Sterling United Methodist Church will kick off its 2018 Summer Mission Trip and local mission program schedule this Sunday, February 4 with a presentation and discussion by Mission Committee member, Jim Jochems during the 10 AM Growing Deeper at Ten hour.
Along with the presentation, applications for the 2018 Mission Trips will be made available starting this Sunday February 4.
There are currently four trips or programs being planned:
- A Sterling community Local Outreach Week, July 8-14.
- M25 Mission Camp Youth Trip in Atlanta, Georgia July 15-21.
- UMCOR Sager Brown Facility – Baldwin, Louisiana July 22-27.
- NOVA Habitat for Humanity at this time is still date to be determined.
Local Outreach Week – July 8 through 14
The Local Outreach Week will be a series of one day outreach activities for ages of the congregation from age 6 through seniors that will work through a variety of our local agencies. Final details will be provided in the early spring however some of the projects being worked on include a Senior Citizen event with lunch and bingo; an outreach activity with the LINK food pantry; Mobile Hope; Good Shepherd Alliance; Loudoun Habitat for Humanity; anchored by GRACE Ministries and Backpack Buddies on the weekend.
Activities are being designed to be able to include all ages on some days at least. You can pick a day, a couple of days, or spend the whole week in service in local mission and ministry.
M25 Mission Camp – Atlanta, Georgia July 15 through 21
For middle school and senior high youth age group.
This trip is a mission program designed to bring students together to serve God by serving others. Sometimes going out into the world means helping those in our own backyard, and with M25, our group will have the incredible opportunity to help some of the 20,000 homeless people in Atlanta. Not only will students be able to witness needs, but they will also get to fill them. M25 focuses less on manual labor and more on relational ministry as students get a rare chance to meet, to know, and to minister to people from a different side of life. They will bring hope to the hopeless and be able to walk as Jesus did as they seek out the least of these.
Global Impact, UMCOR Sager Brown – Baldwin, Louisiana
July 22 through 27
The UMCOR Sager Brown Depot is the hub of UMCOR’s relief-supply operations. Each year, more than 2,000 volunteers prepare about $6 million in supplies for shipment from the Baldwin facility. Locally, UMCOR Sager Brown reaches out to Baldwin neighbors through food distribution and housing rehabilitation projects, engaging volunteers in these projects that help families and the elderly. At a shelter for survivors of domestic abuse and at a women’s teen challenge center for drug and alcohol addiction, our volunteers provide assistance with painting rooms and sorting items in their Thrift Shops and Food Pantries. To help meet the nutritional needs of local children, volunteers distribute food items to parents from the Pre-School Food Pantry at a local Head Start school. Also, Sager Brown Volunteers have opportunity to read to children at some local Head Start Centers. This mission is designed to accommodate younger children with their parents.
Loudoun Habitat for Humanity Local Habitat Build/ReStore “weekend” – Ages 16 and up – date to be determined
Focusing on Sterling and the surrounding community, the Loudoun Habitat for Humanity affiliate and the Fauquier Habitat affiliate have possible opportunities for us to work in their ReStores, and possibly assist with building since “every one of us deserves a decent and affordable place to call home” and Habitat partners with “hard-working families who could use a hand up, not a hand out.” Due to the ever-changing weather and construction schedules, neither group can give exact dates at this time, but they have agreed to work to fit us into their ministry and outreach with the goal of a Thursday through Saturday opportunity in Hamilton or Warrenton, respectively.
For more information attend this Sunday’s discussion or email the church office at