St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
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Women of St. Stephen's
The Woman's Forum | United Thank Offering | Trips and Tours | May Fair House | Grants | Board Members | Volunteer Opportunities
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.
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. Read a news release about 2013 United Thank Offering grants here.
Dates for UTO ingatherings in 2013 are TBA.
The Women of St. Stephen's award grants with the proceeds from May Fair House sales and trips and tours. The grant application deadline for 2013 has passed. (The grant application may be downloaded here or viewed here, for your reference.)
A list of grants awarded by the Women of St. Stephen's in 2013, totalling over $30,000, is available here.
The Woman'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 2013-14 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--282-3004The 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-Thursday, and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, October through May. Read more about May Fair House here.
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.
President: Eleanor Washburn | email | phone 750-2814
1st Vice President: Linda Horsley, 282-2928
2nd Vice President: Jan Orgain, 784-3165
Recording Secretary: Ellen Armstrong, 355-5623
Corresponding Secretary: Kay Clary, 285-8453
Treasurer: Barbara Cone, 837-3044
Assistant Treasurer: Leslie Brockman, 288-8805
Altar Guild: Fern Newsom, 288-9461; Anne Burnett, 358-8144
Book of Remembrance: Kay Clary, 285-8453
By-Laws: Gail Waechter, 282-5373
Christian Social Outreach: Rosemary Wood, 741-6088; Tibby Gardner, 740-6123
Circle 1: Fern Newsom, 288-9461; Marti Thomas, 784-3450
Coffee Guild: Marilyn Kirkpatrick, 359-0845; Laura Wilkinson, 360-0301
Gracious Gourmets: Dabney McCoy, 355-6387
Grants Committee: Justin Frackelton, 741-7848
Hospitality: Susan Armstrong, 285-1797; Eileen Walker, 359-2227
May Fair House: Marie Moyer, 784-5926; Joan Hines (volunteer coordinator), 353-9853
Trips/Tours: Marti Thomas, 784-3450
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, 2013-14
October 1 | Dan Roberts, host of the public radio program “A Moment in Time,” will speak on “Reviving the Narrative Tradition.”
November 6 | Carolyn Mustian, teacher, lecturer and author of Come Monday… My Journey on the Pink Ribbon Road recounts with candor and humor her experience with breast cancer.
December 4 | Musical program with Michael Simpson and Friends (11 a.m.), followed by holiday luncheon (noon)
No program in January
February | “Ladies Night Out,” dinner and speaker; date and details TBA
March 4 | Mike Maruca, head of Anna Julia Cooper School, will report on this Episcopal middle school in the East End, and tell us who Anna Julia Cooper was.
April 1 | David P. Hulser, Special Agent with the FBI, “Losing Yourself: Identity Theft in a Digital Age”
May 6 | Communion and light luncheon at Roslyn, the Virginia Diocesan Center
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