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It’s February Already! What’s Going On at Sterling UMC?

It’s February Already! What’s Going On at Sterling UMC?

Remember we will soon be entering into the season of Lent which begins with Ash Wednesday, this year on Valentine’s Day Wednesday, February 14!  Our Ash Wednesday service will begin at 7 PM and this year we will be hosting a soup and salad meal before the service!  More on that to come!

But first February 4, is Super Sunday!

This Sunday will be week five and the final segment of Pastor Steve’s sermon series based on the book Unbeaten: How Biblical heroes rose above their pain…and you can too; and the quote, “pain is inevitable, but defeat is not.” 

And you can start your Super Sunday off with a super pancake breakfast sponsored by the Sterling United Methodist Women which will be from 8 AM until 12:30 PM. The menu will include:

  • Chocolate chip, blueberry, and plain pancakes (gluten free available too!).
  • Eggs.
  • Bacon, sausage, (turkey bacon as well).
  • Fruit.
  • Coffee, tea, Juices and milk.

Then attend one of our super worship services at 9 AM (Traditional), 10 AM (Spanish Language), or 11 AM (Contemporary with the Praise Band).

And also at 10 AM you can choose to use your time of study, prayer, serving, or fellowship in the best way that meets your needs in the Growing Deeper at Ten hour.  Each week there are multiple Bible study groups including young adult, adult, and Spanish language.  Other sessions include prayer, Christian family discussion, digging deeper into this week’s message, and serving our local missions.

This week our SERVE Mission’s activity will feature Jim Jochems presenting a discussion on SUMC’s local mission efforts as well as the focus of the groups we will be sending out this summer to do God’s work in other areas of our country.  If you think you might be interested in being a member of one of our mission teams please attend this discussion!  Trip applications are scheduled to be available this Sunday.

And since it is Super Bowl Sunday, if you are a young person, our LifeSigns youth group will be having a special event by hosting a Super Bowl party with food and the game Sunday evening at the church.

On Monday February 5 our Sterling United Methodist Women will hold their monthly meeting at 7 PM at the church.  The meeting agenda will also focus on missions and the speakers will be Jim Jochems and Jeff Bradley, coordinators for GRACE Ministries which takes place at SUMC  the second  Saturday of each month.  Everyone (male and female) is invited.  This will be a great opportunity to learn more about GRACE Ministries:  what they do and how you can help.

And as an action item in preparation for this meeting the UMW are inviting you to bring donations of baby wipes, full size toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, and other hygiene items that can be dropped at the Pancake Breakfast or brought to the UMW meeting.  These items will be distributed at the February 10 GRACE Ministries distribution.

The weekend of February 9, 10, and 11 hosts two of Sterling UMC’s special mission efforts; the as mentioned GRACE Ministry and also Backpack Buddies.  GRACE Ministries is a food and clothing distribution supporting our local Sterling and surrounding communities.  You can help set up on Friday afternoon or help at the distribution from 7 AM to 11 AM (actual distribution 8 AM to 10 AM) on Saturday. Donations are being received now for Backpack Buddies supporting kids at Rolling Ridge Elementary.  The packing of the “backpacks” will occur Sunday February 11 during our Growing Deeper at Ten hour.

We invite you to come and experience the joy of Jesus Christ in our worship, our Christian development, and our serving others in our community.

Sterling UMC is a community church and all are welcome to be our guest, attend our services and participate in our mission efforts.

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

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

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

Youth December Activities

Youth December Activities

Sr. High Retreat, Dec. 9-11, Camp Caroline Furnace. We will be hanging out with old friends/making new friends while teambuilding and relaxing.  A time for fun and worship and listening for the voice of God. Musical Rehearsals: Tues, Dec. 6, 6:30-8:00 PM Thurs., Dec. 8, 6:30-8:00 PM   Christmas Party:        Sunday, Dec. 18, 5;30-8:00… Continue Reading

Adult Sunday School New Fall Study

Adult Sunday School New Fall Study

Adult Sunday School – Sundays, 9:30 AM in Room 107: Beginning October 30, the Spirit Seekers Sunday School class will be studying How We Got The Bible, a DVD series by Dr. Timothy Paul Jones. Have you ever wondered who wrote the books in your Bible and how they ended up together? Has anyone ever told… Continue Reading

Bible Study Groups

Bible Study Groups

We welcome you to come and participate in one of our small group studies! Weekday Adult Bible Study Groups   Monday 1:00 PM Bible Study at Sommerset Retirement Home, Led by Careen Hunt & Maryann Craig. “The Story, The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People,” CrossWalk Wednesday Fellowship  7:00 PM Wednesdays   (CrossWalk… 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

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

Escuela de Desarrollo Congregacional 2016

ESCUELA DE DESARROLLO CONGREGACIONAL, 2016       Rev. Patricia Peña Rev. Patricia Peña es presbítero en la Iglesia Metodista Unida. Ella nació en República Dominicana y viene de una familia de pastores y ministros. Rev. Peña tiene una maestría en Divinidades de la Universidad de Boston. Tiene un corazón para las naciones, la misión, es apasionada… Continue Reading