Our Purpose: The organized unit of 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. Membership is open to any woman who indicates her desire to belong and to participate in the Global Mission of the Church through the United Methodist Women.

UMW welcomes all women in the church and our activities include six circles (including a teen circle and an e-mail circle), a Bible Study, a monthly hands-on mission group “Service4Others”, the “Creative Hearts, Creative Hands” sewing group (which includes the Prayer Shawl Ministry), an annual Women’s Retreat, and the Maranatha Singers. For more information on any of our activities please contact the Church office at 703-978-8724 or submit questions to the online Connect Card.

October  2021 Meetings and Events. 

Betty Whitehurst Circle will meet via Zoom on Monday, October 11th at 7:00 pm. Marion Gunnell will give the program, devotion, and prayer. If you would like to join us, contact us via the  St. Stephen’s Connect page at www.ststephensfairfax.org/connect.

Faithful Friends Circle will  not be meeting in October  For  information, please contact Valerie Bates via the  St. Stephen’s Connect page at www.ststephensfairfax.org/connect.

Frances Allen Circle will meet on October 14, at 9:30 a.m. via Zoom. Pastor Marg will be joining us for further discussion of her book Nevertheless, She Preached and her life in ministry. For  information and the Zoom link,  please contact the UMW via the  St. Stephen’s Connect page  www.ststephensfairfax.org/connect.

The Teen Circle will meet Sunday, October 10th from 10-11 am.  The program will be Changes. For more information please contact Betty Baumgartner via the  St. Stephen’s Connect page at www.ststephensfairfax.org/connect.

Service4Others (S40) will be collecting the following much-needed items for the Lamb Center: Men’s new boxer briefs (all sizes), gently used or new washcloths, and men’s or women’s t-shirts (all sizes).  Drop off will be before October 22 at Cindy Sbrocco’s home  or pickup can also be scheduled with Cindy via the  St. Stephen’s Connect page at www.ststephensfairfax.org/connect. A sign-up genius will be used: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0F49A9AA2AAAFD0-lamb.

For more information contact us via the  St. Stephen’s Connect page at www.ststephensfairfax.org/connect.

New Dimension Circle:  Please help spread the word! This group is for all women of our church – in any season of life – who might not be able to participate in UMW in person or on a regular basis, but who would like to feel connected to current UMW activities at St. Stephen’s, in our District, and beyond. We invite you to help us grow – you can join and encourage others to join the New Dimension Circle email list for a monthly update and occasional  emails about specific events, opportunities, or prayer concerns. Contact Laurie Perry via the  St. Stephen’s Connect page at www.ststephensfairfax.org/connect.

Creative Hearts, Creative Hands:  The Prayer Shawl/Comfort Quilt sub-group is busy sharing our handiwork with those who have experienced a serious illness or death in the immediate family.  We would LOVE to have additional people assist us in making knit or crochet shawls or lap-gans (lap-sized Afghans) and lap-sized sewn Comfort Quilts for both men and women.  Please contact Judy Ryan with questions or nominations for helpers via the  St. Stephen’s Connect page at www.ststephensfairfax.org/connect.

Wednesday Women’s Bible Study:  Evolving social times allow us to be interactive with others in different ways and it’s exciting!  Surprisingly, the Bible has a lot to teach us about relationships and how boundaries are so important to help with our problems and our successes.  Using Drs. Cloud’s and Townsend’s Boundaries, (as a sort of Biblical relationship resource) we explore topics like “myths” of boundaries and developing “healthy boundaries.”  Various facilitators allow for everyone in the group to learn from shared experiences.  Come join this supportive and fun group.  The class may be on Zoom (or in-person AND also on Zoom) as announced in the group email.  Contact coordinator Patti Keppler via the  St. Stephen’s Connect page at www.ststephensfairfax.org/connect.

UMW Reading Program: The Giver of Stars, by Jojo Moyes.  A woman from England marries an American man and relocates to Kentucky.  When she experiences neglect and abuse in her marriage, her friends in the new traveling library provide support to her.  At the end of the book, there is a murder mystery, where the person accused may or may not have committed the crime, and the mystery is solved.  This is not on the recommended reading list.

UMW Board Meeting: The UMW Board will meet by Zoom, Monday, November 15th at 9:30 am. For information Contact Patti Keppler via the  St. Stephen’s Connect page at www.ststephensfairfax.org/connect. We welcome: ideas, suggestions, or questions about UMW, please contact Patti if you have any of those.

Save the Date: A Fall Fellowship Event will take place outside the church on Sunday, October 17th from 11:45 a.m.-1:00 pm.  There will be a 30 minute concert from 12-12:30 and from 12:30 to 1:00.  The Maranatha Singers and other singing groups will participate in the concert.  There also will be box lunches distributed during the event and games to play. 

Thank you to everyone who took part in our  special book conversation with former interim pastor at St. Stephen’s,  Margaret T. Kutz, author of “Nevertheless, She Preached,” Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021,at St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church in Burke, Va.

Earlier this month Pastor Marg spoke with our communications director  Rob Paine to discuss her new book and her memories of St. Stephen’s. You can listen to this brief interview by clicking  St. Stephen’s Podcasts 

Pastor Marg’s book tells the story of Reverends Lillian Russell and Mildred Long, the two earliest  clergy women in Virginia Methodism. The book is based on years of research of primary sources. To read a  more in depth write up on the book on Amazon, please click here. 

If you were not able to see Pastor Marg preach in-person, watch a video replay now here. 

Pastor Marg served as an interim pastor at St. Stephen’s in 2o14 and 2015. This special event was sponsored by the St. Stephen’s United Methodist Women.

Below are some photos taken during Pastor Marg’s visit Sept. 26.

Thanks Pastor Marg!

UMW Officers – 2021

President – Patti Keppler                                                                   Senior Vice-President – Debbie Eshelman

Secretary – Wendi Prothero                                                              Treasurer – Judy Ryan


Decorating –Rachel Martinez                                                             Nominating – Patti Keppler, Debbie Eshelman

Publicity – Nancy Hoyler, Cathy Liverman

Mission Coordinators

Social Action – Marion Gunnell                                                          UMW Reading Program – Suzanne Winnard

Spiritual Growth – Joyce White

Circle Leaders

Betty Whitehurst –Rue Nunnally                                                       Faithful Friends Circle – Valerie Bates

Frances Allen Circle –Priscilla Parrott, Nancy Collier                      New Dimension Circle (e-mail circle) –Laurie Perry

Teen Circle – Betty Baumgartner , Kathryn Jedlicka                         Service4Others – Kathy Hennemuth, Cindy Sbrocco

Other Activities

Bible Studies – Patti Keppler                                                              Creative Hearts, Creative Hands – Nancy Dubiell

Card Ministry – Carol Luczak

 At-Large Board Members :  Darlene Allison, Kay Burrier, Kathy Hennemuth, Margaret Heinbaugh, Kathy Hoffman, Connie Moody, Judy Nemecek, Lois Seard