It’s back to school time again and time for the Blessing of the Backpacks!

It’s back to school time again and time for the Blessing of the Backpacks!

Remember to have the kids bring their Backpacks to our 9:30 AM service this Sunday August 20 for the Blessing of the Backpacks by Pastor Steve.

But also:

Does your child’s backpack look like the one this young scholar is wearing in the photo? According the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and the American Occupational Therapy Association, more than 79 million students in the United States carry a backpack and of those 79 million an estimated 55 percent of them are carrying a backpack that is too heavy.

Incorrect wearing of backpacks can contribute to health problems including pain in the back, neck, and shoulders, or the development of poor posture.  Wearing backpacks properly can help prevent pain and posture problems.

So here are some tips from UPMC:

  • Start with a lightweight backpack.
  • Make sure the shoulder straps are wide and padded.
  • The back should also be padded
  • Look for a backpack with a waist strap.
  • Multiple compartments are a plus.
  • Both straps should be worn at all times.
  • The backpack’s weight should not exceed 15 percent of the child’s total  body weight.
  • If you have questions be sure to check with your Pediatrician!

And last but not least, be sure attend our 9:30 AM service to have your backpack Blessed!

The New Sunday Experience is Coming to Sterling on September 10

The New Sunday Experience is Coming to Sterling on September 10

  On September 10, Sterling UMC will unveil a new and bold “experience” that will enrich our Christian beliefs and strengthen our relationships within our church family and our community.  We call this “The New Sunday Experience.” This summer, our congregation voted to accept a set of recommendations to help our church grow and create… Continue Reading

Next Level Innovations Update

The recommendations from the Next Level Innovations (N.L.I.) report were accepted last Wednesday evening at a Church Conference by a vote of 103-16. We had a wonderful gathering that was preceded by a time of singing, prayer, and communion. Cathy Abbott, our Arlington District Superintendent, lead the Church Conference by quoting Bishop Cho, who prayed… Continue Reading

Next Level Innovation

Next Level Innovation

For your convience we’ve just added a NLI FAQ sheet which we hope will help in addressing some of the questions you may have reqarding NLI. As always, if there are any questions and concerns that you may have, please feel free to address them with Pastor Steve. 170713 SUMC NLI FAQ Sterling Innovations Final… Continue Reading

Half Truths

Half Truths

Sermon Series for April.  “God Helps Those Who Help Themselves” and Other Things the Bible Doesn’t Say.  Join us for worship at 8:15, 9:30 and 11:00 AM and learn the truth about popular quotes we assume are “gospel truth” but miss the point of Scripture.  Based on the book by Adam Hamilton.  We look forward… Continue Reading

Renovation Project 2017

Celebration Join us Sunday, June 11th, for worship at 8:15, 9:30, and 11:00. Followed by a cookout to celebrate the culmination of the renovations at our church. Thank you for your support and for working with us during this exciting and stressful time. We hope that you’re happy with the changes and that we can… Continue Reading

Palm Sunday Choral Concert

Palm Sunday Choral Concert

  Experience the story of Passion Week through unforgettable images and powerful, contemplative choral pieces. Join us on Palm Sunday to hear the Aldersgate Choir and accompanying chamber orchestra perform the beautiful “Lenten Sketches” by Joseph M. Martin. This work is a series of tableaus illustrating the pivotal final days of Christ’s earthly ministry:  the… Continue Reading

Easter Services

Easter Services

Please join us this Easter Sunday, April 16, to celebrate the resurrection of our Savior. Sunrise Service at 6:30 AM       (In our outdoor worship area, weather permitting.) Traditional Easter Services        8:15 AM and 9:00 AM Contemporary Worship             11:00 AM Amigos Servicio de Alabanza… Continue Reading

Life Signs Youth Group

Life Signs Youth Group

Sunday evenings 5:30-8:00 PM Wednesday evenings 7:00-8:00 PM  Our Focus LifeSigns youth ministry is always exciting because of all we have to look forward to as we follow in the steps of Jesus Christ.  With Him as our foundation, each individual youth fits uniquely in as we grow and learn together and enjoy fun activities… Continue Reading

Approaching Holy Week

Approaching Holy Week

The Old Testament prophet, Isaiah, predicted Jesus’ sacrificial suffering and death more than 700 years before it happened. He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him,… Continue Reading

Church Management Software (ChMS) Upgrade

Church Management Software (ChMS) Upgrade

In April, Sterling UMC will transition from PowerChurch to Breeze. Here’s a bird’s eye view of some of the many benefits: Cost-effective User friendly Up to date Web-based software Time saving, one-time data entry Lots of built-in capabilities to use and manage data Quick and easy communication with members Online giving 128-bit encryption for security… Continue Reading

Potato Drop April 1

Potato Drop April 1

On Saturday, April 1, an 18-wheeler will drop 45,000 pounds of potatoes in our parking lot and we will re-bag and distribute them to local food banks and pantries, shelters, schools and individuals in need. Some jobs require lifting and others do not. We need volunteers to make netting bags ahead of time, set up the… Continue Reading

Church Activities for Wednesday, March 15

Church Activities for Wednesday, March 15

Due to Loudoun County Schools being closed, the church office is closed today. The CrossWalk meal, children’s activities (J.A.M.), and youth activities are canceled for this evening. The Aldersgate Choir and Contemporary Worship Team will rehearse as scheduled. Other Wednesday evening adult activities/studies will meet at the discretion of the leader of each group.  Please contact your group leader for information. There will be limited child… Continue Reading

Inclement Weather Announcement

Inclement Weather Announcement

In the event of inclement weather, any closings and cancellations will be posted and updated here. Monday Night, March 13   The church building will be closed tonight due to the impending winter storm. All evening activities are cancelled. Tuesday, March 14 The church building will be closed and all activities for the day and all evening meetings… Continue Reading

Ash Wednesday Meal & Service

Ash Wednesday Meal & Service

Wednesday, March 1 Meal at 6:00 PM (a simple meal of soup and salad) Service at 7:00 PM Join us as we begin the season of Lent whether you come from a liturgical background or just wish to form a spiritual intention to hear God’s voice more clearly and discern His purpose and call in… Continue Reading