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9203 Braddock Road, Burke,VA 22015  (703) 978-8724
Click here to view a new online worship service
beginning at 8:30 a.m. every Sunday

St. Stephen' Update, Monday, May 18, 2020
Reopening St. Stephen's :
An Important Message from Pastor Rob
May 18, 2020
 
Greetings Brother and Sisters in Christ, 
 
Even as our area remains under Gov. Northam’s stay-at-home order and the property of St. Stephen’s remains closed for gatherings and on-site worship, ministry teams at St. Stephen’s Church have been having conversations and making preparations for opening up. We will be working with the Virginia Annual Conference plan to open our building and return to onsite worship. The Virginia Conference plan was just released on Thursday afternoon, and you are encouraged to view and read the Conference plan at vaumc.org/return. If you have suggestions, please send them to me. We have several teams who are working toward opening up, and we will communicate and over communicate the plan for St. Stephen’s Church to you. Our goal will be to have a plan full of grace, so no one is harmed.
 
In Christ, 
Rob Robertson
Senior Pastor   
Welcome!
Is this the first time you've seen one of our emails?  Thanks for reading, we are glad you are here. If you would like to learn more about St. Stephen's United Methodist Church or if you have a prayer request, please let our staff know by calling 703-978-8724 or by clicking here.  To learn more about the many programs at our church please visit ststephensfairfax.org.
Quick Clicks and Previews
Click here to view our newest online service
Learn how easy it is to give online.
 Click here to find out what a Paw-sonal assistant is.
 Click here to send us your online worship photos.
 Click here to to visit our new Instagram page
The  study guide for this week's scripture, I Corinthians 2:6-16, is available on the Praying the Scriptures webpage  You are invited to take part in an optional opportunity to discuss this week’s scripture online with Pastor Rob and others, Thursday, May 21. We now offer two times to Pray the Scriptures, 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. via Zoom conference. For instructions on how to join this meeting  and  use Zoom, please visit our "Praying The Scriptures"  web page. 
St. Stephen's Paw-sonal Assistants

With social distancing and the closing of the church building, the staff of St. Stephen’s Church has been working primarily from home. As we have been learning new ways to Receive, Reflect and Relay Christ , we've been assisted by our loving Paw-sonal  assistants.  Yes, that right, not personal, but Paw-sonal  assistants, typically the four-legged kind!  We are starting a new page on our website  featuring these loyal companions who continue to bring us joy and comfort during these challenging times.  Our first  Paw-sonal assistant to be featured is Rubee, who supports Pastor Rob and Carolyn Robertson. To read about Rubee, please visit St. Stephen's Paw-sonal Assistants

Send us photos of  your  Paw-sonal assistants
Who is your Paw-sonal assistant?  Please send a photo(s) of your four legged friend to our communications director Rob Paine at communications@ststephensfairfax.org with a short write up about your Paw-sonal assistant. Tell us how he/she helps you get through the day.  Please  include  Church Pet Photos in the subject line of all emails photo submission. 
Send us your online worship photos
by 5 p.m., Tuesday  May 19

Share your photos of you, your family and friends watching our online worship service for a special slide show to be featured during our Sunday, May 24 online worship service. Pleaser email your photos no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19th  to  churchathome@dropevent.com to be included. By sharing your photos with us, you are allowing St. Stephen's to show your photos during our online service and be used in future emails and social media posts. For those who have already sent us your online worship photos, thank you. 
As part of our effort to be accessible to all, we have added a special phone line where anyone with a landline, VOIP or cell phone can call  24-hours a day to hear one of our uplifting messages delivered by our pastors.  The number, 571-497-4373, is local to Northern Virginia. Long distance fees may apply for those  calling  from outside of the area. Sermons are typically updated every Monday afternoon. 
Feed My Sheep- Drop a Note to an isolated senior
During Pastor Rob's sermon last Sunday, he talked about Jesus' request to Peter to "Feed my sheep."  There are several ways you can answer Jesus' call, including writing a note to a local nursing home resident.   To find more info on  how to help, including getting the names of two local nursing homes (with addresses) where you can send notes to, please visit our  Serving page on our website by clicking here. 
Church Music Programs
Join us Mondays at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom for some special time of fellowship and sharing. You don’t have be in a current music group, just come join us to say hello!  I’ll have a little devotional time and a little music to share.  Click here to reach the Zoom meeting link. The  meeting ID is  944-2260-3627  and the meeting password is 6fLFu6.
Children's and Family Programs
Meet PJ (Pastor Jiyeon) and your church friends online, Monday through Saturday at 3 p.m. for 30 minutes to learn more about God's story, share prayer requests, play games and sing songs. To join click here and enter the meeting password 9788724.To read about all of our weekly programs for children and families, please click here. 
St. Stephen's is on Instagram!
Did you know St. Stephen's has a new Instagram page?
You can view it now at  
www.instagram.com/ststephensfairfax/

 
Teen and Youth Programs
Online Weekly Teen and Youth Events
Minecraft Monday, Monday, 3 p.m. 
Confirmation Class, Sunday, 1 p.m.
Youth Group, Sunday, 6 p.m.
Youth Daily Check In, Tues-Fri., 2:45 p.m.
Wings Wednesday, 8 p.m. 
For complete details, visit and join  SSUMC Youth Ministries, Burke, VA Facebook page.
Calling All Graduates
Are you or someone in your family graduating from high school, college or graduate school this year?   We would like to pray for our graduates and recognize them in our publications.  Please email
office@ststephensfairfax.org your graduate’s name, high school and  their plans for the fall.  For those beyond high school, please email us the name of their college and the degree they earned. Thank you!
A new St. Stephen's sermon series titled With the Fire of the Holy Spirit,  begins Sunday, May 31. 
Tips for using  Zoom
video conferencing


1. You do not have to sign up for Zoom to use it.  You'll receive email invitations with instructions on how to join from most Zoom meetings.  

2. Zoom meetings also have a phone in/audio only option.

3. St. Stephen's utilizes a virtual waiting room to maintain security. 

To set up an appointment with St. Stephen's staff  for additional Zoom help, please call 703-978-8724. 
For more info on Zoom, including a  video on how to join a Zoom meeting, please click  Zoom Video Tutorial.  

Please update your Zoom software

Beginning May 30th, 2020, Zoom will be enabling GCM encryption across the entire Zoom platform, providing increased protection for meeting data. Please begin updating all your Zoom software  Zoom 5.0 now. After May 30, 2020, all Zoom clients on older versions will receive a forced upgrade when trying to join meetings as GCM Encryption will be fully enabled across the Zoom platform.

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