May 14, 2024 3:23 pm

Creation Care at St. Stephen’s United Methodists embrace the belief that our connection to God, our Creator, requires our stewardship over all of creation. The Social Principles reflect our collective obligation to care for all people and all of creation. Addressing issues such as global warming, food shortages, clean air, and clean water can sometimes seem overwhelming at an individual level. However, individual changes made collectively in our everyday lives have a meaningful impact. The people of St. Stephen’s have embarked on a journey to make small changes progressively that can lead to larger impacts in both the near and long term. At the 2024 Annual Conference meeting, St. Stephen’s is one of three churches being recognized as a Sustaining Green Church. The Virginia Annual Conference first recognized St. Stephen’s as a Green Church in 2023. Actions that led St. Stephen’s being one of a small number of churches to receive this recognition included the Green Day events held in 2022 and 2023 and efforts of the Trustees to adopt policies and procedures to lessen energy consumption at the church and enact environmentally friendly practices. The 2024 Green Day event was the first one conducted outdoors and featured exhibits and activities hosted by members and outside agencies. Please join our efforts to better care for God’s creation. All members of St. Stephen’s are encouraged to read the Social Principles that were recently revised at the General Conference and continue to practice good stewardship of God’s Creation in everyday activities at home, at the church, and in the community.

May 2, 2024 4:46 pm

This weekend, Alex Garland’s film, “Civil War,” hit the theaters and sparked much discussion as this hyperrealistic film opens up questions about the treacherous time that we live in. In the film, a band of reporters follow militias from breakaway regions of the country after the President serves a third term in contravention of the 22nd Amendment.

This is just the latest piece of work to elevate concerns about the fragile nature of our democracy. Many voices, as diverse as Steve Bannon, Rush Limbaugh, State Department official Keith Mines, and Chris Hedges, have stated that the United States is on the brink of a new civil war.

April 30, 2024 8:35 pm

Subject: Experience a Marvelous Monday Movie on May 8th!

Join us for an engaging afternoon at our Marvelous Monday Movie event on May 8th, at 1:00 p.m. The Adult Ministries Committee invites you to a screening of the classic film, “To Kill a Mockingbird.” This is a great opportunity to engage in insightful discourse and foster fellowship within our church community. For any inquiries, feel free to contact mflynn@fumcor.org. We hope to see you there!