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United Methodist Women - Purpose

Bethany’s UMW unit is part of a one-million member organization, the United Methodist Women. We are a community of women whose purpose is to know God, to experience freedom in Jesus Christ, to develop a creative, supportive fellowship, and to participate in the global ministries of the church.

We also support Church Women United, a worldwide organization that dates back to 1924.


The involvement of Methodist women in missions began in 1869 when the Women’s Foreign Missionary Society was formed. Since then, through our Pledges to Mission, financial support for mission work around the world has continued with an emphasis on ministries to women, children and youth.

Throughout the years United Methodist Women have taken on mountainous challenges, such as racism, sexism and exploitation of women and children; successes that would never have been possible working alone.

We sincerely invite you to become a United Methodist Woman and join us as we nurture and encourage one another in spiritual growth and personal development and with others, and help to improve the lives of women, children and youth worldwide.

Contact: Sandy Brewer
Phone: (608) 467-2665

UMW Activities

There are spring and fall general meetings for all women of Bethany as well as events to raise funds for Mission: a spring luncheon, a coffee shop/bake sale, and lunch at Bethany's fall craft sale.

Individual Membership

It is possible to become an individual member; not part of a sub-group, but willing to contribute financial support, and attend and help at our activities.

UMW Sub-Groups

Bethany's UMW unit consists of the following sub groups, most of which meet monthly and all of which welcome new members. Please stop by the Information Center in the foyer to check for meeting times and places.

Sewing Group

Women who sew bed and lap covers at home to give to the needy.

Susanna Circle

Women who meet once a month for friendship, inspiration, and knowledge.


Women who come together for a light evening meal, fellowship, and a program or service project.


Women who meet during the day to do hand work and an annual service project together. They also trim and send Campbell's soup labels to Northcott Neighborhood House in Milwaukee.

Book Browsers

Women who enjoy reading and meet in the morning, once a month for a book review by one of the members.