Wesley United Methodist Women

Our community of women seek understanding through Jesus Christ, support one another and missions locally and throughout the world.

Mission: To support programs that benefit women, youth and children.

Janet Flower is the 2019 Special Mission Recognition Pin recipient. She goes above and beyond in serving God, church and community. The pin was presented by Past Presidents Mary Ann Evans (left) and Mary Ann Dashiell (right) Thank you, Janet!

[08/27/19]   Sisters of Wesley UMW! September is on its way and Circle meetings resume and plans will be made for our fall and winter events. What did you do on your summer vacation?

Yesterday, Louise Andrews and Barbara Rafte joined other volunteers in assembling Days for Girls hygiene kits. We cut, measured, sewed, folded and ironed! What a great team! These kits will find their way to girls worldwide and will give them the opportunity to attend school no matter what time of the month it is...truly a kind of freedom! See daysforgirls.org for more information and contact us if you would like to help in some way.

Here we are saying farewell to one of our dearest and hardworking members, Marilyn Cleeton. May blessings travel with you to your new home!

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[01/03/19]   This is the 150th anniversary of United Methodist Women. It all started in 1869 when only 6 members organized as the Methodist Woman's Foreign Missionary Society. Isabella Thoburn and Dr. Clara Swain were sent to India and began a school in Lucknow. Later expanding into a college, the first in Asia, the school stills serves girls there.

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We are ready for our first year of display at Delaware Hospice's Festival of Trees held at Noble's Pond. Stop by and see our beautiful tree and many others on Nov. 30, Dec. 1 or Dec 2. Our theme is "Faith, Hope, Love". Admission is free and there is a marketplace, bakery and other items for sale. Benefits Delaware Hospice.

The 2018 Wesley United Methodist Women's Retreat will take place on Saturday, Sept. 29 at Ebeneezer UM Church in Newark, DE. We will provide a continental breakfast, speaker and lunch for a small fee. The theme is "When God Can't Fix It". This retreat is for any woman who wishes to attend. Please contact Barbara Rafte at 302.632.6308 or Mary Ann Evans at 302.653.6900 for more information or to register. Move closer to Christ and closer to each other as we explore this theme.

[07/20/18]   This week I was invited to a UMW meeting in nearby Maryland by a member of Wesley UMW. It was a peaceful ride over and when we turned the last corner her church came into view and took my breath away. A beautiful and historic country church - like something you would picture in the dictionary under "country church"! Inside were members of UMW preparing the room for dinner and a meeting; something that's done thousands of times each year and has been done for decades all over this country and the world.

Tune out the noise of daily living and breathe in the spirit of God that is present at these times. I give thanks for all of these women who work tirelessly for the Lord day in and day out.

Put our hands to work at the UMCOR Hub in Christiana this past Saturday. Janet Flower, Marilyn Cleeton, Barbara Rafte and grandson Hunter Rafte. Health kits that will be distributed where most needed.

Peninsula Delaware United Methodist Women at the 2018 Assembly - Columbus, OH

[05/14/18]   Results are in: Just over $700 made at our 2018 Dover Days Bake Sale! Not bad for a Saturday morning! Thanks to all of you who baked, donated and purchased. Your $ will be spent on programs that support women, youth and children.

Coming Up! Wesley UMW Dover Days Bake Sale! We will be selling the best homemade goodies you have ever tasted from 8-1 on Saturday, May 5 inside Fellowship Hall in downtown Dover (Wesley UM Church - across from City Hall). Stop by and take some home; we now accept charge cards. Our profits are donated to programs that support women, youth and children.

[03/26/18]   Wesley UMW is so thankful for our members and supporters! We have been able to donate $4500 to local, national and worldwide organizations that help support women, youth and children in various different ways. May blessings be with all of you who helped us in this effort.

This is the final week of sales for our Easter Lollipop Bouquets! 6 large pops for only $5. Wonderful gift alone or to add to an Easter basket. Contact Barbara if you'd like some. 302.632.6308

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[02/07/18]   Upcoming Save-the-Dates for Wesley UMW
March 24: Dover District UMW Spring Event @ Carey's Church in Millsboro.
March: The Wesley UMW Lollipop Guild is back! Easter Lollipop bouquets will return and will be on sale in the weeks before Easter.

This month Wesley UMW will begin planning for 2018. Look for our fundraisers this year and we thank you for supporting our mission - raising funds for programs that support women, youth and children. Care to travel with us? You may join at any time. Did you know you don't have to be a United Methodist to join United Methodist Women? Or be affiliated with a church? Crazy, huh? Just message me at this website or call me at 302.632.6308. With your help, we'll see the year through with great success.

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Holly Day 2017: Thurs., Nov. 30, Grab & Go Chili Dinner. Fri., Dec. 1, Cookie Sale (10AM to ?),Silent Auction, 10AM - 1:30PM and Luncheon, 11:30AM to 1:30PM. Wesley's Live Nativity is Thursday evening. Come one, come all!

[10/25/17]   Holy Christmas stocking! We're having our first Holly Day meeting next week! Get your Silent Auction items ready to donate - value of at least $20, new or nearly new. Information will be forthcoming about baking for our Cookie Sale and our Luncheon. Mmmmmmmm...this year two kinds of homemade soup, salad and fresh-baked bread.

[09/05/17]   We will be holding our next restaurant fundraiser at Grotto Pizza in Dover. The date is September 18, from 4-9pm. Wesley UMW will receive 20% of each total invoice. Contact me for a voucher at 302.632.6308 or [email protected]. Help us raise more $ for our mission: supporting programs that benefit women, youth and children!

[08/29/17]   Those of you who feel compelled to help the folks in Texas, UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) is accepting financial donations - sometimes the best thing to be done. Make your check out to Wesley UMC with the notation U.S. disaster Advance #901670 and send it to Wesley Church, 209 S. State Street, Dover, DE 19901. It will then be forwarded to UMCOR.

[07/15/17]   Wesley UMW will be collecting school supplies once again this year to donate to schoolkids in need in our local elementary schools. Be on the lookout for deals! Start collecting now and we'll let you know where and when to drop them off.

Thanks to everyone who supported our June 14 fundraiser at The Greene Turtle! The Stoops family really stepped up!

[06/03/17]   Support Wesley UMW by eating at the Greene Turtle on Wednesday, June 14. 20% of proceeds will be donated to our organization. Funds support programs that benefit women, youth and children locally and worldwide. From Dover to the Congo and in between! Contact Barbara Rafte at 302.632.6308 if you need the postcard invitation. Thank you!

Contact Barbara Rafte at 302.632.6308 to purchase these Easter lollipop bouquets!

[03/16/17]   This Easter season we are fundraising to provide tuition for a 7th grade girl at the Mama Tola School in the Congo. Our Easter Lollipop bouquets contain 6 big pops and are only $4 each. Contact me if you would like to purchase some.

On Saturday, Feb. 11, we traveled to Christiana UMC UMCOR Hub to assemble layette, school and health kits to send worldwide. We were just 4 of 75 volunteers there that day! Wonderful morning.

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I received this President's pin a couple of days ago; how precious is this? How many hands has this passed through? I love the history this portrays.

[01/04/17]   And so we begin 2017...don't know where it will take us, but our goal remains the same: to support programs that benefit women, youth and children. If you would like to join us in that mission, we welcome you. Contact us via this page or our UMW page on wesleyumc-dover.com.

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