United Methodist Women at St. Stephen’s

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 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 Women’s Weekend retreat, and the Maranatha Singers.

October 2020 Schedule of Events

Betty Whitehurst Circle

The Betty Whitehurst Circle will meet for the second time via Zoom on Monday, October 12th at 4:00 pm. Long-time members will join us – the first time we’ve seen them for several years. If you would like to join us, contact Rue Nunnally (703-323-7244) or Nancy Hoyler (703-250-5013) for the meeting link.

Faithful Friends Circle

The Faithful Friends UMW Circle will meet for the first time since March via zoom meeting on October 13, 7:00 pm. Our meeting will mostly be social and getting reconnected and discussing future plans. If you would like to join us, contact Valerie Bates (Valerie.bates2@verizon.net) for the Zoom meeting link.

Frances Allen Circle

The Frances Allen Circle has met twice via Zoom. We have been basically checking in with everyone and catching up with individual news as well as sharing any UMW news. We will be meeting in November and December – more information will be in future Activity Sheets. For information please contact Nancy Collier (703-425-9392) or Priscilla Parrott (703-865-6042).

Teen Circle

The Teen Circle met on October 8th and hope to meet again on October 25 and November 22. These dates, however, may change. The Teen Circle sat in a circle six feet apart, wore masks, brought own chairs, and took temperatures before sitting down. The Youth were so happy to be in a group and not on a screen. For more information please contact Betty Baumgartner (703-239- 0125) or Kathryn Jedlika (703-655-2335).
Service4Others (S40): In October S4O had a Diaper Drive for Homestretch. They are in the process of planning other mission opportunities for the coming months. For more information, please contact Cindy Sbrocco (703-764-8913) or Kathy Hennemuth (703-239-2871).

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 additional emails about specific events, opportunities, or prayer concerns. Contact Laurie Perry (perry417@gmail.com).
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 a death in the immediate family. If someone would like to request a prayer shawl / comfort quilt or would like to assist us in making them, please contact Judy Ryan (703-978-0096 or tomryan12@verizon.net) .

Wednesday Women’s Bible Study

We continue to hold Bible study for Wednesday 9:30-11am
and Monday eve. We are reading Max Lucado’s Anxious for Nothing and will be in that for October and November. Also, we have Friday 10:30-11:30 am Zoom versation (Fight Isolation) chat time with no agenda or homework. Come join! Invite a church friend, too, just to come on and hang out and to say hi to friends. Contact Patti Keppler for all information (571-214-4296 or Pmkeppler@aol.com).

UMW Reading Program

This month there are two books: The first book, Battlefield of the Mind, by Joyce Meyer, discusses how to overcome worry, doubt, confusion, depression, anger and feelings of condemnation. The author talks about the struggles that she has had in her own life, and how she has overcome these types of challenges. The second book is: Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times, by Adam Hamilton. The author discusses common types of fears that people have, such as (1) failure, (2) being alone, (3) missing out, and (4) growing old. Through various examples, some of which are in the Bible, the author talks about overcoming fear. Psalm 46:1 – 2a is quoted as follows: “God is our refuge and strength, a help always near in times of great trouble. That’s why we won’t be afraid then the world falls apart.”

UMW Board Meeting Report

The UMW Board met for the first time since January on September 28 via Zoom. They will meet again on November 23rd. For questions contact Debbie Eshelman (703-560-3112) or Kathy Hennemuth (703-239-2810).