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.


President: Jill Brown, 919.848.4131, Email
Secretary: Martha Biggio, 919.847.9959, Email
Pat Kosak, 919.847.3088, Email
Membership Co-Chair:
Arlene Eckert, 919.761.9766, Email
Membership Co-Chair:
Pat Robinson, 919.426.1481


UMW Circles

At North Raleigh United Methodist Church, we currently have seven UMW Circles that are within our church. Each circle determines where God is calling them to serve and how the group can participate in God’s mission through United Methodist Women. We support a variety of missions through “hands-on” participation in service projects and through our fundraising activities which provide monetary support to local, national and international missions. UMW Circles meet monthly from September through May. Members of all the Circles come together several times a year for special events such as the Spring Tea, Spring Bake Sale, Salad Supper and our fall Holiday Market.

The Circles are:

Agape – meets on the second Thursday of the month at the church at 10:00 a.m. in room S4. Chairpersons are Lois Arnold (Email or call her at 919.846.5324) or Ruby Rosbach (Email or call her at 919.841.9687).

Circle of Joy – meets on the second Tuesday of the month at the church at 7:00 p.m. in room S4. Chairperson is Susan Mitchell: Email or call her at 919.847.7489.

Covenant – meets on third Monday of the month at 10:00-11:30 a.m. in Room Y1. Chairperson is Martha Biggio: Email or call her at 919.847.9959.

Footprints – meets on the third Monday of the month at the church at 7:00 p.m. in room S3. Co-Chairpersons are Melinda Morrison (Email or 765.278.1064) and Kate McGinnis (Email or 919.302.2360).

Koinonia – meets on the third Thursday of the month at the church at 9:00 a.m. in room S4. Chairperson is Sharon Sondergard: Email or call her at 919.848.7766.

New Beginnings – meets on the third Monday of the month in member’s homes at 7:30 p.m. Co-Chairpersons are Jean Weikel (Email or call her at 919.846.6631) and Jan Lapp (Email or call her at 919.847.1803).

Reflections – meets on the third Thursday of the month in Room S2 at 10:00 a.m. Chairperson is Ellender Mills: Email or call her at 919.847.4099).

Women who would like to participate in UMW activities but are not a member of a Circle can become a Member At Large. Information is sent out to these members on a regular basis about upcoming events and participation in activities is encouraged. Contact either Mary Fran Parkman, UMW President, (919.846.4860 or Email) or Natasha Bolick, MAL Coordinator (Email or 919.395.6904).

Please feel free to contact any Circle Chairperson for more information about their individual circle. We invite you to attend a small group circle, a large group event, become a Member-at-Large or volunteer for a fundraising project. There’s a spot for you in United Methodist Women!

UMW Mission Initiatives

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 & advocacy

UMW Focus on Women, Children & Youth

From its beginning, United Methodist Women has focused on ministries with women, children, and youth.

Missions at NRUMC

In 2017, the North Raleigh United Methodist Women raised over $17,000 which was donated to 34 different missions that benefit women and children. Listed below are a few of those we support:

Local missions – 17 including:

Global Missions – 6 including:

Local Church Missions – 11 including: