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United Methodist Women

The First Church Peoria United Methodist Women's 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.

These goals are accomplished through worship, study, and putting our faith into action by supporting ministries and addressing issues of social justice which effect women and children.  Mission giving funds are directed to local, national, and international projects.  Emphasis is placed on two projects located in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference: Cunningham Children's Home, Urbana, and Lessie Bates Neighborhood House, East St. Louis. 

Locally, at First Church, we function through three main groups:

The Class Circle meets the second Tuesday of each month at 9:30 am in homes of the members.  There is a time of fellowship, devotion, and a program concerning one of the above mentioned areas of concern.

The Lora Battin Circle meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 9:30 am in the Gathering Space.  There is a time of fellowship, devotion, and a program concerning one of the above mentioned areas of concern.

The Book Club meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at 9:30 am in the Bride's Room.  Members read a book each month and discuss it at their meeting.

The Circles and book club are open to all women of the church.

Contact Dr. Carol McPherson, Director of Discipleship and Fine Arts Ministries, at cmcpherson@fumcpeoria.org with any questions.

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