the pile ready to be moved from the entry to the Diaper Bank.

Do you like to read?

The UMW Reading Program offers a variety of books which encourages members to think critically about current issues and often Leads toAction! Read as few as 5 books during the year from the UMW reading list along with Response magazine and receive a certificate.  Books are located in the Church library in the UMW Parlor.  Some of the books that have been reviewed and recommended are listed below.

Leadership Development

  • I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb

  • Called To The Fire by Chet Bush

  • Falling into Place by Hattie Kauffman

  • Sum It Up by Pat Summit

Education for Mission

  • Faith and Struggle on Smokey Mountain by Benigno P. Beltran

  • Coffee, tea, and holy water, one woman’s journey to experience Christianity around the globe by Amanda Hudson

  • WHEREVER the RIVER RUNS, how a forgotten people renewed my hope in the gospel by Kelly Minter

  • Chasing Chaos: My decade in and out of humanitarian aid by Jessica Alexander

  • Good God, Lousy World & Me, the Improbable Journey of a Human Rights Activist from Unbelief to Faith by Holly Burkhalter

  • What’s so Blessed about being poor: Seeking the Gospel in the Slums of Kenya by Susan L. Slavin and Coralis Salvador


Social Action

  • Blue Gold by Elizabeth Stewart

  • The White Umbrella by Mary Francis Bowley

  • Return toSender by Julia Alvarez

  • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Nurturing for Community

  • Miss Brenda and the Loveladies by Brenda Spahn

  • Money On Purpose: Finding a Faith-Filled Balance, by Shayna Lear

Spiritual Growth

  • Extraordinary Grace, by Gary Chapman and Chris Fabry

  • Coaltown Jesus by Ron Koertge

  • Finding God in a Bag of Groceries: Sharing food, discovering faith by Laura Lapins Willis

  • Not Worth Saving: How a Severely Handicapped Boy Transformed Lives by Ann Joyner

  • Reluctant Pilgrim: a moody, somewhat self-indulgent introvert's search for spiritual community by Enuma Okoro

  • Tilly: a story of hope and resilience by Frank E. Peretti