RHUMC United Methodist Women offer a variety of Women’s Circles, including:
- Martha Circle
- UMW Mission Giving Group
- Naomi Circle
- Shawl Knitting Group
- Sister Circle
For more information about any of our women’s groups, call the church office (310-377-6771).
The United Methodist Women are a community of women who are:
Faithful – Purposeful – Supportive – Responsive – Global – Unique
Who Is a Member?
UMW is open to any woman who commits herself to the Purpose and chooses to belong. If you seek a fuller participation in our Community of Faith, consider becoming a part of Rolling Hills United Methodist Women.
The most typical way of participation is to visit, select and join one or more of our “Circles.” There you will find friendship, fellowship and support that will be difficult to duplicate anywhere else in your busy or not so busy life. Small groups of women typically meet once a month and share an hour or two of their particular agenda. It is always fun, often inspiring and never boring.
For more information about the opportunities to participate, click on individual Circles under Women’s Groups in the list to the left. You may also check the Upcoming Events page of this website or the Church Bulletin in Sunday’s worship service program for meeting times and places of the different circles. Of course, you may call the Church Office (310-377-6771) any time for information. If you are interested in starting a new circle, we would be happy to help you with that as well.
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Women’s Circles at RHUMC
Our purpose is to enrich our spiritual growth through learning about ourselves, our church and the missions it supports in our community and the world.
After not meeting for over a year due to Covid, Martha Circle has met and reorganized for the upcoming year. We are all looking forward to resuming our Christian Fellowship while learning from various interesting programs. We meet the 2nd Monday of each month at 1:00 p.m. in the Aldersgate Room and would love to have any interested women in our church join us. Regular meetings will begin on September 13.
During the summer we are going to have luncheons at 12:00 p.m. instead of regular meetings just to have fun, catch up, and enjoy each other. This would be a perfect time for prospective new members to come and get to know us. Our first lunch will be a bring your own picnic in the Meditation Garden on June 14 where round tables and chairs will be set up for us. On July 12 we will go to the Red Onion and eat out on their patio. August 9 will be another bring your own picnic at a location TBA.
If you are a prospective member or a regular member, please let us know if you will be able to attend so we set up enough chairs for you. If you decide at the last minute, still come – we will make it work!
For more information, please call the Church Office at (310) 377-6771.
We expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church. Some of the mission work we support with funds raised during the year are:
- Community Helpline, which trains adult and teenage volunteers to provide a confidential listening and referral toll-free telephone service for callers in crisis or need.
- Harbor Area Halfway House, which is designed to help those recovering from various addictions to achieve long term recovery.
- Harbor Interfaith, which empowers homeless and working poor to achieve self-sufficiency by providing support services such as shelter, transitional housing, food, job placement, advocacy, childcare, education and life-skills training.
- Rainbow Services, which is part of a network providing support and assistance to women and children dealing with family violence
- RHUMC Kid Zone Scholarship Fund. Kid Zone provides after school enrichment, care and homework help.
- SART – Sexual Assault Response Team – spearheaded by Little Company of Mary and local law enforcement agencies, SART coordinates immediate and long-term medical care, advocacy, counseling and criminal justice services to sexual assault survivors.
- SHAWL – Support Harbor Area Women’s Lives – which serves those addicted to drugs and alcohol or on medications for such conditions as depression and bi-polar. SHAWL provides a six-month residential program.
- Sierra Service Project – In 2009, the project organized a trip for middle- and high-school-age participants to the Round Valley Indian Reservation to provide help complete several construction projects.
- St. Paul’s Circle of Life, which prepares meals and provides monthly gifts of food and necessities to persons who are HIV positive or have AIDS and their families
- Toberman Neighborhood Center, which provides an infirmary, residence for single women and a series of youth development nd delinquency prevention services
We offer fellowship and nurture to single women. We also support the United Methodist Women and the church in their endeavors.
We meet the third Monday of each month at 6:30pm at Lucy Ford’s home. Contact Marcia Daly for details.
You don’t know how to knit? We’ll show you how. Knit 3, purl 3. That’s it! Easy stitches for the comforting shawls we make for those in need of uplifting. Both those who knit as well as those who receive the shawls are loved and blessed.
The shawls we make give solace to those who are ill and bring hope to those who are in despair. After we make a shawl, we bless it and a blessing is included for the receiver. We need your loving hands to knit for a good cause – to date we’ve donated over 180 shawls.
Meetings are held the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at 11:00 a.m. in the Bride’s Room. Our next meeting is April 11th. For more information, contact Karen Sakura at 310-375-1216.
“Shawls…made for centuries universal and embracing, symbolic of an inclusive, unconditionally loving, God. They wrap, enfold, comfort, cover, give solace, mother, hug, shelter and beautify. Those who have received these shawls have been uplifted and affirmed, as if given wings to fly above their troubles…” quote by Janet Bristol
We are a busy group of women who seek refuge in a few hours of nurture and support through Bible study, crafts, social activities and the care and support of each other. We reach out with financial support and gifts to our church and local charities with an emphasis on helping women.
We meed year-round on the second Monday of each month at 7pm, usually in the Aldersgate Room, but occasionally in member’s homes or a nearby restaurant. There is always an empty chair waiting for visitors and new members. Contact Patty Koester for details.