Category Archives: Evangelism

Information about the evangelism and outreach programs at Sterling UMC.

On This Valentine’s Day, Show Your Love of Christ

On This Valentine’s Day, Show Your Love of Christ

This year Ash Wednesday offers us the opportunity to show our love of Christ as well as our love to those who are special to us by falling on Valentine’s Day.  In addition to those cards, flowers, and candy; ashes will a sign of the day.

The United Methodist Church explains,  the use of ashes as a sign of mortality and repentance has a long history in Jewish and Christian worship. Historically, ashes signified purification and sorrow for sins. Ash Wednesday is the beginning of the season of Lent, a time when many Christians  observe a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline.

On Ash Wednesday at Sterling UMC Pastor Steve Vineyard will introduce a new sermon series titled “Listen” that will take us deep into the Lenten season.  The first in the series Wednesday, February 14 will be called:

Finding your Life: Listening Deeply

“…repent and believe in the Good News.” – Luke 1: 9-15

As we prepare for our 40-day journey of Lent, we “turn around” (the root meaning of the word “repent”) from the distractions of daily noise and focus our attention on listening in a deeper way. Writer Parker Palmer suggests we must listen “to what our life is telling us”–in other words, to listen to the deep wisdom God gave to us as a birthright, connecting to God’s purpose once again.

A fellowship time with a dinner of soup and salad will precede the service starting at 6 PM in the Gallihugh fellowship hall.  All are welcome to come and enjoy a meal and attend the service.

In recent years some United Methodist pastors have taken to the streets with their ashes on Ash Wednesday meeting new people and applying ashes to the foreheads of those who: drove into the church parking lot in Clearwater, Florida; and on the busy sidewalk in front of Christ United Methodist Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico; and in Dallas, Texas outside of a Dallas Area Rapid Transit train and bus station.

In this fashion our own Sterling United Methodist Church Pastor Marcela Jarman will be taking ashes to the street in Sterling where she will be at Joe’s Pizzeria in Sterling Plaza, 22360 S Sterling Blvd # 103, Sterling, VA 20164 from 12 to 2 PM and from 5 to 8 PM.  Stop by and visit with Pastor Marcela as she shares the love of Jesus and our Sterling community.  Says Pastor Marcela, “Come enjoy a piece of pizza on us and learn why the sign of ashes on our forehead is a symbol of hope and love.  Let’s talk, pray and learn together at Joe’s Pizzeria.”

We hope that you will enter our doors and share some of your time with us this Lenten and Easter season.

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.

GRACE Ministry, Backpack Buddies, and Lent

GRACE Ministry, Backpack Buddies, and Lent

The season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, this year on Valentine’s Day Wednesday, February 14!  Lent comes from the Anglo-Saxon word “lencten” which means “spring.” Lent lasts for 40 days, not counting Sundays, and ends on Holy Saturday, the day before Easter Sunday.  In Western Christianity, Easter Sunday must always fall on the next… Continue Reading

GRACE Ministry, Backpack Buddies, and Lent

GRACE Ministry, Backpack Buddies, and Lent

The season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, this year on Valentine’s Day Wednesday, February 14!  Lent comes from the Anglo-Saxon word “lencten” which means “spring.” Lent lasts for 40 days, not counting Sundays, and ends on Holy Saturday, the day before Easter Sunday.  In Western Christianity, Easter Sunday must always fall on the next… Continue Reading

Sterling UMC Presents the 2018 Summer Mission Trips and Local Missions Program

Sterling United Methodist Church will kick off its 2018 Summer Mission Trip and local mission program schedule this Sunday,  February 4 with a presentation and discussion by Mission Committee member, Jim Jochems during the 10 AM Growing Deeper at Ten hour. Along with the presentation, applications for the 2018 Mission Trips will be made available… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

Sterling UMC’s Early Response Team Seeks New Members

Sterling UMC’s Early Response Team Seeks New Members

Are you skilled in the areas of carpentry or other contractor-type work like roofing, engineering, construction, electrical, or plumbing?  Or maybe you just like to do any of the aforementioned as a hobby? Sterling United Methodist Church is looking to grow our core group of Early Response Team (ERT) members and need those who may… Continue Reading

Join Us This Sunday for Worship, Learning, Fellowship, and Lunch!

Join Us This Sunday for Worship, Learning, Fellowship, and Lunch!

Our sermon series continues 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.”  This Sunday will be the third in the series that will continue into February and is titled “When God Doesn’t Save.” Also, during our Growing Deeper at Ten hour, our Into… Continue Reading

Join Us This Sunday for Worship, Learning, Fellowship, and Lunch!

Join Us This Sunday for Worship, Learning, Fellowship, and Lunch!

Our sermon series continues 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.”  This Sunday will be the third in the series that will continue into February and is titled “When God Doesn’t Save.” Also, during our Growing Deeper at Ten hour, our Into… 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

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

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

Local UMCOR Effort Underway to Support Disaster Relief

Local UMCOR Effort Underway to Support Disaster Relief

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is an organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe. UMCOR’s work includes programs and projects in disaster response, health, sustainable agriculture, food security, relief supplies, and more.  According to a recent press release about UMCOR’s response to Hurricane Harvey:  “UMCOR-affiliated volunteers have been staffing emergency shelters,… Continue Reading