United Methodist Women

We are a community of women whose purpose is to know God and in so doing, express His love through our fellowship and service.  

We participate in local, regional, and global mission projects.  Our membership is open to any woman who indicates her desire to belong.Some of us choose to become members of one of our six circles, which meet monthly.  Each circle is a mirror that in its own unique way reflects the sisterhood, spiritual development and charity of the St. John's United Methodist Women.  Whether Circle members or not, we are all General Members of St. John's United Methodist Women.  Circle and general meetings are open to any who choose to attend, without special invitation. Please call Jane Purdy (215-322-6838) and Sandy Hunter (215-757-2086), Membership Nurture and Outreach, or President, Rosemarie Malizia (215-598-8567) for futher information.  We hope to hear from you and look forward to the opportunity to warmly welcome you to St. John's United Methodist Women.  WHAT WE DO


September (4th Saturday morning) – Welcome Breakfast
December (1st Wednesday evening) – Cookie Exchange
March (Saturday morning) – Communion Breakfast
May  (1st Wednesday evening) – Spring Banquet
(See calendar for current year’s exact dates)UMW Calendar

In September we gather for a meal of delicious breakfast casseroles. We usually have a guest speaker who represents a mission focus or spiritual growth message, as well as an update on happenings in the larger UMW organization.In December we host a cookie exchange where participants prepare plates of cookies for our shut-ins, a Christmas devotion, and installation of officers who are on our St. John’s UMW mission team.In March we gather for breakfast and a Lenten devotion with Communion.Our “Spring Banquet” is held in May.  The dinner is “potluck”.


This year, Carlen Blackstone spoke at the UMW Spring Dinner.  After almost 50  years of being involved with Methodist camps she is still feels excited  and blessed  to introduce children and teens to this special experience.   Our Methodist camps offer many different types of camp experiences.   Be sure to check out Innabah's  Grandparents and Me and Parents and Me.

2017 UMW Reading Program  We hope you’ll consider reading books from the UMW reading program. Please contact Rosemarie Malizia at 856-364-0238 for more information or to request a book in her collection. In the past five years, over 30 women have completed the reading program. 


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All of our general meetings are open to all the women of the church and their friends.

UMW General Information2017 Mission Team Members

What is a Circle and what do they do?

It is a group of women that meet once a month, Sept.-June. Some Circles meet in member’s homes and some have their meetings at the church. Each Circle decides on their own study material for the year and then at their monthly meetings they have devotions, their study lesson, discuss the upcoming projects of UMW & the church, have refreshments, and lots of “girl talk”. There are no commitments to hosting a circle in your home or of being a lesson leader. How much you want to be involved is totally up to you. Most circles occasionally have their meetings at the church.T

here are currently six UMW Circles at St John’s:

Deborah Circle  Leader: Laura Paulus (215-794-8764)They meet the 3rd TuDeborahCircleAidForFriendsesday at 7:00 p.m. in members’ homes. After having snacks provided by the hostess and lots of conversation, they review any UMW matters followed by a book study. One recent book discussed was Strong was Her Faith written by J.Ellsworth Kalas, which covers the lives of several women of the Bible. Each year they prepare dinners for Aid for Friends and raise money for various charities that come to their attention including funding a Christmas party in Peru.
Deborah circle making yummy saurkraut baked with apple sauce, potatoes, bacon bits, brown sugar at Aid for Friends.   
Aid for Friends in Northeast Philadelphia (12271 Townsend Road) 

Joanna Circle  Leader: Elaine Cassidy (215-293-0303)
They meet the 2nd Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at a member’s home. Most of the 12 members in their 60s and 70s are retired. They have a devotion and a Bible study that they take turns presenting each month. They catch up on UMW and church happenings. They take part in Interfaith services and also collect food twice a year. A prayer chain is used for all of those who need our prayers. Of course, being Methodists, they enjoy cakes and desserts also with fellowship.

Lydia Circle  Leader: Connie Whalen (215-904-2447)
They meet the 2nd Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Dinner is provided by the hostess (usually pizza) from 7-8. The lesson from 8-8:30 is provided by the hostess. Sometimes, a Wired Word article is discussed. Business and prayer time follows at 8:30. Most of the women in Lydia Circle are mothers that work outside the home, but there are also a few stay-at-home moms. Many of the lessons and discussions revolve around raising Christian children. Their mission project has been the Duluti Foundation which provides funding for women in Tanzania to start chicken coops, vegetable gardens and other projects that help these women to be self-sustaining. One of the requirements for participants is that they must use proceeds to start another woman in the same type of project. Updates are provided by the ladies from the founder of the foundation, Cynthia, who travels to Tanzania at least once a year. She brings back letters and stories to share with the circle.

Naomi Circle  Co-Leaders: Linda Barr (215-773-9865)IMG_0984
Carol Campbell (215-364-0942)
 Members meet in members’ home the 2nd Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. Each meeting begins with snacks and updates from circle members about their families. Upcoming UMW events are discussed, followed by a short devotion. Their meeting ends with a circle formed lifting up prayers of joys and concerns. Mission projects included a visit by 10 members to the Ronald McDonald House where they prepared and served breakfast. Toiletry items, paper projects, etc. were donated by circle members and delivered to the Ronald McDonald House. Last Christmas, they adopted three children and purchased and wrapped gifts for them.
image2 Ladies from the Naomi Circle traveled to the Ronald McDonald House at Erie Avenue.  They served breakfast including casseroles, fruit and soft pretzels to patients' famiies from St. Christopher's Hospital for Children and Shriner's Hospital for Children.  

Rebekkah Circle  Leader: Katherine Webster (215-682-9955)
They meet in the church parlor on the 2nd Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. and consists of our senior members (12). They have devotions and a lesson. Some of their good deeds include purchasing hams for the needy at Christmas, contributing to the Thank Offering and Prayers and Self Denial Offering, and providing postage for the shoe box mailing. They generously provided funds for the Philippines Typhoon Relief.

Salome Circle  Leader: Kathy Keppol (215-357-7404)
Meets the 3rd Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in members’ homes or at church. In September, they decide who is hosting each month. The meetings are started with a devotional (e.g. prayer, story, poem) by a circle member followed by an update of upcoming events. The evening is filled with food and fellowship. The committee lends a helping hand to the Social Action Committee with all the events throughout the year. One or twice a year, they travel to the Ronald McDonald House to prepare breakfast. 

Author Laura Schroff visited St. John's on August 9th to speak about her book, Angels on Earth, and the importance of kindness


SOUPER BOWL SUNDAYS   At St. John's UMC in Ivyland the United Methodist Women coordinate the collection of food on Souper Bowl Sundays and deliver the items to a local food pantry, the Coordinating Council of Health and Welfare Emergency Food Cupboard located at 75 Downey Drive, Warminster, PA 18974. Five Sundays in January and February are designated Souper Bowl Sund.In addition to Souper Bowl Sundays, our church collects food every Sunday in a shopping cart and donates it to the Eastwick UMC food pantry. Eastwick UMC, 8321 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19153. We also send food to Holmesburg UMC, 8118 Frankford Ave,, Philadelphia which has a one day a week food pantry and runs a soup kitchen 4 days a week October through May. Our youth are asked to donate cans of food all year when they attend activities. The youth director organizes trips to pack bags of food at the food center at Morrisville Presbyterian Church, 771 North Pennsylvania Ave. Morrisville, Pa 19067 on scheduled Monday evenings. This activity is open to all church members. Located near the Trenton bridge this center also serves residents of New Jersey. In November St. John's collects frozen turkeys for Eastwick. In December we collected more than 900 non-perishable items at our Sunday evening Festival of Carols in memory of a departed member who had worked diligently for Eastwick food pantry, Dan Smalley. 

UMW INGATHERING 2017   The United Methodist Women held their Ingathering on April 22 at Janes Memorial Church in the Germantown section of Philadelphia.  This is also the new location for United Methodist Neighborhood Services.  Thank you to everyone who donated an item of new clothes.  We were able to deliver 137 items of children's clothing, 127 items of adult clothing and 618 diapers.   Bishop Johnson describes the UMNS as a service that continues a legacy of  compassion and justice through food and clothing distribution. They hope to resume some of their other ministries in the future such as the Saturday Sidewalk Sunday School, a hot lunch for people visiting the building, and case management services.  Much of the income for this ministry comes from the United Methodist Women,  the parent organization of this outreach, and also from the United Methodist Churches of the Eastern PA  Annual Conference. 



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