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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

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

Our Busy November Continues at Sterling UMC!

Our Busy November Continues at Sterling UMC!

  Soup and Cookie Mix Holiday Gift Fundraiser  The annual SUMC Missions Soup and Cookie Mix Fundraiser  kicked off over the weekend 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… 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

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

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

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

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

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

Current Sermon Topics

Current Sermon Topics

February 19 and 26 – Lessons from Shrek. What can we learn about life from the story of Shrek?  We will spend two Sundays exploring this and then be ready to enjoy the musical production with a new perspective. See you on Sunday at 8:15, 9:30 or 11:00 AM! Continue Reading