As “United Methodist Women” (the name which was adopted in 1972) refreshes its look and continues its mission outreach, it is now embracing a new name – “United Women in Faith,” United Women in Faith remains the official women’s organization of the United Methodist Church. 
We continue the mission focus that our organization has followed for 150 years, seeking to put our love into action as God calls us.


Happy Spring and we feel so blessed to be able to once again come together at Circles and for our monthly luncheons. 

Our prayers are with the people of Ukraine.  The UMW Team voted to financially support a nonprofit, feed the world organization called “World Central Kitchen.” Their mission is to serve hot meals to refugees.  Along with our pledge dollars we asked the members if they would like to add a personal gift as well.  At this time we are nearing $1000 to send to the work of this organization.  The women at Shepherd are very generous!  Thank you all for your financial support!

Once again it is time for “A Call to Prayer and Self Denial.”  As children of God, we are blessed with so much, including the opportunity for eternal life and genuine freedom in Jesus Christ.

This year’s offering with the theme “Love, Justice, and Service:  Answering the Call” will support the vital and vibrant ministry of deaconesses and home missioners.

We continue to pray that Covid-19 will no longer hinder our being together and doing things for others in the community and internationally.  We invite all the women who attend church at Shepherd to consider joining this active and compassionate group.  Please contact Pam, our Mission Coordinator for Membership if you would like more information about Circles or becoming a member-at-large. Call the church office at  623-584-2280 and ask for Pam.


Our Meetings:  Members normally meet for a luncheon and business meeting on the first Thursday at 11:30 a.m.
Meetings are on break for the summer and will resume after Labor Day.


Our Circles: 


Miriam meetings fourth Wednesday @ 1:00 p.m.
Rebekah meets third Monday @ 2:00 p.m.
Sew Happy meets fourth Tuesday @ 1:00 p.m.

 Sew Happy circle has been at work at home, making masks for United Methodist Outreach Ministries, Justa Center, and our church and staff. If you like to sew, and want to join us in this work, please contact the church office at or 623-584-2280 and ask to be connected to the Sew Happy Circle!


2022 Installation of UMW Officers
Thursday, January 6, 2022
Installation officiated by Janet
President, Sandy B.
Vice President, Peggy P.
Secretary, Sandra S.
Treasurer, Jan B.
Seated: Spiritual Growth, Maleta C.
Standing to right: Communications, Gail C.
UMW Reading Program Chair, Julie K.
Historian, Carol D.
(Back Row L-R): Jan B, & Julie K
(Middle Row): Sandra S, Carol D, Sandy B, Gail C, Peggy P.
(Seated): Marian H. & Maleta C. 
Taco Salad Luncheon was served with Cake.
A program by Janet T. informing members of RISE classes and how to play the hand bells. 





Some of the Books and Puzzles donated at Annual Christmas Luncheon


Julie K. Receives UMW 2021 Mission Pin


The close of one year and the beginning of another is a good time to reflect on people who have made a difference in our lives and in the community.  There’s likely someone you know whose service to the church or community has gone uncelebrated, or whose advocacy has led to change for women, children and youth.  A great way to honor this person is through United Methodist Women Special Mission recognition.  This recognition is one of the 5 channels of mission giving and each person that receives this recognition is awarded a pin and certificate.

Today’s recipient was brought up in church.  Her love for Jesus and the Bible have gone through many phases.  She is a retired nursing instructor and had a reputation of being uncompromising in patient care.

She arrived at Shepherd and became in November of 2017 and immediately became involved with the Church and Society and UMW.  She also now serves on the Mission and Education Committees.  She has been one of the individuals who has been a rock that our Care Ministry is built on.  She is a congregational care minister. 

Today’s recipient does details.  She remembers to follow up.  She ties up loose ends.  She makes sure that things are done before she moves on.  She has taken on the challenging UMW job of Secretary of Program Resources.  She has done a very efficient job setting up our Reading Program section in the church library.   She orders and reviews books that are recognized as part of our National Reading Program.  She has faithfully submitted book synopses in the e-blast to encourage us all to be UMW readers.

It is a great pleasure to award this Mission Pin to Julie K.

Julie K. (left) & President, Sandy B.

Annual UMW Christmas Luncheon 
Pancake Breakfast Photos – United Methodist Women and United Methodist Men helped host the event. Memo’s Bistro donated the pancake, sausage and staff.
Thank you Memo’s.

A Special Mission Recognition pin to Maleta C.

Special Mission Recognition is one of the United Methodist Women’s five channels of Mission giving.  It is a way to honor those who serve and to show our love and appreciation for all they have done.

Maleta has a long history at Shepherd.  She joined this congregation in 1989.  In the same group with our always admired Pastor Franklin Green.

Her dedication to God and her church family has been shown in many ways.  She was a Stephen Minister and Leader and chaired this program with her husband.  She has been chairman of the Education Committee and Chairman of the Foundation.

She served on the Health and Welfare Committee and was President of the Singles Group. For many years she has been a dedicated member of the UMW and has served on the Team for over five years.

This Christian woman has inspired us with her special devotions and prayers.  She helps us center in our faith before Team meetings and at all of our UMW luncheons.  She brings calm when we especially need it. This congregation and especially we in UMW thank her for her devoted service.  She is an outstanding example of true Christian love and faith.

Maleta C., is our Mission Coordinator for Spiritual Growth.