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United Methodist Women

United Methodist Women have fun and serve!

Purpose: United Methodist Women shall 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 global ministries of the church.

UMW is open to all women in the church and our activities include six circles (including a teen circle and an e-mail circle called the New Dimension Circle), a Bible Study, a book club, the Creative Hearts, Creative Hands sewing group (which includes the Prayer Shawl Ministry), an annual retreat, and the Maranatha Singers.

Betty Whitehurst Circle

The Betty Whitehurst Circle meets the 2nd Monday of most months at 7 pm in in C40. This circle is one of the first formed at St. Stephen’s, and supports church mission projects.

The Betty Whitehurst Circle will meet on Monday, February 11 at 7:00 pm in C40. Our program will be on pledging. We encourage anyone who is interested in finding a lively group of women to come join us. If this would be your first time with us, we meet on the 2nd Monday of the month at 7:00 pm at the church. If you have any questions please call Marion Gunnell (703-978-1950) or Jane Keck (703-250-1935).

The Faithful Friends Circle

The Faithful Friends Circle meets the 2nd Tuesday of most months at 7:15 pm. This circle focuses on spiritual, social, & women’s issues as well as book studies and reviews.

The Faithful Friends Circle will not meet in February, but will next meet on Tuesday, March 12 at 7:15 pm at Darlene Allison’s home. Pastor Jiyeon will share her story. For more information, please contact Valerie Bates (703-425-5470).

Frances Allen Circle

The Frances Allen Circle meets on the second Thursday of each month from September through May. This circle goes on field trips and supports Youth Mission Trips, World Service Kits, and Military Care packages.

The Frances Allen Circle will meet Thursday, February 14 at 9:30 am at the home of Judy Nemecek, located at Greenspring Village at 7446 Spring Village Drive, #T08, Springfield 22150. Our guest speaker will be Sharon Muir, who for several years was an administrator at Boys Town. She will talk about her experiences there. We welcome all guests and prospective members to join us. We are also reading The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers in preparation for the book discussion for the March program. Guests and prospective members are welcome to join us whether you have read the book or not. For more information, please contact Priscilla Parrott (703-865-6042) or Nancy Collier (703-425-9392).

Teen Circle

The Teen Circle meets once a month on Sundays. Grades 7-12, are invited to join this small group where you can be yourself, feel accepted, give back to the community, and be loved unconditionally

The Teen Circle will meet at the church on Sunday, February 10th at 11:00 am in M9. The program will be Senses. For more information, contact Betty Baumgartner


Service4 Others (S40) meets on the 3rd Thursday of most months and focuses on short-term mission projects and fellowship.

Service4Others will help prepare breakfast for the Lamb Center on February 19 at 7:00 pm in the kitchen in the church. If you can help, please contact Suzanne Bottoms ( or 703-978-4871).

Creative Hearts, Creative Hands

Our needlework ministry, open to all, will meet the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month (February 13 and 27) from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm in M9. Please join us for all or part of the time, whatever works for you. Bring a project, your lunch, and a beverage. Contact: Jean Taylor (703-644-9480 or

New Dimension Circle

This e-mail circle is for women of our church who, for whatever reason, cannot participate in a monthly circle meeting, but would like to be informed about current UMW activities, present concerns, and information on UMW and St. Stephen’s in general. Contact Linda Baird, the New Dimension Circle Coordinator (703-591-6023 or LB10212[at]

Book Club

The Book Club meets the third Thursday of every other month at 10:00 am in C40.

The Book Club will next meet on Thursday, March 21. The book title has not been selected. For more information, please contact Rachel Martinez ( or 703-425-0480).

Wednesday Women’s Bible Study

We started off 2019 with the blessing of having Pastor Jiyeon serve communion to our group. It was an incredibly special way to connect with her and with each other. We are continuing our study: WHISPER: How to Hear the Voice of God, a thought-provoking and heart-growing study. Our group discusses a chapter each week. We meet from 9:30 -11:00 am each Wednesday in M8. Come join the team to dig into Scripture with the help of Mark Batterson, a NY Times best-selling author. Our growing group is always welcoming new people to be in prayer with and for. Bring your beverage! For more information contact Patti Keppler (571-214-4296 or

UMW Reading Program

The book this month is We Are All Fast-Food Workers Now: The Global Uprising Against Poverty Wages, by Annelise Orleck. The author discusses low wage workers rising against poverty wages and organizing for better working conditions. The book details the work life of those in these industries, as well as others: the fast-food industry, hotel housekeeping, education, and health care. The book examines the struggles, losses, victories, and vision for the future. This book is on the recommended reading list for 2019.

UMW Board Meeting

The UMW Board will meet on Monday, March 25 in C40 from 9:30 – 11:30 am. All are welcome to attend. For questions contact Debbie Eshelman
(703-560-3112) or Kathy Hennemuth (703-239-2810).