Rev. Rob Robertson Tammy Lydon
Senior Pastor Director of Music Ministries
[email protected] [email protected]
Extension 104 Extension 107
Rev. Jiyeon Kim Harold Mansfield
Associate Pastor Maintenance Engineer
[email protected] 703-978-8724
Rev. Forrest Teague Preschool Director
[email protected] 703-978-9024
Mike Faunda Preschool Assistant Director
Director of Media Ministries
Anita Febbo Financial Manager
[email protected] Extension 106
Esther Lee Coordinator of Communications
[email protected] Extension 110
Dr. Ingrid Lestrud Karen Wells
Children’s Music Ministry Coordinator Office Manager
[email protected] [email protected]
St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church
9203 Braddock Rd., Burke, VA 22015
Introducing Pastor Rob
Pastor Rob grew up in Virginia Beach. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia
where he was pre-med and a history major. Following his graduation, Rob went into
the information technology field and owned his own business. During the late 1990s,
Pastor Rob was hearing a call to full-time ministry. After selling his business in 1999,
he answered the Lord’s call and attended Duke Divinity School, graduating in 2004.
Since then, Pastor Rob has served as the lead pastor in three congregations in the
Virginia Conference: two churches for six years each in Virginia Beach, and a
congregation in Charlottesville. Pastor Rob and his wife, Carolyn, will be celebrating
their 28th wedding anniversary in September. They have two adult children, Michael
and Katherine, and a 5 year-old black lab, named Rubee.
If you could only watch one movie this What are you most excited about for the
summer, what would it be and why? coming year at your new church?
Toy Story 4: Toy Story was a favorite moving of my Working with gifted laity and clergy at St. Stephen's
children when they were young, and I am looking Church to grow God's kingdom there, in the
forward to seeing Woody, Buzz and the gang. Alexandra District and beyond!
What is your favorite ice cream flavor? Most Passionate about in ministry?
Mint chocolate chip or coffee or chocolate or… Sharing God's love for all people and helping
Do you have a pet now? people to discover and respond to God's call on
Rubee is a 5 year old black lab their lives!
What is your family's favorite hobby together?
Hiking. First job?
Dishwasher, bellhop, and “go for” at the
Thunderbird Hotel on the oceanfront in Virginia
Beach. The manager of the hotel told me that he
was going to teach me the hotel business “from the
Introducing Pastor Forrest
Pastor Forrest (yes, like Forrest Gump) grew up in the Methodist church as a
pastor’s kid. He came to real faith in Jesus when as a Senior in High school in
Hampton Roads where he was born and raised. He went on to major in Earth
and Environmental Science at Virginia Wesleyan College, while being a part
of ministry on campus and off with Younglife and others. He married the
love of his life, Emilee, in 2018 on a hot July day. They met on a mission trip
to Nicaragua. He loves Baseball and the Chicago Cubs! He is a fan of NC
State and the Carolina Panthers. Pastor Forrest grew up at the beach, so he
learned how to surf and skim board which came naturally having skate- and
long-boarded for years. He enjoys video games because they connect him to
old friends. He also enjoys hunting and other outdoor activities.
If you could only watch one movie this Do you have a pet now?
summer, what would it be and why?
No pets…. Yet.
The Sandlot, because it is a summertime classic
What is your family's favorite hobby together?
What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
My wife and I enjoy the beach and hiking, along
Vanilla- because then you can add whatever you with DIY projects such as soap making.
Our Church Family
New Members: Kylie Edington, Nathan James Guckenberger, Jacob Mennes, Olivia Miller, Riley
Miller, Sylar Moore & Christina Prat, Raegan Ruemmler, James Vant, Peter Gardner
Baptisms: James Alan Dillon, June 9, son of Sean and Christine Dillon
Donate New School Supplies
Please join the Outreach Committee in donating new school supplies to help children in need. Pencils,
pens, markers, crayons, scissors, construction paper, notebooks and lined paper (especially wide-ruled)
and any other supplies are needed. We are hoping to collect 2,019 items! They will be distributed
through several of our ministries and partner organizations: Grace Ministries, Browne Education
Center, Homestretch, FACETS, and Wesley Housing. Collection bins will be in the Gathering Place in
July and early August.
Be on the lookout for details of showings of a couple of faith-in-action films in July & August!
Brought to you by Church & Society Committee.
Calling All Photographers!
The Photography Ministry needs you. We take pictures of St. Stephen’s events, Missions, and members
to help document our good works and also support Communications and other activities. If you like to
take photos and are willing to take photos at some events or times convenient to you, we’d love to have
you join us. There is no required amount of time you need to volunteer. If you’re interested or have
questions, contact Joe Willmore at: [email protected]
From the Endowment Committee
You may have noticed the new cabinets in our Gathering Place. The Permanent Endowment Committee
used the dividends earned this year to provide funds to the First Impressions Team to purchase the
cabinets. If you would like information regarding the Endowment Fund, contact the chairman, Gregg
Snow, 703 489-3780.
All for Pie, Pie for All!
Join us for Pie & Game Night
When: Saturday, July 20, 6:30-8pm,
Where: Fellowship Hall
Fellowship & fun with pie & games
Spending time with your church family!
Bring a pie and game to share!
Childcare is available.
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JP-JR Youth Mission Trip (offsite) JP-JR Youth Mission Trip JP-JR Youth Mission Trip (offsite) JP-JR Youth Mission Trip JP-JR Youth Mission JP-JR Youth Mission JP-JR Youth Mission
8:30 AM Traditional Worship (offsite) 9:30 AM Jean Taylor (M12) (offsite) Trip (offsite) Trip (offsite) Trip (offsite)
Service (S) 11:00 AM Staff Meeting (M5)
9:45 AM Contemporary Worship (S) 4:00 PM Deadline for SCROLL 7:00 PM Source Band (S) 6:30 AM Coffeemen 7:00 PM Bits & Pieces 10:00 AM Great
9:45 AM Sunday School Articles Community Group (M10) Salvation
11:00 AM Classic Worship Service (Peet's) Christian
(S) 7:00 PM ESOL Class Fellowship
6:30 PM Evening Chapel: A Youth 9:30 AM Wednesday Women's (C59) Choir (FS)
Led Worship Service (WC) Bible Study (M8)
7:45 PM Mostly Men 6:30 PM Pie and
11:00 AM Men's Bible Study Choir (M10) Game Night(K/
12:00 PM Retired Men's Lunch
7:00 PM Cmmte: Youth
7:30 PM Children & Family
7:30 PM Cmmte: Finance
7:30 PM Cmmte: Worship
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8:30 AM Traditional Worship 10:30 AM Music Theater Camp 10:30 AM Music Theater Camp 6:30 AM Coffeemen 10:30 AM Music Theater Grace Ministries Food 7:30 AM Grace
Service (S) 11:00 AM Staff Meeting (M5) Community Group Camp Sorting (FS) Ministries
7:00 PM Source Band (S) (Peet's)
9:30 AM Blood Pressure Clinic (GP) 7:30 PM Boy Scout Patriot District 7:00 PM Bits & Pieces 10:30 AM Music Theater
9:45 AM Contemporary Worship (S) 9:30 AM Wednesday Women's (M10) Camp
9:45 AM Sunday School Committee (M18/20) Bible Study (M8)
7:00 PM ESOL Class 4:00 PM Grace
11:00 AM Classic Worship Service 10:30 AM Music Theater Ministries Set-Up
(S) Camp (C59)
7:00 PM Grace Ministries
6:30 PM Evening Chapel: A Youth 11:00 AM Creative Hearts/
Led Worship Service (WC) Creative Hands (M9) Praise Band (S)
7:45 PM Mostly Men
7:00 PM Youth Group Gutter 7:30 PM Church Council (C41)
Sundaes Choir (M10)
8:00 PM Middle School
Fun Night (offsite)
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8:30 AM Traditional Worship 9:00 AM FUNdamentals Sports 9:00 AM FUNdamentals Sports 6:30 AM Coffeemen 9:00 AM FUNdamentals SummerCon (offsite) SummerCon (offsite)
Service (S) Camp Camp Community Group Sports Camp 9:00 AM FUNdamentals 10:00 AM Great
9:45 AM Contemporary Worship (S) 3:15 PM FACETS Meal Prep. 11:00 AM Staff Meeting (M5) (Peet's) 10:00 AM Coloring, Sports Camp Salvation
9:45 AM Sunday School (FHH/K) 7:00 PM Source Band (S) 9:00 AM FUNdamentals Cardmaking & 5:00 PM First Fridays - Christian
11:00 AM Classic Worship Service 7:00 PM Youth Group SkyZone Conversation Fellowship
Sports Camp Community Group Green Groceries Choir (FS)
(S) (offsite) 9:30 AM Wednesday Women's (M12) (FH/FHH) 1:00 PM Baird Family
6:30 PM Evening Chapel: A Youth Reception (FH/
Bible Study (M8) 7:00 PM Bits & Pieces K)
Led Worship Service (WC) 7:30 PM Ministry Council (M10)
(WC) 7:00 PM ESOL Class
7:00 PM Grace Ministries
Praise Band (WC)
7:45 PM Mostly Men
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
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8:30 AM Traditional Worship 7:30 PM Bible Challenge 9:30 AM Jean Taylor (M12) 6:30 AM Coffeemen Independence Day 10:00 AM Great
Service (S) Participant Meeting (WC) 11:00 AM Staff Meeting (M5) Community Group OFFICE CLOSED Salvation
6:30 PM Source Planning (M10) (Peet's) 7:00 PM ESOL Class Christian
9:45 AM Contemporary Worship (S) 7:00 PM Source Band (S) Fellowship
9:45 AM Sunday School 9:30 AM Wednesday Women's (C59) Choir (FS)
11:00 AM Classic Worship Service Bible Study (M8)
(S) 4:00 PM Girl Scout
6:30 PM Evening Chapel: A Youth 7:30 PM Cmmte: SPPRC (M8) Adult Training (C41)
Led Worship Service (WC)
7:00 PM Youth Welcome Pastor
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8:30 AM Traditional Worship VBS VBS VBS VBS VBS
Service (S) 7:30 PM Mighty Peals of Joy 11:00 AM Staff Meeting (M5) 6:30 AM Coffeemen 6:30 PM Cmmte: Music 5:00 PM First Fridays -
7:00 PM Source Band (S)
9:45 AM Contemporary Worship (S) (M9) Community Group (M5) Green Groceries
9:45 AM Sunday School (Peet's) 7:00 PM Bits & Pieces (W)
11:00 AM Classic Worship Service 9:30 AM Wednesday Women's
(S) Bible Study (M8) (M10)
6:30 PM Evening Chapel: A Youth 7:00 PM Cmmte: FIT (C40) 7:00 PM ESOL Class
Led Worship Service (WC) 7:30 PM Cmmte: Church &
Society (M9) (C59)
7:30 PM Cmmte: FACE 7:45 PM Mostly Men
7:30 PM Cmmte: Outreach Choir (M10)
(M5) 8:00 PM High School
7:30 PM Stephen Ministry
(C58) Youth Fun Night
The organized unit of United Methodist Women shall be a community of women
whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons
through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative supportive fellowship; and to expand
concepts of mission through participation in global ministries of the church.
Membership is open to any woman who indicates her desire to belong and to participate in the Global
Mission of the Church through the United Methodist Women.
Betty Whitehurst Circle: The Betty Whitehurst Service4Others: Service4Others will not meet in
Circle will not meet in July or August and will July or August. For any questions please contact
resume their regular meetings in September. They Cindy Sbrocco (703-764-8913) or Kathy
meet the 2nd Monday of the month at 7:00 pm at Hennemuth (703-239-2871).
the church. For information, please call Marion
Gunnell (703-978-1950) or Jane Keck Creative Hearts, Creative Hands: We continue
(703-250-1935). through the summer! Let your students know we
are available for admiring their handiwork projects
Faithful Friends Circle: The Faithful Friends or for help in advancing in their needlework skills!
Circle will not meet in July or August and will Our needlework ministry, open to all, will meet in
resume their meetings in September. For more M9 the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month
information, please contact Valerie Bates (July 10 and 24, August 14 and 28) from 11:00 am
(703-425-5470). to 1:00 pm. If you are busy during the school year
but are free during the summer, come see what’s
Teen Circle: The Teen Circle will not meet in the going on! Please join us for all or part of the time.
summer. They will begin meeting again in Bring a project, your lunch, and a beverage.
September. For more information, contact Betty
Baumgartner (703-239-0125). Contact Jean Taylor
(703-644-9480, [email protected]).
Frances Allen Circle: The Frances Allen Circle Wednesday Women’s Bible Study: Is summer
will not meet during July or August. We always flexibility giving you a new opportunity to join
meet on the morning of the second Thursday of some weeks? Summertime is perfect for a non-
each month from September through May. It is homework Bible reflection with a DVD series by
our pleasure to welcome guests and new Andy Stanley. His studies are amazing, as we
members. For more information, please contact learned last summer, and the new one “Follow”
Priscilla Parrott (703-865-6042) or Nancy Collier will be conversation-provoking. Contact: Patti
(703-425-9392). Keppler 571-214-4296
UMW is open to all women in the church and our activities include six circles
(including a teen circle and an e-mail circle called the New Dimension Circle),
a Bible Study, a book club, the Creative Hearts, Creative Hands sewing group
(which includes the Prayer Shawl Ministry), an annual Women’s Weekend retreat,
and the Maranatha Singers. For more information on any of our activities please pick up a blue UMW
Activity Sheet in the Gathering Place or on the UMW Bulletin Board.
New Dimension Circle: This e-mail circle is for UMW Board Meeting: Our next UMW meeting
women of our church who for whatever reason is on Monday, September 23 in C40 from 9:30 -
cannot participate in a monthly circle meeting, but 11:30 am. All are welcome to attend. For
would like to be informed about current UMW questions contact Debbie Eshelman (703-560-
activities, present concerns, and information on 3112) or Kathy Hennemuth (703-239-2810).
UMW and St. Stephen’s in general. Contact Linda
Baird, the New Dimension Circle Coordinator Women’s Weekend Retreat
(703-591-6023, [email protected]). Once again, the Women’s Retreat was full of
Book Club: The Book Club will next meet in friendship and meaningful discussions about key
September. For more information, please contact messages in the Bible. There were 26 women who
Rachel Martinez ([email protected], enjoyed the weekend retreat which was held on
703-425-0480). April 26-28 in Martinsburg, West Virginia. The
program focused on a special Psalm - “Taste and
The UMW Reading Program: The book this see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8). We
month is Nobody Cries When We Die: God, embarked on a global culinary and spiritual
Community, and Surviving to Adulthood, by Patrick B. adventure through group discussions and a video
Reyes. The author grew up surrounded by narrated by Margaret Feinberg. In preparation for
violence. He left his community to become the the lessons, we tasted the foods that were the
first person in his family and his home town to get focus of the lesson. The foods included exotic
a doctorate degree. The book shows how God fruits, a wide array of breads and oils, and various
saved his life through those who were faithful. types of salts from around the world. It was a
The author states that a Christian vocation memorable weekend that stimulated all of the
involves hearing and responding to the voice of senses:the sounds of beautiful music while
God, and it is also tied to suffering. This book is singing, the taste and smell of delicious foods, and
the sight and touch of women joined together in
on the recommended reading list for 2019.
June 1 SPORTS ACTIVATION DAY (10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
All children and youth in ages 5 through 18 years old are invited to this FREE sports
July 20 event. Registration closes on May 11, 2019.
Popsicles on the Playground (10 – 11:30 a.m.)
We’re kicking off summer on the St. Stephen’s playground with popsicles and
playtime. Come to connect with other families.
Pie & Game Night (6:30 – 8:00 p.m.)
Bring your favorite pie and board games to share. A great way to reconnect and
unwind during the summer!
Music Theatre Camp Performance (9:00 & 11:00 a.m.)
Campers (rising 3rd-through 8th graders) are leading Sunday worships services.
‘M&M’ Mini VBS, Monday, June 17 – Tuesday, June 18, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
‘ROAR!’ VBS, Monday, July 8 – Friday, July 12, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
‘Mary Poppins’ Music Theatre Camp
Monday, July 22 – Friday, July 26, 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
FUNdamentals Sports Camp, Monday, July 29 – Friday, August 2
Morning (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) ONLY or AND Afternoon (1:00 – 4:00 p.m.)
“I’ve seen the LPorhdo”enix Rising Prep, Thursday, August 29, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
John 20:18Phoenix Rising Delivery, Friday, August 30, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Youth Ministry News for 7-12 Graders