St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
Friday, October 24, 2014
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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. Read a news release about 2013 United Thank Offering grants here.
 
Grants
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 2014 has passed. Check back in late winter/early spring 2015 for the 2015 application. 
 
The grant application for downoading, printing and completing is available here.  A PDF form which may complete online and then print is here.
 
A list of grants awarded by the Women of St. Stephen's in 2013 is available 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 2014-15 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-Thursday, and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 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, 2013-15
 
Officers
President: Eleanor Washburn | email | phone 750-2814
1st Vice President: Patsy Barr
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
 
Chairpersons
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
 
Volunteering
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, 2014-15
October 7, 2014 | coffee, 9:30 a.m.; program, 10 a.m. 
Dr. Jack Spiro “What’s in a (Divine) Name?”

November 4, 2014 | coffee, 9:30 a.m.; program,  10 a.m. 
David Pippin “De-stressing Your Holiday Decorating”

December 2, 2014 | program, 11 a.m., Christmas luncheon, noon
Michael Simpson and Friends Annual Christmas Program & Luncheon 

No program in January

February 2015 | 6 p.m.
Ladies Night Out  Annual Dinner and Speaker
Additional details, including date and Speaker, TBA

March 3, 2015 | coffee, 9:30 a.m.; program, 10 a.m. 
Mike Maruca “Who was Anna Julia Cooper and How is Her Namesake School Doing?”

April 7, 2015 | coffee, 9:30 a.m.; program, 10 a.m. 
Melissa Nelson and Katherine Busser “The Children’s Hospital Project”

May 5, 2015 | 10:30 a.m. * 
Worship at Roslyn  Holy Eucharist in the Bishop’s Chapel followed by a light luncheon on Roslyn’s beautiful grounds. 
* Want to carpool? Please meet at St. Stephen’s, 10:00 a.m.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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