UM Women

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