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.

R U 20ish?

Looking for fun, fellowship and a chance to put faith into action? Then the new UMW group is tailored just for you. Contact Sandy Frankovich at 937-427-3452 or at for more information.

United Methodist Women Unit Meeting

September 20, Wednesday, 7pm, Parlor

Pastor John Whitaker will present a lecture on “Living as a Covenant Community” which examines the major covenants in Scripture. Covenant reveals the nature of God’s character and calls us to embrace spiritual practices to live as God’s connected people.  

The lecture will be based on the United Methodist Women resource, Living as a Covenant Community, which was featured as a School of Ministry course at the 2017 Mission University held in July at Ohio Northern University. Following a brief meeting at 7pm, Pastor John will present the lecture. 


Book Review

The Well Women by Ladine Housholder

The main character in this novel is Kay. She plans a reunion of the nine women in her Bible Study group from years ago. They meet in Palestine with a Samaritan tour guide, Najila, who is a descendant of Sapha. We discover Sapha was the Samaritan woman who met Jesus at midday at Jacob’s Well so many centuries ago. Amazingly Najila has a copy of Sapha’s written scroll – a journal of the events in her life and times. Sapha’s story – and the story of each woman on the tour – unfolds as we read. You will gain a new and refreshing perspective on this familiar Bible passage and our lives today.

~Review by Sharon Morrison

Wesley Center

This is the second in a series of articles on missions that our Church of the Cross UMW supports. 

The Wesley Community Center was established in 1966 by the Methodist Mission Society and moved to its current location in 1976 after a fire devastated their first site. The Wesley Center became a safe-haven for families in crisis in the West Dayton area seeking stability, hope and a fresh start. 

Their mission is to meet the spiritual and basic needs of families of all ages offering assistance in education and training, employment and human assistance in transitioning families toward self-sufficiency.  Since its inception, more than 100,000 people have been served.

The Wesley Center has five objectives/program goals:

  • Develop and implement a program for expecting parents or parents of small children to 1) Ensure all children are born healthy, maintain health and are kindergarten ready by age 5 and 2) Ensure their parents are employed, healthy and demonstrate good parenting skills.
  • Increase opportunities for employment or entrepreneurship in West Dayton.
  • Expand education services to Westwood area elementary schools and high schools with the intent of getting all elementary students (K-8) on grade level in reading and to position all high school students to successfully transition to work, military or a college/technical school/certificate program.
  • Continue services to the elderly to help them maintain independence and remain in their own home.
  • Expand access to fresh produce, fruits and vegetables and eating education.

The Center is located at 3730 Delphos Avenue in Dayton. You can learn more about them at