UMW at UMCNL is comprised of 7 different Circles of women with varying focuses, as well as the Executive Committee, which meets throughout the year.

 Hannah Circle ~ Fun-Filled Friends


Hannah Circle normally meets on the second Friday of the month at 7:00 P.M. in members’ homes or at church – depending on the service project planned.  This Circle includes approximately 15 members, and new members are warmly invited to join them!  The meetings include devotions, prayer, special service projects, snacks, and lots of laughter.

This Circle maintains the Mary Phillips Memorial Youth Library, makes fleece blankets for the Linus Project, support our Veterans, and assist with church activities such as Campground Festival.

Many of the members are parents of high school, college, or young adult age children.  They have formed strong friendships and are a great source of support for one another.  Come join this Circle of friendship and service!

For more information contact:

Judy Brower

Lydia Circle ~ Active, Newer Retirees

Lydia Circle women of the United Methodist Church are inspired by Lydia’s faith and spirit; to be welcoming, prayerful and ready to serve.  They meet on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 9:30 A.M., with a break during the summer months of June, July and August.  They also attend the four general meetings of the United Methodist Women to have fellowship with the other Circles of this church.  They are excited about their plans for caring and sharing and invite you to join them.

For more information contact:

Georgina Koenig

Martha Circle ~ “Seasoned Sisters in Faith”

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Martha Circle meets at 10:00 A.M. on the 1st Wednesday of each month at the church.  It is a group of older and retired women, not Senior Citizens, but “Recycled Teenagers.”  This Circle started during the time they were called the Women’s Society of Christian Service.  They have been helping children for decades, sending financial aid to children in various countries.  After a short business meeting, they have a wide variety of programs.  Come join them for loving and caring fellowship.

For more information contact:

Helen Smithson

Mary Circle ~ Creative Christian Retirees

012413 Comfort Makers 2Mary Circle meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 9:30 A.M. in members’ homes and occasionally at a restaurant.  Programs and devotions are presented by the members and at times by guests.  They try to use resources furnished by the UMW.  Members participate in furnishing support to Groundwork on a regular basis.  They are an active Circle that can often be found in the church kitchen, due to many of the members truly enjoying food preparation.    Women of all ages are welcome and this circle would love to have you join them.

For more information contact:

Anna Melton

Naomi Circle ~ Young Women

Naomi is our newest circle, made up of some of our younger women – members and non members of the church.  Some have young children and some do not.  Some are newly married and some are not married at all.  These energetic women of faith are excited to have new members join them as they set out to serve others in the name of Christ.

For more information contact:

   Amy Ring            or           Emily Pacholski
815-328-9116                          815-545-0033

Ruth Circle ~ Christian Service Retirees

Ruth Circle is a group of women of varied ages.  They meet at 7:00 P.M. on the 1st Wednesday of each month, thus allowing working women to attend their meetings.  They meet in members’ homes and take turns providing refreshments, devotions, and programs.  They have a wide variety of programs on mission, prayer, and self-denial, and other topics of interest.  They give donations to local charitable organizations for women, send cards to shut-ins, and write to prison inmates and to active or retired missionaries.  They enjoy fellowship and invite you to join them.

For more information contact:

Nancy Jarosik

Sarah Circle ~ Mothers in Action

2011 Ladies Tea 1Sarah Circle is a fellowship Circle of friends in faith centered around women who have school age children.  However, any women of the church are welcome.  They meet the 3rd Friday of the month at 7:00 P.M. with their children.  Each meeting consists of prayer, devotions, discussion of ministry work, and lots of fun.  Their Circle mission is to grow through Christ to become better Christians and to build strong friendships with their faith.

For more information contact:

Emily Redman


Aurora District United Methodist Women

Our local unit’s 6 UMW Circles belong to an even larger group of women from the Aurora District United Methodist Women.  Seasonal gatherings of the District UMW help better inform the local unit of the missions UMW supports.  To read the newsletters from the Aurora District United Methdist Women, click here.  For upcoming Aurora District Events, click here.