Welcome Women, One and All!


UMW is 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 share together in food, faith and fun. Opportunities for gathering include general membership meetings, circle meetings, hands on mission projects, field trips and fundraising events. Membership is open to all women, from teen to adult.

Circle Meetings are usually once per month. Each circle sets its own schedule of additional meetings or special programs for the year, in addition to opportunities for general membership meetings, hands on mission projects, field trips and fundraising events. Membership is open to all women, from teen to adult.

Contact Marsha Ikle, UMW president, iklem@comcast.net.

General Meetings
Our entire membership is invited to these meetings, which are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month (unless otherwise noted) in the basement fellowship hall of the church. We usually begin at noon for lunch and include an educational program or activity, devotions and a short business meeting. The UMW encourages any and all guests to attend our General Meetings!

Circle Meetings
Our unit consists of 5 smaller circles of women. Each circle sets its own schedule of additional meetings or special programs for the year, in addition to the general meetings.

  • Abigail circle -Meets 3rd Sunday of each month at approximately 10:30 a.m. (after worship service) at the Whitmore Lake Campus, Mary-Martha room.
  • Dorcas circle – Meets 1st Tuesday each month at 7:00 pm in the Brighton Campus, Library
  • Rebekah circle – Meets 1st Thursday each month at 10:00 am at church or in a member’s home (except January & February)
  • Sarah Lewis circle – Meets 1st Wednesday each month at 9:30 am at the Brighton Campus, Fellowship Hall (except January, July and August)
  • Sojourner Truth circle – Meets 1st Wednesday each month at 1:00 pm at the Brighton Campus, Room 127

For more membership information, simply attend the meeting of your choice or call the church office at 810-229-8561.

While United Methodist Women remains our parent corporate name, as of May 2022 the international parent organization will be doing business as United Women in Faith. The purpose and governing structure remain the same.

  • Easter Egg Stuffing
  • Sunday Coffee Hours
  • The Well
  • The Torch 
  • Trunk or Treat bags
  •  Luke Clinic
  •  Fish and Loaves
  •  Mill Pond Manor
  •  Feed the Firemen
  • Hickory Haven Nursing Home
  • Love INC
  • Bountiful Harvest
  • Noah
  • Whitmore Lake Scholarship Fund
  • Facemasks
  • Coats for  Cass Community Social Services
  • Days for Girls
  • Liberian Human Trafficking Refuge
  • Liberian Student Scholarship
  • Liberian Judith Craig Orphanage
  • Funeral Lunches
  • Vacation Bible School
  • VINA Clinic
  • Whitmore Lake Girl Scouts
  • Blessing in a Backpack Brighton Schools
  • Whitmore Lake July 4 Festival
  • Regency Nursing Home
  • Whitmore Kiwanis Club
  • Samaritan’s Purse Clean Water Fund
  • Hats, Scarves, Mitten Tree

United Methodist Women (UMW): 150 Years in Mission

Brighton First United Methodist Women celebrated the 150-year anniversary of the United Methodist Women’s beginning.  The UMW began in 1869 when some wives of missionaries to India were home on furlough.  They spoke to a group of eight women, describing the physical needs of the women in India.  The women who were present called another meeting of women, wrote a constitution, and organized the Methodist Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society (WFMS).

These women recognized the opportunity to serve.  They organized, drew up a constitution and have been working in mission all over the world ever since.

*“What connects United Methodist Women through time is the power of stories. In the past, Methodist women were called to action when they heard stories about other women living in poverty or lacking health care and education. Today, these stories of our foremothers inspire us all to act, to serve others, and to keep the legacy of United Methodist Women alive and growing.”

* https://www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/news/united-methodist-women-150-years-in-mission

Abigail Circle - Whitmore Lake Campus

The Whitmore Lake Campus United Methodist Women (UMW) 
The Abigail Circle of United Methodist Women raised funds through food and beverage sales plus a silent auction during the Whitmore Lake fireworks. They were happy to award Mentor Livingston (formerly Big Brothers/Big Sisters) this check from the proceeds.
2018 Abigail Circle Officers
Darla Miller, president, presented the UMW officers with trophies to recognize their hard work this past year. They made her job so much easier!
Pictured Below: Laurie Clement (Treasurer),  April Schauer (Vice President),  Darla Miller (Pres),  and June Possley (Secretary)


United Methodist Women, Abigail Circle (Whitmore Lake Campus) November 2018

Darla Miller, representing the Abigail Circle (United Methodist Women, Whitmore Lake Campus)  awarded a check to Katie of Girl Scout Troop 76376 in South Lyon.  Katie is working toward a merit badge by collecting nightgowns and blankets for Mid Michigan Hospice.

Abigail Circle gave a check to “Feral Kitty Trappers” who are located in South Lyon.  The “Feral Kitty Trappers”  trap feral cats and give them medical attention.


October 2018

Members of the United Methodist Women’s (UMW) Abigail Circle (Whitmore Lake Campus) visited the Regency Nursing Home in Whitmore Lake. From left to right is: June Possley, Karl (Activities Director, Regency Nursing Home) and Darla Miller. The Abigail circle recently purchased a Nintendo Wii system for the Regency residents (theirs had broken), and also gave 2 baskets of coloring books, colored pencils, crayons, puzzles, find-a-word, word search books and playing cards. The Regency residents were very happy with their gifts from the UMW Abigail Circle.

FAITH in Fostering

The United Methodist Women held a brunch in April, 2018 with the theme of F.A.I.T.H. in Fostering. It was a presentation on Foster Care in Livingston County.  Several organizations that worked with Foster Youth and families contributed.

Assembly 2018

The assembly gathers every 4 years.  It is a time for fellowship and for equipping ourselves to experience God’s call to mission with women, children and youth.  This year we gathered in Columbus Ohio.  Assembly includes community gathering, worship, participatory workshops and an Experience Hall.  This year we celebrated 150 years 0f women organizing for mission and prepared for 150 more.  The keynote speaker this year was Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Peace Prize Winner.

October 2017

UMW-Collage-smallerThe photo collage above is from the October 2017 United Methodist Women’s (UMW) Michigan Conference held at Brighton First.


October 2017 United Methodist Women (UMW) General Meeting

Photos from the United Methodist Women (UMW) October 2017 General Meeting. Pictured are: Guest speaker Greg Timmons who spoke on the Flint Water Crisis. Also pictured are the Dorcas hostesses, and Special Recognition recipients: Terry Keefe, Nancy Smail and Mary Johnson.

Christmas 2017

Christmas Season 2017-The Brighton United Methodist Women spread a little sunshine at the St Joseph Woodland Cancer Center last year by presenting 150 patients with small gift bags stuffed with items that the recipients might enjoy:  small journals, pens, playing cards, lip balm, etc.  We gathered the materials all summer long, assembled the bags, decorated them and took them to the Cancer Center where the staff presented them.  Patients and staff loved our “Christmas Sunshine”

United Methodist Women boxing up Christmas Cookies to deliver to shut-ins.
The United Methodist Women’s (UMW) Dorcas Circle visits the Brighton Firehall each Thanksgiving and takes them a Thanksgiving dinner.
Led by the United Methodist Women’s (UMW) Martha-Mary Circle, Brighton First sent a truckload of warm winter coats to Cass Community Social Services.
The Phoebe Circle recently met to sew for Days for Girls, an international feminine hygiene project. Days for Girls is dedicated to creating a more free, dignified, and educated world, through providing lasting access to feminine hygiene solutions and health education. Thus far, Days for Girls has reached over 800,000 women and girls.
Each year the UMW invites worshipers to bring hats and mittens to decorate this special tree. The items are later taken for distribution by the Salvation Army and other local charities.
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