United Methodist Women

 UMW003  UMW005Baker Memorial’s United Methodist Women’s organization provides a variety of exciting opportunities for fellowship, Bible studies, missions outreach and fundraising, Here, Near, and Far Away. The Leadership Team, our governing board, meets the first Wednesday of every month. Our six active circles, each comprised of 10-20 women or girls, are listed below. We welcome all women with open arms! 

Our six circles have a mission of helping women and children, locally and throughout the world. Each circle and our unit, as a whole, have the opportunity to raise awareness of projects and issues involving women and children.  We host different types of fundraisers throughout the year to support many different organizations that help women and children prosper. 

UMW PurposeIn addition to our fund-raisers, we also pledge dollars to our UMW District on a yearly basis. This money, along with dollars from other UMW units, is combined and then distributed by the Women’s Division of the General Board of Global Ministries of the Methodist Church to organizations in the U.S. as well as throughout the world. As a unit, we contribute to the missions of Baker Memorial as well, donating to some of its many ministries and needed remodeling projects around our church.We are a busy group of women who will, with God’s help, continue our missions by pledging our money, time and talents.

A heartfelt invitation is extended to all women in our congregation!  Which Circle is best for YOU? 


UMW004Sarah/Ruth CircleThis is a lively circle of working and retired women. Meetings generally take place on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 1:30 p.m. (3rd Wednesday in November and December) in the church Parlor. This circle is co-chaired by Judy Schlarb and Jane Anderson.

Lydia CircleThis is a circle of working and semi-retired women. Meetings take place on the fourth Tuesday of the month in the evenings at the discretion of the member hosting the event.  Pam Stare is the chair for this circle.

Priscilla CircleMothers of teens and tweens make up this circle that typically gathers at 7 p.m. on the 10th of the month at various locations in the area. This circle provides fellowship and friendship as well as service to the congregation and community. This group is led by Gina Armstrong.UMW001

Phoebe CircleThis circle is geared for mothers of college and teenage youth. Meetings take place at the church on the second Tuesday of the month from 9:00 to 11:00 am. Michele Claney is the leader of this circle.

Miriam CircleThis is a GIRLS’ CIRCLE made up of girls from grades 4-8.  They are sponsored by Jennifer Swenson and Sarah Hardwick. Meetings typically are held on the third Sunday of the month at 12:30 to 2 p.m., with an optional sack lunch prior to the meeting, at 11:45 a.m. The girls focus on service projects, programs and fellowship.


Rebekah CircleThis high school circle of young women meets at 10:30 a.m. on the 2nd Sunday of the month, and focuses on study and mission projects.  Their adult sponsors are Nancy Pearson and Ginny Swiatek.

2016-2017 Leadership Team

President*:                  Gina Armstrong

Vice-President*:          Michele Claney

Treasurer*:                 Judy Schlarb

Secretary*:                  Chris Stumpf

Social Justice*:            Betty Erickson

Spiritual Growth*:       Diana Seymour

Membership:              Ginny Kuzniar

Reading Program:       Barb Traver

Communications:        OPEN

Hospitality:                  Char Van Hiel & Sylvia Wennlund

Devotions:                   Carol Harris

Sunshine:                     Ginny Temple

Sarah/Ruth Chair:       Jane Anderson & Judy Sclarb

Lydia Chair:                 Pam Stare

Phoebe Chair:             Michele Claney

Priscilla Chair:             Gina Armstrong

Rebekah Chair:           Nancy Pearson & Ginny Swiatek

Miriam Chairs:            Jennifer Swenson & Sarah Hardwick

Funeral Luncheon Coordinators:  Chris Stumpf & Betty Erickson


* — denotes member of Executive Board

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