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united women in faith


the purpose

The organized Unit of United Women Faith shall be a community of women, whose purpose is 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. 

From the Local President of United Women in Faith to All Women

We invite YOU to participate in United Women in Faith (UWF). All women of any age, or interest are welcome to join at any time. You need not be a member of the United Methodist Church.

Participation in the Grace Unit of United Women in Faith gives each of us an opportunity for growth in our individual spiritual experiences, as well as experiencing friendships that enhance each of our lives. It is an opportunity to give of our individual spiritual gifts while receiving invaluable insight and gifts from others of different ages and strengths.

Mission is our program. We take seriously the command of Jesus to “do to the least of these” Matthew 25. United Women in Faith hear the cries of women, children, and youth and constantly look for ways in which we can support each other. Through the global ministries of the church, UWF programs help people become as great as they can be. Please join us – it’s an exciting relationship!

What You Should Know About United Women in Faith

As a Member... 

You are one of 170 members in our Unit, which is one of about 50 units in the Prairie Central District, one of about 300 units in the Northern Illinois Conference, one of over 24,000 units in the nation, with 800,000 members, who give 14 million dollars each for missions, which provides a large portion of Missions Funds used by the General Board of Global Missions of the United Methodist Church in 110 Countries.

As a Member...

You are part of the World Federation of Methodist (and Uniting Church) Women with organizations in over 71 countries with 3 1/2 million women involved in mission in their own lands and to other lands. 

Women Join United Women in Faith 

  • to grow spirirtually, educationally, and intellectually, 

  • to be stimulated, to gain leadership experience,

  • to meet other women and to be involved in mission in a number of ways: 

    • Spiritual growth studies and renewal 

    • Mission education 

    • Biblical and theological study 

    • Women in Crisis programs 

    • Child Advoacy 

    • Giving on behalf of persons in mission 

    • Legislative affairs 

    • Human rights issues 

    • Combating racism 

    • Reading programs 

    • Service to the local church and community 

If you cannot attend monthly meetings, you can support us through prayers and gifts as a Supportive Member. "Every Woman in Grace Church can be in Mission"  Please join us - it's an exciting relationship! For more information about Grace United Women in Faith, contact Ruth Wills via email.

UWF Group Meetings 

UWF meets monthly (not April, June, July, August, November) as a large group for study, fellowship, and required business. In addition, four circles (small groups) as well as a craft group, quilting group, and book discussion group meet for supportive relationships, study, and service. Childcare is provided by reservation for all UMF activities. 

UWF General Unit meets the first Tuesday of the month at 9:30AM.

UWF Circles
UWF groups

Quilt Group meets every Monday morning at 9:30AM in the Fireside Room. This groups makes hand quilted quilts like the annual Mission Quilt which are displayed at events like the Mistletoe Marketplace. All of the proceeds from the quilting projects go directly to Missions. Contact Sandy Bray via email or Nancy Lindberg via email for more information.

Book Discussion Group meets every fourth Wednesday of the month at 12:45PM in Room 254 with a Zoom option. Contact Cathy Connor via email for more information. 

Prayer Shawl Ministry meets 3rd Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at the Church. Contact Barb LeMaster via email for more information. 

upcoming uwf events

United Women in Faith Book Group

Join the Grace UWF Book Group on the 4th Wednesday of each month in January through October. In November, we will meet on the 29th. We will meet at 12:45PM in person at the church with a ZOOM option to discuss the book of the month. Please contact Cathy Connor via email for more information and Zoom link.

2024 Books

June 26 - Keeper of Happy Endings by Barbara Davis
July 24 - First Ladies by Marie Benedict
August 28 - Blue Highways by William Least Heat-Moon

United Women in Faith September General Meeting Program

Tuesday, September 3, 2024 
9:15AM Coffee and Tea
9:30AM Program: Global Warming and Climate Change given by Ruth Ann Parsapour, United Women in Faith Missions Coordinator. Come and join us and learn what we can do to make an impact on our future! All women are welcome!

United Women in Faith October General Meeting Program

Tuesday, October 1, 2024 
9:15AM Coffee and Tea
9:30AM Program: World Thank Offering by Diana McIlvane, Spiritual Growth Coordinator. All women are welcome!

Mistletoe Marketplace

November 9, 2024 at 9:00AM to 2:00PM
United Women in Faith Fundraiser for Missions in Fellowship Hall
There will be many handcrafted items, quilted items, Café, baked goods, and a silent auction of many wonderful items! More information to come!

Interested in learning more about United Women in Faith and our mission projects? Contact Ruth Wills via email for more information.

If you would like to join Grace United Women in Faith, or a monthly circle, contact Erin O’Brien via email or Chamus Burnside-Savazzini via email for more information. All women are welcome!

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