United Methodist Men

Contact: Dennis Liptrap (223.1737)

The men of Southern Hills meet the 2nd Monday of each month at 6:00 pm in the Courtyard Room for dinner and fellowship. Program speakers cover a wide range of current interest topics from sports to economics. They also have special meetings with their wives at Christmas and Valentine Day. Each year at Christmas they sponsor theMyron Beal Toy Project and take gifts and coats to Big Creek in Clay County, Kentucky.


Contact: Kevin Porter (333-4561)

This group is open to all men of any age and is dedicated to serving Southern Hills. They have a monthly breakfast on the 3rd Sunday of each month at 8:00 a.m. in the Activities Kitchen. 

United Methodist Women

Contact: Linda Rowland, President (215-6065 home or 230-5720 cell)

The United Methodist Women is an international organization with over one million members. At Southern Hills we operate as an umbrella organization for six circles. We foster fellowship among women of all ages and attempt to educate members on local, national and worldwide missions. We earn funds for national and worldwide missions through pledges. We donate to local charities through our fund-raisers. We sponsor activities for women of the church and are currently sponsoring some activities for the whole church. One of the first activities we sponsor each year is the Lenten Quiet Meal. The meal is held on a Wednesday evening prior to Easter. On the first Wednesday of May, the UMW has a dinner honoring the graduating senior girls of Southern Hills Church. The first Wednesday of December marks our Christmas dinner. All three events are for all women of the church. We are avid participants in the United Methodist Reading Program and have had discussion group meeting on selected Sunday afternoons to savor certain books that were widely read. This is open to all women of the church. “The Purpose of the United Methodist Women of Southern Hills is to be 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.”  

UMW Circles

Faith-Susannah Wesley Circle

The Faith-Susannah Wesley Circle meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 9:30 a.m. in the members’ homes or at the church for fellowship, fun and interesting programs including mission and Bible study. We devote our time and resources to many worthwhile community and church-related activities such as cooking meals for the Wesley Foundation and adopting a patient at Eastern State Hospital. Contact: Virginia Liptrap (223-1737) or email: doliptrap@windstream.net

Meade Shotwell Circle

Meade Shotwell Circle meets at 7:00 p.m. on the second Monday of each month in members’ homes or at the church. We are a group of ladies with varying ages from late 30’s to 100+ who enjoy fellowship with each other. We have grown together through love and friendship. You will find us busy at work in all areas of the church. We assist the Room In the Inn, collect school supplies for Red Bird Mission, participate in Relay for Life, support the Nathaniel Mission back to school project and work to express love to the youngsters at the Methodist Children’s Home as well as supporting all UMW events. We invite all ladies of any age to join us in developing this unique group of Christian women. Contact Kris Swoveland (219-1468) or email: swoveland.kris@msn.com or Mary Ann Duncan (277-6446) or email: madunc859@gmail.com

New Life Circle

New Life Circle meets the second Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m. in the Reception Room, followed by dinner at a local restaurant. The main focus is visiting “Hug Buddies,” church members who are in nursing homes, shut in at home, recovering from surgery or just need some encouragement and a hug. The group also provides refreshments for the “transition” ceremonies at the Hope Center for Women. We participate in all UMW projects. Contact Marynell Freeman (396-8760) or email: marynellf@hotmail.com, Teresa Eikenbary (492-9198) or email: twb4261@yahoo.com, or Grace Evensen (278-3890) or email: grace12@twc.com

Patricia Herren Circle

The Patricia Herren Circle meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 9:30 a.m. in the Fireside Room or at members’ homes. We are a group of caring ladies who enjoy working together on many church and UMW projects. Some of these projects are decorating the sanctuary for Advent Season, and collecting food for God’s Pantry and Nathaniel Mission. Contact Myrtle Little (266-4244) or email: colittle@twc.com or JoAnn Boswell (223.7269) or email: jobob3512@twc.com.

Sarah Bagby Mid-day Circle

The Sarah Bagby Mid-Day Circle meets at 12 noon on the second Wednesday of each month in the Fireside Room. Each month we have interesting programs, Christian fellowship and enjoy a delicious snack provided by various members. We try to make a difference for Christ by donating the proceeds of our spring flower sale to the local church’s areas of need projects. We support PEO Luncheon, Methodist Home, Step by Step, UMCOR, Adopt-A-Family at Christmas, Nathaniel Mission, Habitat for Humanity, Women’s Hope Center, and fund-raisers by selling pecans and participating in other UMW responsibilities. Contact Mary Ellen Lutz (269-6167 or email berniemarylutz@aol.com