The Purpose of United Methodist Women is “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.”  The UMW of Indianola First United Methodist Church thrives to live the purpose through our educational programs, fellowship times and pledge to missions.  Our Unit is made up of 5 circles who meet regularly to fulfill the purpose that God has for us.

Our pledge to missions helps programs for women and children in Iowa, nationally and globally.


Program schedule for 2017

  • Jan. 14: 2:00 p.m. Installation of Officers, “A Fresh Blowing”
  • Feb. 9: Memorial Service
  • Mar. 9: “Serving the Underserved at Bidwell Riverside and Hawthorn Hill with Tim Shanahan
  • May 11: Climate Justice
  • Aug. 27: Tea for You and Me
  • Oct. 12: Religious Life Council at Simpson College with Simpson Chaplain Mara Bailey and Simpson students
  • Nov. 12: Fall Bake Sale


  • Elizabeth Circle, Marilyn Leek
  • Hannah Circle, Kathy Martin
  • Rachel Circle, Marjorie Moore
  • Ruth Circle, Tricia Vermace
  • Sarah Circle, Carolyn Fellows

Executive Committee

  • President Joyce Godwin
  • Vice President
  • Secretary Kathy Martin
  • Membership Co-Chairs Joyce Cook and Mary Geiger
  • Social Action Sue Schirmer
  • Spiritual Growth Jane Harman
  • Education & Interpretation Pat Hicks
  • Program Resources Glenda Sellers
  • Communications Carolyn Fellows