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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 not meet in August, and will resume their regular meetings in September. They meet on the 2nd Monday of the month at 7:00 pm at the church.

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 August and will resume their meetings in September.

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 not meet in August. They always meet on the morning of the second Thursday of each month from September through May. It is their pleasure to welcome guests and new members.

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 not meet this summer and will resume their regular schedule in September.


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

S4O will not meet in August. Check this space, the Scroll, or the Activity Sheet in September for information on our September plans.

Creative Hearts, Creative Hands

We continue through the summer! Let students know we are available for admiring their handwork projects or for help in advancing their needlework skills! Our needlework ministry, open to all, will meet the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month (August 8 and 22) from 10:00 am to 1-ish pm in M9. If you are busy during the school year but are free during the summer, come see what’s going on! Please join us for all or part of the time. Bring a project, your lunch, and a beverage.

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 not meet again until Thursday, September 20 at 10:00 am in C40. The book will be The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers.

Wednesday Women’s Bible Study

The Women’s Bible Study will meet in July from 9:30-11:00 am on Wednesdays (except July 4) in M8. They will be watching and discussing Andy Stanley’s “Happy” DVD series. At times meaty, comical, inspiring, educational; always Biblical..

UMW Reading Program

This month’s book is entitled: On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s, by Greg O’Brien. The author is an investigative reporter who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. He details how he has struggled as a result of Alzheimer’s, from a financial, social, and mental standpoint. He travels the world, always with a companion, to speak out about the disease, and he is open about how difficult it is for him to travel. The last four chapters of the book are written by his wife, 2 sons and daughter. This is listed on the recommended reading list.

UMW Board Meeting

The UMW Board does not meet in August. Our next meeting will be on Monday, September 24 in C40 at 9:30 am. All are welcome to attend.


Relief-supply kits help provide care for the most vulnerable people during times of crisis. UMCOR collects 6 types of kits for global distribution and cleaning buckets for U.S. distribution after storms. Kits help sustain everyday life for people who lack ready access to essential supplies. They provide vital support for UMCOR’s global development work and make a tangible difference in people’s lives. This year, St. Stephen’s UMW sent 49 school kits and 45 health kits to UMCOR along with $154.00 to cover shipping and toothpaste. Thanks to all of you who worked so hard helping those in need.

UMW Brochure

The updated UMW Brochure (in purple) is now on the UMW Bulletin Board and in the Gathering Place. Please share with anyone who might want to know more about our UMW circles and other activities.