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Pastor Marg Visits September 25th and 26th
Everyone is invited to a special book conversation with former interim pastor at St. Stephen’s, Margaret T. Kutz, author of “Nevertheless, She Preached,” Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, in the Welcome Center at St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church in Burke, Va., To sign up for the event, please visit Pastor Marg Book Conversation. Pastor Marg will also deliver a message during our 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. service that day. Read more about this great day on the UMW webpage.
On Saturday, Sept. 25th, Pastor Marg will be holding a drive-thru book signing meet and greet outside the church from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Collecting for College Care Packages Thru September 26
Show your love for our college students by donating to our fall college care package project! We are seeking a variety of goodies including individually- packaged small snacks, hot chocolate/tea bags, deodorant, lip balm, sleeping socks and other spirit-lifting items. A specially-marked shopping cart will be parked outside the main doors of our church building for your donations during office hours, now thru Sunday, Sept. 26. If you’d like to express your love in a card, please contact Pastor Jiyeon to get the name of one of our students. Volunteers will assemble care packages Thursday, Sept. 30, at 6:30 p.m., as a Family Experience (FX) Mission Night project. All children and families are invited to help.
Next Green Groceries Friday, October 1
The next Green Groceries/First Friday food distribution will be Friday, October 1, at St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church in Burke at 5 p.m. It is open to all and there is no registration. If you know someone in need, please tell them about this drive-in event, thank you! If you would like to volunteer to support this event, visit First Friday Volunteers.
Blessing of the Animals, Sunday, October 10
St. Stephen’s will be holding a Blessing of the Animals, Sunday, Oct. 10, at 4 p.m., outdoors at St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church in Burke, Va. (Rain Date Oct. 17th. All pets (and humans) welcome. We hope to see you there!
To ensure the safety of all our human and pet guests, please make sure your dogs are on leashes and all other pets are either on a leash or are in the pet carrier similar to the one you would bring your pet into the vet in. Thank you!
Next Online New Testament Discussion, Monday, October 11th
Our next online New Testament online discussion on Zoom will Monday, October 11th at 7:30 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to read the New Testament in 2021 and participate in monthly gatherings via Zoom with the St. Stephen’s pastors. See the full reading and Zoom meeting schedule and Zoom links at New Testament 2021.
Fall Fellowship Event, Sunday, October 17th, 11:45 A.M.
Join us for food, fellowship, games and music at our outdoor fall fellowship event, Sunday, October 17th. The fun begins at 11:45 a.m. and will last until about 1:00 p.m. Lunches that have been commercially catered and individually-packed will be provided by St. Stephen’s. Be sure to bring a blanket or chair to sit on. Celebrate autumn with wonderful fellowship with your church family! Stay tuned to our website and upcoming emails for more info on this free family event.
Next Grace Ministries Distribution October 23rd
If you would like to volunteer to help this worthy event in an upcoming month, please sign up at Volunteer with Grace . The September Grace Ministries event will be held Saturday, October 23, 2021. If you would like to volunteer to support this event, please click here.
Next Monthly Online Prayer Service, Wednesday, October 27th
All are welcome to take part in St. Stephen’s Church’s next monthly online prayer service Wednesday, October 27th, at 7 p.m. The service will last about 20 minutes Click here to reach the Zoom meeting. The meeting ID is 883 9405 1519 and the passcode is 084115. To participate via phone, dial 1-301-715-8592, same meeting ID and passcode.
Volunteer to Help Our Neighbors in Need
Help Those In Need
Volunteer to support our First Fridays and
Grace Ministry Food and Clothing Distribution Programs
Beginning August 28th Grace Ministries is expanding its distribution. We are seeking 15 additional volunteers to help Aug. 28, at at 6 a.m., and for 12 volunteers to help with prep Aug. 27th. Sign up now by visiting Grace Ministry Volunteers.
We also also seeking volunteers for our other distribution program, First Fridays/Green Groceries which takes place the first Friday of each month. To volunteer to support this program please visit First Friday Volunteers
Thank you for your support!
The Return of The Sunday Bulletin
On Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, St. Stephen’s resumed publishing the Sunday Bulletin both online and in print. This four page publication includes the orders of worship for both the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services. The Sunday Bulletin also includes a page of upcoming events and ways you can be engaged with the St. Stephen’s community. You can download a PDF of The Sunday Bulletin here to view on your phone or tablet during the service or you can pick up a printed copy that will be available at both our outdoor and indoor services. A special printed sheet of lyrics for the 9 a.m. service will be available for those attending the outdoor service where the lyrics cannot be projected on a screen like they are in the 11 a.m. indoor and the online Livestream. Those lyrics will also be on the downloadable Sunday Bulletin.
Unaccompanied Youth Ministry
Did you know that St Stephen’s offers scholarships each year to up to four homeless high school students entering college? An “unaccompanied youth” is a young person who has no fixed place to stay. They have often experienced trauma, which could include one or both parents dying, being kicked out of their home or leaving home for safety reasons. These young people show great resilience – keeping up their grades and seeking a better life through education. Everyone can help by keeping these young people in your prayers. If you’re interested in this ministry and would like to know more, please fill out a an online connect card and reference Unaccompanied Youth Ministry.
Returning to Indoor Worship
St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church in Burke, Va., resumed 11 a.m., Sunday indoor, in-person worship in its sanctuary, Sunday, June 13th, 2021.
Starting with the Sunday, July 18th, 11 a.m. indoor, in-person service, seat reservations will be recommended, not required and walk-ins will be welcome on a first-come, first-serve basis. Those seats not reserved will be available to walk ins when our doors open at 10:45 a.m., Sunday.
St. Stephen’s has implemented an online seat reservation system for its indoor services, designed to ensure a safe and healthy experience for all. Visit our Indoor Worship Page for all the details and reservation info. We look forward to seeing current as well as those interested in possibly becoming part of the St. Stephen’s faith community.
Weekly Outdoor Services Every Sunday at 9 a.m.
St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church in Burke, Va., offers outdoor in-person services in the church parking lot every Sunday at 9 a.m. All are invited.
We have shifted the location of our 9 a.m. outdoor service into the cooler, shaded side of our parking lot, on the other side of the hedge. Learn more at Outdoor Services.
Adult Sunday School at St. Stephen's
St. Stephen’s Church offers a wide variety of Sunday school classes for adults. Currently, adult Sunday school classes meet online on Zoom. Each class has its own personality and focus. All are welcome. View our current slate of class offerings here.
The St. Stephen’s Prayer Chain
The St. Stephen’s prayer chain is one of our church’s oldest and strongest ministries. It was established many years ago, using what is now considered an outdated method of communication: the call-down telephone tree.
Today, the 43 St. Stephen’s members currently participating in the prayer chain receive prayer requests electronically, as members of an e-mail address group. They then offer up their prayers in ways, words and at times of their own choosing. Nothing is scripted, and everyone is free to pray as often and for as many days/weeks as they wish; there are no “expiration dates” on any prayer chain requests.
As the Bible verse above says, our prayers can be a powerful and effective way to offer our love, concern and support for our members in need. There can never be too many prayers.
If you would like to join the prayer chain, please contact Roger Hartman by filling out an online contact card on our Connect Page or call the church office at (703) 978-8724.