There is a Lot Happening at SUMC In November!

There is a Lot Happening at SUMC In November!

Remember to Turn Your Clocks Back Before you Go To Sleep Saturday Night!

This Weekend’s Craft Fair,  Cookie and Soup Mix Gift Sales, and Pancake Breakfast, and Youth Lock In!

There is much going on this first weekend of November at Sterling UMC!

The Annual Master’s Crafters Craft Show and Sale is Saturday at the church from 9 AM to 1 PM in our Gallihugh Hall (fellowship hall).  You will find handmade crafts for gift giving and or to add to your holiday décor!

Also at the Craft Sale, the annual SUMC Missions Soup and Cookie Mix Fundraiser will kick off and 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.

And on Sunday, don’t forget to turn your clocks back so you can get enough rest to attend the annual Pancake Breakfast from 8 AM to 12:30 PM in Gallihugh Hall.  Adults $6.00 donation, kids 5 to 11 $5.00, and kids under five eat free!  Donations support UMW giving throughout the year.

All Saints Day This Sunday 

This Sunday November 5 we will remember Christians of every time and place, honoring those who lived faithfully and shared their faith with us. Bring a framed photo of a friend or family member whose life and faith had an influence on you.

We will place those photos at the front of the Sanctuary before the service in remembrance of the ways these loved ones and heroes of the faith impacted our lives and our Christian journey.

It’s the Youth Lock In Time Again!

This lock in is for all youth in grades 6-12. We will start at 5:30 PM Sunday night and the Lock In will end at 8 AM Monday morning.

There will be worship, games, movies, and a service project.

Can’t come for the lock in and spend the night?   You can still join us for LifeSigns, 5:30 – 8 PM Sunday.

For more information contact Director of Youth Ministries Linda Budzinski at

If you are planning to participate in the Lock In a Parental Permission form can be found here.

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.

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

For more information on Backpack Buddies click here.


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 shoe boxes can be left at the donation center also in the narthex.  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.

Coat Drive

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 and evening 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.

For more information contact Amy Thomas.

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.

Whew!  That’s A Lot!