United Methodist Women 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.


Circles are the heart of UMW, providing women the opportunity to meet in small groups to gather for fellowship, service, study and spiritual growth. Each Circle has its own purpose and style, but all are focused on connecting Chamblee First United Methodist women in a more intimate setting. Circles always seek new members and welcome visitors.

Alma North | First Monday of the month | 6:30 p.m.
Contact: Becky Craven

Our ladies grow in Christian fellowship each month by participating in service projects that benefit the church and other ministries. Some of our projects include organizing an annual Christmas wreath sale that benefits many charitable organizations, supporting the Prison Ministry, making dinner for the Chamblee High School football and basketball teams, and donating items to kids in need at local schools. We meet at the church each month.

Fannie Tapp | Second Tuesday of the month | 9:30 a.m.
Contact: Ann Hammond

For women who prefer a daytime Circle, Fannie Tapp strives to form close bonds of friendship that enable us to care for and support one another through life’s ups and downs. We meet in a member’s home at 10:00 a.m. for fellowship and food, sharing of praises and prayer concerns, UMW business, and a program, ending by noon. We serve a full meal at the Grace UMC Community Kitchen several times a year and are actively involved in other church and UMW activities.

Circle of Friendship | 2nd Tuesday of the month | 6:30 p.m.
Contact: Jennifer Teahan

We focus on strengthening our faith through missions, Christ‑centered programs, fellowship, and devotions. We serve dinner to cancer patients and caregivers at Hope Lodge several times a year, send cards to shut‑ins, pack lunches each summer for Action Ministries, organize a birthday party once a year for kids at the Murphy-Harpst Children’s Home, and participate in other church and UMW activities. Our Circle meets in a member’s home each month and includes both married and single women of a wide range of ages.

Jessie Wallace | 2nd Tuesday of the month | 6:30 p.m.
Contact: Fran Scott

The Jessie Wallace Circle has a long history at Chamblee First United Methodist. Our members, who meet monthly in a member’s home, are primarily working women and retirees. Malachi’s Storehouse is our primary mission project—donating diapers throughout the year and contributing to their Christmas shop. Our Circle is also very active in all church and UMW sponsored activities.


2017 Women’s Spiritual Retreat | September 15 – 17, 2017 

Join us for fellowship, relaxation and spiritual enrichment at Cohutta Springs Conference Center in Eton, Georgia, a 1 hour 40-minute drive from Chamblee. The retreat begins with dinner at 6 p.m. on Friday and ends Sunday morning by 11 a.m. Sessions will be led by Rev. Carol Cook; our music leader is Emily Rogers. The cost is $225 and includes a two-night stay (two per room) and 5 meals.

Each room has 2 queen beds and a view of the beautiful Cohutta Springs lake and mountain. The first payment of $125, along with your registration form, is due May 14. The second payment of $100 is due August 6. Registration forms are at the front desk or online here. Mother’s Day gift certificates are available.

If you would like information about a confidential scholarship for yourself or someone else, or wish to donate a scholarship, please contact Lee Turner at leetur@bellsouth.net or Cheryl Atkins at atkins@us.ibm.com. For questions, contact retreat chairperson Jennifer Teahan at jentea74@hotmail.com.


Contact Person: Susan Montgomery

UMW Executive Committee

President Leslie Mottern
Vice President Jennifer Teahan
Secretary Becky Veal
Treasurer Debbie Healy
Nominating Committee Becky Bennett
Social Action Liz Williams & Susan Matlick
Newsletter & Yearbook Susan Montgomery