Wrapping Up Sterling UMC’s Operation Christmas Child 2017

Wrapping Up Sterling UMC’s Operation Christmas Child 2017

Last week members of Sterling UMC and the Sterling UMC United Methodist Women wrapped up the program for 2017 by volunteering at the local processing center near Baltimore.

Though millions of shoeboxes are collected during National Collection Week, before these special gifts can bring hope and joy to children around the world, each one has to be carefully inspected and made ready for overseas shipment by volunteers.

Operation Christmas Child has eight processing centers across the United States. About 80,000 volunteers serve annually at these processing centers. The closest to us, the Baltimore/Washington center is located in Columbia Maryland.  Two days last week, teams from Sterling UMC made the trip up to Columbia to help with the preparation.  Eleven volunteers, four on Wednesday and seven on Friday contributed their time to help wrap up Operation Christmas Child for 2017.

According to our UMW volunteers, “a child may only receive one box during their young years as locations of and in countries change each year. It is our understanding that this year children of Native Americans on reservations and Alaskan natives will be receiving Christmas boxes.”

It is estimated that approximately 150 boxes were processed through Sterling UMC and delivered either to the collection center or the processing center.

Samaritan’s Purse was founded in 1970 by Bob Pierce and his mission for his organization was “to meet emergency needs in crisis areas through existing evangelical mission agencies and national churches.”

Franklin Graham has served as president and CEO of Samaritan’s Purse since 1979.

Sterling United Methodist Church has been a supporter of the Samaritan’s Purse shoebox program for many years.  Thanks to all who participated in donating boxes and those that volunteered to deliver and process the boxes.

Sterling United Methodist Church is a community church serving the Sterling community and its neighbors.  All are welcome to worship with us and participate in our ministries.  Please be our guest on Sunday mornings!

 

 

Join Us for the Third Sunday of Advent, Our Christmas Cantata, and Pizza!

Join Us for the Third Sunday of Advent, Our Christmas Cantata, and Pizza!

This Sunday December 17 we will celebrate the Third Sunday of the Advent Season at Sterling United Methodist Church.  Our new sermon series, A Night for Rejoicing continues. This Sunday is an exciting day as our choir presents this year’s Christmas Cantata.  The cantata is from A Night for Rejoicing: A Cantata for Christmas by Lee… Continue Reading

Join Us for the Third Sunday of Advent and Our Christmas Cantata!

Join Us for the Third Sunday of Advent and Our Christmas Cantata!

This Sunday December 17 we will celebrate the Third Sunday of the Advent Season at Sterling United Methodist Church.  Our new sermon series, A Night for Rejoicing continues. This Sunday is an exciting day as our choir presents this year’s Christmas Cantata.  The cantata is from A Night for Rejoicing: A Cantata for Christmas by Lee… Continue Reading

Join Us for the Second Sunday of  Advent and the Celebration of Christmas!

Join Us for the Second Sunday of Advent and the Celebration of Christmas!

This Sunday December 10 we will celebrate the Second Sunday of the Advent Season at Sterling United Methodist Church.  Our new sermon series, A Night for Rejoicing continues with Part Two: There Will Be Singing! But even before we get to Sunday there is opportunity for service and fellowship! We will be setting up for… Continue Reading

Join Us for Advent and the Celebration of Christmas!

Join Us for Advent and the Celebration of Christmas!

This Sunday December 17 we will celebrate the Third Sunday of the Advent Season at Sterling United Methodist Church.  Our new sermon series, A Night for Rejoicing continues. This Sunday is an exciting day as our choir presents this year’s Christmas Cantata.  The cantata is from A Night for Rejoicing: A Cantata for Christmas by Lee… Continue Reading

December Happenings at SUMC!

December Happenings at SUMC!

Come Help Us Decorate the Church for Advent! The Advent season is upon us and this Saturday December 2 from 2 to 4 PM we will be decorating the church for the holidays.  This is a great family event with fun and fellowship.  This year’s event will include cookies and caroling so bring the whole… Continue Reading

What’s Happening at SUMC!

What’s Happening at SUMC!

    Soup and Cookie Mix Holiday Gift Fundraiser  The annual SUMC Missions Soup and Cookie Mix Fundraiser  kicked off earlier this month 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… Continue Reading

Pop Tops and Box Tops and Other Ways To Serve

Pop Tops and Box Tops and Other Ways To Serve

Last Friday afternoon, Mame Ward dropped off our latest “haul” of aluminum tabs to the Ronald McDonald House in Fairfax. The box of pull tabs totaled 14 pounds! According to Mame, “They were very excited to get them and appreciated the effort by our congregation in collecting them.” The Ronald McDonald House pop top or… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

Operation Christmas Child at Sterling UMC

Operation Christmas Child at Sterling UMC

Once again this holiday season, Sterling UMC will participate with Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child shoebox program. Starting this Sunday October 29, official Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes will be available for pickup in the church narthex (lobby) and will be available until National Collection week November 13-20. Samaritan’s Purse was founded in 1970 by Bob… Continue Reading

Amazing GRACE

Amazing GRACE

‘For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat.  I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink.  I was a stranger and you invited me in.  I needed clothes and you clothed me… ‘(Matthew 25:35-36) The GRACE Ministries food, clothing, and diaper distribution is this Saturday, the second Saturday of this… Continue Reading

Fifty Cleaning Kits Assembled and Delivered for UMCOR Hurricane Relief

Fifty Cleaning Kits Assembled and Delivered for UMCOR Hurricane Relief

Yesterday 50 completed UMCOR Cleaning Kits or Flood Buckets were transported from Sterling UMC and delivered to the Burke United Methodist Church where they were loaded on to the Burke UMC church bus.  This morning around 10 AM the Burke UMC bus left for the Virginia United Methodist Center in Glen Allen Virginia, the northern… Continue Reading