St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
Tuesday, December 01, 2015
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Women of St. Stephen's

Women often ask, “How do I join the Women of St. Stephen’s?”  The answer is that as a member of St. Stephen's, you are one of us and you have available to you a number of opportunities for ministry.  During the year from October to May, the Women of St. Stephen's (our parish chapter of the Episcopal Church Women) sponsor The Woman’s Forum. These meetings are on the first Tuesday of the month and you and your friends are cordially invited to attend (including men).  In addition to the fun, fellowship and education of the Forum, there are numerous volunteer possibilities through the Women of St. Stephen's. 
United Thank Offering
The United Thank Offering distributes grants to local, diocesan, national and international recipients using the collective offerings of individuals throughout the Episcopal Church. The small blue offering boxes enable a spiritual discipline of giving thanks to God through the tangible symbol of coins or bills placed in the box. You can pick up a box near Information Central in the parish house and place it wherever you will remember to give thanks for your blessings, such as a desk, dining table, bedside or windowsill. Twice a year--once in spring, once in fall--there is an ingathering of these offerings during worship services. The Women of St. Stephen's send these collective offerings to the diocesan Episcopal Church Women, and from there, our diocesan offering is combined with those of other dioceses. Read more about UTO here
The Women of St. Stephen's award grants with the proceeds from May Fair House sales and trips and tours. A list of grants awarded in September 2015 is here.
While the 2016 application is not available yet, you may see the 2015 grant application to give you an idea of what next year's application will look like; it's here.   
The Women's Forum
Programs take place on the first Tuesday of the month (October-May, with a break in January). No registration is required and all are welcome--women, men, members, guests, friends. A schedule of programs for 2015-16 is here

Trips and Tours
The Women of St. Stephen's sponsor trips and tours to provide opportunities for fellowship as well as to raise additional funds for their outreach grants.
May Fair House--282-3004
The Women of St. Stephen's run the May Fair House, a gift shop, whose proceeds fund outreach grants made by the organization. Shop hours are 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday-Friday, September through May. Read more about May Fair House here.
Additional information
The Women of St. Stephen's produce a brochure each year listing volunteer opportunities and the contact people for each; speakers for the monthly Woman’s Forum; and other information. Copies were mailed to all women who are members of St. Stephen's. Additional copies are available at Information Central and outside the May Fair House. 
The Women of St. Stephen's also send occasional email blasts. You can sign up for these at the bottom of this page.
Women of St. Stephen's Board, 2015-17
President | Patsy Barr | | 708.0155
1st Vice President | Marilyn Kirkpatrick | | 359.0845
2nd Vice President | Judy Kidd | | 285.1689
Recording Secretary | Ellen Armstrong | | 355.5623
Corresponding Secretary | Elizabeth Spell | | 288.4401  
Treasurer Barbara Cone | | 282.8882 
Assistant Treasurer | Leslie Brockman | | 288.8805 
Past President Eleanor | Washburn | | 750.2418

Committee Chairpersons 
Altar Guild | Fern Newsom 288.9461; Anne Burnett 358.8144
Book of Remembrance | Elizabeth Spell 288.4401
By-Laws | Gail Waechter 282.5373
Christian Social Outreach | Jan Orgain 784.3165, Clarice Dibble 965.0647
Circle One | Fern Newsom 288.9461, Marti Thomas 355.6387
Coffee Guild | Laurie Duane 750.2029, Anne Turnbull 285.2687 
Gracious Gourmets | Dabney McCoy 355.6387
Grants | Justin Frackelton 741.7848
Hospitality | Brenda Ham 285.3641, Lynn Crowder 257.7909
May Fair House | Marti Thomas 355.6387, Fern Newsom 288.9461, Joan Hines 353.9853
Trips | Marti Thomas 355.6387
United Thank Offering | Jane Rowe 217.5236
A wide array of volunteer opportunities are available through the Women of St. Stephen's. For descriptions of these opportunities, follow this link.
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.

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