Note from Pastor Steve

Re:  The difference knowing Jesus makes

Have you noticed?

It’s not just at Christmas time, but it seems that the needs of people around us cry out louder at this time of year.

Last Saturday, I talked with a lot of visitors to our church while I watched the Grace ministers at work supplying food and clothing to families in need.

Last Sunday, the members of our congregation stuffed backpacks with food for local elementary students.

The pile of toys being collected by the United Methodist Women is growing.

This week I received a letter from Operation Christmas Child’s Loudoun County liaison thanking us for our participation in collecting shoeboxes.  And In our announcements this week, you will see photos of some UMW members who had the opportunity to go to Operation Christmas Child’s warehouse near Baltimore and get those shoeboxes ready to send.  They said, “It was a wonderful and uplifting experience to do something for others and enjoy the fellowship of our sisters together.”  They can’t wait to take friends back with them next year.

As people who are finding out the difference that knowing Jesus makes in our own lives, here at Sterling UMC we look for ways to share His love and the hope He brings with each person we encounter.

There is always room for one more person to bring their ideas, their God-given talents, their unique way of being and doing to help us share the love of Jesus Christ.

Thank you for the difference You make!  I look forward to seeing where God leads us as we live out who we are as disciples of Jesus.

I wish you all of God’s blessings this Christmas season!

In Christ,

Pastor Steve