UM Women

2018 News from United Methodist Women:

Dates to Remember:
  • March 11th PRAYER AND SELF DENIAL @ Ranger UMW 4:00 PM. Ranger UMW, Tomatla UMW and Murphy UMW participate alternately. In 2019 Prayer and Self Denial will be at Murphy. A simple meal is served each year and a short program will be presented. An offering for missions credited to your individual UMW is taken.
  • March 12th, Willing Worker’s regular monthly meeting 6:30 PM in Fellowship Hall of Education Building. Hostess: Karen Crump, Topic is “Easter Baskets.”
  • March 17th, Mini-mission u (formerly known as Mission Studies) 9:00 at Cullowhee UMC, located on the campus of Western Carolina University.Subject: “Living As A Covenant Community.” Registration and Breakfast begin @ 9:00 AM. Class is from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM. Participants should bring a bag lunch.
  • March 18, First Church Family Meal of the new season. Helping Hand’s’ Circle is the Hostess. Hostess groups set up the tables, providing any table decorations, table clothes (optional), butter, salt, pepper, beverages, greet guests. Church has available plates, flatware, napkins but these are made available by the host group.
  • March 20th, Helping Hand’s Circle regular meeting @ 9:45 AM. Hostess: Elaine Svitil, Program-“Reading Program.” MJ, Devotion, Liz Pipes, Response Magazine, Marilyn.

Praise and Thanksgiving!

Each Christmas, the Willing Workers help provide gifts for students in the local schools who would otherwise not experience a very happy holiday. This year, the list of requests was large, with many students needing help. The circle enlisted the help of the entire membership of FUMC Murphy. A goal was set to raise $2000 to help meet the needs. The generosity of the members resulted in over $5400 being raised! Thirty high school students, twenty middle school students, and four elementary students received Christmas gifts through this effort. It was a remarkable response and a blessing to all involved.

From Esther Manchester:

Helping Hand’s Circle 2018

UMW Helping Hands Circle, Christmas 2017 Brunch

The Helping Hands Circle is one of two circles that comprise the Murphy First Unit of United Methodist Women. The membership of 25 women meets monthly throughout the year on the third Tuesday morning at 9:45 in the Fellowship Hall of the Education Building. The primary mission of the Helping Hands Circle is to teach the love of Jesus Christ for women, children and youth in our local community and all around the world.

In Matthew 28:19 Jesus gathered his disciples around him and commissioned them to “Go and make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything that He commanded them. “and promising this, “I myself will be with you every day until the end of the present age.” This group of women has joined 800,000 other United Methodist Women globally to answer this call by praying for each other and for those who have dedicated their lives to missional work, giving time and money supporting those in need, studying issues and responsibilities through a vibrant reading program using recommended books, Response Magazine and World Outlook Magazine, and becoming active in District and Conference events.

Any woman who has a passion for missions and who agrees with the purpose of the UMW Organization is encouraged and welcomed to become a member of UMW. Being a member of the United Methodist Church is not a requirement to becoming a member of UMW.

The purpose:
The organized unit of the 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.

Willing Workers

The Willing Workers is a circle within the United Methodist Women. This group has the mission to “Help Women and Children In our Community”. To that end, the Willing Workers choose a different community organization to help each month. Some of the recipients of their support include the Homeless Shelter, the Pregnancy Center, R.E.A.C.H, and the Cherokee County Food Bank. In addition, any request received by the members is considered and the need fulfilled if possible.

At Christmas, the Willing Workers lend support to local students who would not otherwise have a happy Christmas. This year, the need was extreme, and the Willing Workers went beyond their usual fund raisers and asked the entire membership of the First United Methodist Church of Murphy for help. The church helped to raise more than $5400 for the Christmas initiative. The Willing Workers were able to help thirty high school students, twenty middle school students, and four elementary students through these funds.

During the month of January, 2018, the circle received a plea for help from the local elementary school. They purchased thirty-two pairs of shoes for students in need.

The Willing Workers rely on referrals for help from school social workers, nurses, and secretaries among others.

The Executive Committee Of UMW

The officers of each of the two circles-Helping Hands and Willing Workers, make up the membership of the Executive Committee of the Murphy First Unit. Its primary purpose is to assist the two circles in their work to make disciples. They meet quarterly-the first Thursday of the quarter (January, April, July and October) to plan programs, assess effectiveness and identify unmet needs in the community and how the identified needs may be met.

Currently the following positions are vacant and need to be filled in order for the Executive Committee to move forward and be all that it is called to be-Vice president, Spiritual Growth Coordinator, Social Action Coordinator, Communications Coordinator and Membership/Nurture Coordinator.

For questions and suggestions contact Esther Manchester at ehm1@yahoo. Com or 828-226-7481.


Prior News:

Sunday, August 13, 2017 was United Methodist Women Day. In addition to informative displays in the church, the UMW invited a very special speaker, Ann Miller Woodford. Ann is the founder of One Dozen Who Care. She is the author of the book When All God’s Children Get Together in addition to many other accomplishments. She spoke to the congregation about the history of African Americans in Western North Carolina.

During the service, Gift to Mission Cards were presented to outstanding members of the congregation. A gift was made to a mission in the name of each recipient.

 Kevin Crouch for his faithful service to the Church
Martha Palmer for her faithful service to the Church
  Karen Watson for the “many hats” she wears in service to the Church and the Community
Nancy Jo Willis for her faithfulness in providing many services as a “new comer” to the Church and Community.

Esther Manchester and Ann Woodword


Murphy First has two women’s groups that meet on a monthly basis.

The Helping Hands Circle meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 9:45am in the Fellowship Hall. For more information contact Esther Manchester at 828-226-7481.

The Willing Workers Circle meets on the second Monday of each month (August – May) at 6:30pm in the Fellowship Hall.  Our focus is coming together to help those in need within our community.  A few of the things we support are our area schools, the pregnancy center, local  homeless shelter, food pantry and many more.  All women are welcome.  Come join us for a night of fun and fellowship.   This year our verse is:

          “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the

                                                                   least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”  Matthew 25:40

For more information contact Karen Crump at 828-361-4504.

Willing Workers agenda for 2017-2018:

Meeting Date                                       Program                                         Focus


1/8/18                                               Esther Manchester – UMW                         Pregnancy Center: diapers & wipes

2/12/18                                              UMCOR                                                          Homeless Shelter: hygiene items

3/12/18                                               Easter Baskets                                              Easter Baskets

4/9/18                                               Marji Hill, Hinton Center                            Reach: toiletries

5/14/18                                             Museum Tour                                                 Comfort Bags