United Methodist Women is a group united by their common interest and support of missions throughout the world.

Their particular focus is mission with women and children. At Church of the Cross, we carry out our purpose through small groups called Circles. Circles meet monthly to study, worship, work and fellowship together. Once each quarter the entire unit meets for a special program. Times of the meetings vary to accommodate women at home and women employed outside the home. Any woman who is interested in the mission of the church is invited to join a circle.


UMW Circle Schedule

Leah Circle - 1st Sun., 6:00 pm (location varies)
Working women with children of all ages.

Susanna Circle - 1st Tue., 6:30 pm (church parlor)
Accommodates working women with evening activities.

Sarah Circle - 1st Thur., 10:30 am (church parlor)
Friendly and varied-age group supporting local and global missions.

Ruth Circle - 2nd Wed., 10:30 am (church parlor)
A multi-age group that also enjoys Christian book reviews.

COMING SOON! A new Circle
Age 20s-30s who put faith into action.

Want to Join a UMW Circle?

Do you want to cultivate new friendships while doing something worthwhile benefiting those in need locally and internationally, then look to your church’s United Methodist Women’s group. UMW extends a warm invitation to every woman of any age. See times and locations above.

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Book Review

A New York Times Bestseller

“The Book of Joy” by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Douglas Abrams


In April of 2015 these three men spent five days together at the Dalai Lama’s home in Dharamsala, India. They celebrated the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday and shared their thoughts on living a joyful life in the face of suffering. They explored and recorded those thoughts on the Nature of True Joy, the Obstacles to Joy, and the Eight Pillars of Joy. In an EXTREME simplification I concluded one needs to release hate and anger and choose love and caring in one’s relationships. These men share ideas and stories to make that seem possible. A thought provoking read!  

(This book is not available in our church library but is readily available at Dayton Metro and Greene County public library branches.)

~Reviewed by Sharon Morrison