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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, May 13 at 7:00 pm in C40. We will be putting together Hygiene and School kits for UMCOR. We encourage anyone who is interested in finding a lively group of women to come join 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 meet Tuesday, May 14, at 7:15 at Diane Yim’s at 4823 Chanticleer Avenue, Annandale 22003. The program will be assembling School Kits for UMCOR. 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 be meeting at a local restaurant (yet to be determined) on Thursday, May 9th at 11:30 am. We will not meet during the months of June~July~August. 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 on Sunday, May 5th for lunch at B.B.’s. For more information, contact Betty Baumgartner (703-239-0125).


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

Service4Others will be making layette kits on Thursday, May 16 at 7:00 pm in the Parlor to send to Mercy hospital in Sierra Leone. For more information, please contact Linda Reinhard (703-764-9224).

Creative Hearts, Creative Hands

Our needlework ministry, open to all, will meet the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month (May 8 and 22) from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm in M9. Come see what’s going on! 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 meet on Thursday, May 16 in C40 and the selection of the book is Legacy of Mercy by Lynn Austin. The book is in the FCPL. For more information, please contact Rachel Martinez ( or 703-425-0480).

Wednesday Women’s Bible Study

Priscilla Shirer, New York Times Best-selling author, speaker, actress, and mom is back with our group! She gives us God is Able and it is uplifting! Our brain knows Ephesians 3, but the focus of this book helps us connect that to our heart and cement our faith! Bring your beverage and join our supportive and fun group each Wednesday in Room M8, 9:30-11:00 am. Contact: Patti Keppler (571-214-4296).

UMW Reading Program

The book this month is Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely, by Lysa TerKeurst. Lysa’s father abandoned her family when she was a child, and, as a result, she became extra sensitive to rejection. The author candidly shares her life story and, through analysis of scriptures, shows a way for Christians to focus on God and not the approval of the world. Based on Psalm 91, Lysa developed 10 prayers that she recommends to “reset your atmosphere.” This is not listed on the recommended book list.

UMW Board Meeting

The UMW Board will on Monday, May 20 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).