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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 for God’s will to be done, “nothing more, nothing less, nothing else.” Though it is true that not all agreed with the changes recommended in the N.L.I. report, there was a great spirit of community among our church family on that evening.

The outcome of the Church Conference means we will move forward with support from our Arlington District and our clergy mentor Mark Miller to implement the N.L.I. recommendations.

There are several opportunities for you to participate in this effort by volunteering for the following teams:

  • Hospitality Team– Work to develop a comprehensive plan for significantly improving the hospitality of Sterling United Methodist Church
  • Sunday Morning Worship Experience Team – Work to create a Sunday morning worship environment that facilitates an engaging experience at Sterling United Methodist
  • Sunday 10:00 Discipleship Hour Team – Work to create an engaging experience that fosters Fellowship, Discipleship, Small Groups, and Sunday School opportunities for all ages at Sterling United Methodist Church
  • Communications Team– Work to develop a full communications strategy for significantly improving the print, electronic, and social media communications of Sterling United Methodist Church

Upcoming NLI Events:

  • Wednesday, August 2, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM– Prayer Walking – Learn how to do a variety of simple prayer walking techniques designed to be a spiritual discipline for you and the way to connect to your neighborhood. Help develop a church-wide program to help others learn as well – be a prayer walking leader!
  • Wednesday, September 6, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM– Hospitatlity101 – Sometimes in our love for our church and its people, we forget the basics of hospitality to newcomers. We will cover the basic theology of why God desires us to welcome everyone, where we sometimes go wrong, and how we might make some changes. We will be reviewing the Mystery Worshiper comments for clues as well.

 

We pray for the great spirit of community among our church family to continue as we begin the work of successfully implementing God’s will in our church’s future.

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

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

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

Year End Information

Year End Information

Year End Information Our church office will be closed this year between Christmas and the New Year’s Day holiday, and will reopen Tuesday, January 3.In case of an emergency that requires pastoral care, please call the church office (703) 430-6455, and leave a voicemail for Pastor Steve (Extension 25), or other staff members at their extensions.… Continue Reading

Annual Charge Conference

Annual Charge Conference

Thursday, October 6, 7:00 PM Join us for our annual Charge Conference meeting when we will conduct annual business of the church, including receiving reports from the ministries, electing officers, and setting pastoral salaries for the coming year. The Charge Conference is presided over by our District Superintendent, Rev. Cathy Abbott. Continue Reading

UMC Council of Bishops’ Response to Orlando Shooting

  Our Sympathy and Prayers go out for the victims,survivors and families of the recent terrorist shooting in Orlando on June 12.  Below you can read the response of the Council of Bishops of the United Methodist Church to this horrific act of terror. United Methodist Communications Office of Public Information FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 13, 2016 Minneapolis,… Continue Reading

Letter from Bishop Young Jin Cho

Letter from Bishop Young Jin Cho

May 26, 2016 Dear United Methodists in the Virginia Conference: May the grace and peace from our risen Lord be with you. The 2016 General Conference has adjourned.  Although there were ups and downs during the sessions of the General Conference, we worshiped together, conversed with each other and struggled together.  Together we recommitted ourselves… Continue Reading

Sanctuary Renovation

Photos from Week #4 of the Renovation   Photos from Week #3 of the Renovation Photos from Week #2 of the Renovation: Photos from Week #1 of the Renovation:   Sanctuary renovations begin June 13, with an anticipated completion date of July 10.  During that time the sanctuary will NOT be available for use by… Continue Reading

Church Conference

Church Conference

To the Congregation of Sterling United Methodist Church: The Building Committee of Sterling United Methodist Church hereby requests Church Conference approval to separate the sanctuary portion of our proposed renovation from the rest of the renovation, and to execute this portion of the project ahead of the rest of the project using cash that has… Continue Reading

Special Called Charge Conference

Special Called Charge Conference

Special Called Charge Conference On Tuesday, February 23 there will be a special called Charge Conference meeting immediately following the Church Council meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to vote on proposed sanctuary renovations which will have been discussed at the congregational meeting on February 21. All are invited to attend. However, according to… Continue Reading

Congregational Meeting – February 21

Congregational Meeting – February 21

Congregational Meeting Sunday, February 21 at 2:30 PM In 2006 we started dreaming and praying and discussing options for a renovation and expansion of our facility to keep pace with our ever growing ministry needs.  After many years of planning we held a congregational vote in January of 2014 to launch our capital campaign and… Continue Reading

Good Financial News for Year-End 2015

From Pastor Steve: Dear Sterling UMC Church Family, This fall, at the end of October, we were facing a deficit of $50,000 in our operating budget fund. That means we had spent $50,000 more than we had taken in. I appealed to you for your financial assistance to close this deficit, and you generously responded.… Continue Reading

Charge Conference

Charge Conference

Charge Conference  Tuesday, November 3, 7:00 PM Join us for our annual Charge Conference meeting when we will conduct annual business of the church, including receiving reports from the ministries, electing officers, and setting pastoral salaries for the coming year. The Charge Conference is presided over by our District Superintendent, Rev. Cathy Abbott.   Continue Reading

Capital Campaign Update

Capital Campaign Update

  Click here to see the SUMC Building Committee Update Report Nov 2015   There will be a presentation in worship on November 8, and information packets will be available to the congregation.  Those packets will also be available here. There will be town hall meetings for the congregation to ask questions on: November 15 at 12:00… Continue Reading