Our Busy November Continues at Sterling UMC!

Our Busy November Continues at Sterling UMC!


Soup and Cookie Mix Holiday Gift Fundraiser 

The annual SUMC Missions Soup and Cookie Mix Fundraiser  kicked off over the weekend and will continue through the holiday season.  Purchase your gifts of Chicken Noodle Soup mix, Minestrone Soup Mix, Cheese Soup mix, and Tortilla Soup Mix; and for baking; M & M Brownie Mix and Cranberry Cornbread Mix. Proceeds will benefit SUMC’s 2018 Mission efforts.  The holiday gift mixes, as well as greeting cards and calendars, are available for purchase in the Narthex

GRACE Ministries

Saturday November 11 from 7 AM to 11 AM we will host our monthly GRACE Ministry which is a food and clothing distribution to those in need from our Sterling and surrounding communities.  Its a great mission effort and one that you will find very rewarding!   Opportunities to assist are available on Friday afternoons for set up and on Saturday morning to assist with the distribution.

For more information contact the church office or click here.

Backpack Buddies

We will be packing backpacks again on November 12 as part of our SERVE activity during our Growing Deeper at Ten hour.  This is a great local mission that supports kids in our Sterling community attending our local elementary schools.

For this packing there is adequate supplies of fruit, however donations of the following are still being accepted:

  • Individual meals such as canned pasta meals
  • Individual breakfast meals such as instant oatmeal packets
  • Juice Boxes
  • Milk Boxes
  • Individual snacks such as granola bars

You can drop off a donation and participate in packing the “backpacks”  by attending the packing event in the narthex at 10 AM during the Growing Deeper at Ten SERVE activity.

For more information on Backpack Buddies click here.

LINK Coat Drive and a Special Plea for Mittens and Gloves!

We are now accepting donations of coats for the annual LINK Coat Drive!  The distribution will occur on November 18 from 8 AM to 3 PM in Gallihugh Hall.  Opportunities to assist with set up on Friday afternoon starting at 1:30 PM  are many!  Also helpers to assist with managing our guests and maintaining the inventory on Saturday; as well as take down are also available!  If you would like to sign up to be a helper please click here.

Donations of your clean coats for men, women, and kids; as well as hats, gloves, mittens can be left at the donation center in the narthex (lobby) up to Friday November 17.

A Special Plea for Mittens and Gloves from Amy:

“For many of the elementary/middle schools and small businesses, collecting coats is a big undertaking.  A simpler option has been to have a glove and/or mitten drive.  As I have reached out to the local schools and businesses, many have either began holding their own coat drives to donate elsewhere or they are now collecting canned goods.

Both are wonderful options—as coats are still being collected and distributed elsewhere and we all know there is a need for food locally…but it means that the number of gloves and mittens collected for the LINK distribution will be less than we have had in the past.

I have been reaching out to as many places as possible for donations and assistance…and God takes care of it all…it is God’s coat drive…”

For more information contact Amy Thomas.


Poinsettias will be available this year for the congregation to purchase and share with those who worship with us.  The cost for each plant is $10.00.  The flowers will be placed on the altar for worship on Christmas Eve Sunday, December 24.

If you would like to purchase a poinsettia in honor or in memory of someone there is a form available to fill out in the Sunday bulletin or you can complete an online Altar Flower Order Form.

Checks should be made payable to Sterling UMC and marked  Poinsettia (memo line).

Orders are due November 15.

Please print legibly and write exactly what you would like to appear in the bulletin insert in December.  If you need more information, call the church office at 703 430 6455.

You may pick up your poinsettias on December 24 or you may donate yours to be given out on Christmas Day as part of our Shepherd’s Run Ministry.

Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Program

Our Operation Christmas Child Shoebox program began on October 29 and there are still plenty of shoe boxes left to fill! Shoeboxes and instructions can be picked up in the church narthex (lobby) in front of the sanctuary.  Completed shoeboxes can be left at the donation center also in the narthex (lobby).  The boxes will need to be collected the week of November 13 to be transferred to the Drop Locations.  Please remember to include the $9.00 per box shipping and handling fee.  For more information about Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child shoe box program click here.

And Would You Like to Volunteer to Help Operation Christmas Child?

The Sterling United Methodist Women has secured volunteer slots for anyone who would like to work at the Operation Christmas Child (Samaritan Purse) Shoebox Distribution Facility in the Baltimore area this year. We will have groups going at least two of the days.

Available dates are:

Wednesday, December 6, 1-6pm, 15 slots available

Friday, December 8, 1-6pm, 15 slots available

Monday, December 11, 1-6pm, 15 slots available.

Please select your 1st and 2nd choices of which dates you want to go. If you want to go twice, please state clearly that you want to go twice, and select your dates. Please let us know by November 1, so we can release any slots we can’t fill.

Contact Marlene Cavaiola or Beth Meserve to get on the list.


The Eleven O’clock Contemporary Service Pizza Sundays

Something new as we finish out the year, on Sunday November 19 and again on Sunday December 17 we will have a pizza fellowship following our Contemporary service at 11 AM.  Come join us for Growing Deeper at Ten, worship with the praise band at 11 AM, and enjoy some pizza and conversation following the service!


Have Thanksgiving Dinner With Your Church Family!

Come join many of your Sterling UMC family for a Thanksgiving Dinner on the eve of Thanksgiving in Gallihugh Hall at the church.  As expected Turkey will be on the menu and if you want to share your special pot luck side dish recipe or dessert you are invited to bring that along with you.  But don’t worry if you can’t cook, just come and eat!

Dinner will be served from 6 to 8 PM so come and enjoy a couple hours of fellowship with your friends or come and meet some new ones!  For questions contact Mike Dinsmore.