St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
Thursday, November 26, 2015
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The Women's Forum

The Women's Forum

The Women of St. Stephen’s and their guests are cordially invited to the Women’s Forum on the first Tuesday of the month, October through May, with a break in January. There is no charge and no registration required for the Women’s Forum (though they are required for Ladies Night Out, February 20). Please note that one of the monthly gatherings takes place in the evening, and another takes place off-site. Guests are ALWAYS welcome, including men, though Ladies Night Out is, as the name suggests, especially for women.

Women's Forum Schedule, 2015-16
Unless otherwise stated, coffee and refreshments are served at 9:30 a.m.; the program begins at 10 a.m. in the Large Fellowship Hall. Guests are always welcome.
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 | Muffy Newell | Trinity Cares: a lay pastoral ministry
Muffy is a life-long Episcopalian who lives in Staunton, where she is a member of Trinity Church. She will tell her personal story and explain how it evolved into a pastoral care ministry for her church. Muffy is also the daughter of St. Stephen’s parishioner Angela Barksdale.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 | Laura Anne Brooks | Designs from Dunluce: floral arrangements for the holidays
Laura Anne is a  lecturer and teacher, horticulturist and gardener who has studied the Ikenobo and Enshu styles of Ikebana for 20 years. She is a frequent designer of the Hirschler Flowers at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Laura Anne will demonstrate several designs for us—and they’ll be given as door prizes. Dunluce is the name of her home outside Richmond.
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 | 11 a.m., program in Palmer Hall, noon, luncheon 
Michael Simpson and Friends | Annual Holiday Music Program
Michael—known to many at St. Stephen’s as our former associate director of music—has returned as director of Celtic Service musicians. He and two vocalists will join us to perform music for the season. Afterwards we’ll enjoy a festive luncheon. A sign-up sheet will be available at Information Central and in the May Fair House beginning in November. Payment for luncheon may be made at the door.

Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 6 p.m. | Ladies Night Out
Each year we offer an evening program with a fascinating speaker and a delicious dinner. This is the only one of our programs that is limited to women! Additional details about the speaker and how to make paid reservations (required) will be available closer to the date.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 | The Rev. Gini Distanislao | A Few of My Favorite Things: a Lenten reflection
Gini Distanislao is priest in charge of the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew in Kenbridge, Virginia, and president of Bon Air Title Agency in Richmond. After many years of devotion and service to the church, she decided to pursue a path to ordained ministry. She was the first graduate of the School of Ministry Formation in the Diocese of Southern Virginia. Join us for this program in the midst of Lent.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 | Anne Blackwell Thompson | Harvesting Nature’s Bounty
Anne Blackwell Thompson has embarked on a journey to preserve southern flora in the classic tradition of pressed botanicals to use them in unique artistic compositions. She spent 20 years as a historical decorative painter and now produces remarkable botanicals that are a study in texture, color and shape. Each piece adds elegance and grace to living spaces.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 | 10:30 a.m., Roslyn, 8727 River Rd.

Holy Eucharist in the Bishop’s Chapel followed by a light luncheon on Roslyn’s beautiful grounds. Want to carpool? Meet at St. Stephen’s at 10 a.m.