Entries by Mark Gunderman

United Methodist Women (UMW) hold garden plant sale fundraiser

The United Methodist Women (UMW) held a garden plant sale fundraiser on Saturday, March 27th and Sunday, March 28th.  Set up under a tent in the Church front yard on the corner of Main and Locust Streets, the ladies sold a variety of market packs (African daisies, primrose, variegated vinca, small and large geraniums, pansies […]

Crazy for quilts: Group makes 15 quilts in two days for good cause

STEPHENS CITY — How many quilts can you make in two days? A Bink-A-Thon organized by local resident Jacquetta Owen produced 15 children’s quilts that will be donated to the Stephens City Police Department to comfort youngsters in stressful situations. For the unfamiliar, a Bink-A-Thon is an event where a group makes as many quilts as […]

Outdoor Christmas Carol Sing Along

The Church Praise Band led an Outdoor Christmas Carol Sing Along on Sunday, December 13th at 1:00PM in the church parking lot.  Thirty people attended and joyfully sang out their favorite carols for about an hour under sunny skies.  The church provided song booklets with titles in aphabetical order so all could easily locate our […]

Stephens City UMC Summer Art Camp

According to retired school teacher Jacquetta Owen, “the educator in me just won’t quit.” Jacquetta is so energized by working with kids, teaching new skills and seeing their “ah-ha” moments. Jacquetta had several reasons for leading the week-long STEAM Art Camp, August 10-14. First, the educational part – working with individual students to problem solve […]

Stephens City pastor excited for challenge of new assignment

STEPHENS CITY — Joining Stephens City United Methodist Church during the COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenge, said Rev. Bass Mitchell. For one thing, getting around to everyone to introduce himself as the new pastor isn’t what it used to be — “To say, ‘Hey, this is me.’ … That’s a challenge in and of […]

Boy Scouts clean and restore historic Stephens City church cemetery

STEPHENS CITY — Boy Scout Troop 15 recently cleaned and restored the historic cemetery on the grounds of the Stephens City United Methodist Church. The troop was seeking a project to earn service hours for their Scout ranks and the Citizenship in the Community merit badge, which requires scouts select a nonprofit organization, study it and […]

Stephens City United Methodist Church food pantry update

We are currently offering drive-through pickup to our food pantry clients. We continue to follow CDC guidelines for safe handling and proper sanitizing. Volunteers are placing pre-packaged food, produce and cleaning and hygiene supplies into the cars of clients in the church parking lot. We are taking basic information on a clipboard and entering that […]

Steady yourself: SAAA offers classes in preventing falls

STEPHENS CITY — Each year, 25 percent of Americans over age 65 take a tumble. Sometimes these falls cause injuries so severe that the victim ends up in the emergency room. The Senior Center in the Stephens City United Methodist Church was the first SAAA site to offer the class. But researchers have found that […]

Stellar Seven over 70 Award winners announced – Educator Jacquetta Owen

WINCHESTER — Winners of the inaugural Stellar 7 Over 70 Awards have been announced by TheVillage at Orchard Ridge. The awards, which were created by the Frederick County retirement community, are designed to recognize achievements made by local people over the age of 70 that combat stereotypes about what it means to be a senior citizen. […]

Valley Pike: A church with a mission (Stephens City UMC in the news)

Cathy, though, has bigger goals in mind as missions chair. She’s currently negotiating with REACH Mission Trips to dispatch their volunteers to Stephens City. Though REACH may have started in a man’s garage more than 20 years ago, this is no longer a small-bore operation, as more 300 volunteers, Cathy says, descend upon a community […]