Category Archives: Children

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 and Cranberry Cornbread Mix. Proceeds will benefit SUMC’s 2018 Mission efforts.  The holiday gift mixes, as well as greeting cards and calendars, are available for purchase in the Narthex

LINK Coat Drive and a Special Plea for Mittens and Gloves!

Our LINK Coat Drive is this weekend!   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 starting at 1:30 PM  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.

A Special Plea for Mittens and Gloves from Amy:

“For many of the elementary/middle schools and small businesses, collecting coats is a big undertaking.  A simpler option has been to have a glove and/or mitten drive.  As I have reached out to the local schools and businesses, many have either began holding their own coat drives to donate elsewhere or they are now collecting canned goods.

Both are wonderful options—as coats are still being collected and distributed elsewhere and we all know there is a need for food locally…but it means that the number of gloves and mittens collected for the LINK distribution will be less than we have had in the past.

I have been reaching out to as many places as possible for donations and assistance…and God takes care of it all…it is God’s coat drive…”

For more information contact Amy Thomas.

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 shoeboxes can be left at the donation center also in the narthex (lobby).  The boxes will need to be collected and delivered to the collection center in Leesburg by November 20 so please drop your shoebox off at the church by Sunday November 19.  Please remember to include the $9.00 per box shipping and handling fee.  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.

The Eleven O’clock Contemporary Service Pizza Sundays

Something new as we finish out the year, this Sunday November 19 and again on Sunday December 17 we will have a pizza fellowship following our Contemporary service at 11 AM.  Come join us for Growing Deeper at Ten, worship with the praise band at 11 AM, and enjoy some pizza and conversation following the service!

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.

Decorating the Church for Advent

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.  Snacks will be served.  For more information contact the church office.

Senior High Retreat 

Our Senior High Retreat is coming up the weekend of December 8-10.  For more information click here.

This Sunday, November 19 at Sterling UMC

This Sunday, November 19 at Sterling UMC

Our worship schedule: 9:00 AM Traditional Worship Service 9:00 AM Children’s Service 10:00 AM Amigo’s Worship Service (Our Spanish language service) 10:00 AM Growing Deeper at Ten  (See schedule below) 10:00 AM Sterling Kids Sunday School 10:00 AM Student Ministries 11:00 AM  Contemporary Worship Service 11:00 AM  “B & B” Bocadillos Y Bendiciones Bible Study Growing Deeper at… 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

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

New Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures for Sunday Children’s Program

New Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures for Sunday Children’s Program

9 AM Kids Worship Hour Ages 2 & 3                                                               Room 100 Ages 4-Grade 6                                                     Gallihugh Hall   Drop Off – Children will be dropped off to their assigned room-either Gallihugh Hall or Room 100-before you go to your  worship service. Pick Up – Parents please pick up your child or… Continue Reading

Sterling Kids

Sterling Kids

  “Train a child how to live the right way.  Then even when he is old, he will still live that way.” Proverbs 22:6   The New Sunday Experience coming September 10 to SUMC includes some changes to our children’s and youth programs as well. Our Sunday School program is now called “Sterling Kids” and… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

This Year’s Musical

This Year’s Musical

Are you ready for this year’s Musical announcement?  …Well, you will have to wait a little bit longer! We are working out all the details behind the scenes to make another fantastic show. As always, we are looking for cast members to be in this year’s production.  If you are between 6th-12th grade, you are… Continue Reading

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child

It is time once again to partner with Samaritan’s Purse to send Christmas joy to children around the world!  Boxes are now available in the lobby.  Pick one up and fill it with small gifts and necessities.  A list is provided to help you.  Bring the filled boxes back by November 13. Contact:  Debbie Jacobus. Continue Reading

Grief Books for Children

The library at Sterling United Methodist Church (Room 103) has 4 new books on the shelves on the subject of grieving for children: God Gave Us Heaven.  By Lisa Tawn Bergren.  Art by Laura J. Bryant. The Secret of the Dragonfly.  A story of hope and promise.  By Gayle Shaw Cramer. Illustrated by Jan Jones. The Invisible… Continue Reading

Trunk or Treat!

Trunk or Treat!

Saturday, October 29, 2016 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Kids!  Wear your (non-scary) halloween costumes.  Play fun games and trick or treat at decorated car trunks for nut-free candy. In the front parking lot of Sterling United Methodist Church, 304 E. Church Road. Sterling, VA  20164. Click here to sign up to help with this event!… Continue Reading

Blessing of the Backpacks

Blessing of the Backpacks

On Sunday, August 28 at the 9:30 AM worship service, and at the 11:00 AM Amigos service, we will be blessing our children and their backpacks in preparation for the coming school year. All school-aged children, including preschoolers, are invited to bring their backpacks to participate in this blessing.  We will commit the new school… Continue Reading