United Methodist Women (UMW) has had a strong purpose for over 100 years: we are organized for mission. We seek wholeness for ourselves and for others, especially women, children, and youth. We seek to be followers of Jesus Christ as we live our faith in acts of justice and mercy.

We are catalysts for needed change. We are mobilizers of human and material resources. We are creators of new arenas of participation throughout the church and the world. Ours is a “sisterhood” of Faith, Hope, and Love in Action. “For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.” – Romans 12:4-8

How We Organize: Hennepin’s UMW is part of over 800,000 United Methodist Women around the world who have been united in faith, in hope and love for 146 years! We pray, read, volunteer and raise millions in mission dollars. But there’s still much to do. As Jesus told his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” (Matthew 9:37-38) UMW advocates for the oppressed and dispossessed, supports the needs of women, children and youth, seeks to build a supportive community among women, and helps foster growth in the Christian faith, mission education, and Christian social involvement.

How We Serve: The UMW offers funds through the Jane E. Balch Memorial Fund grant program. Grants are available to organizations or ministries that benefit the needs of women, children, and youth. Please request a grant application by contacting umw@haumc.org.

How to Participate:
You can join a circle (a small community) or participate as a UMW general member. Circles gather together to do justice and outreach work, socialize, and empower each other. Either way can be a fun and fulfilling way to be in community to love and serve. Please contact us with questions at umw@haumc.org. We hope to meet you soon.

Susannah Wesley Circle
1st Wednesdays at 7:00pm
Contact: Susanne Mattison (612.987.3336)

Lydia Circle
2nd Thursdays at 1:00pm
Contact: Laura Dirks (612.378.3026)

Joy Circle
1st Thursdays at 9:30am
Contact: Marie Hard (651.644.8132)

Knotty Quilters
Every Wednesday at 9:30am
Contact: Marjorie Heggestad (952.881.5990)

UMW Balch Grants Support Programs Near and Far
Hennepin’s United Methodist Women are pleased to share our 2016 Jane E. Balch Memorial Fund grant recipients. We made $8,800 available in grants to organizations or ministries inside and outside Hennepin that benefit the needs of women, children, and youth.

The Jane E. Balch Memorial Fund was established by Durward Earl Balch in memory of his mother (1885-1974) who was a lifelong member of Hennepin and was active in the work of the United Methodist Women. The fund was established for Hennepin’s United Methodist Women to further their support of mission projects across the United States and in the world.

We’d like to tell you a bit about the programs that received Balch grants:

Babies Need Boxes  
This program provides mothers in need as well as teen moms with a baby box that provides their newborn babies with a safe place to sleep. The boxes are filled with a variety of items for baby and mom including books for mother and baby. Our Balch gift will provide the organization with 200 Spanish language versions of the book, Sleep Baby, Safe and Snug.

Chamber Music Skills Camp  
This is a Copper Street Brass Band partnership with area schools to expose middle school band students from 15 band classes to chamber music skills. Students work with professional chamber musicians to learn about this form of music, improve their technical skill and tone, and develop music skills they can take back to their full band. The program will reach 400-500 students.

Hennepin UMCOR Sager Brown Partnership  
This gift will provide supplies to create 400 school kits; 50 sewing kits and 30 layette kits. Hennepin adults and children can participate in assembling the kits and experience the gift of serving others.

Emma Norton Services  
Emma Norton Services provides safe, secure, and affordable housing to women who are homeless or at-risk who are managing mental illness and/or chemical dependency. Emma Norton Services will use this gift to replace 15 mattresses to support a fresh start and a welcoming environment for women who move into Emma Norton Residence.

Faces of Siberia  
This gift will support Hennepin’s Russia Partnership in providing funding to send children living in orphanages in Ekaterinburg (in the outlying Sverdlovsk region of Russia) with an opportunity to attend an Adventure Camps program. The camps enable these children to leave the sterile orphanage surroundings and spend time in nature, which is healing, therapeutic, fun, and adventurous.

Simpson Housing: Mentoring & Youth Development  
This program pairs middle schoolers who have experienced homelessness with caring adult mentors. The youth meet weekly with a highly qualified and trained volunteer adult mentor for at least one academic year. The student takes the lead in choosing where and how to spend their time with their mentor within a given outline of activities that encourage and support exploring the community, participating in an ongoing enrichment activity such as music lessons or sports, and goal-setting training.

Simpson Housing: Children & Youth Services  
This program supports the academic success of children, involves their families in educational advocacy on their behalf, and helps break the cycle of generational homelessness and poverty. This year-long program serves 200 families and approximately 400 children in Hennepin County. Families work together with Simpson staff and volunteers to create goals for the year.

Warriors for Christ in Recovery  
This is a project of the Southeast Pierre Mission United Methodist Church in Pierre, SD. The program aims to provide recovery support to Native American women with a sensitivity to their cultural background. They wish to incorporate a culturally appropriate Medicine Wheel 12 Step program into the services they provide to women dealing with addiction or living with family members who suffer from addiction. Our gift will enable the program’s facilitator to attend a training conference and implement the program in the community.