SCUMC             Rooted in God's Word,Growing Disciples,
            Sharing Christ's Love with Word and Deed


We are located in downtown Stephens City, at 5291 Main Street. Take Interstate I-81, exit 307, and go west two blocks to the traffic light (intersection of 277 and US 11). Turn right (north), and the church is two blocks on your left. Parking is available in the rear of the building.

Stephens City Preschool Enrollment

Registration for the Stephens City UMC Preschool 2014-15 school year is now taking place. Online Registration, Enrollment Package and Parent Handbook can be accessed from the following links:
Online Enrollment
Preschool Enrollment Package
Parent Handbook

Nursery Servants

We're always in need of nursery volunteers! If you feel the call to help there is a sign-up sheet outside the nursery or go online at: Nursery Sign-up

You can choose the date and time and a reminder emailed to you 3 days before your scheduled shift. For questions contact Tobye David at or 540-323-1410.

Worship Services
Early Traditional -8:30 a.m.
Casual Contemporary -9:45 a.m. (Fellowship Hall)
Traditional -11:00 a.m.

Children Sunday School at 9:35a
Nursery newborn - 3 years
Age 3-5th grade, Rooms 201-207
6-8th grade, Room 114
9-12th grade, Room 101

Adult Sunday School
9:45am Partners in Faith Room 111
9:45am Faith Seekers Room 204
9:45am Koinonia Room 102
9:45am Daughters of Wesley Room 213
11:00am God Chasers Room 102

current events
Updated: 11/09/2014
New Sunday School Class
After much prayer and preparation, a new class will soon begin to welcome students with special needs. This class will be available to elementary age students during the 8:30 service. Several SCUMC members have agreed to work with these student so parents can attend worship. If you wish to volunteer to work with this class please contact Jacquetta Owen at 869-1764 and when you see someone new, throw out the big SCUMC welcome and help these folks in their Christian walk.

Grief Support
Grief Support - will meet Monday, November 3rd. Have you had a loss in your life; lost of a loved one, a pet, a job, a divorce, need support for care-giving? Come and join the Grief Support Group as we discuss our grieving process. We meet the first Monday of every month at 6pm in the fellowship hall with a light meal being served. For more information contact Mary Levesque at 869-1421.

Team Leader Training
Team Leader Training on Saturday, November 15th from 9:30am-3:30pm is required for all first time United Methodist Volunteers In Mission team leaders, but all interested persons are welcome to attend whether leading a team or not. The last training event for 2014 will be at 2211 Skipwith Rd, Richmond, VA 23294. Pre-registration is required and may be accomplished through the Virginia Conference website - If you have any questions contact Kathy or Denny Lewis (

Lunch Bunch
The next lunch bunch gathering will be Wednesday, November 19th, 11:30am at the Butcher Block in Stephens City. Anyone who might enjoy some fellowship and good food with other nice people is invited. There is no other agenda for the gathering. Everyone is responsible for the cost of her/his own meal. The Butcher Block very kindly reserves space for the lunch bunch so we need to give them a head count a day ahead of the gathering. Please let us know you are planning to attend by phoning Kathryn Koerner at 540-869-2575 or by e-mail to Waverly Reames at Don't miss the fellowship, fun, and good food.

Koinonia School Class
The Koinonia School Class will be doing an Advent Lesson Series by Mike Slaughter titled " A Different Kind of Christmas" based on his book "Christmas Is Not Your Birthday"? The series will last 5 weeks and we will start on Sunday, November 23rd at 9:45 in Room 102. The last Sunday of the series will be December 21st. Rick Taliaferro will be leading the class for this series.

MAMA Project
The MAMA initials stand for Middletown Area Mission Project. The project benefits children in the Middletown Elementary School. Seven local churches help to supply 30 children, grades K-5 with food for the weekend. The combined weight of the food in each bag must weigh no more than 6lbs as it will be carried home in a backpack. During November and December our church along with others will be putting together food boxes. In both months we will complete two boxes. We will not need a ham or turkey, but we will be collecting food stuffs suitable for the holidays. If you are interested in helping, please sign-up on the designated sheet outside of the church office.

The Emergency Fund
The Mission Budget for SCUMC lists $2,300 to be used for emergency assistance. Occasionally someone designates additional money that they have given to also be available. Generally those who call the church seeking aid need assistance to pay utility bills or rent. Currently there are no funds in the emergency account. The criteria for helping anyone who calls the church is the availability of money in the account. Also there has to be proof of the legitimacy of the need. Further, a person or family can be helped only twice in one year and that money is sent by the church treasurer directly to those requiring the payment. Regardless of the client's debt only $100 is the typical allowable funding from the Emergency Fund.

Food Pantry Holiday Request
With Thanksgiving and Christmas quickly approaching we'd like to start planning for them at the food pantry. Items needed during the month of November are boxed mashed potatoes, stuffing mix, canned hams, and pumpkin pie mix. Realize that families can only come once a month, so the ones that come at the beginning of the month are getting their Thanksgiving or Christmas food items then also. Therefore, we need to begin receiving them by the first Tuesday of November and continuing through the month. More information can be found in the newsletter.

Food Pantry Volunteer needed
Food Pantry Volunteer needed - We could use a volunteer for the evening shift to help with paperwork. This position would only be once every other month beginning in December. The first Tuesday of the month from 6:15-7:30. Contact Cathy Ritter if you can do! 869-5498 or

Community Thanksgiving Service
This year's Community Thanksgiving Service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church on Tuesday, November 25th at 7:00 p.m. Our own Pastor Bob Gochenour will be delivering the message. Invite a friend to attend with you as we the people of Stephens City gather to praise God and render our thanks for His many blessings.

Stephens City United Methodist Church will host Winchester Area Temporary Thermal Shelter (WATTS) clients Monday, December 15 to Monday, December 22. As you know this takes many servants from setup, intake each evening, medical volunteers, meal preparation, cleaning, etc. If you are interested in serving on the lead team, we will meet Monday, October 27 at 7pm in Room 102 to get organized.

WATTS Donations
The WATTS Team is asking for donations of the following for the 35 homeless men and women who will be our guests from December 15th through the 22nd. We would like to bless them with the following items: new mens' and womens' white underwear sizes small to 2X and white socks. The following toiletry items are also needed: pads & tampons, shaving cream, razors, soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste. You may place them in the hall where the food pantry items are left. We'd like to have enough underwear and socks for everybody to receive a pair. Updates on needed items will be provided. Anything that isn't used for WATTS will be donated to the food pantry.

Hunters for the Hungry
It is that time of year again when hunters take to the woods in pursuit of the elusive whitetail deer. Hunters for the Hungry have provided over 22 million 4oz servings of meat since 1991. In the last month 36,776 lbs of meat have been donated toward our 2014 goal of 370,000lbs. The current fee for processing is $45.oo and this provides 50lbs of lean meat to people in need. If you would like to contribute to this worthy cause, please mark you check "Hunters for the Hungry". For more information call John Petrie, Sr. at 869-0187.

Tamales Fundraiser
Tamales Fundraiser to benefit Amor y Paz UMC - authentic Mexican tamales for sale $1.50 each or $15.00 per dozen.
When: Saturday, November 8th, 9:30am-12:00pm pick up time.
Pre Orders Only - Deadline Wednesday, November 5th.
Your choices are: Bean Tamales with Mole (Mashed Beans)-Not hot, Tamales de Rajas (Jalapeņo & Cheese)-Hot, Mole Tamales (Chicken & mole)-Not hot, Green Tamales (Chicken & Green Salsa)-Hot or Not Hot. You may email ( your order with specifics: name, phone number and email. Or mail the form to (received by November 5th): Amor y Paz Iglesia Metodista Unida. 102 Montague Ave, Winchester, VA 22601. Checks payable to: Amor y Paz. Or call: 202-285-5767. Order forms can be found in the church office.

Adult Sunday School
Adult Sunday School - "True Spirituality" is being held in room 102. This is a 13 week study, one week intro and 12 weeks video series by Chip Ingram. Fred Fonville has a few copies of the study guide left and there is also a book by the same title. This is a study on the Christian life based on Romans 12, which Chip sees as a summary of the first 11 chapters of Romans. Dale Sigler will be facilitating the class. Come join us!

Pastor's Bible Study
"The Book of Acts" - beginning Wednesday, September 3rd which will continue throughout the school year. There will be two identical sessions: one at 10:00 am (room 200) and one at 6:00 pm (room 213). Each class will include video and lecture portions to help all understand the scripture lesson. This is open to all members and guests.

Facility/Room Request
A Friendly Reminder - Any time there is a need to use the facility for any reason, a request form is to be filled-out in advance, put in the admin box (on the secretary's desk) to be approved by the Trustees, then pencilled in on the office calendar and input on the webpage calendar.

Kitchen Clean-up
With the many groups in our Church that utilize our kitchen, the Trustees ask that you share in the cleaning and maintenance of it. The Trustees are asking that groups of 3, 4, or more people work together to get this much needed job accomplished once a month. On the bulletin board is a sign-up sheet and the office has the list of tasks to be performed. For information contact Marty Dilg at 540-869-4813 or

UMW Information
UMW Phoebe Circle - meets the 4th Thursday of the month at 12:30pm in room 102. Bring a sandwich/salad the rest will be provided including a program. First timers always welcome. Call Pat Konschak at 869-1384 for more information. Hope to see you there!

Preschool Applications
Preschool applications are being accepted for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year for 3-year-old and 4-year-old children. Please pick up an application in the church Gathering Area or go to the online registration on SCUMC website. The preschool offers 2, 3, 4 and 5 day programs. A music program has been added to the preschool curriculum. Students also attend chapel with Pastor Bob. Please contact the preschool office at 540-869-1368 or if you have questions.

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Pastor: Rev. Bob Gochenour
5291 Main Street, P.O. Box 428
Stephens City, Virginia 22655
Phone: 540-869-2348
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