Women’s Ministry

We are Women with a purpose!

The Women’s Ministry is proud to support local ministries.  Through our fundraising events including December’s Annual Cookie Walk and Craft Sale and the generosity of member pledges, the United Methodist Women gave a combined over $5000 to the following in 2019: the Off the Streets program at Cincinnati Union Bethel, Wesley Chapel Mission Center, Center for Respite Care, Wesley Education Center, Habitat for Humanity, Hyde Park Center for Older Adults, Wesley Community Services, and Interfaith Hospitality Network.

Upcoming Events

Book Club, Thursday, February 20 at 7:00pm at the church.  Join us in a discussion of The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson. The hardscrabble folks of Troublesome Creek have to scrap for everything―everything except books, that is. Thanks to Roosevelt’s Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project, Troublesome’s got its very own traveling librarian, Cussy Mary Carter. Cussy’s not only a book woman, however, she’s also the last of her kind, her skin a shade of blue unlike most anyone else. Not everyone is keen on Cussy’s family or the Library Project, and a Blue is often blamed for any whiff of trouble.  If Cussy wants to bring the joy of books to the hill folks, she’s going to have to confront prejudice as old as the Appalachias and suspicion as deep as the holler.  Inspired by the true blue-skinned people of Kentucky and the brave and dedicated Kentucky Pack Horse library service of the 1930s, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is a story of raw courage, fierce strength, and one woman’s belief that books can carry us anywhere―even back home.

Ash Wednesday service, February 26, 11:00am.  Join us in the Little Theater for worship to commemorate the beginning of Lent, followed by a simple soup luncheon in the Welcome Center.  All are welcome to this lovely, midday event to kick off the Easter Lenten season.

Book Club, Thursday, April 2 at 7:00pm at the church.  Join the Women’s and Justice Ministries of Hyde Park Community UMC in a discussion of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

The Hate U Give is the YWCA’s selection for its inaugural Real Reads program.  The program’s mission is to get Greater Cincinnati reflecting, discussing, and combatting the effects of interpersonal and structural racism.  There will be book discussions at libraries all around the city culminating in a viewing of the movie on March 31 at Xavier University’s Gallagher Student Center. Let’s work together as a community to dismantle the structural racism that plagues our community and society at large, creating a world made up of equality and justice for all.

All are welcome at what we hope will be a church-wide discussion of this powerful book.

Circles

HPCUMC United Methodist Women consists of three circles that meet once a month September through May.  Each Circle and its meetings is open to anyone at the church.  Participating in a circle is a great way to get connected and develop lifelong friendships through sharing and growing in our faith and through acts of service with our various mission projects.

Circle of Grace meets the 3rd Thursday of the month at 9:30 September through May at the church.  Each month we travel to Over-the-Rhine to serve the Wesley Chapel Mission Center community whether it be cleaning out the craft closet or organizing the library.  Contact Laura Tuzun at lbht1969@gmail.com or Lucinda Hurst at lucindawithrow@gmail.com to get connected.

Circle of Light meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 10:00am September through May at the church.  Programming varies month-to-month.  Circle of Light supports the Anna Louise Inn and the Center for Respite Care. Contact Chyrl Brandt at chyrl_brandt@yahoo.com or Marjorie Stephenson at mastep31@gmail.com to get connected.

Circle of Ruth meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm September through May at the church.  Programming varies month-to-month. Circle of Ruth supports the Wesley Education Center with various activities such as food pantry donations, fundraising for classroom equipment, teacher assistance/mentoring, assisting families at Christmas with gifts to children in need, and offering treats at various holidays to the deserving, hard-working staff.  We also provide a service day in the spring with grounds work, closet-cleaning and painting. Contact Linda Rogowski (rogomor@fuse.net) to get connected.

In addition to these circles, UMW has many events open to all circle and non-circle “members-at-large” throughout the year including a Book Club, worship & music services, leadership development opportunities, church-wide meals coinciding with community events, and an annual Cookie Walk in December. UMW is open to any women age 14 and up regardless of church membership or affiliation. Contact Mary Wheeler at mews1971@gmail.com for more information on how you can get involved in our women’s ministry.

United Methodist Women

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.

The entire program and organization of United Methodist Women focuses on mission. Our mission initiatives include:

  • Providing opportunities to grow spiritually
  • Equipping women & girls to be leaders
  • Providing transformative educational experiences
  • Organizing for growth & flexibility
  • Working for justice through service and advocacy

Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church United Methodist Women has THREE (3) Circles that meet monthly.  Our fundraising efforts center around our Cookie Walk Bake Sales and Craft Fairs around Christmas and Easter.  We also have opportunities for fellowship as an entire UMW unit including Dinner Out Events, Craft Club, Book Club and Women’s Retreats

To find out more, visit the national website, United Methodist Women.