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United Methodist Women

Welcome! Germantown United Methodist Women (GUMW)

Germantown United Methodist Women (GUMW) is the women’s group at Germantown United Methodist Church. We are women of all ages and races. Women who work, stay-at-home moms, empty nesters, and women who are retired and starting a new season on life. We encourage one another to grow spiritually, to engage in service, to develop our gifts and talents, and to use them for the support of others in need. We also enjoy an incredible community of fellowship. GUMW offers numerous activities throughout the year that all women are invited to participate in. We host:

  • The annual Lent by Candlelight event which prepares us for the season of Lent
  • 5 speaker events each year where we enjoy a delicious meal and uplifting and encouraging speakers
  • 4 major fundraisers each year to raise money for local missions
    – The Spring Bridge and Games Benefit
    – The Children’s Consignment Sales (Spring and Fall)
    – The Cinnamon Roll Bake
    – The Christmas Cookie Shoppe

We are empowered by the history and heritage of the United Methodist Women, an organization that was founded in 1869.

The following ministries are supported by GUMW

  • Alturas Ministry
  • Church Women United
  • Dress for Success
  • Forrest Spence Fund
  • Golden Cross
  • Hannah’s Hope
  • Memphis Business Academy
  • Methodist Healthcare Auxiliary
  • Room in the Inn – Memphis
  • UMNC & Miriam Day Care Center
  • Urban Ministry Initiative
  • Weekend Food Program
  • Wesley Foundation (Campus Ministry)

Come join us!


Cinnamon Roll Bake
October 22-24

November Luncheon
Tuesday, November 12 | 11:30 a.m.

Christmas Cookie Shoppe
Saturday, December 7 | 9:00 a.m.

Christmas Brunch
Tuesday, December 10 | 10:30 a.m.

United Methodist Women is the largest
denominational faith organization for
women with approximately 800,000
members worldwide whose mission is
fostering spiritual growth, development
as leaders, and service to women and
children through compassionate service.


The Purpose of UMW

The organized unit of 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.

Out of the Purpose are four mission foci that relate to the mission initiatives and priorities of United Methodist Women.

  • To be a community of women
  • To know God
  • To develop a creative and supportive fellowship
  • To expand concepts of mission

Our work is inspired by our Purpose, and turning faith, hope, and love into action. Making this statement a living reality is our goal. Commitment to God’s calling, sensitivity to others, openness to new ideas, and a heart for mission are all needed to foster the values that are at the core of the Purpose.

GUMW Calendar

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GUMW Event Calendar

GUMW Circles

While GUMW allows us to network and fellowship with our entire community of women, we also offer smaller groups called circles where women can emerge in more relationally impactful groups. GUMW offers nine circles ranging anywhere from twelve to forty members. Circle members enjoy camaraderie and mutual support through sharing in devotions and programs, service projects, and fellowship. Each circle also adopts a variety of mission projects to support throughout the year. All women of the church are encouraged to join a circle, especially if you have not yet found that small circle of friends that can be so important in your Christian walk.

If you are interested in joining a circle or learning more about Germantown United Methodist Women, please contact Membership Chair Yolanda Toney: or 754-7216 or President Chesley Porteous: .

Celebration Circle

Meets: 1st Tuesday | 10:00 a.m. | Room 338 | Chairpersons: Elaine Graber & Margaret Ueleke | Mission focus: Church Women United & Golden Cross

Eliora Circle

Meets: 2nd Tuesday | 7:00 p.m. | Room 342 | Chairperson: Kayla Harlow Williams | Mission focus: Dress for Success

Faith Circle

Meets: 1st Thursday | 10:00 a.m. | Room 338 | Chairperson: Lauren Boswell | Mission focus: Wesley Foundation Ministry – Campus Ministry

Friends Circle

Meets: 3rd Thursday | 7:00 p.m. | Homes of Members | Chairperson: Jan Davis | Mission focus: Alturas

Grace Circle

Meets: 1st Friday | 9:45 a.m. | Room 339 | Chairperson: Christina Tempel  | Mission focus: Room in the Inn – Memphis 

Hope Circle

Meets: 2nd Tuesday | 9:30 a.m. | Room 339 | Chairperson: Stephanie Adams | Mission focus: United Methodist Neighborhood Center

Joy Circle

Meets: 1st Thursday | 11:15 a.m. | Homes of Members | Chairperson: Cathy Whitaker | Mission focus: Memphis Business Academy and Hannah’s Hope

More Friends Circle

Meets: 1st Tuesday | 1:00 p.m. | Room 338 | Chairperson: Pat Gill | Mission focus: Miriam Day Care Center at United Methodist Neighborhood Center

Priscilla Circle

Meets: 1st Wednesday | 10:00 am | Room 240 | Chairperson: Martha Boyd | Mission focus: Weekend Food Program @ Caldwell Guthrie School & Urban Ministry Initiative

All women are welcome to attend Germantown United Methodist Women events. If you are looking fro the camaraderie of Christian women, fellowship while serving others, and the opportunity to make lifelong friends, consider joining one of GUMW’s many Circles (small groups). For information, contact GUMW Membership Chair Yolanda Toney at .